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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: 4379   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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerBaron (261) - Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2007
Cloudy dark maroon color, a very small head and quite sedate in the carbonation department. Very rich aroma of plums, apples, raisins, and even mango. A strong malt smell is there too, but no match for the fruit medley. The aroma is so packed and fruity you could get full just sniffing it. Fortified is the first thing that comse to mind when tasting this beer. Apart from that, it has the plum and raisin flavor that sits above a heavy wheat base. Clocking in at 10% ABV this beer is warm but not heavy on the toungue. A powerful and flavorful strong belgium, Abt 12 is a flavor feast the will go high on my list.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - DEC 28, 2007
This beer from tap poured dark brown with a tinge of red and a light tan foam head. The aroma was of yeasty malt and raisin. The taste hits somewhat malty sweet with lots of yeast, raisin, and molasses. The sweetness fades to a smooth spiciness and a mellow warmth from the alcohol. There seems to be lots of tasty layers with each sip. Ill have to start with this beer next time. I had it after the SB triple and prior 8...yum!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
LiquidLotus (12) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Bottle. Complex aroma, although a bit on the "booze" side. Appearance is unmatched. Copious head (be sure you use a Trappist glass) that sustains throughout. Amazing malty/nutty/fruity flavor. I actually preferred this beer cool, as it warmed up I thought the alcohol became too harsh for the beer. This is still one to relish-- no distractions!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Big sweet malty beer, loads of fruity esters wedding cake aroma and just gets better as it warms

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (5393) - Georgia, USA - DEC 24, 2007
A beautiful semi-translucent cola brown with a thick and fairly persistent head. (Be careful opening the bottle - it foams like nobodys business!) Aroma is very strong and malty with just a hint of brown sugar. Flavor is very smooth, malty with just a touch of sweetness and a little bit of an alcohol bite. It leaves a sweetish aftertaste on the lips and a nice tingle on the tongue.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 24, 2007
Beautiful. Pours dark brownish with a red tinge with a large, creamy, kahki head that stays for the duration. Excellent lacing. Smell is extremely strong, good, but very complex. Aroma has heavy yeast notes, with undertones of pine, chocolate malts, and apple, cinnamon and ginger and many fruits that I cannot put my finger on. Alcohol is appereant in the aroma. Flavor is great and continues on for a long long time. The aftertaste has a hint of sweetened Marmite, which shows the yeast in this beer. Creamy body with lively carbonation and an alcoholic aftertaste, this beverage was a pleasure to drink, and I cannot wait to taste the bottle of Abt 12 SE that I was able to get a hold of!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
topherh (1927) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - DEC 23, 2007
11.2 oz bottle pours a dark brown with ruby hues at the edges. Big off white head from a fairly moderate pour. Sweet fruit and banana inthe aroma. Taste is sweet and malty; then spicy with yeasty notes.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Pours a dark brown with a ruby hue. Huge cream colored head that dies quick and laces sheets. Smells of brown sugar, dried banana chips, fig and plum. Taste is sweet malt. Plum, spice, again the banana chips, fig and a little caramel. Full in the mouth with a nice tickle on the tongue from carbonation. Sip with pleasure.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2007
750mL cork and caged bottle poured into a Westmalle chalice. No best by date printed. Pours a very dark brown with an almost creamy off-white head leaving traces of lacing around the glass. At first the head dissipated leaving little islands on the beer and somehow gained strength and filled out the glass for a head all around. Pretty strong yeasty aroma, wow, plum, raison, cherries, and maybe even some grapes. Pretty strong, yet complex smell. Taste is full of the same dark fruit, just dancing on the tongue, be prepared. To dig deeper, it starts with a caramel and biscuit flavor then transforms seemlessly into a plum/raison flavor and finishes with a bit of dark cherry flavor. Slightly above average carbonation, with a medium to full body, pretty nicely paired together, maybe a little less carbonation would be better. Very wonderful to drink, but I cant imagine being able to stand after a few of these. Side note: I definately feel this one is best when it warms. I opened it when it was still a little too cool and as it warmed in front of me it kept getting better.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BEERGUY007 (206) - Scotia, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2007
a pint 9 ounces. Dark chestnut color, great thick white head with tiny packed bubbles, like any good beer should have. Taste of molasses, raisins, and a little coffee. You know, I guess maybe I dont like the stronger belgian beers. I feel like I am being sacriligious here, sorry, but I didnt like it as much as everyone else.


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