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

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RATINGS: 3764   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ceejmomeechmo (58) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2005
Bottle. Pours an opaque brown with a thick off white head. The head dissolved nicely leaving good lacing. I also picked up on a fair ammount of carbonation. Aromas were of yeast, floral notes and a hint of pineapple/ fruit. Flavor was malty and sweet up front, with fruity sugar flavors lingering on. I thought the mouthfeel was suprisingly full, and the alcohol was masked quite well. Overall very enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nicholai (100) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 8, 2005
Very dark, with a good head with some belgian lace. The aroma has overwhelming variety, with spices, lavender, soap, coriander, and various others I can’t identify. The taste is surprisingly tart, with some lingering sweetness - sour with some hints of vodka, with well masked alcohol. Nice, but not exceptional.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 7, 2005
#271009 printed on the back of the bottle. Very murky brown body with a medium, creamy tan head. Creamy-sweet aroma: orange zest, brown sugar, nutmegy custard, with a fluffy yeast that sort of ties it all together. Big, sweet malty flavor: candi sugar, orange zest, rum, and that unifying yeast. Bits of green bitter hops, too. The usual big, sweet intense Belgian-y flavor. Fun but not terribly interesting.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2388) - California, USA - JUN 7, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2013 The goofy guy gets it done. Poured a massive head in my St. Bernardus glass. Typical quadrupel color - dark red/brown. Aroma is overpowering with raisins, but there’s also malt, alcohol, yeast, and some fruityness. Flavor is very strong, alcoholic and sweet. Raisins and alcohol dominate everything initially. As it warms it becomes more complex but remains overwhelmingly sweet.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MIBRomeo (2559) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 6, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2008 nice dark brown color w/ a frothy off white thick head that laced very well. The first thing I smelled was a good bit of yeast then an odd dark fruit element smelled a light tart hop. Palate is richly creamy a bit warming in the swallow and some decent carbonation. The taste definatelly has a touch of alcohol hints of brown sugar and plums raisens and a hint of some other sweet fruits a definate carmel malt kick too. Some very good stuff.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Belgo (154) - Køge, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2005
330 ml bottle purchased in the fall 2002. "Best Before" date expired in 2004, so I was anxious to see how well it had held up. Pours dark mahogany brown with a big, firm and lasting slightly brownish head. The aroma is dominated by dried fruit (figs, dates and prunes), fresh plums, chocolate and fresh cream. On the palate the beer is massive! Extremely full-bodied, soft and velvety, with the dried fruit element and the chocolate notes at the forefront. There is a nice warming sensation from the alcohol at the end, and the aftertaste hangs in the mouth for several minutes. A fantastic beer! I have had it several times, but always in relatively freshly bottled examples. From now on, I think I will lay down my bottles for a few years, as this transforms a normally very, very good beer into a sensational one.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2005
When the body of this beer finally revealed itself from under its massive, rocky head, it was a particle-rich, copper/amber, holding dense texture. Potent aromas were heavily malted, starting woody, with caramel, nuts, banana and a metallic overtone that continued through to the taste. Flavor was thick and sweet with light acidity and a long finish. Full bodied and mellow with a syrupy texture. Very rich and tasty, but don’t drink too many consecutively.

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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lamas (1360) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 2, 2005
11.2 oz. bottle. Best before: October 5, 2009. Deep, hazy ruby pour with a thick, sandy head. Some effervescence. Full aroma with some dark, sour fruits. Creamy, medium to full body. Goes down smooth, yet crisp. Almost champagne-like in its sparkling crispness. Warming alcohol is present throughout, especially at the end. That’s really a distraction, as it takes away from the taste quite heavily. A good amount of malts with hints of sour apples, bananas and figs. The overwhelming presence of alcohol makes it hard to distinguish many flavors. There is a lingering bitter perfumed quality that lasts long after each sip. I had hoped for more than this.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2005
Deep red with a tan head. Clear. Rich, strong and fruity aroma with yeast and some perfume. Alcohol and dark caramel noticable. Is somewhat oxidized. Big bouquet of dark fruit in the flavor. Finishes with a well balanced alcohol presence and a lingering date and plum flavor. I like this one better on draught, though having got this today off the unrefridgerated truck which got it from a container that shipped in May, it might not be a fair comparison. I have had a bottle of Chimay White that sat in my bar at room temp. for 8 years and had to have the cigarette stains washed off it before drinking, that was friggin’ amazing though. So go figure.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3336) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 31, 2005
11.2 oz bottle. Pours to a lasting fizzy creamy looking off-white head atop a fizzy dark brown clear body. Decent lacing. The aroma hits with raisins and fresh cracked american walnuts, red apple peel, light bourbon. Deliciously mixed aroma. The flavor has banana, caramel, raisins, plums, apples, spices, vanilla, lots of malts. The flavor is very strong and in your face. The palate is very carbonated, almost too much so. Fairly full bodied and creamy. Overall, a good beer but not as good as Westy... :). I put in rating #555, a magical # for us Subaru guys...


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