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

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RATINGS: 4231   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.


3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
colortheorist (12) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 9, 2006
no doubt, itís very good...but from the beers ive had- im a novice- it simply doesnt impress...at least nor enought tp be top 100%. good tho. i paid $5 for the pint.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
lagomswedish (213) - UmeŚ, SWEDEN - DEC 9, 2006
A 33cl bottle served from a fridge at the Bishops Arms in UmeŚ. Drinking this beer has really driven home to me the impact of beer temparature on taste. I thought this bottle was too cold to start with. The head came up very thin and flat (having read that the head on this beer was normally quite impressive). Aroma was initially quite faint, but as the beer warmed it released a powerful nose of spirit-soaked plums, figs, blackberries and salty liquorice. Itís not the most attractive beer in the world - a murky, muddy brown. Itís the palate that lifts this beer - soft and light. Nothing sticks out and everything fits. Thereís no huge yeast character but more malt than most quads Iíve tried. The beauty of the 12 lies in its ability to hide its 10.5% of alcohol so cleverly youíd never know it was there. In this respect itís the best Iíve so far tasted. But is it one of the best? On this occcasion Iíd have to say no. By the end of the glass, as it warmed gently in my hands, it was beginning to stir, as though it had something else to tell me but weíd both run out of time. So some another time it will be. At home where I can enjoy it at the right temperature and maybe unlock the full greatness of this beer.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jainsv (113) - USA - DEC 9, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2007 A red-brown color with creamy head. Lots of flavor in the aroma, mostly fruits and some malt. Similar taste as well, an excellent beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rune (10504) - TromsÝ, NORWAY - DEC 9, 2006
330ml bottle served in an original Watou glass in perfect temperature at Duvel Cafe in Stockholm. Hazy, ruby brown body under a low-level head. Aromatic and fruity. Explosion of dark fruit sweetness in flavour. Slightly yeasty towards the end. A spicy and full bodied beverage with well masked alcohol (02.12.2006).

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - DEC 7, 2006
Smaller (11.2 oz.) bottle, pours a cloudy brown amber with a mammoth creamy head that stands out of the glass on its own without overflowing. Very inviting and complex aroma of plum, raisin, dark cherry, bread, yeast, vanilla and on and on; it takes time to ponder the different unique aromas you can pick out as it breathes and warms. Taste follows suit every bit as much as aroma, along with mild alcohol warmth; after all that itís surprisingly smooth with a clean finish. Hard to believe there is so much complexity you can separately pick out yet it blends and holds together in a near perfect way. This is a slow drinker and all around fun to see it bring out different aromas and tastes as you go. Highly recommended; lives up to the hype.

2.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
zootfinster (219) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2006
Iím clearly going against the tide here but I am not all that impressed with this beer. It has a nice dark brown appearance with a light tan frothy head. So far so good. I find the aroma too malty as is the taste which also seems to have a bit of a chocolate flavor to it. The after taste I did not like at all as it seemed almost metallic. If this were just some garden variety ale I would say it was decent to pretty good but given its reputation I was very disappointed.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2006
Clear amber brown with a large rocky off-white head. Aroma of dusty yeast, baked plums, toffee and alcohol. Great body, heavy dark fruits, figs and toffee, salt and spice. The finish is sweet, sticky and warming. Very nice, very complex and of course very enjoyable.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 3, 2006
Drank in a trappist glass. Nice frothy thin sticky head with a dark amber with red highlights poor. Aromas of alcohol, bread, raisins, dates, caramel, whiute chocolate, plums, hint of vanilla, brown sugar, cerries... wow! To the plate... CREAMY, FROTHY, incredibly balanced. To keep it simple, flavors are basicaly the SAME as the aromas... Ever changing more and more it gets to room temperature. Iíll leave you on these words... TAKE YOUR VITAMINS!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - DEC 2, 2006
Great brew. Nice brown pour with medium head. Big aroma of doughy yeast, nuts, and earth. Flavor is malty and sweet. Sweet fruit notes througout. Nice easy palate with lasting coating and flavor. Great brew!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2006
Bottle. Hazy dark brown colour with a l light brown creamy head. Sweet, roasted bread. Syrup. Very complex. A very nice beer but donít drink too much!


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