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

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RATINGS: 4029   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 14, 2004
Wow! This was a truly remarkable ale! Slightly sweet at first but it becomes dryer and better as it warms, mellow alcohol flavor and yet warming all the way down. Nice rich deep brown color, with even hints of currants? As other raters have also noted, it does have notes of plums and raisins, with a creamy toffee like quality as well. Hands down one of the best trappist ale I have ever drank to date.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AleConnoisseur (29) - Houghton, Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2004
This must be one of the best beers that I have ever tried. Dark, full of flavor, small but thick. Alcohol is hard to taste despite the large amount. Good taste.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2004
11.2 oz bottle: Deep, dark, thick brown with a small, rocky, tan head. Opaque and cloudy, this beer has a ton of yeast, including what I left in the bottle. The aroma coming from this beer is rich. There’s chocolate, brown sugar, toast, port, vanilla, plum, raisin, nutmeg, cinnamon, molasses, maple syrup, coriander and toffee - all in the nose. Very complex, as is the flavor that follows. I can taste coriander, chocolate, apple, cinnamon, yeast, raisin, currants, grapes, honey, earth, and some spices like a sweet rum bun. This beer manages to be rich, complex, alcoholic and still very creamy. This is a great beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 12, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2006 smells a little intimidating, pours a mysterious dark brown with a small head, but delivers beyond expectations. rich, malty, but with a range of subtle flavors hiding in the corners, with the 10% alcohol not readily apparent.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
millerclmb (44) - Boulder, Missouri, USA - OCT 8, 2004
don’t have a trappist glass?!?! darn...but wow this aroma is incredible fruity and merry. quite. sweet and a little bit bitter.fizzy palate...not as smooth as I expected.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2004
Deep auburn-red and a thick off white head. Aroma is very thick, with a rich boquet of floral notes and has a sweet, malty character. Hints of brown sugar here. Flavor is sweet and huge. Notes of coriander, brown sugar, honey, currant, sweet fruit and is very earthy. Very well balanced. Palate is rich and full bodied. This tastes better as it warms. Finish is slightly dry. A world class beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Terminus (3340) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - OCT 4, 2004
11.2 oz bottle (age unknown). pours a deep cloudy brown hue with huge rocky tan head. looks like cola almost. Amazing complex aroma of brown sugar, candy sugar, spices, vanilla, dark fruits, and a multitude of others. This is a huge beer. lots of spice that tingles your tongue like cinammon gum. the beer has an apple note that mixes well with the cinnamon bite. This is definately a sipper. It took me like 1 1/2 hours to finish this small bottle. Alcohol was not well covered IMO. This beer has awesome aging potential.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2005 Rerate June 2005. Rich fruits and soft esters, come out of the deep ruby body and glorious head. Hints of figs, chocolate, ripe dark fruit and brandy soaked malts in the nose. Delicate and creamy body, understandable alcohol presence, and palate soaking flavors. Notes of plums and grapes, with light chocolate and vanilla. Definately a great beer but the aroma is pretty dull on my sample and the flavor isn’t as great as say; Westveletern 12. <P> A fine looking beer. Pours out a dark brown with a fine vuluptious tan head which at a closer glance seems to have some spices or something hidden in the head! Cool! The nose was full of alcohol, raisins, plums, honey, dark cherries, other dark fruits, bananas and cloves. A very nice nose! The flavor is so complex. Massive amounts of dark fruits, apples, sweetness, a little chocolate and as it warmed the alcohol started to come out. Original Score: 9,4,9,4,17

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - OCT 1, 2004
Brown with copper hue. Cotton candy aroma with blueberries and raisins. Very mellow and inviting nose with champagne yeasts. Amazing flavor with toffee, prunes and maple syrup. Creamy with great carbonation. Grape skins. Very complex.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Metalhead (634) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2005 BB date 11-06. Poured a reddish brown with a modest head. I stuck my nose right to the foam and could pick up very little aroma. Slightly dry and fruity.Did not find it either creamy or complex as in the description. Not bad but should probably sit another year or so. UPDATE. After a second bottle and drinking it at 60 F + degrees instead of cold made a world of differance.Chocolate,figs,dried plums,very creamy and velvety mouthfeel and not near as dry as when tasted at 50 F.It did start to lose something as it neared room temp. So I had to upgrade.


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