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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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2005 Appears very similar to the Rochefort 10, deep brown yet with light behind it, a beautiful deep reddish amber. Tan head is thin but creamy and also quite like the Rochefort. Aroma is sweet, fruity and malty. Mouthfeel is crisp yet creamy and full bodied. Really smooth. Has a wonderful big fruity malty flavor. The aroma and flavor here are in my opinion brighter and bigger than the Rochefort. I could drink a few of these quite easily. This ale is quite impressive, I’m extremely pleased to be drinking it. 4/14/05 11.2 oz bottle. Best by 15.09.09. The aroma’s there and body is sharp but full and nice.This one’s too young. Needs time for yeast to do its thing.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TogBean (47) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 4, 2003
Another night of good and some not so good beer with Mr. Nixon. I also found the leering man on the label a little off-puttin ( "Lady, you're not supposed to be drinkin' this brew. It's for the menfolk only") but tried it anyway. It's a nice dark beer with a tan head, alcohol is stong in the aroma and Cider is present also. I like a beer that feels thick, almost thinly syrupy on the tongue and this one does. Wonderful. Not too carbonated, malty, fruity and smooth. A good one to trot out in front of (good)beer drinking friends.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ericnixon (737) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 4, 2003
I was hesitant to have this because of the wacky guy on the label. he weirded me out for some reason. anyways, It was dark brown and pretty cloudy. it had a taste that strongly reminded me of cider. pretty good, but not hugely amazing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2003
Nice head and dark brown color. It had a spice overtone with suitable complexity. Strong alcohol bite.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Silphium (3160) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2003
Pours dark brown with a creamy tan head. Has a fruity apple cider and sweet malt aroma. The body is nicely carbonated, with vinous notes, dark fruit, apple cider, and a touch of spice clinging to the tongue. Alcohol is warming but not overbearing, and the tight carbonation enhances the mouthfeel. Still, I prefer the Prior 8.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2443) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - AUG 2, 2003
Big, rocky, tan head. Hazey dark brown color with some gold highlights. Fruity, yeasty, bready nose, banannas too. Medium body, real effervescent, prickly on the tongue, burps good! Sweet, fruity, spicey(cinnamon like), some oxydation, earthy. Finish is medium sweet with more fruits, apples and nanners. A pleasent 10%er.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 1, 2003
Great looking beer. The ruby/hazel body and thick traditional Belgian head clues you in immediately to how good this beer is going to be. REALLY musky, but very nice: dried currant and mushroom primarily. Fairly strong palate, although I think it suffers a tad from the overt alchohol. In line with this is the slightly astringent quality in the aroma, although this is nothing compared with the wonderful aroma of dried fruit and flowers.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2003
Huge malty aroma, with lots of alcohol, and an anise background. WOW! Hazy brown appearance, with large, but fastly fading pale head. FLavor is all malt and alcohol, but smooth. Subtle hints of hop balance. Body is medium, but very well balanced considering alcohol level. This beer warms throughout, but with great balance. GOes down like candy. Truly a great classic!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - JUL 27, 2003
Fruity aroma that turns bready towards the end of the bottle. Aroma accented by soft caramelized sugar notes - cotton candy, faint milk chocolate. Sweet with cotton-candy on the finish accented by banana and licorice. Beer turns kind of gross and ice-tea like as this one warms though. Pretty good beer, just don't let it warm up or lose carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JUL 22, 2003
Dark and murky red/brown color, creamy tan head that coats the side of the glass as it recedes. Has characteristic tiny bubbles forming on the surface. To me it smells all the world like chocolate milk, with a nip of whiskey in it maybe. Tingly mouthfeel, citrus and sinus warming. Silky maltiness, not all that sweet, more chocolate than caramel. Lingering finish on the sweet side.


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