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

bottled
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common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4408   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.14/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 Belgiums 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. Its 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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BlackMail (55) - Evergreen, Colorado, USA - JUN 17, 2008
Poured dark red with a bubble head , short lived. Taste malty with a carmel falvour.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oscbert (1277) - Lincoln, California, USA - JUN 17, 2008
~Pours a dark reddish brown with nice sized brownish head. Some chunks floating in the beer. ~Aroma of fruits, mainly banana and fresh apples. Some yeast spiciness. Smells fresh. ~Sweet flavor. Fruits definitely present, some raisin and plums. Sugary caramel and alcohol. Somewhat salty. ~A nice feel on the tongue. Quick and crisp. Finish has a sweet bitterness to it. ~This is a good beer. Probably wont buy again. Its a little sweet for me to really enjoy. Im glad I got the opportunity to try this famous beer though.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sleepylopes (318) - New York, USA - JUN 17, 2008
nice looking overall but the head was not very good when you consider the body and carbonation of the beer. Nose and flavor match, conserves of blueberry and straberry rubarb pie. The beer did have a touch of refreshing bittering. Nice ballance leaving just a touch of the %10.5 in the back. World class with deep roots.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerEssential (96) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 17, 2008
Subtle raisin/fig/fruit scent. Deep, dark, opaque reddish-brown with a bubbly, off-white head that leaves some lacing, but not as much as I expected. Some carbonation, but it doesnt hit you too hard. Taste is malty, fruity and alcoholic with no bitterness. Subtle finish. Ive tasted many dubbels, and although its not my favourite style this one is quite good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
texasbartender (160) - Sugarland, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2008
The beer pours an amber red thats so deep it is almost brown it has a good rocky head with large bubbles that settles slowly and leaves little lacing. The nose is light with a mix of caramel, some yeast, dark fruit and malts. The taste is rich; mixing sweet malts and dark fruit with alcohol and some bitterness. The beer is very tight in both flavor and palate making it rich but still balanced. A very good deep dark beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2008
UPDATED: APR 12, 2009 33cl bottle from Total Wine (Tampa). Pours a dark brown to black with a one finger head that is retained throughout consumption. Aroma: malt, candy sugar, alcohol, molasses, spice. Tastes sweet, malty, and sugary with hints of maple syrup. Full-bodied ale with a sweet, lingering finish. We tasted this bottle with a 33cl bottle of Westvleteren 12. The St. Bernardus had a creamier mouthfeel and was somewhat lighter in color than the Westy 12. The Westvleteren 12, however, was slightly better balanced than the St. Bernardus with a fuller-bodied mouthfeel, less sugar, and well-hidden alcohol. Given the history between these two beers, it is no wonder they are very similar. Both are exceptional ales.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Elfastball7 (5) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2008 does not count
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2008 Must let this beer warm up for all of the flavors and aromas to come out. Aroma:Sweet dark fruits, sweet slight alcohol Appearance:brown, cloudy Flavor:Complex, fruity, plum Palate:Full body,thick Overall, this beer is a must have and complex flavors hide the alcohol well.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - JUN 14, 2008
had this many times which for me says a lot for a beer, many i havent returned to. This pours a very dark murky brown color, the aroma smells very fruity, i get mostly figs when i give it a good sniff. The Flavor is not as potent as the aroma unfortunately but it is damn good, it has heavy carbonation which i think masks the alcohol well, very easy to drink this one down.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
12many (277) - Alaska, USA - JUN 14, 2008
A dark amber brown pour with lots of sweet dark fruits. Spectacular warming feel going down. Awesome.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2009 Bottle: One of my favorite beers of all time. I had to revisit this one. Pouring this beer is an experience in itself. It has a dark brown color with a sweet alcohol aroma. There are raisins and other dark fruits. It is perfectly carbonated and feels amazing on the tongue. Extremely gratifying to drink. An excellent Abt/Quad. An essential beer.


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