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

bottled
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on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4468   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 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.

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4.3
thechandler (593) - Charleston, West Virginia, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Pours a dark brown, with a foamy cream head. Looks almost like coca-cola. Smells very malty. Nice. Flavor is....incredible. Lots of malty, nice hop bitterness too. Balance. Good and fruity too. Plum, figs, maybe some citrus. Smooth. Delicious.

4.4
That1Guy (2236) - Colorado, USA - AUG 1, 2008
Crushed with Dadbra. One hell of a bouquet. Looks great, complex and sexy as hell. Definitely a top brew.

3.8
SHANER4 (500) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 31, 2008
Poured a cloudy brownm color with decent sized head. I could detect a banana and vanilla scent. Flavor is much like it smells and leaves you with a alcohol burn and aftertaste. A good brew but not in the same league as the Rochefort Trappistes 10 that I had recently.

4.1
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 31, 2008
No 700, why not have something goodÖ Murky brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is complex, to say the least. Nuts, fruit, alcohol, toasted malt, sweet malt, yeast, raison, toffee, sugar. Taste is equally complex with sweet malt, sugar, banana, nuts, raison, alcohol, brown sugar, fruit, etc. A little alcohol burn to go with the fruity/nutty finish. Good stuff here.

4.1
zvikar (6087) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JUL 31, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2009 After some more beers, I find this one fine but something in itís flavor becomes too medicinic for my taste. I have decided to drop 1 point from Itís flavor and aroma. Old rating: Great beer, Dark reddish color with tan head that diminish slowly, nice plum-raisin aroma with sweet fruity flavor where alcohol is hidden well. Great balance of sweetness and bitterness. Yet my favorite.

4.3
ewestern (257) - Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2008
Aroma was fruity vanilla malts and alcohol. The pour was nice hazy brown with a thick light tan head. The head takes some time to settle down and leaves a nice thin layer on top until the end. Flavor was a complex mixture of fruits, syrup, malts and hints of vanilla and alcohol. Palate was incredible. Carbonation from beginning to end that finished almost frothy. Leaves my tongue tingling. Not a big carbonation man myself, but it is well implemented here.

3.9
JesseM (1158) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2008
330mL bottle from an in person trade. I was excited to get to try this one. Pours a dark, murky brown with plenty of yeast sediment floating around, and a huge beige head. The aroma is very yeasty, not all that complex, just the usual dark fruity esters and a touch of booze, but still pretty nice. The flavour is sort of a mixed bag every sip I take. Sometimes more harsh than others, but generally gets better as it goes along. Yeasty and boozy, but also some nice prune and date notes. Very smooth and silky feel to it, which I like. Very sweet and malty, but I wouldnít call it terribly complex, but thatís not to say it isnít good. Gets much better as it warms, and the warming feeling from the alcohol isnít harsh at all, but very much evident. Iím not really sure what else to say about it, itís well done, but I guess it only really gains any major complexity with significant age. All in all a good one Iím glad to have, and one worth trying.

4.1
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - JUL 28, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2009 Re-rate 6/21/09: Pours dark dark hazy brown with two finger beige head. Aroma is bursting with ripe fruits such as plum, cherry, and apricot. Lots of sweetness in the aroma- brown sugar and molasses. Flavor is sweet with dark fruit notes quite prevalent. Malt character is robust and complex with fruity notes and lots of dark fruits: plum raisin and fig abound. Some alcohol in there as well, but not overwhelming. Palate is thick yet drinkable...robust but refreshing and crisp. Finish is dry. Quite the bold charactered brew.

4.8
budobrewery (6) - , California, USA - JUL 28, 2008 does not count
Lovely aroma of chocolate, sweetness. Dark coffee color. Amazing enjoyable flavor with roasty maltiness, dark fruits, very complex. One of my favorties!

4.5
FriarHop (122) - Long Beach, New York, USA - JUL 27, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2012 Bottle. Pours a dark coke color, nice full tan head. Very complex, nice and enjoyable flavor; long-lasting finish.


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