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

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RATINGS: 3768   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2004
pours brown witha large tan head. aroma is fruity, yeasty and a little hoppy. flavor is also fruity a little sweet kind of bubble gum flavor. this is a very good beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - APR 17, 2004
Pours with a large white head. Aroma of dark fruits, bananas. Flavor is of dark fruit, banana, caramel with a subdued but balanced bitterness. Nice and creamy palate. Alcohol is noticable in the back of the throat which hurts the finish a bit.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jde123 (764) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 10, 2004
Got this one at my favorite bar, opened with a shot, great pour: lots of head and great lacing. Smelled very nutty, like peanuts. This aroma was kind of offsetting, but the flavor really won me over, great great great great great! Great feel going down. No complaints on this one!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - APR 10, 2004
Flat out brown with a tan head. Doesn't look like a normal Belian ale, but that's fine. Has an oddly malth aroma. Carmel malt is present in this smooth smelling beer. The first taste contains fruit flavors such as plum and raisin. Ther is also some malt sweetness that doesn't die as the beer warms up. This it a beer that you know belongs among the best of all.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2004
Huge malt and candy sugar aroma with alcohol. Med brown color with huge floaters, almost looks like lava lamp oil. Rich malt and candy sugar flavors with some alcohol but you would not know that it is 10%. Beer has an oily mouthfeel to it. A very good quad that I will drink again.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2004
Gorgeous thick color of reddish, dark crusty earth brown with a substantially tall, softly creamy, yet densely whipped, dark ivory crown that remains for a good while before slowly creeping down to an ever present thick murky skim. Lacing starts as styrofoam sheets but dissolves and sticks in big spots and some globules. Aroma is soft and subtle, not all that strong but comes across complex enough with dark citrusy fruits of fig, raisin, starfruit, and touches of lemon and banana. Some cocoa sits within and a bit of crispy vanilla and cookie dough sweetness. But as it warms some major yeasty tones take over lending phenolic notes and spicy alcoholic burn. Yum! Taste is super nice; very soft and subtle, full and scrumptious, nice dulled-like dark citrusy fruit notes dancing upon chewy cookie dough sweetness where pleasing sugars, vanilla, and lingering cocoa wait in the wings to finish it off. Quite a bit of things going on; like a waffer lemon tea cookies meets chewy sweet oatmeal raisin cookie dough with a splash of cocoa. Heavy milk-like thickness upfront, some light chewy malts and cookie sugars dominate the middle where it mingles with a solid carbonation and some wonderfully placed yeasty spices of clove and earthy dryness towards the finish. But this really never gets all that dry at all, it remains full and wet with amazing sugary cookie things. Its fades ever so gently off the palate where a dry spice coats under a sweet malt laden heaven. Mmmm...Liquid bakery flavors of oatmeal cookies, caramel chewy raisin bars, and moist chocolate/cocoa cake with a spritz of darkened citrus in the frosting. Amazing! The yeast sits just right for me, mild yet present with just the right amount of give and take around the middle and into the finish with its clove-like and phenolic spice and alcohol. Full, fluffy carbonation, semi-chewy, very well rounded and just spicy enough, just the right amount of sweetness and sugarsall combine, and whammo, you've got an amazingly easy smooth, soothingly thick glass of necture here. Beyond drinkable; its fan-tabulous! Slides right down with wonderment! How in the hell do those 'smiling' monks do it?

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
shadey (1897) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 6, 2004
Pours smooth and with a rich creamy looking head. the first smell and taste is described as "nutty". The texture is perfect. Carries more flavor as it warms up to room temperature.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2004
Pours a deep raisin color with a large, billowy, strange brown colored head. Laces well down the glass. Aroma is raisin and banana with hints of yeast. Slight medicinal and raisin flavor. Very noticeable alcohol in this one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The Etruscan (528) - Tuscany, ITALY - APR 5, 2004
Beige large full lasting head. Brown color. Aroma is sweet, fruity with nutty and vinous notes. Flavor is fruity with raisins and alcohol accent, ending in a long dark fruity finish. Full bodied.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - APR 3, 2004
UPDATED: APR 27, 2004 deep ruby brown with red edges. nice puffy off-white tannish head. creamy lacing on the edges of the glass. fizz racing up the center. starts with hop flavor but fades to very mild malt. lots of carbonation in the mouthfeel. super faint candi sugar nose, also sweetbread. some alcohol taste through the middle, but very well hidden. no yeast particles in the first two glasses (a 750). candi gets stronger as this gets warmer. aftertaste also gets sweeter. last pour shows yeasty cloud, more opacity.


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