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

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RATINGS: 3839   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - JUL 27, 2003
Fruity aroma that turns bready towards the end of the bottle. Aroma accented by soft caramelized sugar notes - cotton candy, faint milk chocolate. Sweet with cotton-candy on the finish accented by banana and licorice. Beer turns kind of gross and ice-tea like as this one warms though. Pretty good beer, just don't let it warm up or lose carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JUL 22, 2003
Dark and murky red/brown color, creamy tan head that coats the side of the glass as it recedes. Has characteristic tiny bubbles forming on the surface. To me it smells all the world like chocolate milk, with a nip of whiskey in it maybe. Tingly mouthfeel, citrus and sinus warming. Silky maltiness, not all that sweet, more chocolate than caramel. Lingering finish on the sweet side.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - JUL 19, 2003
Deep brown pour with a slightly copper tinge to it. Huge amounts of head, aroma is nice but there is a lot of noticeable alcohol. More malt than I was expecting, the alcohol in the mouth is not nearly as overwhelming as it is in the aroma. I preferred the Prior 8 I had last night.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lipskin (38) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2003
Great big head and wonderful reddish tint. It has a nice fruity aroma but the alcohol smell is a bit overwhelming. Yeasty, ripe fruits, bread... nice complexity.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JUL 14, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2004 Bottle - best around the end of 2005. Nice creamy head and a good and fruity smell. Complex and malty. I don't think it's better than the Prior 8 I had earlier this month.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haukur (1335) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - JUL 14, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2003 I was a little bit let down by this beer.. Looked stunning while poured into my Westy glas, surprisingly little head but a very thick head. Aroma was also a let down.. Somewhat malty, but you could smell that you were about to drink something alcaholic. Taste was sweet, raisins,chocolate,malt on the tip of the tongue. Much better then Chimay blue but not as great as I was hoping....

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3357) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2003
Gorgeous deep scotch colored, red tinged, with a fine head. This had an august malt backbone with a fluttering of aromatic sweetness in the wings. Slight yeastiness in the bouquet reminiscent of a german wheat. Fairly smooth and luscious, rolls over the mouth with a fair yeasty flavor as well. Alcohol is incorporated well into this beer--no spikes. The tongue has a delightfully macerated numbness. A slight sourness. A solid beligian brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NectarFarm (128) - Calgary, CANADA - JUL 12, 2003
I've had better. I've had worse. Quite drinkable, a bit maltier than I had expected. Good not great.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - JUL 9, 2003
wow, look at that head, its gotta be ¾" thick,and creamy white, the color is a cloudy chocolate/ruby color, it is raisin and rootbeer scented, just simply delicious, rich creamy toffee/raisin/clove flavored with some bananas lingering, a little yeast flavor comes through, but is well balanced, this beer is very rich, the best beer in the universe, westy 12 needs to get on its knees to this mad man!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (15060) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 9, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2012
2012-05-15, bottle at La Cervezateca, Torremolinos, bb 25.10.16, 7-5-8-3-15=38
Malt and caramel aroma, sweet but with austerity. Full bodied, with good malt and caramel flavor, but also a metallic character. Too young.

2012-04-01, draught at Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen, 7-5-8-3-15=38
Cloudy dark amber color, with generous creamy head. Moderate malt aroma, with very light dark fruit, honey and smoke. Full bodied, with good malt flavor, caramel, hint of dark fruits and chocolate, ordinary bitterness; there is a warm alcohol feeling; solid, but overall not exciting, and weak in the final. Good, but seemingly young.

2003-07-08, bottle, 7-5-9-4-15
Deep amber color; huge rocky head. Strange spicy aroma, alcohol, light liquorice, carbonation. Very good malty body, a pleasant sweet liquorice. Quite long final, but not enough bitter/aromatic.


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