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

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RATINGS: 4000   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 íQuadrupelí style of Belgiumís 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. Itís 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.


4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2005
Pours a gorgeous muddy brown color with ruby highlights and a thick light brown head. Mind blowing aroma of fruits, caramel, liquorice, alcohol, peppermint, spices and yeast ... well, I guess the aroma is kind of complex... Excellent flavor of fruits, caramel, liquorice, peppermint, spices and alcohol with a sweet finish. Medium body, very creamy and smooth texture, soft carbonation. This is Belgian heaven and the clouds are made of heavy dark malt.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
boto (1928) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - FEB 2, 2005
33cl. bottle: I finally got around to trying one of these. It pours a cloudy, brown color. There was some off-white head to it, which died down fairly rapidly. The aroma was not quite as strong as I would have expected. Very pleasant, but a hair lighter. The aroma is rich and complicated. There are many kinds of fruits in the mix, but the complexity is making it hard for determining individual notes. The taste is superb. A complicated sweetness, with a tart underlying flavor. Fruits, caramel, heaven. Superb.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2005
This is by far the best beer Iíve tried. To me itís taste is perfection in every way. I feel like Iím in heaven (or heaven is in my mouth) when I drink this. The colour is dark brown with a nice frothy tan head that lasts and laces the glass. The aroma is so inviting you just wanna dive in. The taste is molasses, yeast, banana, figs and brown sugar...sweet aftertaste the alcohol is very well hidden. If this stuff were regularly available here Iíd turn into an alcoholic.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2005
Something about the taste reminds me of gulden drak, but itís appealing brown shades and off white fizzy head make this one a strong ale keeper. Very good flavour of oranges and citrus. A tad strong on the body, but ever so smooth.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2005
Pours dark brown with a pillowy off-white body. Gorgeous appearance. Winelike aroma, with ripe fruits and a definite zestyness to spice up the bouquet. Very thick, smooth and sweet. Warm flavours, raisins, plums, a hint of almonds; even a bit smoky. Full bodied. Finish is rather hoppy, bitter, and dry. Nice beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 26, 2005
dark amber color with nice fluffy off white head. Aroma has candi sugar, raisens, figs, caramel apples, with subtle vanilla, a hint of coffee. Flavor is round, dry, sweet and malty, nutty, brown sugar and a touch of maple, with a faint alcoholic bitterness in the finish. Could have been a bit less carbonated. A fantastic brew. Iím actually surprised it took me this long to try it.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - JAN 25, 2005
At first i thought this is terrible. Then I read the bottle and allowed it to warm a bit and it was wonderful. Pours kind of like a cloudy coke with a nice tan head. Smelled like a yeast roll but the flavor was very nice with hints of nuts vinilla and maybe some brown sugar. Either way this is a very nice quad indeed.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Commodore (112) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2005
33cl bottle. Pours a lovely cloudy red (blood red when held to a candle). White head was there, but then petered out to a sort of glazing. Quite an excellent aroma..bananas and peaches. Of course the yeast was ever-present. Tastes almost like a wine, perhaps a merlot, with ample carbonation in the first sip, but a wee bit less as the drink went on. Excellent taste and very appetizing beer. A wee bit expensive, but worth it for a rare occasion!

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.


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