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

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4335   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
stas1023nj (6) - New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2008 does not count
An infamous brown beer; with an intricate robust taste that packs a punch, the best high test beer Ive had. Caution...a few of these and your standards are sure to drop.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tkimbrought05 (37) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - APR 13, 2008
Bottle. Dark brown witha cream-colored head. Lots of lace. Smells like figs and raisins. Alcohol is well covered by the malt and spices with a touch of fruit on the palate. Dry on the finish but not bad. Overall, a pleasant beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sthlm (1285) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - APR 11, 2008
[Bottle, thanks Joebrew!] Pours deep reddish-brown with a light tan head. Aroma is quite sweet with yeast, banana, alcohol, a little raisin and maltiness (a little barley possibly?). Taste is alcohol, vinous, a little chocolate and malt. Medium-thick mouthfeel, quite smooth. Good, fairly dry finish. It was still a very well done beer, but was a little hot on the alcohol and I wasnt blown away by it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Guerde (1290) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 11, 2008
(bottle thanks Joebrew) Pours out a muddy brown with an off-white head. Aroma of caramel, light raisin, cookie, toasty malt, alcohol, red wine, and yeast. Taste is somewhat sweet with caramel, spices, light toasty malt, and a really long yeasty finish. Mouthfeel is medium. Not too bad of a beer, but the aroma was far more complex than the flavor itself.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - APR 11, 2008
Bringing heavenly nectar within reach. This is a quote from the back of the bottle. Indeed this wonderful ale is out of this world. It pours dark brown and is very opaque. The head is thick and creamy, with a tan color that leaves good lacing. The aroma is full of cherries, earthy yeast and dried fruits, as well as intoxicating liquor smell. The warming alcohol is bold and up front with roasted malts and some bitter hops. As you continue to sip the dark fruits come out. Black cherries, prune and dried apricot mingle with a caramel like sweetness on the on the tongue. The palate is thick and velvety smooth with a long finish and lively carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jodobber (1) - oostende, BELGIUM - APR 11, 2008 does not count
One of my favourits of dark beer. A strong one, but soft fullmouthy beer.Has a little fruity taste. Ends sweet.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocHop (278) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 10, 2008
Drink by 10-9-12: Pours a dark hazy brown/copper color with a tall off-white cream head. Strong aroma of caramel bananas and other fruits and spices. Initial taste is a little fruity and caramel flavored, with the strong spices taking over as you swallow. Belgian yeast doesnt surface until a little bit the finish. As it lingers the finish is a little dry and earthy. Body is extremely smooth.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - APR 10, 2008
Bottle, drink by 10-9-12. Pours dark brown with a creamy off-white head. Aroma is dark fruits and berries with a hint of alcohol. Perfect amount of carbonation. Nice dark fruity flavor, prune is the most distinct. Hides the alcohol well. A bit of spice on the finish. Very good beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mansquito (5597) - Nueva York, New York, USA - APR 10, 2008
Head descends but leaves a permanently thick lacing covering everything. Unfiltered dark brown look to it. Sugary and fruity smell to it. Really sweet, but not too much. Really fruity, but with enough room for the malts and hops. Alcohol is invisible. Thick palate. Aftertaste decidedly unoffensive. Somebody called this beer velvet. It is.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
nparikh (20) - New York, New York, USA - APR 9, 2008
Bottles, taps, ... etc. A pantheon beer. Stands up to the Westvleteren 12 or any great quad/dark Belgian. Dark reddish brown pour, thick head; smooth texture and thick mouthfeel. A lot of depth in dark fruits, sweet breads (not sweetbreads!), and spices in the aroma; Christmas dark fruit cakes. Not sure who wouldnt like this, really.


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