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

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3877   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 íQuadrupelí style of Belgiumís 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. Itís 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
lululegrand (94) - gent, BELGIUM - DEC 18, 2004
Intens dark color with not much foam. Great nose of coffee, caramel and dried fruits. Very rich taste with smooth mouthfeel. Intens afthertaste with some sweetness and complex burned aromaís.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - DEC 17, 2004
Slightly hazy brown body. Suprisingly small, though long lasting light brown head. Initial aroma of prunes and rasins, with light chocolate, apples, port and pears following. Some light spicy notes uncovered as it warmed too. Suprisingly only medium bodied, not as smooth as i was expecting. Sweet caramel and raisins start, with some chocolate notes and other dark fruits coming through. Alcohol warming feeling down the throat. Nice beer.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 15, 2004
12.15.04 330ml bottle, Ommegang goblet. Deep ruby pour with tall and creamy khaki head that nitrogen injected brews dream of having. Gorgeous complexity in layers of aroma. A whole box of raisins soaked in fresh apple cider and spritzed with cherry brandy. More layers peel away to reveal caramelized pear, warm scone, chocolate pudding. Divine. The flavor is a miracle. Dark and sweet, Iíve sold my soul for less. Reduction of pear brandy and soaked raisins, soft cocoa, cherry touches, brown sugar burnt in cream. The palate is velvet soft with the lightest eff tingle fully coating and exploring the entire palate. The beer, as it finishes, becomes wine-like with plenty more raisin to linger over exquisite warmth.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2004
#1200! Thanks to npdempse for this one. This is the first top 50 beer Iíve had for awhile. Pours very turbid orangish amber. Aroma of malt, fruit, hops, spice, barnyard. Slightly more intense aroma than the St. Berny 8. Tastes very fruity, creamy, smooth, with finishing figs, spice, fruit, and bandaid. Very nice complexity. Iíd love to do a side-by-side with this and Westy 12. Are monks allowed to get laid? If so, maybe Iíll join up. I think Iíd make a great Dalai Lama.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2004
dark brown with creamy beige head that lasts. Dark fruits, spice,..smooth finish. excellent palate.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SpockTheater (49) - Louisiana, USA - DEC 10, 2004
It poured a dark brown color and a really nice thick and creamy head. Also had a sweet aroma that reminds me a bit of brown sugar. From the first few sips I could tell that it had not quite warmed up enough even though I let it sit for several minutes. Then when it warmed the flavor was tremendous. It had the usual Belgian spicy taste, but with a faint smokey or roasted flavor. This "smokey" flavor is not something Iíve tasted in any other Quadrupels and gave it a very original character. Iíll definitely say that this one ranks up there with the Trappistes.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2004
Complex and lighter tasting than expected. 10%? Doesnít feel like it. Huge head that dissipates fairly quickly.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zeswaft (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2006 I donít 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!


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