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

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RATINGS: 3717   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.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2004
11.2oz bottle, poured into an Orval glass. Pours a very dark brown with a tan head supporting what looks like whisps of cinnamon. A very thick head indeed that really doesn't want to go away. Very nice. Very thick lace clings to the glass. The smell is very faint because of the thick head sealing the beer, but I can smell some fruit esters, mostly banana. The taste is spectacular. Fruit esters swirl around the mouth from the first sip. Bananas, apricots, cloves... Wow. Interestingly, no alcohol taste, which is very deceiving. I can't say enough nice things about this beer. The taste is truly spectacular. Mouthfeel is delightfully creamy with just a touch of a mineral feel to it. Drinkability? Yes please! I found this on sale and I'm definately going back for more.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2004
Pours a very nice dark ruby-red. Medium off-white head. Aroma of musk, hay, yeasty bread. Wow! Palate is biting. Some detectable fruity nose. Flavour is mostly pepper and cherry.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - FEB 25, 2004
Dark reddish brown, looks like a stirred up muddy river. Aroma of sweet fruits, malt, yeast and alcohol. Quite complex flavor array of toffee, dark bread, raisin, plum and a high alcohol note. Good mouthfeel, drinkable and very nice to sip as it warms in the glass.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 24, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2005 Deep ruddy brown. Big fluffy pale tan head. Nose of cereal, apples, banana, dark fruit. All raisons, chocolate, salty, dark fruit, bittersweet chocolate, toffee, vanilla, licorice? Velvety smooth, nimble palate, great mouthfeel. This is serious stuff, that finishes with perfectly done hops, and a great fruity dryness. Alcohol is hidden, this is a rich, luscious dessert in a 11.2 oz. bottle!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - FEB 22, 2004
750 ml. big 'ole brown Belgian bottle. Corked and caged. Best by date of 08/2008. Very fresh and lively. Cork practically shot out of the bottle when I opened it. Lively carbonation makes for a huge, thick tannish colored, meringue like head. Thick and frothy, it was. Almost like a milkshake. Aromas are of dried fruits, rum soaked raisins, sweet dried dates, some bananas and cloves in the aromas as well. Very fruity tasting. Malts make a surprising start, followed by the dried fruit flavors, and followed up by the slight hop bitterness at the end. No alcohol present in the aromas or flavors, but it is very warming upon impact to your stomach. Very warming indeed. Funny thing about it though, there's no alcohol tastes whatsoever. Bananas and cloves make up the middle of the tastes, and it finishes sweet, but on the dry side. Not cloying, but it does have an immense mouthfeel. This beer trancends the ordinary Belgian ales by leaps and bounds. A great beer, what we call "mag-nasty" in these parts of the country. A "mag-nasty" beer indeed. ...And that's a good thing.

1.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
dannyboydwp (48) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2004
I MUST have had a bad bottle. With how well so many of you rated it, this can't really be this bad. It was undrinkable. The color looked to be a dark brown and it had thick foamy head. The flavor was like... yeuck... nuts I was tasting the second time. I sincerely hope that it was the bottle.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 20, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2007 (Bottled) Very dark, murky, blood-red color with a medium, lasting head. Malty, hoppy, anise, raisins and licorice aroma with grainy alcohol. Very malty, quite barley-wineous, sweetish-fruity, licoricey flavor with plums and some chocolate hints. Alcohol is well hidden, but warming. Long, sweetish, lingering aftertaste. Smooth but slightly bitter, medium to full-bodied, somewhat foamy-carbonated palate. A very nice, quite complex and fruity brew, although somewhat foamy-carbonated, not that full-bodied (for the style), and maybe an inch too alcoholic in the aroma. Definitely delicious overall, though.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2004
Pours a dark earthy brown with a huge fluffy biege head. Aroma is of mild fruit and spice. Nice full and creamy mouthfeel. Dark fruits like plums on the tongue. This was truly a great beer. It was just so smooth and silky. I could drink this beer all day long.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SlimJimDrinker (115) - Nørrebronx, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2004
Light spice fruit... A Peacocks tail unfolds in your mouth leaving you in a mild state of awe...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
haddon90 (1429) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2004
Bottle. Nice aroma. Raisins, sugar, malt, and some spice. Very dominating aroma. Deep dark pour with a lingering head. Wow what a thick flavor. Certainly gets to your palate alright. Spicy, raisins, full bodied. Some malt as well. Overall a really good beer, but maybe a little too heavy. But still mighty tasty!


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