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

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RATINGS: 4030   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.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
flemdawg (540) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2004
Rasins are the first thing that I notice in the nose. Then there is a bit of an orange peel smell along with bannans and other subtle fruits. Alcohol becomes a bit more evident as it warms. Brownish reddish body and a foamy offwhite head and sediments on the bottom. The lacing is so thick I may need a chisel to get it off after I am done. A sweet first impression, but there is a maltiness that comes up too. There are also rasins and apples and bannans in there. Very complex flavor. An alcohol kick at the end. Creamy in the mouth makes this easy to drink. Havent had the Rochfort or West yet, but this is easily the best Belgian beer I’ve had.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2004
This beer is being used to kick off my "view of the top" weekend. Went to the store and picked up anything in the top 25 in my area I could find (well, not EVERYTHIN, but a lot). Interesting beer with a fruity complexion. Something I won’t ever pick up again, but worth a try.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2004
Rich brown color. Nice complex and very sweet flavor. Definite alcoholic presence. Overall, very delicious and enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2004
Nice beer, nuthin special. Very belgian alike... I was a bit buzzy when i drank it so maybe i didnt catch the complete flavor... But overall nice!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 7, 2004
Great brew. Those damn monks sure do know how to brew some swill. Popped the cork and held my breath. No runoff or bottlegasm. Let sit and the room smelled like Belgium. Pours nice dark garnet or amber, close to opaquely black. Smells like trappist monks. Yeasty, fruity. Raisins, whiskey, maybe even some tobacco. Interesting palate. Fizzy like Belgians, but interestingly full bodied...almost a contradiction in terms for me. Widely available. Check it out if you haven’t G-rat

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2004
Nice brown color, small white head. Esters shine in the flavor giving it a complex flavor. Good beer

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopdog (9713) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2004
UPDATED: APR 2, 2008 Medium brown in color. Smells of chocolate, molasses and spices. Dark fruit tastes with spices. Alcohol content well hidden. Another long time favorite of mine (years ago I used to have a bottle of St. Sixtus as my night cap beer on the weekend). 8 5 9 4 19

Tasted best before 2005 on 4/2/2006. This aroma was awesome. Plums and raisins with breadiness. Tastes of the same. This was by far one of the best aged, if not best, beers in a long time. Increased #s.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
spoon816 (4) - USA - MAY 6, 2004 does not count
A great, complex flavor with hints of many different flavors. A nice sweet taste mixed with some spice and nutty flavors. Very pleasant to drink.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Pimgref (86) - Gorinchem, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2004
A beer can be too complex as far as I´m concerned. Not very appealing looks either.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
envane (568) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2004
Dark brown with a thin head that lasted most of the drink. Aroma is nutty, with some alcohol fumes. Taste is prunes, nuts, spice. Alcohol is relatively in check, for the style. Thick chewy mouthful. Thanks to slikwily.


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