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100
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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: 4210   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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4.2
indybigtom (14) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 23, 2008
Nice roasty malt aroma with some fruit sweetness. Taste was right on the aroma with the dark malt and sugars. Very smooth and this is one of my favorites. I always try to have this around and a bottle is being aged to see how it does in a year or two.

4.2
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2008 (Sample from August 25, 2006 Beer Club Meeting; On draft at Draught House on March 23, 2008) Served in St Bernardus snifter for full effect. Poured a huge, creamy, frothy white head with incredibly excellent lacing. A solidly dark, but clean beer with a ruby-red/brown color. Had a hard time with the aroma after just drinking two other well-nosed Belgians. Definitely caramel, but lightly fruity. Body was medium, gently alcoholic with a somewhat bitter finish. Great lasting flavor, lightly sweet. Its alcohol content was very well masked for a 10%+, but peeked its head out just enough to make it fun. Fun - yes, very fun to drink.

2.6
ciuspan (94) - Hillerød, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2008
Den er for sprittet, det bryder jeg mig ikke om, men ellers er øllen jeg meget kompetent

4.6
Pyrozoid (361) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2008
Beau collet collant en vague avec de pauvre reflet rouge. Arome d’alcool, pain, raisins, dates, caramel chocolat blanc, prune, soupcon de vanille, sucre brun et cerise. Vraiment cremeux en bouche, vraiment tres bien balancer. Ce qui ressortais en arome ressort également en bouche.

4.5
deft (84) - SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2008
33cl bottle (bb 12-07-12) at Rover 2008-02-08. Dark reddish coulour, pours plenty of fizzy head. Berries and yeast in nose, sweet flavour with more berries and alcohol. Dry mouthfeel. I loved it!

4.1
bpowers (24) - USA - MAR 21, 2008
750 ml bottle. Pours a deep murkey brown with a 1-2 finger fizzy tan head. A great looking trappist beer. Aroma is not too pungent but has a strong yeast and malt component with notes of alcohol, dried fruit and carmelized sugars. Taste is much the same. A very delicate and balanced blend of rich toasty and carmely malts, dried fruit notes, soft/doughy yet a little tart yeastiness and a touch of alcohol in the finish. Malt and yeast really take over when you first sip followed by the fruits and the alcohol in the (dry) finish. However, for 10% the alcohol is suprisingly faint. A very drinkable, big belgian ale. Mouthfeel is nice a frothy, feels like the murkey liquid it is. Medium to heavy body. Carbonation is right on point. A great beer. Now lets see if I can get my hands on some Rochefort or some Westvleteren to compare.

3.3
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2008
Draught: Aroma of ripe dark fruits, yeast, sweet malts, alcohol, and toffee. Essentially, it smells like a Quad. Poured dark brown in color with a small, off-white head that diminished over time. Hazy. Not sparkling. Flavor was sweet. Tastes of malts, smarties, alcohol, bubblegum, dark fruits, and chocolate. Medium to full body. Dry, tingly texture. Average carbonation. Dry, sweet finish.

4.1
thill25 (232) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2008
750 ml shared w/ hop-smoker...Poured a Florida swamp-water brown w/ a great two finger fizzy tannish colored head. The nose was a powerful yeast, dough, candied fruits, sweet dark fruits. Tasted like candied figs, dates, dark caramel, a teensy bit of chocolate...Medium bodied, warming, slightly fizzy mouthfeel. Great sweet/dry finish. Best quad that I’ve had...Terrific!

4.5
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2008
Courtesy of dpjuart. Pours a deep burgundy with a creamy, fluffy off-white head. Smells of dates, prunes, raisins, molasses and brown sugar. Phenomenal, almost indescribable taste. Bourbon oak flavors meld with sweet brown sugar on top, followed by alcohol heat, with a long, grainy, fruity, and sweet finish. One of the world’s more perfect Quads.

4.5
jobyone (234) - Charlotte, USA - MAR 19, 2008
Bottle. Pours a reddish brown with a large frothy off white head. The aroma has hits of strae, molasses, chocolate smoke. Lots going on and all the better for it. The Taste is sweet to start but the bitterness comes out towards the end. Finishes with a nice bitterness and a creamy texture. This is a wonderful beer.


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