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Brewed by St. Bernardus Brouwerij
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Watou, Belgium

bottled
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RATINGS: 3930   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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The St. Bernardus Abt 12 is the pride of our stable, the nec plus ultra of our brewery. Abbey ale brewed in the classic ’Quadrupel’ style of Belgium’s best Abbey Ales. Dark with a full, ivory-colored head. It has a fruity aroma, full of complex flavours and excels because of its long bittersweet finish with a hoppy bite. Worldwide seen as one of the best beers in the world. It’s a very balanced beer, with a full-bodied taste and a perfect equilibrium between malty, bitter, and sweet. One of the original recipes from the days of license-brewing for the Trappist monks of Westvleteren.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dogfishho (599) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2006 I have not been seriously tasting beers for a long time, but this is undoubtedly the most pleasureable beer experience I have had thus far. After my first sip of this beautiful yellowish brown beer, I almost laughed out loud. It was like the feeling of excitement that kids get when they come downstairs on Christmas morning (overstatement alert!). The aroma was permeated by alcohol, but also featured notes of vanilla and sweet yeast. Flavor was of sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, caramel, toffee, and a slight influence of malt. The flavor, mouthfeel, and "experience" of the brew can only be accurately described as absolutely huge. Budweiser says that it is beer at the end of their commercials (Buuuudweiser, this is beer...), they are incorrect... THIS is beer. Bottom line, the guy on the label says it all.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3428) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2006
11.2 oz bottle. Murky dark brown with a creamy light tan head. Classic lacing. Bread dough, dark fruits. Vinous notes as it warms. Smooth with tip-of-the-tongue tingle. Noticeable alcohol that stays subdued; belies the muscle of this brew. Sweet and caramelly just melts away leaving a warm inner-lip buzz. A benchmark for the style.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bgburdman9 (858) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2006
11.2 oz bottle. Poured a dark cloudy brownish red color with a large tan head and a solid lacing. Had a fruity aroma. Had a light mouthfeel with a little alcohol burn. The flavor was fruity and spicy and very dry.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
saxo (14382) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 4, 2006
Bottle. Nice big creamy head with good duration. Color is a hazy brown. Nice aroma of spices. Taste is rich with fruit and spices. Alcohol can easily be tasted.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (2946) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2006
Wow! Had from a bottle. Pours a nice brown color with reddish overtones. Aroma of malts, yeast, and fruit. Taste is complex-malts, fruit, alcohol on the backside. A wonderul beer!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
henrikb (1259) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 3, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2006 75 cl Bottle – Brown body, with a golden, red shine, Light brown head that leaves thick laces, but doesn’t stay forever; The nose is allot like the Westv. 12 but not as big, not as complex and compared to the Westv. 12 a little watery. Still lots of dried fruit, toped with lots of (apple) freshness; Super balanced body to the sweet side, deep, complex and soft, it continues into a very long finish, again super complex and deep, quite sweet malty character with some very nice sweet black cherry behind. W12’s little brother!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Delirium (636) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 1, 2006
Draught. Pours dark brown/black with a lasting white head. Aroma of dark fruits, malt, yeast, and a bit of alcohol. Taste is very well balanced, with similar components. Most notably, there is an underlying but not overpowering tart fruit flavor. This is very good.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2006
Brown is as brown does pour with a huge rocky head. Mild dark fruits and spices on the nose. Mouthfeel is very creamy and this is where the beer really shines as it manages big beer flavor with a completely welcoming palate and drinkability. Milder milk chocolate flavors, some aged fruit, and dark cake with a manageable alcohol presence in the back of the throat. I know why the monk on the St. Bernardus bottles is so happy.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hangover (1079) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - MAR 29, 2006
Pours a murky dark brown with a huge and lasting frothy eggshell head. Very malty aroma with hints of dried fruit, clove and banana. Very creamy mouthfeel, and the alcohol hits you up front, warming your pallete. Slight tickling carbonation which lasts throughout. Nice and malty taste with plum, raisin, cherry and some yeast on the backend. Amazingly smooth. Surprised I haven’t rated this one earlier.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ron (2774) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 26, 2006
Had a glass with my good friend JB. 1st I’ll like to say that this beer would have rated higher with me if I had not just had a bottle of German Maibock which I enjoyed alot. This poured a decent head. Sweet aroma of caramel and fruit. Flavor of the same with the warming alcohol feel. The alcohol in the aftertaste was really noticable after comparing it to the Maibock.


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