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

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RATINGS: 4045   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 5, 2005
Exceptinally similar to Westy 12. Dried fruits aren’t as distinct in the flavor -- there’s quite a bit of malt in front of the yeast esters, but they’re still immense. The aroma is fruity esters and alcohol with some sweet malt behind it. The flavor is very similar: yeast esters, caramel malt, some bittering hops in the background and a little alcohol -- not as much alcohol flavor as Westy 12, though. Very very good, especially for the price and availability.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 2, 2005
Doughy Smell. Candy dark Brown color. A little alcoholic but smooth. Available at Downtown Wine & Spirits in Somerville, MA

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WesBeerGuy (62) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - JUL 1, 2005
Slightly sweet aroma with a hint of alcohol. Pours dark reddish brown with off white head. Thick full mouthfeel with strong presence of malt and dark fruit. The alcohol detracts from the fruit somewhat, but isn’t overpowering. I’d love to spend more time searching for adjectives, but this is a complex beer and I think I’ll just go enjoy it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmb84 (5) - Dunedin, Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2005 does not count
when i first poured the beer it had a sweet aroma of burnt caramel, the also had a bit of an alcohol smell to it as well. The head of the beer was frothy and white. The beer had bitter taste but not overly bitter, it also had slight alcohol taste to it as well with hints of sweetness. overall pretty good beer , i would have given it a better rating but quads have never been my favorite.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sofajoern (146) - DENMARK - JUN 27, 2005
Lovely dark, brownish red colour. Heavy malty aroma, very full body and flavors to rival even the heaviest Trappists.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2005
burnt orange/dark brown, depending on what angle you look at it. this is pretty decent. very very creamy and very thickk white head. really carbonated. lots of plum, almonds, walnuts, and some peanuts in the flavor. almost like a thai seasoning taste to the beer... wierd. some hints of apricots and peach. enjoyed this at home with mikes. there is a weird creamy taste/palate, like a baileys or something... yummers

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2005
brownish color with a hint of orange. nice light tan head, very huge and creamy. Banana bread, strawberries, nuts and irish cream in the aroma, very nice indeed. Big time alchohol in the taste with dried dark fruits and nuts. Very thick and a nice subtle bitterness shows up at the begining and at the end.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - JUN 25, 2005
Bottle. A little dissapointed compared to the abt 8. Beautiful pour though. Deep rich black with an awesome brown head. Excellent appearance. Taste is a bit off with the alcohol really showing. Spices with hints of oak and malt.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
monty (39) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 25, 2005
St. Bernardus Abt 12. 22 June 2005. Small bottle. Deep walnut brown with an uber-creamy cappuccino head. In my Chimay glass there’s a cool effect: the bubble stream that comes up the center of the glass makes a little poofy pillow under the head. Aroma of apricots, banana, cinnamon. I can taste nuts, cinnamon, brown sugar, and lots of yeast. One of the best, and a nice treat for my anniversary.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2005 Very sour smelling, with a bit of grape. Dark amber coloring, with a fluffy tan head. Very wine-like qualities, deep flavor, almost a carbonated wine. Seriously. The mouthfeel is deep and dense, with a bitterness at the finish. Overall, not my style, but you appreciate class when you come across it.


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