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

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RATINGS: 3755   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
igneous1 (1495) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - OCT 16, 2003
brown color with a beige head and excellent lacing. aroma is raisins, chocolate and alcohol and maybe a little apple. flavor is tongue-numbing to say the least. lots of alcohol, some fruit. i have a small cut on my tongue..and this beer burns!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - OCT 16, 2003
Good beer overall, strong alcoholic flavor. I had this on my 21st birthday. Its been a while, but I enjoyed it quite well.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2004 I find this one is much better bottled than it is on tap. One of my current favorite brews. When I popped the cap, this beer was ready to rumble. Big pffffft! So glad I bought the glass cuz’ it’s perfect and enhances the whole experience greatly. Dark brown in color and almost opaque. Quickly diminishing tan creamy head that clings to the side of the glass in sheets. Aroma is tutti-frutti with a deep caramel malt character. Goobers and Raisinettes with alcohol filled centers. No wonder that monk is happy. He should be soooo proud! Thick creamy goodness washes over the palate and just won’t leave. I should give this beer a 5 on appearance because it makes me so happy to see it ready for drinking.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
steview (1019) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 13, 2003
bubbly dark brown with beautiful shining red and a huge rocky head. slightly creamy and a bit animated. dark fruits, a bit of candy-store sugary. oh GOD, the aftertaste is so good. it just won't stop its lapdance on my tongue tongue. hmm. this is really damn good. there's no real complaining here... thanks BierBauch!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2003
Bif poofy head topping this dark brew. Aroma is sweet, yet has a hardy feel to it at the end. Flavor is similar, strong sweetness to it, yet still with a good body to it. Not as overpowering as I half expected, resulting in a very quality stand alone drink.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6019) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2003
Dark brown hue with ruby highlights. A big creamy off-white head produced outstanding lace. Very earthy aroma of wood, hayfield, belgian yeast, raisin, and spiced bread. The taste was initially very ripe fruity, sourdoughy and sugar candy sweet. Moderate spice and woody characteristics are found between the layers of malt. The mouthfeel is sticky in the lips and chalky dry on the palate. This full-bodied brew produced some excellent qualities but comes up far short compared to Westy 12 and Rochefort 10. The big flaw is the doughy taste and chalky feel, disappointing.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - OCT 8, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2008 Hazy dark reddish brown color with a nice light tan head. Nose has a hint of tart white wine at first then dark fruit and sparkling burgandy. Flavor starts sweet raisin and plum, tangy and lightly yeasty with hints of spice, finishing dry, moderately bitter and lightly acidic with a hint of alcohol. Gets even better as it warms up. One of my top three favorite Belgian brews.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LarsHolmer (112) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2003
I really recommend a storage of this ale for at least 2 years. It developes and gets a more balanced sweetness, that takes away some of the wine-similarities that you can feel in the fresh bottles.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 5, 2003
Redish brown body with a big fluffy, light brown head. Aroma is of yeast, raisins, and is very doughy. Very balanced fruity sweetness, with hoppy bitterness. Some flavors of plum and cadi sugars.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pilsnerrogge (2491) - Finspång, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2003
Dark,hazy brown. Huge head. Malty aroma with banana-fumes. Malty flavour with chocolate and salty liquorice. The alcohol adds some extra warmth.


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