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

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RATINGS: 3747   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 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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 10, 2005
From a 750 mL. Pours a deep brown color with a thick and lasting white head. Aroma is sweet and malty with hints of caramel and toffee. Rich and sweet flavor with hints of caramel and brown sugar along with a roasted nut taste. Some alcohol burn near the end of the bottle but not offensive. Great beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ughsmash (7124) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2005 Poured a deep reddish-amber with about 1" creamy ivory head. Some sediment noted. Excellent head retention. Floral and fruity aroma with grapes, apples, and oak coming through. Full-bodied, and powerfully complex flavor, but the fruit and oak were very well balanced. Mouthfeel was creamy, yet well-carbonated. Fruity aftertaste was very pleasant, and the beer warmed the stomach well. I am assuming that this is a recent vintage (expiry date 7.20.09), so I will put the rest of these away for a few years, and re-rate at that point.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackamackson (127) - USA - MAY 7, 2005
pours a dark, dark red/brown. nice lasting off-white, fizzy head. yeasty, fruity aroma. bready, sweet taste, somewhat fruity, and a little alcohol in there too, but it is well balanced, for 10%. medium/full bodied, with crisp carboation. good, complex beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
giarcsr (103) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAY 5, 2005
What a great beer. Pours a nice dark amber with quite a bit of sediment. Aroma is what you would expect from a great belgian. Itís sweet, malty and slightly caramelly as well. Flavor is well balanced and you really canít tell this is 10% . Itís malty, and caramelly, and belly warming all at once. Truly deserving of its high rating.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 3, 2005
Poured a mostly clear amber color. Aroma and flavors of fruit with sugar and alcohol and a touch of cherry. Semi-dry. Not too sweet and nicely balanced. Slightly smokey.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4473) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAY 2, 2005
Very complex strong Belgian. Head stays with the drink the entire time just about. The alcohol taste was a little too up front and not very well hidden. At times was almost coming across as having wine like characteristics. I actually like some of the other St. Bernardus beers better, but this is still a solid beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 30, 2005
Poured iced tea brown with an off white head. Noticable yeast floating in the body with a good amount of carbonation. Sweet malty aroma with hints of fruits. Flavor was sweet bread with a variety of fruits: apple, pear, strawberry, and plum. Creamy texture with a huge malt body. Finishes dry and is a little on the sweet side.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 30, 2005
On tap at the Publick House. Dark brown with a large foamy head. Largely malty aroma, spiced brown bread, pears, raisins. Incedibly well-balanced, soft, rich and sweet, all kinds of fruits swirling around, some alcohol burn. A beautiful and delicious beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mds (2205) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 24, 2005
bottle at ciroís. interesting aroma: large yeast component, pear among other fruits, rich complex maltiness, some tartness, and a bit of cheese funkiness. burgundy body, generous foamy tan head. big malty body, yeasty, fruity sweetness, warm alcohol. very complex. lively carbonation. very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (20656) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 22, 2005
Cloudy brown colour with an off-white head. Sweet aroma dominated by yeast and dried fruit with notes of alcohol and spices. Sweet aroma of yeast, chocolate, liquorice and dried fruit. Nice, but not the best quadrupel Iíve had.


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