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

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4179   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.14/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
wholejustin (6) - USA - JAN 1, 2007 does not count
The best Abby ale I have ever had. Smooth, low tannin, slightly sweet caramel flavor due to the execptional hops.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HDane (82) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2006
12oz bottle. Pours a very dark, murky brown with a white head. Aroma is sweet, with brown sugar, hints of alcohol, figs, malts, and some yeast. Flavor is sweet malts, with dark fruits, yeast, and brown sugar. Mouthfeel smoothes out as you sip.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
YK23 (465) - Haifa, ISRAEL - DEC 31, 2006
From bottle: dark brown-red with large staying head, malty, fruity, yeasty, some chocolate, caramel, apples, some sour notes, the alcohol is pretty present in the flavor which is not too plesent, banana, dark dried fruits, some spicyness, weak bitterness, not as rich and full bodied as some of the better strong belgian ales, the finish is a bit sour and dry, overall a good beer to start the new year.

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - DEC 29, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2008 Pours a murky dark brown with lots of visible sediment despite a careful pour. Big, fluffy, inch-thick white head. Aroma of caramel, candy sugar, wood, figs. Flavor is sweet and lightly fruity: big malt up front, figs, plums, s fairly huge alcohol presence that fades into a mild dry finish. Full mouthfeel, lightly astringent. Great lacing. Very complex and earthy. A wonderful beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2006
Pours a dark brown with a nice brownish head. Aroma is a bit nutty, sweet, and very full. Taste is silky sweet, with some dark fruit and caramel/toffee undertones. Quite complex, the best of the brewery.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
danimal34 (41) - Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2006
I love my belgiuns. This had a nice veggie and hoppy flavor with all the usual complexities. 2 Finger head - beuatiful.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
orville (160) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 27, 2006
Aroma of apple that is unique and pleasing to the nose. Pours a big frothy head that mostly fades. Flavor is fruity and very easy going down. Its Definetly not my favorite thing to drink, but how refreshing! Quality is evident in every sip.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
breichow (17) - USA - DEC 25, 2006
Excellent beer. Out of 750 bottle into chalice. Nice head, retained throughout drinking. Medium amber color. Flavors abound.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stine (1734) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 25, 2006
Merry Christmas! Pours garnet brown with a very fizzy orangey head. Aroma is pears, caramel, and much malt. Dark fruity flavor with some banana. Very understated and soft on the palate. A velvet drink of subtle density and substance.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2006 12/30: Rerated 11.2 oz bottle, BB date 26.08.10. Served in a trappist goblet. Color is a dark amber with a thick one-finger, lumpy tan head that diminishes slowly then constantly replenishes itself. Intense initial aroma of caramel, malts with a subtle fruitiness that quickly disperses. Each swallow results in a thick and foamy mouthfeel that has to be chewed through only to find a delicious coating on the tongue. The flavor is rich, malty and well blended, with a balanced, elegantly bitter finish. A slight warming is evident from the alcohol, which is otherwise hidden. Strong lacing left on the glass. I’m not picking up the broader set of flavors described - could just be me. Bumping up appearance 1 point - a full glass and a single pour makes all the difference.

Paper notes from the Falls Tasting / 2006 YeHA!. Sampled next to the Westy 8 and 12. Minimal head. Clear maple color. Sweet malty start, balanced malt-bitterness in the body. Finish is creamily succulent, and lightly bitter.


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