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

bottled
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RATINGS: 3773   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 13, 2005
Aroma of spicy yeast, port, chocolate. Pours a murky brown, huge foamy off-tan head that sticks around. Fruit sweetness up front. Tingly palate on the tongue. A blunt chocolate finish with a strong alcohol taste that I found off-putting. Hops are definitely there as well. 100th percentile? Bah!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2005
This is really a quality brew. A very nice aroma with a very malty, a bit chocolate, caramel like taste. Nice palate. Very tasty!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PrimeMinister (138) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 12, 2005
Bottle - 330ml Nice opaque muddy brown body with more than decent head. Complex is the appropriate word to describe this splendid monster: caramel, malt, a bit of roast, fruit, spices and alcohol. Warm finish.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (2233) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 10, 2005
got a mug on draft with a big, thick, creamy, textured head that lasts and lasts. Very malty, estery, fragrant, and volatile nose. Mouth filling body with just the right amount of carbonation. Not too sweet with a very complex taste. Goes down satisfyingly. Finish is medium. Lots of lace on the glass. Dark brown, copper color. Had it on draft, but there’s bottles too at the Bodega downtown.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerguzzler (31) - Louisiana, USA - JUL 8, 2005
pours a dark brown with a thick off white head . first aroma of fruit and alcohol . has a nice alcohol sting to it at first taste along with carmel and fruits at the finish. very malty.. good stuff

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CamdenD (1094) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 8, 2005
Beautiful color and full round taste of butter and alcohol. Slightly dissapointing/dull nose, perhaps I shouldn’t have read that review that compared this to Westleveren. Oh well. Incredible beer nonetheless.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - JUL 7, 2005
Nice fruity/malty aroma. Pours a nice rich brown with a rich long lasting head. A hint of fruit with a strong maltiness. Pleasant on the palate.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 7, 2005
This beer poured a cloudy deep brown color w/ orange highlights; thick lasting head and lacing. The aroma had dark fruit, malts, coriander, and a slight spice note. The flavor was sweet w/ malts and dark fermented fruit, and coriander. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and creamy.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 5, 2005
Exceptinally similar to Westy 12. Dried fruits aren’t as distinct in the flavor -- there’s quite a bit of malt in front of the yeast esters, but they’re still immense. The aroma is fruity esters and alcohol with some sweet malt behind it. The flavor is very similar: yeast esters, caramel malt, some bittering hops in the background and a little alcohol -- not as much alcohol flavor as Westy 12, though. Very very good, especially for the price and availability.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 2, 2005
Doughy Smell. Candy dark Brown color. A little alcoholic but smooth. Available at Downtown Wine & Spirits in Somerville, MA


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