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

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RATINGS: 4030   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HogTownHarry (6201) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2006 Bottle (330ml) At Volo. Very fine slightly mocha looking head - quite lively, dark specks like fine-ground cinnamon. Not much lacing. Light but very appealing aroma with cloves, some alcohol, sweet malt, bar chocolate. Colour is cloudy medium copper. Taste is ... mild but complex, follows the nose, but not at all alcohol-overwhelming - itís there, but under control. Refreshing and slightly sweet. One of the best ABT 12ís Iíve had - not quite to Westvlerteren 12 or the Rochefort 10, but close.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sregnar35 (1022) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUN 16, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2005 Great, full bodied, fruity belgian beer. Lots of things all going on at once with this beer, very enjoyable. I have since had this on tap at Mahars. All I can say is wow, unbelievable.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kepano (247) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 14, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2006 Delicious but very complex and difficult to analyze. It poured a rich brown with reddish highlights and a large frothy head. The nose was spicy and floral but not nearly as powerful as its mouthfeel. The high alcohol content (10%) came through very clearly to me. The flavor was malty and tart with undertones of caramel and plums. The finish was amazing, starting with a harsh bitterness that slowly mellows out into a very smooth creamy and sweet taste on the back of your tongue. I took long breaks between each sip to really appreciate that final evolution.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
2philosophers (16) - Ridgewood, New York, USA - JUN 13, 2005
Nice dark brown color with a contrasting white head. It gives off a wonderful fruity aroma. Fruits and caramel are the flavors that come through. No alcohol flavor in this beer despite the hight alcohol content. One of my favorite Quads.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 13, 2005
Bottle. Pours dark caramel color with large off white head. Nose is sweet plums and caramel. Mouth is medium body, bitter, with an alcohol warmth delay.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUN 8, 2005
Bottle. Nice opaque brown/black pour with a think white head. Nice fruity spicy aroma, with some spicy yeast. Big mouth full of dark sweet malts and lots of dark druits - dates, plums, prunes, and surprisingly little peppery alcohol (well hidden). Very nice quad

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ceejmomeechmo (58) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2005
Bottle. Pours an opaque brown with a thick off white head. The head dissolved nicely leaving good lacing. I also picked up on a fair ammount of carbonation. Aromas were of yeast, floral notes and a hint of pineapple/ fruit. Flavor was malty and sweet up front, with fruity sugar flavors lingering on. I thought the mouthfeel was suprisingly full, and the alcohol was masked quite well. Overall very enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nicholai (100) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 8, 2005
Very dark, with a good head with some belgian lace. The aroma has overwhelming variety, with spices, lavender, soap, coriander, and various others I canít identify. The taste is surprisingly tart, with some lingering sweetness - sour with some hints of vodka, with well masked alcohol. Nice, but not exceptional.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 7, 2005
#271009 printed on the back of the bottle. Very murky brown body with a medium, creamy tan head. Creamy-sweet aroma: orange zest, brown sugar, nutmegy custard, with a fluffy yeast that sort of ties it all together. Big, sweet malty flavor: candi sugar, orange zest, rum, and that unifying yeast. Bits of green bitter hops, too. The usual big, sweet intense Belgian-y flavor. Fun but not terribly interesting.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - JUN 7, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2013 The goofy guy gets it done. Poured a massive head in my St. Bernardus glass. Typical quadrupel color - dark red/brown. Aroma is overpowering with raisins, but thereís also malt, alcohol, yeast, and some fruityness. Flavor is very strong, alcoholic and sweet. Raisins and alcohol dominate everything initially. As it warms it becomes more complex but remains overwhelmingly sweet.


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