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

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RATINGS: 4299   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.14/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MacDaddyOJake (274) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2007
Murky brown body with a big, foamy tan head. LOTS of stuff in the aroma, very pleasing. After one whiff I had to smile, undoubtedly resembling the monk on the label. Flavor mirrors the aroma with fruity notes of plum, cherries, caramel, brown sugar, and molasses. Wonderful flavors coaxed from the yeast, the brewing experience is overwhelmingly evident as I sip it. As it moves down the pipes, I feel a warming sensation that is no doubt caused by the 10.5% alcohol. The alcohol is masked in the flavor, but not hidden. A very nice brew and genuinely worthy of its high rating.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RaphaelN (195) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 2, 2007
Bottle at St. Veronus. Poured in a Trappist Glass with a white head. The smell on this beer is gorgeous. The aroma is very inviting and the best of any beer that I have smelled. Unfortunately, the taste didn’t hold up to its promise. Flavour is of cherries, molasses, brown sugar, plums, and a small hint of grapes and caramel. Creamy mouthfeel and a well-bodied brew. Tastes great, but the aroma makes it out to be bigger than it truly is. Pleasant experience, pleasant beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2007
Pours deep opaque brown with large tan head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of plums, raisons, alcohol and caramel. Flavor is the same with the alcohol not being to over whelming. Even with the 10% ABV this beer is very drinkable.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2007
What more needs to be said about this beer? A rich mohagony color with a puter head. Sweet with a hint of some fruit (raisin/figs), but not overbearing. Beautiful balance of hop and spice to back up that sweet entrance. The finish is as consistent as the rest. A medium carbonation finish leaves a malty flavor in tandem with just the right amount of hop. It’s called beer. It tastes good. Give me more. Oh, and it’s 10.5%. Who the hell would’ve known? 2 mangled thumbs up.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
valpoaj (729) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JAN 30, 2007
Pours a nice deep mahogany color with a bubbly light tan head. A somewhat extreme level of carbonation detracted somewhat from this beer, which had a distinct alcohol flavor. Somewhat sugary flavor was evident with a mashing of fruit flavor, though nothing stood out. Although this was an excellent beer, I had higher expectations. Would definitely buy again, but enjoyed the Rochefort Trappistes 10 much more than this beer...bottle wins points for artwork, however!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2007
Pours dark with a light brown head. Head holds pretty good. Aroma of fruits. Tastes inclube roasted malts and fruits. Great full mouth. This could be my fav Quad. It also has the coolest label Ive ever seen.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Derek881 (1251) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2008 I sampled this beer poured from the bottle into a belgian ale glass. It poured a very dark brown color that was somewhat cloudy, with a good bit of foamy off-white head. A sweet, malty aroma full of fruit notes, some raisin, and a touch of caramel malts, with the presence of alcohol noticeable; there may have been some toasty hops too. However, the beer was only slightly sweet in taste; it was mostly bitter with some sour touches too. The beer had a medium-high level of carbonation, and a dry finish with a crisp alcohol bite that warmed my throat. A very good Belgian ale!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 29, 2007
beautiful dark brown color with a off white foamy head. gotta admit that my taste buds might be off a bit since im congested, so i couldnt quite get all of the aroma i wouldve liked. flavor was sweet...a little caramel, some fruit, and enough alcohol to know its there, but in no way overpowering. its a solid beer, but i must admit...it just doesnt wow me like the rochefort 10 does....i would take that beer 10 out of 10 times over this one. cant say ive ever had the westvleteren, so i cant compare with that.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 28, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2007 Pours a really large, foamy head. Dark brown color. Aromas of alcohol and fruit. Some honey in there. Strong malty flavor that consists of honey, fruit, and cork. Really excellent!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 28, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2007 Bottle. Pours a very dark red/brown with a bunch of carbonation. Bubbles sticking to the side of the glass like soda. Has a medium size foamy white head that disappears pretty quickly. Strong and complex aroma of dark fruits and malts. Great smooth flavor that is refreshing and very complex. No complaints.


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