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

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RATINGS: 3743   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
legion242 (2170) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2004
Poured deepest brown. LIttle islands of thick bubbles. The aocohol was so effecrive that it rendered the rest of my notes incomprehensible. Must have been wonderful!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2004
Poured mahogany with rich tan head...very sweet aroma...caramel, alcohol, some earth fruits but not too much...seemed a little light bodied...tastes caramel, malt, alcohol...seemed a little too carbonated...finish was sweet and alcohol...

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - SEP 13, 2004
Amber body with a tightly beaded head. Some sour aromas mixed in with some vanilla and carriander. This beer has all too much candi sugar. A somewhat thin body. Some maltiness. But overall, pales in comparison to the Traps.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 12, 2004
Interesting smell awaits you as this one is poured. Alcohol with a tinb smell, reminds me of a brown ale. With the first taste comes the taste of raisons and brown sugar. Nice finish with no bad aftertaste. Wish I had another bottle.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
harvey (40) - Milano, ITALY - SEP 10, 2004
Great beer! One of my preferred beers. Fine and foamy head that disappears quickly. Colour is opaque dark. Very complex aroma (raisins, plums, caramel, rhum...) and enormously complex taste (discreet alcohol, fruity, spicy, malty...). Hop is well balanced. I love this beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 9, 2004
Bottle. Poured a deep russet color. Head is off-white and long lived. Lacing is great. Aroma is malty with notes of alcohol, some fruit also. Taste is malt and fruit. Smooth texture. Alcohol is subtle. Nice finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2004
UPDATED: APR 14, 2005 Tap into trappist glass @ Map Room, Chicago. Big beer that tastes big and carries its alcohol well. Beautiful in the glass: robust brown-black is completely opaque, and the head seems just as thick, much like mousse in its consistency, a nice lighter shade of beige and incredibly (almost pasty) lacing on the side of the glass. Full bodied and incredibly creamy (melted milkshake thickness). The complexity in flavor is subtle: you can smell the dark fruits and a bit of the maltiness, and the plums hover right beneath the texture while the beer is in your mouth. Good sweetness, balanced by bread and a hint of acid. The aftertaste is light but diffident, and has a gentle hops kick. Incredibly drinkable for its size, perhaps not challenging enough to be among the elite.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cornfield (5465) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2008 Just happened to look back at my rating of this great brew from 3 & 1/2 years back and my neck is growing weary from all the head shaking that Iím doing. The bottle Iím drinking from was purchased at that time, only know Iím revelling in the fruity aroma - plums, dark grapes, raisins - enjoying the smooth, creamy hot palate, and luxuriating in the complexity of fruity tastes, alcohol, dark sweet malts, and subtle spiciness. Much to my surprize, Iím older now still.

Original Rating - 9/7/2004 - 6/3/7/2/15 - 3.3.... What a Dork!!!!!This has a nice fruity flavor, a strong alcohol appearance, but is not too overpowering in its complex flavors as you drink it. It looks good in the glass and goes down quite smoothly. My only complaint is that is has a strong, sour wine aftertaste.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
AndrewKoransky (30) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2004
I didnít think I was a fan of trappist ales until I tried this beer. Wow... outstanding. Bit hoppier than Iíve come to expect from a trappist, but the hops donít overpower the beer. Superbly balanced, with enough hops, malt, yeastiness, and alcohol to please just about anyone. May God continue bless these monks! Outstanding...

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
The jovial monk on the label seems the perfect host, holding his chalice aloft, and, after drinking down this deliriously delectable ale, who can argue his happiness? Not I, not I!! Color is a dark russet brown, and head is enormous, majestic, utterly awesome! Aroma hits you right off: earthy, nutty, and not merely deep, but cavernous. Incredibly complex, and utterly gorgeous: cocoa,plum, port wine, medicine, and a very apparent alcoholic character, plus anise, pepper, and more, so much more! On first sip, I canít help but think that "complexity" is a shallow term with which to circumscribe the many aspects of this amazing brew. So much to contend with, so much going on! I need to take a breath and reel from the feeling, and seek relief from the rush! Extraordinary! Inegration is perfect: there are hops aplenty, and massive malt, but nothing sticks out above or beyond, it all joins forces to create this amazing masterpiece. Was this only 10%? Oh, they must be happy monks, indeed!


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