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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.


4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JMerritt (1767) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2004
Red brown color. Head is tan, initially large, but drops rather quickly (TOO quickly). Aroma is malty, alcoholic, with a slight hint of ripened plums. The aroma isn't quite as musty and inviting as I like my abts. However, the flavor is just what I wanted: musty, sweet malt, grape, plum, dates and toffee. Rich and very delicious! Alcohol is noticeable in the finish, but doesn't give away the secret that this stuff is 10% ABV. Fluffy, massive mouthfeel almost makes you want to chew this before you swallow.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2004
Dark ruby-brown with a massive pilowy tan head. The head clings to the glass in sheets. Big fruity aroma, apples, raisins, and some banana. Flavor is plums, raisins, and a smidgen of toffee. Body is full with a slight alcohol burn. The aftertaste is full of dark fruit. A nice quad but there are better to be had.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2007 Poured a reddish brown with HUGE creamy head. Malty and fruity taste and nose. Alcohol again finely masked . These guys are friggin awesome.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3251) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Hazy deep brown, head actually mellows and becomes better over time. Aroma is of port and raisins, and is quite pronounced. Flavor is initially of bready malts, then descends into layers of thick plums, raisins, port wine, and in the end sumptuous chocolate. Alcohol also kicks in just to remind you of what you are dealing with. Exquisite. Only drawback is a slight bite on the palate.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2004
UPDATED: APR 6, 2004 On draft at Monks. A beautiful beer. First sip floored me. The best brussels lace yet. Malty knockout. Rerating: Aroma upgraded to 10. Just about as close to heaven without actually going there.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewcifer85710 (158) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2003
Holy patoot, here's the holy grail of all the beer offered up by St. Johnny Ryall. Hazy dark chestnut. He goes to sleep by falling down on his face! Yes, this one finally tastes like alcohol. Yes, it works nicely. Malty. Yeah, it's fruity again too. Plums, like everyone else said. Nice dry warm finish. Nice work, Bernie. Now fetch grandpa another Schltz. Thanks lipskin!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
radiomgb (2182) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2003
Deep brown in colour. Aroma was malty, alcohol, fruity with grapes, apples, and plums. Flavour had lots of alcohol, some malt, plums again and some chocolate. Finish is alcohol heat and a medium bitterness. I would have enjoyed this better if the alcohol was hidden better.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rkearney (35) - Amherst, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2003
Very nice deep reddish brown color with medium light brown head. Very fruity aromatic nose. Not a very long lasting flavor, but Incredibly warming.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2005 Gorgeous red-tinted bronze body with a serious whirlpool of carbonation emanating from the depths of my goblet and a spumous, persistent off-white head. Pleasing aroma of bubble gum esters, yeasty spice including a hint of cloves, cherry wine, dark candy sugar residue, light fusels and some alcoholic sharpness. Flavor of warm, toasty dark bread with considerable, lingering residual sweetness. Subtle fruitiness and mildly bitter. Has elements of maple syrup, cola, and a subtle tea-like quality. Sweetness hides the alcohol. Lacks the funkiness of Rochefort, which I love. Still a very tasty and special beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2003
UPDATED: APR 18, 2008 Bottle pours an amber brown color with a large head and some lace. The aroma is quite yeasty and malty. The flavor is sweet, ripe cheese, and pretty balanced. The palate is good. Overall, not as good as the other Trappists I’ve tried, but still pretty good.


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