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

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RATINGS: 3768   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 27, 2004
Bottle. Beautiful, just beautiful. Abt/Quadrupels never fail to amaze me. So complex, so delicious. Don’t notice the alcohol so much, but its present, like in a fine wine. Glad I grabbed this

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
maeib (8718) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2004
UPDATED: APR 10, 2014 Bottled. A very dark brown beer with a lovely red hue. Excellent long-lasting tan coloured head and thick gloopy lacing. The aroma is malty with leather, berry fruits, prunes, alcohol, port and black bread. Taste of dark, rich chocolate, currants, alcohol and Christmas cake. It is very warming and leaves a tingle on the tongue. the only criticism is it’s slightly dry. A fantastically complex wonderfully tasty beer. Score 4.8
Subsequent ratings scored 4.8 and 4.7. Score unaltered

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (4814) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - SEP 16, 2004
Bottle: Aroma is very malty and fruity. Bananas and raisins are the most noticeable. Pours a dark reddish-brown with lots of sediment floating around. Big tan head with rair retention. Flavor is very malty. Raisin is the strongest flavor followed by alchohol and banana. Rather sweet with a strong alcohol presence. I usually don’t like a strong alcohol taste but the sweetness in this beer does a real nice job of balancing it out.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - SEP 16, 2004
Lots of head, pours a cloudy brown color, malty, sour aroma, sweet taste, some honey pressence, very rich and thick body, tangy citrus present finishes smooth. Good carbs for being real smooth, dark fruity tastes from somewhere.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2004
Pours a hazy red/brown with a ivory head. Aroma is filled with rich sweet malt, dark fruit, and spice. Taste starts sweet and rich with a dark fruitiness, maybe plum, and spice, and ends with just enough hop bitterness to balance it out. A very complex taste that is very smooth and very enjoyable.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
legion242 (2190) - 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.


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