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

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RATINGS: 3810   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.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zeswaft (1379) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2006 I don’t remember much of drinking this beer but i remember it being super malty. i have to admit i dont understand these belgiun beers so sorry for wasting your time. (Rerate) I had this on tap and it is a pretty damn good quad. nutty, sweet, woody, yeasty. excellent.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 7, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2006 A delicious beer with a full body and just the right amount of carbonation. There are hints of fruit and blended spices in just the right balance. This is one of my favorite beers available to me.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 6, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2005 Cloudy brown with a considerable off white head. Very lively aromas of prunes, raisins and maybe even a hint of cherries. It is creamy with the dark fruits in the taste as well. I also taste chocolate and butter. This is great!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shoeshineboy (81) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2004
smooth, fruity, and complex... Its belgium in a bottle.... Probably the finest defination fo a quad I have had so far.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Loddeer (171) - USA - DEC 4, 2004
Again, this one was not as good as I thought it would be. Not as smooth or as flavorful as most, average compared to others of the genre. The sweet malt and spiced tastes are there, on my palate they never lingered enough or materialized into an enjoyable flavor. I am not sure why it seemed stagnant from start to finish. A bad bottle perhaps? The dude on the bottle hyped me up too much I guess, should have been better.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2004
This poured out a dark thick opaque brown color with a good sized beige head that has great retention. This also left a wonderful coating of lace around the glass as it was consumed. Big complex aroma here with dark sweet fruit malts standing out the most with notes of alcohol, some spice and yeast. There is more going on than that but I am unable to tell exactly what the wonderful scents are, I will defiantly need to get a few more of these to enjoy and analyze. Up front with the taste is sweet fruity malt flavors mingling with a bit of spice. The taste is very smooth and it defiantly warms you up a good deal. Mouthfeel is full and creamy with excellent carbonation and a dry finish, basically perfect. Drinkability is only hindered by ones tolerance for 10% beers besides that its so smooth and delicious I could try and drink this all day. Excellent beer that is recommended to everyone.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 2, 2004
Brownish red color, aroma that is very complex, full of abbey type malts and the smell of wine casks, thick texture, so many things going on in the taste, fig cherry chocolate banana, alcohol sneaks up on you. On my top 20 list

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Bottled 750ml and 11.2 oz. Mahogany wth a large off white creamy head. Toffee aroma. Full creamy mouthfeel. Nice longlasting fruity bitter taste. excellent. well balanced. multiple tastings.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2004
Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights and a thick tan head that lasted for the duration of the sampling (1hr.). Rich pungent aromas of plums, rasins, toffee, alcohol, and bready yeasts. The flavour was rich as well with rasins, plums, spices (clove, cinnamon, nutmeg) belgian yeast with some alcohol burn in the finish. All in all a deicious brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3156) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 21, 2004
Deep brown with ruby highlights supporting a creamy tall mocha head. Rich sweet alcoholic aroma carries a nutty caramel with cookie dough and spicy pepper. Sweet complex flavor. No hops. A bit of tart wine with a nice long finish.


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