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

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RATINGS: 3726   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2002
Black currant, slightly chocolatey aroma. Similar to Westy 12, but fruitier and more vinous. I think I might like this better than westy 12.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bugbbq99 (19) - Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2002
Deep brown color with a beautiful head. Intense fruity sweet flavor that would make it perfect for an after-dinner drink. Spicy alcoholic aftertaste which makes a very interesting pairing with the sweet raisin-like beginning. Wonderful.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2002
hazy, deep amber brown woth a beautiful lacy head. this beer threatened to explode on me from the minute it opened. raisiny, nutty, sweet aroma. very complex, buttery, rummy, raisiny, spicy, flavour with slightly tart and alcoholic hints. a very rich and satisfying ale. lovely.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 18, 2002
Dark reddish brown w/ a tan head. Aroma of toffee & rum. soft textured w/ a slightly sweet finish

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2002
Deep mahogony brown with a fluffy off-white head that lasts. Aromas of vanilla, some yeasty sourness, dark fruits and creamy chocolate. Very aromatic. Vanilla, creme and dark chocolate making an appearance in the flavor profile with dark fruits in the background. A little hot - alcohol - in the finish. Seemed a little thin bodied, which is my only complaint. Complex, beautiful and aromatic.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 15, 2002
Terribly similar to Westvleteren 12. Grapes, molasses, spice and a touch of booze in the nose. Flavor is of hard candy, banana, molasses and spice. Perfectly balanced beer. Alcohol well-cloaked. I have to give this the edge over Westy 12, which I had last night.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2004 Dark brown/ruby color, big beige head. Sweet fruity aroma. Flavor is sweet, acidic, toffee, hint of raisons and banana

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - DEC 10, 2002
The monk on the bottle would have to be the Nelly of monks. Strong fruity aroma, a bit more intense then the westy 12 I had just before this but not nearly as enjoyable. Syrupy rasberry, vinous with some mellow nutmeg. A bit bitter, little sign of its strength. Thank you Kaya

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikejmadden99 (103) - Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2002
This beer is a deep brown color with a big giant foam on top. Fruits and malts present in this beers smell, in the taste it is a sweet, vanilla, and hints of bananas. A great beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2002
Pours with a decent golden head with mix of larg and small bubbles. Aroma is great, grapes, bananas and port. Not as chocolatly aroma as Westvlteren 12. Definately a banana flavor pretty sweet but a little thin and not a complex as Westy. I have 4 bottles of Westvleteren 12 aging in my cellar and cannot wait to to do a side by side taste test after this ages a liitle.


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