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

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RATINGS: 4288   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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Rosebud butternuts (2398) - Denton, Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2008
bottle thanks to metzlers in denton, tx. appearance very impressive with this one. poured a rich amber/copper with an off-white head that lasted forever. last the glass from top to bottom. aroma was banana, spice, and fruit. flavor was fruity with spice and alcohol was present. carbonation was med-high. this was good but not a session beer at all. this was my first quadrupel.

4.4
grandet (501) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2008
1pt 9.4oz Btl. Nice dark brown pour with a perfect medium fluffy white head that lasted forever. Aroma is very aromatic, with lots of spices and lots of clove. Some banana and other fruits like figs or dates as well. Taste is wonderful and smooth with lots of spice and dark fruit, as well as a nice burn on the way down. Very, very good.

3.6
mrw1zard (54) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUL 14, 2008
Dark brown with a light tan head that stays for the entire pour. Bitter taste, stronger aftertaste of alcohol than I care for (maybe it was an older bottle?) Not a bad brew, but definitely not a session beer.

4.4
durhambeer (2585) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Bottle--a gusher. Dark muddy brown pour with smallish bubbly light tan head. Aromas and tastes of bitter chocolate, figs, raisins, dates, plums. Notes of coriander, clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Great beer. One of the best beers that’s relatively easy to find.

4.3
Sandman2222 (42) - Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Thanks to kiefdog for sharing! Dark brown, pour. Decent head without going away much through the beer. It was a little heavy on the sugar and alcohol, but that’s in comparison to a Westvleteren 12. A good solid brew, that if you can’t get the Westvleteren, makes a great substitute.

4.4
benwa420 (49) - East Hampton, New York, USA - JUL 12, 2008
very impressed. nice amber color with a large white/ tan head. nice smooth beer without the strong alcohol taste. Very happy to try this beer

4.3
ogreface (1390) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUL 10, 2008
Olyan mint ha ez lenne a sörök "Tokaija"!Sűrű,testes és édes,tele rafinált aromákkal.Nagyon összetett,egyszerre csak egyet és azt is nagyon lassan és figyelmesen!Bár ha kaptam volna többet belőle,biztos nem állom meg a tovább kóstolgatást!Minden újabb kortynál előjön egy újabb íz,zamat.Fantasztikus!

4.4
Caleb1035 (63) - , North Carolina, USA - JUL 9, 2008
750 bottle purchased at vintage in Ballantyne. Pours to dark body with an off white head. Flavor is excellent with little hint of alcohol. Top notch beer

4.6
UriahHeep (106) - Georgia, USA - JUL 8, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2009 .25L in trappist glass @ Brick Store. Surprisingly this only cost 6 bucks. Huge, frothy, brown head and a deep caramel color. I honestly wasn’t expecting this to be so strong. Complex aromas and tastes, including sweet bread, spices and dark fruits. Left ornate lacing on my glass. Sweet with a creamy mouth feel, a good beer for sipping. Astringent finish, almost like drinking a fine wine. I’ll have to try another one of these before making the final judgement.

4.2
MrBeerFanatic (1076) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 7, 2008
Pours a fizzy cloudy dark ivory with a frothy light brown head. Has the aroma of dark fruits(cherry/plum/pumpkin), zing of spice, bread, and a hint of alcohol. The flavor is very balanced with the fruit coming through from beginning to end with a little bread, spice(cinnamon) and little alcohol showing though but almost completely hidden. Sweet, very smooth/creamy, and rich. This just my be my favorite Belgian style brew. I think this is better than its competitors like rochefort 10, 8, and struise pannepot. Awsome!


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