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

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RATINGS: 3773   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.


4.8
   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 (2249) - 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 (921) - Minneapolis, 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2003
tasted in the same vein as the strong trappists, though much less memorable. tends to be cheaper, but somehow it reflects it. still a pleasure to drink. kinda dorky label too.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2003
Loved IT!! Huge head huge aroma, huge flavor; looks like a milkshake, taste like nutty raisen nouget.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2003
Major gusher--whoops, there goes my beer across the counter, onto the floor... Black/brown with a rocky brown head. Tannic nose with some bitter hops, caramel, toffee, alcohol, black cherries. Quite sweet and slightly vinous with nice smokey and fruity notes--cherries, prunes, some nuts. A bit like a really good fruitcake in a bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3479) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2003
Murky brown out of the 11.2 oz. bottle with a frothy beige head. Very fruity nose with hints of sour. Highly carbonated. Lots of candy sugar and dark fruit sweetness. Stong alcohol finish. Solid belgian, but I was expecting more because of its rank.


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