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

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RATINGS: 4250   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 íQuadrupelí style of Belgiumís 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. Itís 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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2006 12/30: Rerated 11.2 oz bottle, BB date 26.08.10. Served in a trappist goblet. Color is a dark amber with a thick one-finger, lumpy tan head that diminishes slowly then constantly replenishes itself. Intense initial aroma of caramel, malts with a subtle fruitiness that quickly disperses. Each swallow results in a thick and foamy mouthfeel that has to be chewed through only to find a delicious coating on the tongue. The flavor is rich, malty and well blended, with a balanced, elegantly bitter finish. A slight warming is evident from the alcohol, which is otherwise hidden. Strong lacing left on the glass. Iím not picking up the broader set of flavors described - could just be me. Bumping up appearance 1 point - a full glass and a single pour makes all the difference.

Paper notes from the Falls Tasting / 2006 YeHA!. Sampled next to the Westy 8 and 12. Minimal head. Clear maple color. Sweet malty start, balanced malt-bitterness in the body. Finish is creamily succulent, and lightly bitter.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
b33r (824) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2007 12/23/06: Cloudy caramel brown in color with good lasting head. Aroma is very sweet and strong. Flavor is amazing, sweet and fruity with a taste of apples and raisins. High alcohol but didnít taste like it.

Re-Rate, Vintage July 2002 bottle, batch 467: Found two of these bottles at a local bottle shop for $3.50! Dark brown color with very small off-white head and no lacing. Extreme caramel flavor, taste like candy. Light fruit and slightly sweet. A little woody and roasty. Itís like a good strong cigar. Canít taste the alcohol at all but still has a warm feeling. Aroma is all malty caramel. This is like nothing Iíve ever had before and truly unique from a fresh bottle.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2006
Pours dark reddish brown with frothy tan head. Aroma of mashed oranges, caramel, spice, malt, yeast, dark fruits, fig, plum, prune and a hint of alcohol. Flavor is an outstanding combination of all of the above. Great palate and smooth as can be. Hmmm mmmm mmmm mmmm... fantastico!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bayerboy (1) - Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2006 does not count
a complex malty taste, a sweet aroma that give you a real idea of the taste, and a wonderful dark brown color. this is a wonderful beer but a serious palate is need to get the best out of it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2006
beautiful, inviting body...dark reddish brown app. with medium frothy, brown head..aroma is full of dark fruits, caramels, figs, spice, milk, and yeast...flavor is huge in figs, plum, and prune..nice palate

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StateofTrance (35) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Presents a gorgeous nutty deep brown color with an off white head that wants to stick around. Aroma Ė fresh hops, licorice, honey, charred caramel, oak. The 10% ABV is brilliantly masked. Along with the bursting malts you get a sweet sensation that lingers far beyond finishing your drink. However answering the big question as to how this compares to its Trappist (Quadrupel) cousins - well its different, quite different. When compared to the Rocheford 10, while the Trappist ale is warm and highly complex, the St. Bernardus is an easy drink and not as overwhelming. Iím in no way suggesting that this is a better brew than the Rocheford 10, well come to think about itís probably not, however there is still much to appreciate here when judged on itís on accord.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Cloudy brown pour with a decent sized tan head that melted down to a thin layer that stayed on top of the beer while I was drinking it. Sweet malty, fruity smell and taste. The aroma didnít capture all of the flavor, but it had a great fruitiness to it and a smooth finish.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Bottle. Pours a dark brown, with a huge beige head. Sweet smell, yeasty, caramel. Wow, now that is balanced, wheres the alcohol?? Flavors similar to the smells, and is quite fantastic. Crazy lacing on my glass, like a piece of art.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2006
Bottle. Pours a murky dark brown color, with a rocky beige colored head, huge lacing. Aroma is bread, caramel, dried fruit, brown sugar. Flavor is brown sugar, honey, caramel, bread dough, chocolate, dried cherries, prunes. Palate is medium bodied, very smooth, no hints of alcohol, surprising easy to drink, resinous, doughy finish. World class!!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bergface (56) - madison, Alabama, USA - DEC 17, 2006
Head dissipated a little quickly but the lacing was phenomenal. The mouthfeel was velevetly smooth. A tatsy ale with a complex yet well balanced flover profile. Sweet yet hoppy.


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