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

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RATINGS: 3982   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
can8ianben (1385) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2005
Very solid. Exactly what I would expect from a good strong belgiun. Loads of flavour, nice dark flavour and sweet wine like flavour. The aroma is thick, smoky, and ever present. the head lasts and lasts. great colour and wonderful pour. Not the best, but pretty close to the top. If only there wasn’t such a cheesy bottle.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2005
Poured cold from a bottle as a cola reddish-brown with a thin long-lingering head. Hints of dark cherry in the scent. Dark fruit taste, very mildly bitter, pleasant mouthfeel, nice aftertaste. Don’t taste much of the 10% ABV. I see why he’s smiling now. As it’s warming up, taste is getting stronger, in a good way. And it warms the belly slightly with the alcohol. I’m enjoying this one, this is what beer sampling is all about.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dextolen (151) - Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2005
The last in our "Weekend at Bernies" sampling. What more can I add to this beer by trying to explain it in words? I think it was summed up best by one of our tasters, a friend of mine who is atheist. He looked at the bottle, with the monk smiling happily at him, and said "You’re trying to convert me, aren’t you?" This has got to be one of the best beers on the planet.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
jrob21 (2822) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2005 caramel, chocolate, brown, light sweetness, medium bitterness, full body, thick feel, long finish,

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gilvanblight (817) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2005
Love the ’happy Saint’ on the bottle. Deep dark brown, looks almost like a stout. Thick foamy light tan head. Verry friuty and spicy scent. Bitter fuity taste that veries greatly. A bit rich but very pleasant.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2005
Taster @ PIB. Pours a deep rich toffee color. Smells of yeast, spices, and strong malts. A wonderful taste of dates, oak, cloves, and spices. A truly magnificant beer worthy of drinking some more.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DerWeg (1546) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2010 Small re-rate - repeated tastings of this incline me to add a few points. I prefer it very lightly cooled down from room temperature. I like the whole line actually - the Pater and Prior are well worth trying, as are the Watou an St. B Tripels. Does the Abt. 12 rule? Yes, but it has a worthy court of subjects. <P>Small tulip poured from 33cl on BeerBistro patio. (Awesome place.) Small sips of strong, deep rich flavor delivers what the dark colour promises. Bigness. Not exceptionally powerfiul or detailed aroma, but nice dark / mixed dried fruit (pear fig plum rasin) aroma and flavor with austere sweet-baked spicings. Alcohol shows a bit. Elegant and not bad. Might prefer a Koningshoeven Quad though - I must try both again (and Fin Du Monde to see if it hits the spot these days.) St.B12 is very good if not indispensible at first try, but when the expectation is so built up like this I’d better try a few more StB12’s to rate more objectively.<P>The server took away my bottle before I was done (hey I paid 13 bucks just to stare at it!).

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2005
75 cl Bottle. Dark brown colour, with a nice big rocky head. Lovely aroma of some complexity and notes of medicin. A wonderful flavour, notes of spice and dried fruit, and some sweetness. The alcohol is very good hidden, and the beer ends up in a very delicate way. Absolute the best beer I ever try from this brewery.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pintbypint (2807) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 18, 2005
330ml brown bottle shared with Gilvanblight and PandoraGreen, Pub Italia, Ottawa. Dark brown pour, small tan head. Almond, nutty, chocolate malt aroma. Flavour is deeply choclately. Alcohol blended in nicely. Carbonation seemed light and restrained. A big but not overpowering beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 13, 2005
Aroma of spicy yeast, port, chocolate. Pours a murky brown, huge foamy off-tan head that sticks around. Fruit sweetness up front. Tingly palate on the tongue. A blunt chocolate finish with a strong alcohol taste that I found off-putting. Hops are definitely there as well. 100th percentile? Bah!


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