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

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3730   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stephen (308) - California, USA - DEC 30, 2002
Bubblegum and clove in aroma and flavor. Poured with tall bubbly head, brown/gray color. As it warmed, some chocolate and roasted notes came through. Too sweet and bubblegum flavored for me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2002
A complex ale fruity, spicy, sweet and yeasty what a combo Abv well hidden. Recommended

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2002
Big tan head. Very rich but clean tasting. Strong chocolate flavor with a slightly bitter finish. Comparable to Roch 10

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
heykevin (1274) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 27, 2002
Nose lasts forever, with lingering sweet malt and plums and currants. I could sniff this guy for an hour or two without even taking a sip. Malt flavor is dark and sweet with a finish that I am still tasting 15 seconds after the end of the sip. Excellent, Excellent stuff, that I will need to sample several times to get my head around the flavors I detect. (and at $3.99 a bottle, its hard to go wrong) Superb.

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.


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