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

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RATINGS: 3863   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 17, 2005
Opaque dark brown w/ lots of sediment. Lasting, creamy, rocky beige foam. Very nice lace. Aroma is richly malty (dark bread, cookie dough, caramel), fruity (plums, raisins), chocolaty, & yeasty (bubble gum). Silky, full-bodied feel. Complex, malty, yeasty flavour w/ a slightly sour edge.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JadoreBlanche (114) - London, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2005
Bottle at the Alex P Keaton in London, Ontario. Pours a dark brown body, with a being head that is huge and frothy. Look at all of this sedimentation here, awesome! Aromas are corriander,raisins, alcohol. Taste is raisns, alcohol, malts, other fruits, bread. Finish is nice, warming, sweet alcoholish prune taste. Nice example of the style!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 16, 2005
The brewery that used to make the westy beers. World class stuff. Berries and plums with pears and raisins, soft cocoa and brownsugar. Full bodied great mouthfeel. Some candy sugar and apple notes, with mild anise. Incredible finish that makes you grab for the next exquisite sip.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2005
Big ass bottle. this got a red brown color with a nice tan head. smell sweet like a cookie, sugary..sweet malty rasiny, fig kida flava.really a rich beer,chewy kida, . MO’ flavas of friut , caramel slightly. alcohol is not really present very good one

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 13, 2005
Cellar Temp. Fantastic aromas of sweetbreads, sugarplums, and coffeecake. Dark burgundy with a true, sustaining head. Remarkable progression of flavors. Somewhat sweet with rich, highly complex maltiness. Dark molasses, soft caramel, prunes with hints of strawberrys and cherries. The sip is then transformed by the effevesence into a holy symphony of alcohol light vinous notes and dark fruits backed chorus of Bing cherries (not “cherry flavor”). Proves that Franklin was correct; He does love us.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BATLMULLET (127) - Highland, Indiana, USA - MAR 13, 2005
On tap, Map Room Chicago. Deep brown-red. Tight off-white head. Soft mouthfeel. Nice slate-ish and raisin-fig-date fruit sweet flavors. Drier finish than I was expecting. Outstanding.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Pours cloudy dark brown with a thick off-white head. Aroma of pears, banana, yeast, pizza dough, and earthiness. Taste has notes of caramel, toffee, roasted/toasted malts, figs/dark fruits, chocolate, yeast, apple, molasses and spiciness on the back end. Pretty sweet. Alcohol content very well hidden. Body is full, round and very smooth with subtle carbonation. Good head retention. Really nice stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
snowtiger (106) - Brighton, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2005
Pours a cloudy orange/brown color with a small offi-white tiny bubble head. The aroma is complex, with raisins, plums, amd fruity yeast esters (and some alcohol). The flavor is just as complex, both smooth and spicy, with the same array of flavors as in the aroma. It does not finish sweet, but slightly malty and spicy. Outstanding.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2005
A hugely flavorful and richly complex Belgian Quad. Pours a cloudy reddish brown color beneath a thick, dense enduring off-white head. Presents rich aromas of yeast rolls, figs, raisins, brown sugar and black licorice or anise. The palate is full, smooth and quite chewy; especially as the ale warms. The flavors are a myriad of dark fruitcake, toffee, caramel, malt and spices. This Quad’s obvious sweetness is perfectly balanced by the 10% alcohol and just a hint of hops in the finish. This Belgian treat would be hard to beat. Worth every $!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - MAR 4, 2005
pours a cloudy reddish-brown with a ton of sediment floating around. Nice sized, tan head. Aroma is raisins, malt, salt, and dark fruit. Wouldn’t exactly call this creamy, although it does seem to get more so as it warms.. Very bubbly and has some sour spice in the finish. Rest of the taste is caramel, dark cherries, raisins, yeast, liquorice. Noticeable alcohol taste.


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