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

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RATINGS: 4031   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rasmus40 (13625) - 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

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (13454) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 4, 2005
Ten years ago I picked up a gift pack containg four different of the Bernardus beers. At the time, I thought the 12 okay but the 8 the star of the show. Nobody agreed with me. It looks like people still donít, but my preference is towards the middle versions of these similar lineups (Bernardus, Westvleteren, Rochefort). This is a dark murky brown with a thick foam. The aroma is unbalanced - all yeast (dust mainly, but some funk too), with hints of figs, plums and toffee. The flavour is better with chewy malt depths, more dates, a little bit of chocolate and a sturdy alcohol backbone. Actually, that alcohol is a little too sturdy. Fruitcake notes appear as well. The finish is quite alcoholic and sweet, with not nearly enough nuances to justify a rave. Itís rich, but not all that complex. Now, where can I buy that Prior?

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (13192) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2015 Rerate at ÷lrepubliken 150701. Tried it several times the last few years. Either I have changed or the beer have changed. But this is definately bot a 5.0-beer in My book anymore.
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (12916) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (12595) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2012
Bottle at home (from Spar, Popperinge) 20/10/12. Slightly obscured copper brown with a thin tan head. Nose is full of toffee, raisens, dates, yeasty tones, dark fruits, caramelised sugars. Tastes follow nose, some hops, a degree of booze but well disguises, some spice. Medium bodied with spritzy carbonation leading to a a dry and sweet finish. A decent enough beer in itís own right but let down by being over carbonated and perhaps having had the real deal on the same day (Westvleteren 12) I was being over critical. One to re-review having let it age for a few years.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisv10 (12537) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12322) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnfryd (12315) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 2, 2008
Bottle. Brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is fruit, malt, yeast, spices. Flavour is fruit, malt, yeast, spices, dried fruit, alcohol. World class beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12150) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (12042) - 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.


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