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

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RATINGS: 3982   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.


4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 20, 2005
Dark murky brown in color with large, light brown head. Aroma was yeasty, but not all that pronounced. Perhaps it is the food cooking in the kitchen throwing me off. Great taste, moderatly sweet light brown sugar, butterscotch, nutty and a hint of vanilla. Like it says on the bottle, very well balanced. Tasty... I will have it again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - JAN 20, 2005
Bottled. Cloudy brown/red coloured. Big head, which leaves very fine lace. Aroma is malty, caramelly, alcoholic in a vineous sense and some hints of what reminded a bit of camembert. Taste is yeasty, fruity (banana) with notes of cloves and choclate. Full-bodied and very smooth. This beer leaves a warming sensation and I felt the alcohol rather strongly. A very nice and complex beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doubletriple (52) - Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2005
A murky brew for sure, almost swirling in the glass after a gentle pour from the bottle. Aromas of wine, mustiness, slight alcohol and apples. Full bodied, wonderful complex taste with each sip. This is BEER. A strong ale for sure as one small beer has me buzzin’.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2005
For 10% ABV, this one sure hides it well. Sweet, malty, hoppy- an all around good drink. Sip this one slowly and enjoy it as it warms. Yummy.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2005
12oz bottle. Part of the gift pack that came with the neat glass. Nice dark amber/brown pour with a small, uneven coca head. Taste fuses vanilla and roasted nut/toffee flavour but well balanced and smooth. Palate follows suit. Alchohol well hidden, almost defined. enjoyable all around

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rlgk (12521) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2006 RERATE 060624. I loved this beer the very first time I had it. Since then I have tried it several times on both bottle and tap. And I just like it more and more each time. Simply wonderful, I just cant get enough of it. (Old rating: 10/4/9/5/17) Dark amber, nice lasting offwhite head. Great malty aroma with hazelnuts and other nuts, along with vanilla and malt. Malty dry and nutty flavor with vanilla and cream. Very complex and with a great body. Alcohol is well hidden.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Garrat (1303) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2005
From a bottle.Dried blood in colour,small head,sweet malt,chocolate biscuits with your coffee flavours.Big and warm.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gorbalev (2994) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2005
Bottle, Cafe Volo. Dark Brown pour. I had a bit of a cold, but I didn’t get a strong aroma - more of a muted mixture of sweet malt and a little spiciness. Tan head that was pretty active - lots of bubbles. This transferred over to the mouthfeel - very active and bubbly as well. Strong malt character to taste, a very assertive beer featuring lots of sweetness (a hint of chocolate, but not as predominant as others have made it out to be) and certainly some alcohol, but not overpowering. This is a perfectly balanced beer. Heaven in a glass was my final verdict; it is hard to describe but this beer, combined with a wonderful setting of a corner table at Volo with the welcoming company of the owner Ralph on a cold windy night outside, made this one of my best beer drinking experiences in Toronto ever.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crockett (1028) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2005
Pours hazy red brown with a big lasting off white sudsy head. Aroma is a little barnyard and funky with musty yeast and crusty malts. Lots of stale brown bread in the flavours with berries and a smidgen of citrus hop bitters. Predominated by earth, roasted chocolate and biscuity malts. Alcohol extremely well hidden. More ripe red berry flavour than fig/plum/raisin I would expect from and Quadrupel. Good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
run20six2 (119) - USA - JAN 8, 2005
An excellent tasting beer with a noticeable taste of alcohol. Chocalate tasting and full of spices.


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