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100
100
style
Brewed by St. Bernardus Brouwerij
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Watou, Belgium

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4426   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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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
PhillyHomeBrew (176) - Forest Hills, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2008
this beer is extremely dark brown with just a little white head. Smells a bit rainy and nutty with a bit of burnt caramel. The taste is very smooth, no hops and a sweet belgian candy syrup taste with a bit of raisin. Delicious, one of my favorites. on tap at jose pistolas Philadelphia

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
newbrewguy (145) - Mechanicsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2008
The commercial, description doesnt do justice, pours a dark bronze color with a slight tan head. Sweet fruit malt flavor with a spiced finish and no hint of 10% alcohol.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevd193213 (991) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 2, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2012 Bottle with a brown cloudy pour with a nice thick tan head. Aroma of caramel, apples and sugar. Taste of apples, spices and caramel malt and very little alcohol despite its almost 11%. Nice lacing, and a great finish.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Bottle pours a very dark brown color. Head is a tan color and retention is very long. Smells like yeast and alcohol. Tastes like alcohol with some mild fruit flavors. Very smooth on the palate which makes it easy to drink.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2008
A dark caramel color with bubbly white head. Very dark and vinous aroma. The flavor is quite raisin-y with a definite presence of alcohol. But the alcohol and fruity flavors are definitely balanced here. The palate is fully of carbonation is pleasantly lively, but the mouthfeel just isnt quite thick enough to be what Id desire. Good belgian though.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ketchepillar (1195) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Pours a nice big frothy off white head. Aroma: Lemon juice acidity mixed w/ yeastiness. Some sweet malt mixed w/ fruit (strawberry/cherry). Taste: Raisins and plums, slightly acidic. Finish is very nice; very fruity; pretty dry. Mouthfeel is very nice; pretty silky, carbonation is still pretty lively though. Yeast is kinda spiciness, and slight horse blanket.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Pours a very nice dark reddish brown, with a beautiful off-white head that will not die. The aroma is pleasant, but very reserved - a bit fruity and malty with some subtle citrus notes. The flavor is a very complex mix of fruits and malt sweetness with a tongue tingling alcoholic bite. Although the alcohol is noticeable, it is well balanced with the other flavors. The palate is very smooth. Overall a very nice brew, maybe the best Belgian Ive had.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ScottB (73) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Bottle. Poured deep copper brown with a creamy off-white head that slowly dissipated leaving a nice lace. Yeast, bread, caramel and dark fruit on the nose follow through in the mouth. Full bodied. Coats the mouth. Alchohol is detectable, but not overbearing. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
stouby (4597) - Holbk, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2008
Bottle at home. Brown with a large light brown head, beautiful lacings. Aroma heavy malty (caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits, roasted). Flavor moderate/heavy sweet, light/moderate bitter, good balance. Full body.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
illini4ever (23) - Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Dark amber pour with a malty head. Nutty fruit aroma that comes at at you wonderfully. Flavors composed of cherry,figs and roasted malts. Just outstanding. Hides the high alcohol nicely. Dreamy creamy is all I can say. Slightly behind Rochefort, but not far.


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