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

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4273   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.14/5   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - APR 19, 2006
Poured from bottle into a tulip glass, the off- white head nearly rampaged out of control. Nice retention and lacing. Body was fairly dark brown. Aroma reminded me of dark fruits and was a little wine-like. Flavor was well-balanced, rich, and spicy. Just enough noble hops for balance. Had some alcohol warming in the finish, but not enough to burn. I can see why it is one of the top beers in the world.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - APR 19, 2006
color is cloudy and dark with spots of sediment, nose of sweet maple syrup raw bread, sweet initial taster, creamy and medium bodied, port wine taste ,acidic aftertaste

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SHIG (4385) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - APR 18, 2006
Very dark brown color sorta syrup apperance with creamy head. Deep fruit smell tingles the nose. It has a nice fruit taste with sweet malty flavor that finishes with zest on the taste buds.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slcbrewer (44) - USA - APR 17, 2006
Very good quad. Not quite as much alcohol as the Westy or the Roche. Perhaps a touch less complex than those two as well. Also less sweet.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 17, 2006
Pours a cloudy brown. Looks like unfiltered apple cider. Nose is full of spicy prunes and a touch of alcohol. Taste is a semi-sweet, fruity, malty and a bitter dry after taste. This beer is not too strong and not too weak. Great beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MoreHead (355) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2006
UPDATED: APR 17, 2006 i knew i would enjoy this one. fruit and spice is the most memorable of this complex, sweet, and carbonated beauty. at nearly $10 i doubt i will buy again but i’m glad i got one. nicely done.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2006
Wonderfully crafted beer. Rich roasted aroma. Flavors of chocolate, sweet dried fruits, nuts, espresso, and spices. Slight (very slight) harshness on the tongue in the aftertaste. What a treat!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MichelV (6) - Beveren, BELGIUM - APR 15, 2006 does not count
An excellent look a like of the west vleteren 12 almost the same style, less sweet...

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mtdshn (173) - Moline, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2006
Bottle. Pours a nice mohagany color with a nice creamy, foamy head. Fig, apricot, pineapple and orange scents. Walnuts and a fairly moderate amount of yeast taste. Great mouthfeel and nice body. Gritty caramel taste (not at all a bad comment). Nice bite.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - APR 13, 2006
Tap@ Underground Bluz, Orlando, FL. Very dark brown/ruby. Small, creamy, light tan head. Aroma of rich malt, dark fruits, candi sugar, lively yeast, caramel/toffee, and a bit of gas. Same flavors. This brew tastes better bottled. On draft gas is usually the first thing I smell and taste. The full, balanced body is still a little thinner than the bottled version. Overall a great brew.


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