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

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RATINGS: 3725   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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1506) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - AUG 9, 2004
2003 Bottle. Poured a nice mahogony with a tan long lasting rocky head. Aroma like a spice drawer with a lot happening. Flavor is very wine-like, with a nice alcohol bite that balances the huge malt and thick mouthfeel.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Boutip (4642) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2004
Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy brown colored beer with what can only be describe as huge foamy super resistant head (do I need to mention perfect carbonation). Aroma is quite complex with some great roastiness and some strange mix of spices. Great roasty taste with a side of spiced plums. I could not detect any alcohol, which is quite a wonder at 10%. Wow, I’m now glad I bought quite a few so that I can cellar some.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JoeMcPhee (8314) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2006 Rerate: 750 corked and caged. Best before October, 2009. Beautiful deep garnet brown colour with a massive pillowy tan head and sticky lace. Sweet malty aroma. Strong breadiness, rye/wheat, toast, plums and great kettle caramelized complexity. Lovely heavy but soft yeasty notes, cherry, plums, dates. Very spicy as well with allspice, clove, and black pepper being the most prominent. Flavour is sweet and fruity. Dark stone fruits, toast, spice. Full yeasty and bready mouthfeel, but not cloyingly sweet. Lingering herbal, slightly minty flavour on the back with a warming feeling in my belly and a cooling sensation in my mouth. Awesome beer. 33 cl bottle best before Jan. 13, 2007. A good choice for #400. Beautiful ruby coloured beer with a smattering of yeasty haze. Thick light brown head. Rich sweet aroma, light coriander and clove spiciness, fruity plum/prune, black pepper, with a healthy dose of alcohol aroma. As it warms a more herbal aroma became apparent, especially mint. Cookie dough chewy malts also become obvious as it continues to warm. Flavour is well-balanced, malty on the front, honeyish, with a fruity middle. Toasted malt in the finish, with a nice warming shot. Very tasty, but I was hoping for a bit more complexity. 8/4/7/4/17

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 28, 2004
7/27/04. Poured out of 330 mL bottle, bought at Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel, CA 7/27/04. Pours a murky copper brown, slightly red. Rough and tumble head lingers as a nice, tight cap. Lacing is very good, shimmering but blotchy. Nose has some bread pudding, light clove, brown sugar, and a complex malt medley. Good but not as big as I’d hope. Flavor has cake, dried fruit, dark honey. Rich with a supersweet cap that stays on top of the dusty, ashen flavor. Lovely full body. Creamy and fluffy with lots of carbonation to dance with the big alcohol. Finishes with prunes, raisins, and the sharp edge of alcohol that battles for ground. Some sips go down better than others. Very good beer, dammit.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2007 Nice dark ruby-brown body. Thick creamy light-brown head. "Old Spice" fruit aroma. Features spicy banana, milk chocolate(?)... hm. Really good aroma altogether. Mmm... brown sugary grape taste with peppery plums and hops sweetened with honey. Oaky bourbon qualities come out with a bit more TLC. Pretty thick mouthfeel, but carbonation feel was a bit too fizzy for me.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aldrighetti (163) - Coltura, ITALY - JUL 26, 2004
Bottle. Clear sparkling ruby colour, light brownish creamy foam, lasting, glass sticking, lively perlage. Medium intense aroma, overripe banana, nice hoppy (dry flowers), peppery, caramel, candied oranges, spicy alcohol note. Taste is honey-like, with note of walnut, spices, ripe fruits. Creamy texture, body is medium to full, less thick than promise. Bitter is restrained, with a light acidic finish that clean residual sugar in palate. Long finish, aromatic and spicy.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierchik (95) - lakewood, California, USA - JUL 26, 2004
copper brown w/a light head, good sweet aroma, sweetish oaky flavor w/hints of spices. the sweetness is to strong for me.

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 (2955) - 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.


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