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

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RATINGS: 3908   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2005
Tap: Ashlesy Ann Arbor. Wow, served in a tulip glass. Small head stuck around for a while. Very complex nose candied, faint coriander/orange, very smooth but a fair amount of carbination, some coffee and other bitterness towards the end. Warm alch. note. Excellent

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sammy3D (141) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - SEP 20, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2005 Sweet fruit nose not unlike rum. Incredible pour from the bottle with head to the top of the glass. The flavor is very focused with warm sweet malts, banana bread and sugar cane undertones. Smooth, creamy finish with just the right bitterness. My love for belgian beers is growing.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jefcon (1434) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2005
Deep mahogany color with a massive off-white rocky head. Small bead. Leaves lacing in its wake. Aromas are lightly perfumed, baking wheat bread, some faint candied orange, LIvely carbonation and a long-lasting palate. Still, the beer is smooth and creamy. Plenty of fruit and hops extend into a rich malty caramel "meat" of the beer. The finish is bready and has just a hint of hazelnut depth and the bitterness of coffee bean. A fantastic beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sfontain (822) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2005
11.2 oz. bottle from the brand new natural foods store on Sawmill Rd., Columbus, OH. Paid $3.49. This is a perfect-looking beer; very dark garnet color with a thick, frothy, bubbly, everlasting head that leaves froth all the way down the glass; thick globs of yellow floaties abound. Aroma is heavy and full: malts, caramel, dark fruit, rotting vegetables, spicy, alcohol; unfortunately the less apparent smells are too subtle. Flavor is strong and really nice but just not as easily describable as the rest of this beer; taste is malty with sugar and some dark fruits; the alcohol bite is just perfect here, though. Somewhat more carbonated than I was hoping, and barely thin; otherwise silky and not sticky. Overall this is a very solid beer; I think some people do overrate this just a tiny bit; I donít quite see the complexity in the flavor that some people claim. However, this is a very good beer at a price that isnít terrible in comparison to some other comparable brews. Very good.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2005
Bottled. Pours a dark cloudy mahogany brown, with a thick cream coloured head. Aroma is of malts, caramel, candy sugar, plums, rasins,..... lots of fruit and spices. Taste is sweet, fruity(rasins and plums), candy sugar, spices, some alcohol. Full bodied, and with a long sweet spicy aftertaste. A truely great beer

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beernightscout (37) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2005
Gift from Paul for no apparent reason. In his honor, I promise there will be no more mispelled words in my reviews. Pours dark red brown, huge head that settles into a frothy coating on the beer all the way down the glass. Um, hits you kinda hard if you drink too much too fast. Smells like a Belgian ale, tastes like a Belgian ale, but thicker and smoother than average, great carbonation and a beautiful sweet aftertaste if you let it warm up. Yum. You could have this for dinner -- itís fat free, too! $10 at Clark and Foster.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nel (180) - Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2005
Smells great right from the start. Delightful head. Creamy. Delicious. Gives westy a run for itís money.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BT (123) - Westchester, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2006 Purely delightful! One of the best beers Iíve had. Love the reddish hue, yeasty aroma and flavor, smooth in the mouth, long aftertaste.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2005
Started well and got steadily better. Appearance was unassuming: dark brown and cloudy with a greyish head. Aroma was unexpectedly sweet with a hint of apple. Then came the taste: sweet, plummy, sour, alcoholic, like Christmas pudding, with a lovely little bitter close at the end of each sip. Outstanding.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gatorbeer (148) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2006 What a beer should be. If you are looking for a measuring stick this is it. Rich, creamy, complex and smooth. Could possibly be perfection in a bottle.


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