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

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RATINGS: 3718   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 ’Quadrupel’ style of Belgium’s 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. It’s 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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidflores99 (225) - Long Beach, California, USA - JUL 26, 2004
Poured with a light head, and a brownish color. This beer has a sweetness to it, which isn’t too much, and the aroma is great as well, although pretty strong, its a great beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eructoblaster (2949) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 24, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2004 Dark brown body with a thin and lasting beige foamy head. Lots of carbonation as I poured it. Strong, complex and lovely aroma of malt, alcohol, blackberries and spices. Taste is simply amazing. It is dominated by robust flavors of brown sugar, alcohol and grapes. It also carries some subtle oaky and spicy notes. Finish is long and warming. Wonderful example of Quadrupel. Thanks again, PrimeMinister!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 23, 2004
Poured a perfect lasting head. The aroma is lotsa yeast and spice. The flavor is incredible…very rich and complex, plenty of notes to fancy the tongue. This has a fair amount of carbonation, as well as warming alcohol; but neither is overdone. A wonderful Abbey.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shag (2584) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUL 21, 2004
A chocolate, raisin, caramel, and oak filled aroma. Appearance is a dark brown with a large head. The flavor is quite rich with some roasted nuts, grapes, raisins, cherry, oak, maple syrup, and caramel. A very complex sipper this one is. My only complaint with this beer is the over carbonation. It has a very spritzy mouthfeel. Regardless this beer rocks! Thanks again Wunderbier

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beastiefan2k (2359) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUL 17, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2006 This is a great beer, the model belgian abt beer. Strong 10% thats hidden well. Beautiful dark brown color not murky but dark. Floral flavors and a sweetness at the end. I love it and I want more of it.

I’m on a Belgian Quad rerate binge. This is also some great stuff. I would prefer a bit more malt but good stugg all around.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
loomis (43) - Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2004
Strong. Thick. 10%. If anything, this beer reminded me of a good bourbon. Very malty and somewhat like dark fruit. Very good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cstuartj (949) - Washington, USA - JUL 6, 2004
An excellent example of the Belgen Aby style. Almost whiskey esque in taste, the ABV is very present. A bit heavy on the pallette for me, but still very drinkable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 5, 2004
Dark auburn color with a terrific tan head. Aroma of freshly baked bread and dark, sweet fruits. Tastes malty-sweet with hints of prunes and a nice hop bitterness at the end. Full-bodied.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rajendra82 (946) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2004
Blood red pour with a beautiful towering foamy head fed by an onrush of ultra fine bubbles that are like champagne. The head is immortal. The aroma is sweet cherries with the uniquely earthy Belgian yeast strain. The taste at first sip is an explosively spicy alcohol. After that initial attack, other flavors start to emerge. The most notable of these is a lingering hop bitterness that is much stronger than most other beers that fall under the broad umbrella of Belgian styles. The bitterness is not overpowering in any way, and allows the fruitiness of the malt to open up in the background. I imagine as this fresh beer settles down, the character would become more malty and complex, and thanks to the new Georgia law allowing this elixir to enter our fair state, I can find out how it will age without much problem. This beer packs a heck of a punch at 10% ABV. After the 330 ml bottle is downed, there is a fire in the belly that radiates out to the extremities. Very drinkable, even at this potency. I WILL be having more.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ross (2073) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 30, 2004
UPDATED: APR 30, 2006 330 ml botlte. this is my first quad... pours out a dark brown color with a tan head that is persistant till the end of the glass. taste is sweet, almost too sweet for me, but still, it was good. fruit tasting, plums maybe, like it says, creamy etc.. it is very filling. i dont know, quad is the best rated beer on the site, but if this is any indication of how west 12 is, then im not sure i will be a fan. i still liked it, but i enjoy belgian strongs a little better. Original 4.0 rating.

Rerate - Had this tonight on tap, very very good. Much better than I remember, but that was about 400 beers ago when I first tasted this beer. I have since drank it but never on tap. On tap so much flavor pours out of this one that I feel I did it injustice by not giving it a higher rating. This one should be up there with Rochefort 10. Very nice, fruity, yeasty, malty, rich, and just down right dangerously drinkable. Awesome beer.


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