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

bottled
common

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common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4427   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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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blipp (8881) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 25, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2008 Bottle. Pours a very dark red/brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is fresh fruit with notes of caramel and apple, as well as a pinch of hops to make that sweet malt really hit you hard. Medium/full body. Flavor is fruity, with notes of berry, fig, caramel, and even a hint of chocolate. Long dry finish. A great beer, excellent to sip for an hour or so.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gmonroe10 (243) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 25, 2008
Poured a dark brown with a frothy head...Had the 8 before it, and in comparison the 12 had a bit more kick and flavor, more complexity...Aroma is fruity and yeasty, full bodied and smooth (like the 8) with little cloudiness. More bite and bitter aftertaste than the 8, but the palate more filling. Alcohol very well masked with the sugars. A great brew, bottom line.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
darkguardian (733) - Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2008
From a 12oz bottle. Truly a incredible brew! This was my first ABT and I was totally blown away by its incredible taste. The aroma is strong of fruit and slightly yeasty, strong and very easy on the nose. The taste is much like a fine port wine and nothing like any beer I have yet tasted. Complex with notes of fruit, yeast, sugar and ba slight biscuit. The finish is linger but starts with a hotness from the alchol thats a bit overpowering but considering the ABV completely understandable. I think this would pair very well with a good desert.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2008
The color is dark brown with a nice frothy tan head that lasts and laces the glass. The aroma is so inviting you just wanna dive in. The taste is molasses, yeast, banana, figs and brown sugar...sweet aftertaste the alcohol is very well hidden.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stef7321 (15) - Williamsburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2008 Really good beer. I wasnt crazy about the Tripel, but thought I would give this a shot. It did not disappoint. Drank at ambient temperature, full bodied and smooth. Notes of smoke and a solid yeast prescence despite little sediment. Rounds out to a very nice finish, highly recommend.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
WickerBrew (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Approaching perfection here, which says alot since I am not a huge Belgian fan. The darkness wins me over with this, fruity yeastiness beats out the carbonated sweetness that I usually dislike in the style. Also keeps a great head despite sipping and being in the glass for a while. At only $10-12 a bottle this stuff is selling itself short.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2008
Pours a thick amber brown with a thick cream-colored head. Aroma is light but hints of caramel and sugared toast. Taste is caramel mixed with dried fruits. Definite malts. Palate is rather creamy and quite smooth..each sip fills up your mouth. Palate reminds me of a light bourbon stout...that same thick quality. Definitely start to feel the alcohol at the end of the beer --- 10 percent. Definitely happy with my decision to grab one and rate it. Quite delicious.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - JAN 23, 2008
Dark purplish color and lots of effervescence. Aroma is yeasty, some sweet fruits, and caramelized sugar. Flavor is deliciously delicate. Full and sweet, lots of dark fruit and sugars. Really a treat.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kodybrannon (3) - Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2008 does not count
Drinking this beer was like drinking some special nectar sent from the heavens above. It poured a very dark brown color with a thick tan head. The smell was kind of fruity and sweet. But the taste was out of this world. This was my first belgian beer, and I can say I havent found one better.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Guinness4Duff (515) - Tallahassee (and Poconos, PA), Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Dark brown color and very sweet, head dissipated quickly leaving little indication it ever existed. This beer is very drinkable, hiding its high alcohol content.


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