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

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RATINGS: 3936   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 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.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2005
Bottle- At the Alex P. Keaton in London, Ontario. Poured a dark brown body, medium beige head. HUGE sediment visible....almost syrup looking. Nice lacing, and the head seems to form rings in the middle of the body, very distinct. Perfect. Aromas are black licorice, rasins and prunes, saltiness, and some floral spiceyness. Taste is floral, spicy, rasins and prunes , sweet an salty, licorice too. Nice! Finish is alcohol, bitter sour aftertaste too. Great example of the style! Watch out Westy!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAR 1, 2005
this is one i just never have had....its been sitting in the cellar forever. almost forgot i had it. not going to bore you with the huge chunky sandy brown head that enveloped into my glass or the dark brown murky nectar that lurked below, it was the nose that got my attention.... probably a little too cold at first but a huge yeasty fresh bread feel notes of brown sugar and cinammon. fuckn insane in the nose, different and fantastic. palate was a silky smooth malty delight of dark fig flavor, toffee, rock candy, tobacco, more spices. not way over the top, trying to be ’too’ big or cloying but just right...couldnt taste the alcohol at all, even as it warmed. good stuff!! i wanna taste this side by side with a westy for comparison?

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pootzboy (1608) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2005
330ml bottle. Thanks Sammy...finally got around to quaffing this bad boy. Pours murky in my goblet... redish- brown highlights when held to the light...lots of sediment in suspension and on the bottom of the bottle. Fat meringue like tan head, which lasts until the last gulp....excellent lacing. Light carbonation... aroma of dark fruits, rum, wine, alcohol and bready malts. Effervescent up front, followed with a complex array of flavors...dried dark fruits, nuts, red grape wine and spicey yeast.... Long finish bread dough, yeasty, almonds and rum in the after taste. As the ale warms in the goblet the malts become cookie dough sweet, spicer and more intoxicating...what a whallop...all ale should be like this.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kwik-lime (1418) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2013 Aroma of malt mixed with oaky, agricultural smells. Pours dark brown, decent head that disappears around the edges but stays thick in the middle and lasts to the end leaving decent lacing. Taste is a pleasantly bitter maltiness at first and then sweet malt with hints of oak, caramel and spices. The alcohol content, 10%, is noticeable. Excellent balance its very easy drinking and overall a highly recommended beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (10386) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2005
Thanks to slikwily for this one. Pours dark brown with an average light brown head with fair lacing and a small dollop remaining in the center. Aroma is oak nose, caramel malt and yeast. Flavor is warm caramel with alcohol and creamy malt. Full-bodied and dark palate.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2005
Thanks to Jim for sharing this gem. Poured amber/brown, with a small head. Sweet malt aroma with some yeast in the background. Lots of tiny fizzy bubbles to spread the cheer. This was malty, with a dry creamy finish. Very warming also, must be the utter smoothness in this 10% brew. Excellent.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2005
Murky brown reddish brown.Some floaties.so what?? I am drinking them down.Heaven.Pure heaven,that wonderful Belgian yeast sweet dark exotic fruits.Ahhh,the good life.I wonder what the BMC drinkers are doing now?? Rich malts and some coriander.makes me wonder:what do you find interesting in Bud Light?? sweet and fruity.Did I mention heaven?? Great mouthfeel.Thank you God.


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