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

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RATINGS: 4030   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beaver (1443) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2006 11.2 oz bottle, best before 7/23/10. Pours a reddish brown with a big fizzy head that quickly dissipates.

The aroma is sweet dark fruits, fusel alcohol and some bitterness. It becomes a bit more pleasant as it warms.

The flavor is some sweet and sugary dark fruit with a lot of belly-warming strong alcohol. As it warms, more fruitiness and a slightly bitter, bready yeastiness comes out to balance the alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium with some harsh carbonation.

Overall, a bit of a disappointment. I let this sit for about 15-20 minutes before starting, but it was still a bit harsh at the beginning. As it warmed, it became much better. You can definitely tell all of this breweries’ beers are related. Decent stuff, but not all that in my book.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
restless7 (104) - Lenexa, Kansas, USA - MAY 27, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2008 I don’t know about fruity but this brew is spectacular! Rich head and body, extremely subtle alcohol flavor. Gorgeous brew. I’d marry it.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 24, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2006 More malt and fruit aromas and flavors than you will know what to do with. This beer is superb. Go out and buy it. Now. Go. Leave your shoes. Just go.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - MAY 22, 2006
This is one of those beers that does live up to the hype. Extraordinary beer here (I know, not really a news flash). Nothing to be said that hasn’t already been stated. Very complex, hides the alcohol very well. It’s simply one of the best made beers out there and if you are lucky enough to land some then you should.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Lots of fruit with hints of spice. Super smooth, the ABV is not noticed at all but still leaves a nice warmth in the belly. I can see why this is one of the top beers, excellent.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hobgoblin (163) - St-Épiphane, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2006
Bottle. at L’estaminet. Served too cold. Dark brown color and nice head and particules. Dark fruits aroma. Taste of dark fruits, nice mouthfell and nice caramel touch, alcohol is not overwhelming, very nice. Bière de couleur brun foncé avec un bon collet et des particules dans sa robe. Odeur de fruits sauvages. Gout de fruits sauvages, ronde en bouche avec un bon gout de caramel. Malheureusement, elle était beaucoup trop froides et je n’ai pu l’apprécier pleinement

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JugOPunch (83) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 20, 2006
11.2oz bottle: A dark ruby pour with a decent head. Aroma of dark fruits like plums and raisins with a pronounced alcohol vapor. Flavor is rich malty sweetness with the plums and raisins melding nicely. Even though this is malty it is by no means too sweet. It is very smooth with only a little of the alcohol coming through despite the aroma. A great full body with a nice tingly mouth feel. An excellent beer with great drinkability. Better as it warms.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bobaidan (527) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - MAY 19, 2006
Pours dark brown with a medium head. Aroma is fruity with a bit of grassiness. Flavor is complex and not overbearing. Fruit flavors mix well with yeast and alcohol. This is an exceptional beer. If it had the Rochefort 10’s aroma it would be perfect.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAY 19, 2006
via trade with decaturstevo - 12 oz. bottle - Pours a hazy brown color with a light head. Aroma and flavor are full of esters. Light alcohol flavor. Nice smooth bitterness. Medium body. A good beer. Thanks Steve.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
tennisjoel (1211) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2006
Once I popped the cork out, I let this set out to warm. Then I poured and notice an attactive head which pretty much filled my snifter over a hazy dark red body with a small amount of particalia present. I spent about 10 minutes sniffing at this beer and eagerly awaited for the slowly diminishing head to calm down. But I didn’t mind smelling this, as I discovered a plethera of flavors: toffee, apple, cherry, vanilla, brown sugar, and spices. By this time the temperature of the beer was starting to warm up, and believe me, this is a beer in which you don’t want to taste too cold, because by the end of finishing this full 25 ouncer, it was just incredible. The only very tiny flaw I could see is that the beer was a bit chalky on the palate. But all of the other qualities of this concoction made up for it. This is one world class brew! If I ever get to Europe, I will make a point to get to Belgium to visit the Trappist monks. Just a superb beer!


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