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

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RATINGS: 3960   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.


3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2007 This beer pours a very dark red or purple that is nearly opaque. The head is offwhite and fine, dissipating slowly. The nose strongly consists of plumbs and blackberries and a surprisingly light hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is entirely smooth and the carbonation serves to lighten the thickness overall. The malts are lightly grainy, but the plumb hints and light chocolate presence rule the palate. The alcohol is relatively hidden. The finish is lightly dry, but not particularly impressionistic.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TURDFERGUSON (4004) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2006 on tap at the Moan and Dove. damn, i really enjoy drinking this beer. the glass is so nice too. lots of chocolate, fruits and yeasty goodness in every wiff and taste of this wonderful brew. very rich, yet very easy to drink and the alcohol content is well hidden. delish!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brigadier (3175) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2006
Rich foamy head that thinned out over a burgandy colored, opaque body. The aroma was so complex it took several sniffs to pick up everything - chocolate, toffee, cherries and raisins. Every sip added to complex tapestry of flavors. There was dark chocolate, cherries, toffee, raisins and fruits. Rich and chewy, this is the best that I have had to date. If the Westvleteren 12 is anything like this, then I can’t wait to finally have one. In the meantime, I’ll be drinking this to get my Belgian fix.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2006
Loads of foam from the pour, even carefully it foams up quickly releasing the yeasty doughy aromas. Muddled brown in color is the only drawback. Ripe fruit, notes of banana. Finishes smooth with slight alcohol kick.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryananderson (74) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2006
Rocky head with a dark brown cloudy colour: much dark than expected. Flavour is spicy with plum. Aroma is earthy and also of nutmeg or coriander (like the Prior 8). Smooth creamy texture, with average to lively carbonation. It is a toss up as to whether this or Prior 8 is better.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
hatchy (32) - USA - JAN 30, 2006
cloudy dark brown with a very sweet, fruity aroma. sweet, malty with a hint of brown sugar, but complex with a slightly bitter aftertaste. really amazing.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
masedawg (156) - Statesville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 28, 2006
Dark amber in color with a big head. Malty and fruity aroma. Wheat and fruit are present in the flavor and the beer foams up in your mouth nicely as you swish it around. Great lasting palate. Great beer

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bailz316 (228) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2006 Pours a murky amber with foamy off-white head. Fruit aroma with cherries and bananas. Malty. Notes of candy, toffee, brown sugar, caramel, licorice. Finish is dry and bitter, then sweet. Pretty strong beer that really delivers.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Capa (2153) - Transient., - JAN 26, 2006
Very tasty brew. Poures a dark red/brown with medium head. Aroma of fruit, malts and alcohol. Tastes of fruit, spices and alcohol, though for ten and a half percent its really well hidden. Flavor is complex with the spices coming through at the finish. Very enjoyable

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Wow, this is my second time having this beer and it was just as I remembered so delicious so smooth. This quad pours a dark ruby brown and leaves a thin tan lace that sticks to the glass and stays with the brew. The aromas is fruity esters, alcohal soaked dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar, very complex and literally makes you salivate. The taste is so complex, it starts dry and tangy with a slight vinos presence but more actually to rum or brandy. It then sweetens on your palate with a carmal malt feeling that then again brings you to more of a dark plum feel on the palate. Fantastic brew I would pair this beer with a fresh fruit plate to compliment the fruit in the beer.


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