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

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3769   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.


4.1
   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

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WesBeerGuy (62) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - JUL 1, 2005
Slightly sweet aroma with a hint of alcohol. Pours dark reddish brown with off white head. Thick full mouthfeel with strong presence of malt and dark fruit. The alcohol detracts from the fruit somewhat, but isn’t overpowering. I’d love to spend more time searching for adjectives, but this is a complex beer and I think I’ll just go enjoy it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmb84 (5) - Dunedin, Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2005 does not count
when i first poured the beer it had a sweet aroma of burnt caramel, the also had a bit of an alcohol smell to it as well. The head of the beer was frothy and white. The beer had bitter taste but not overly bitter, it also had slight alcohol taste to it as well with hints of sweetness. overall pretty good beer , i would have given it a better rating but quads have never been my favorite.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sofajoern (146) - DENMARK - JUN 27, 2005
Lovely dark, brownish red colour. Heavy malty aroma, very full body and flavors to rival even the heaviest Trappists.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2005
burnt orange/dark brown, depending on what angle you look at it. this is pretty decent. very very creamy and very thickk white head. really carbonated. lots of plum, almonds, walnuts, and some peanuts in the flavor. almost like a thai seasoning taste to the beer... wierd. some hints of apricots and peach. enjoyed this at home with mikes. there is a weird creamy taste/palate, like a baileys or something... yummers


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