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

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RATINGS: 3877   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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 15, 2004
Pours a deep brown color...Huge,rocky tan head that lingers for most of the glass...Aromas of sweet fruits...candied rasins...Faint presence of alcohol and some spices...Flavor follows siut with huge malt flavor giving way to dark fruit...Flavors intensify and become more complex as the beer warms...Finish is crisp but slightly metallic...Very full through the midddle...A very nice beer

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 12, 2004
What exactly is supposed to differentiate this beer from other Belgian strongs? Too sweet, too yeasty. Don’t like it.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tex (52) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2004
Beautiful beer from a tap. Slightly dark in colour. Strong hints of fruit and crisp finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dirkbreedveld (288) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 8, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2014 One of the best barley wines of the world, also available of draught. Will keep for years. Very complex in flavours/aroma’s. Very hartwarming beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2004
Small bottle. Wow. Pours very dark with a big, dark, rocky head. Smells wonderfully fruity and spicy. Very Belgian flavor (makes sense), a little alcohol burn. Dry finish. Excellent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ragesaq (71) - Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2006 Very rich and creamy belgian, the belgian yeast balances with the hops with a slightly moist yellow cakey sweetness and a touch of spice. Complex to say the least. Consistency is thick for beer and best described as slightly syrupy.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jcc83 (137) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 4, 2004
Poured a surprisingly dark brown, capped by an abundant creamy tan head. Complex aroma of dark fruit (raisins), spices (cinnamon), sweet maltiness, and alcohol. Flavor is delicious: sweet, fruity, spicy, and floral, with only the slightest alcohol burn in the finish. Very well balanced; the sweetness is countered excellently by a slight bitterness from the alcohol as well as some of the spicyness. An awesome thick nectar in the mouth. Fantastic concoction!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - OCT 30, 2004
Pours dark reddish brown. Aroma is raisin with apparent alcohol. Flavor is sweet, dried fruit with a nice finish that hides the alcohol better than the aroma. Very nice mouthfeel and aftertaste. A great beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2007 Dark brown color, heavy sweet malty aroma and taste, full body, long sweet light alcoholic finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - OCT 28, 2004
Very dark amber brown w/thick off white head. Toffee, carmel, chocolate and malt nose. Heavey mouthfeel with foaminess and a sweet lingering finish. Molasses, toffee, chocolate, cherry and light sourness. Great beer!!


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