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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: 4257   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 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.

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3.8
Svesse (8767) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2008
(Bottle, Akkurat, Stockholm, 10 Oct 2008) Dark brown colour with frothy, pale brown head. Malty nose with toasted grain, lots of dark fruit, prunes, raisins and hints of herbs. Malty taste with notes of dried fruit, dark rye bread, raisins, prunes and brown sugar. Full bodied, sweet, with medium bitterness. Emphasis is on the malt and it succeeds quite well in not being cloying despite the loads of sweet malt. Very nice beer.

4.4
alexkeil (20) - New York, USA - OCT 10, 2008
Great label...pours dark copper color with big off white head, great head retention, aroma is mostly yeast and alcohol, medium mouthful with flavors of dark fruits, oak, chocolate mousse, good aftertaste that isn’t overpowering...a masterful balance and really satisfying drink

3.7
JonnyDr (132) - , Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2008
Deep amber beer with medium lasting white head. Spices, malt and bread lead to smooth finish. Rather thin-bodied. Beaten easily by Rocheforte Trappiste 10. Disappointing.

4.3
jacobp51 (5) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2008 does not count
A great Belgian beer all around. This is a close substitution for the famed Westvleteren 12, and is a lot easier to find. My taste came from the tap at the Toronado in San Diego. The color is a mud brown with lots of suspended yeast. The flavor is fruity and sweet. Not a lot of bitterness to it. Overall, this is a very enjoyable beer to drink and share with some friends. Cheers!

4.4
xpimptastikx (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2008
Pours a deep brown with a lingering tan head. Smells of raisins, figs, and caramel. As the temperature rises every sip changes. The closest things to a Westy 12.

4.7
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - OCT 7, 2008
Glory in a glass. Deep brown dark colour with a speckled tan head. Smell of rum, licorice, coffee, toffee, chocolate mousse. Sipping this is like sucking on angel’s wings...a bounty of desireable tastes just dancing on the tongue; flavours abounding on the palate like some sort of wildflower blooming and bursting. Extremely well balanced and the 10.5% alcohol is felt with a slight burn (aaahhhh) but is very well concealed amongst the rum, oak, malted barley, maple, figs, candied apple, raisins, vanilla, the list goes on and on. I like the jolly parson label as well. Buy or die!

4.8
Skidds (252) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2008
Bottle from Pub Italia. Pours a dark brown with a massive and dense off-white head. Aroma mainly of dark fruits (prunes, figs), caramel and some alcohol. The flavour and mouthfeel are creamy with strong notes of brown sugar, dark fruits, caramel, molasses, raisons and chocolate. This is the best beer I have ever had! Try it.

4.4
branspra (293) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2008
Bottle. Pours with a large head, excellent lacing, and dark brown color. Aromas of molasses, caramel, lime, and plum. Creamy texture with a nearly perfect flavor. Definitely a keeper and will be purchasing this beer again!

4.4
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 5, 2008
a damn great beer....such a great nose of plum and dark fruits.....and super soft mouthfeel.....just an outstanding quad!

4.4
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 5, 2008
Dark brown colour, thick white head that stays for a really long time. Aroma is slightly sweet, with the aroma of plums and raisins. Palate is pleasant, light bubbles form on your tongue as you taste it. The flavour is incredible, dark chocolate, vanilla, plums... it just keeps going. Great lingering taste. Great brew!


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