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

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RATINGS: 3859   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 íQuadrupelí style of Belgiumís 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. Itís 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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2003
(Bottle) Pours a cloudy brown color with a thick beige head. Quite an impressive looking beer. Great flavor with a creamy finish and bountiful complexity make this brew quite a treat.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (11824) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2013
Bottle at home in London - picked up somewhere in Belgium. Aged between two to three years. Pours clear, red-brown with a staunch, beige cream head. Plenty of sugary, semi-dark malts in the nose, rich toffee, some faintly tangy fruits, dates, plums, figs. Big sweet flavor with an explosion of ripening fruits, caramel, rich bready malts, some alcohol kick, prune, fig, banana. Full bodied with lively, massaging carbonation. The finish carries a fair amount of boozy warmth, with lots of sugary, bready malts, toffee and caramel, more ripening fruits such as dates and figs, plums, berries, bruised bananas, some dark cherries. Yeah, absolutely a world-class quad. One of the most drinkable 10%+ ABV beers Iíve had in a long time.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rasmus40 (11728) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 10, 2011
Cloudy dark brown with a lasting beige head. Aroma is sweet, caramel, dried fruit, yeasty and a little alcohol. Flavor is rather sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet finish with warming alcohol. Full bodied, soft and smooth. Excellent balance. 120510

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11635) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 21, 2002
Dark brown with a medium beige head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma is rich, raisin and rum, with a hint of banana. Flavor is fruity (mostly raisin, perhaps date &/or plum), malty and quite sweet (near bubble gum), with significant alcohol presence (though itís hard to guess itís at 10%). Altogether a very enjoyable beer, though Iíd appreciate it even more if it werenít quite as sweet.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (11529) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
A: The pour is a cloudy dark mahogany color without much head to speak of. S: Good but not great aromas of sweet malt, caramel, and yeast. There might be a touch of alcohol as well. T: I was a bit let down by the aroma, but the flavor does quite well to redeem itself. A slight warming feel of alcohol goes well with some dark fruits and sweet, caramel malt. The yeast is not as quite prominent as many other Belgian beers. M: Even with the high level of carbonation, the body is still quite full. D: The alcohol makes itself known more in terms of the subtle warmth it provides the beer but isnít aggressive by any means. The flavors are sweet but balanced and are helped out by the carbonation.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11489) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 22, 2007
Aroma of dark fruits backed by roasted caramel malt. Deep ruby tinged dark amber color with a beige head that quickly flattened. Medium bodied; moderate, nearly creamy, carbonation. The flavor is prune, molasses, raisin, brown sugar, wheat?, caramel malt. Smoothly fruity, sort of. The finish is sweet around the edges, with some bitter at the back of the mouth. It is to die for. Fortunately, only the bank account has to pass over. Got to get more.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rlgk (11421) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2006 RERATE 060624. I loved this beer the very first time I had it. Since then I have tried it several times on both bottle and tap. And I just like it more and more each time. Simply wonderful, I just cant get enough of it. (Old rating: 10/4/9/5/17) Dark amber, nice lasting offwhite head. Great malty aroma with hazelnuts and other nuts, along with vanilla and malt. Malty dry and nutty flavor with vanilla and cream. Very complex and with a great body. Alcohol is well hidden.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisv10 (11371) - DENMARK - JUN 19, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2013 50 cl draft. Dark cloudy red/brown body with medium tan head. Aroma is malt, yeast, dark fruits and plume. Flavour is malt, yeast, dark fruits, plume, medium sweet and vinous.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Christian (11274) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 21, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2010 2006 rating: Dark ruby-brown with a big and lively off-white head. My initial impression of the aroma is champagne. Thatís the closest I can come to describe that combination of earth, alcohol and fruit. The flavour is quite sweet, with a dry note of wood and licorice.

BB July 2010, bought 2006. Seems like the character has shifted to darker fruits and some walnuts. Flavour is much the same though.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11233) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2006
Really splendid beer. Cloudy brown with limited head. Very sophisticated taste with hints of caramel, wood, vanilla, citrus. Wonderful palate that feels great in your mouth.


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