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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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11353) - 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 it’s hard to guess it’s at 10%). Altogether a very enjoyable beer, though I’d appreciate it even more if it weren’t quite as sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11132) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (11076) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2006
750ml bottle-pours a big fizzy, foamy tan head that laces with hazy red-brown color and effervescence. Aroma is fruit-cherry, sour esters, malt. Taste is medium malt, fruit, sweet, alcohol-in line with 10%abv. Nutty, secondary hops. Good effervescence. Good sipping beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Christian (11029) - 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. That’s 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009
Name: Abt 12
Date: March 05, 2005
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick store
Appearance: dark brown, healthy tan head
Aroma: sweet tart aroma
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich malt flavor, fruity character starts to show up about halfway through and gets nice and rich

Name: Abt 12
Date: April 03, 2005
Mode: bottle
Appearance: pours dark with a big white head
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma
Body: body has lots of carbonation
Flavor: rich dry malt flavor, lots of ripe fruit character, a bit fumey after a while

Name: Abt 12
Date: May 17, 2005
Mode: draft
Source: brick
rich ripe fruit character from the start

Name: Abt 12
Date: July 09, 2005
Mode: draft
Source: brick
no sign of alcohol, just rich fruity malt

Name: Abt 12
Date: March 11, 2006
Mode: bottle
Appearance: dark with ruby highlights
Aroma: the fruitiest aroma of all the bernies, and the richest ripe fruit flavor, definate alcohol in the bottle, not offensive but present
Overall: still pales to Crawford’s Quint at the 5 today

Name: Abt 12
Date: October 31, 2006
Mode: draft
Source: brick store
great rich ripe fruit, touch of sweetness, a bit thin,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisv10 (10834) - 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 (10815) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pinball (10736) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 11, 2008
nice aroma, dark brown with some black debris in it, flavor is suiper balanced sweet built by lots of components.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rasmus40 (10699) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (10653) - 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 isn’t aggressive by any means. The flavors are sweet but balanced and are helped out by the carbonation.


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