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

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4226   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
OldMrCrow (2446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2008
2005 bottle sampled Jan ’08.

I’ve had this one fresh a couple of times, but this is the first bottle I’ve had with any age on it. I’m really delighted. Pours dark brown, red highlights, nice big long-lived tan head, dark floaty sediment.

Nice rich dark aroma, dates and raisins, and dark caramel, maybe a hint of cinnamon. The flavor is even better, beautifully integrated after almost three years, dark chewy caramel, the expected dark dried fruits, a late hint of chocolate cake. The mouthfeel is simply sublime. Incredibly creamy, perfectly carbonated with tiny bubbles, no hint of alcohol, very full but not the least bit sticky. Drinks like a 7% beer for ease, but with a creamy body that tops the best of the big beasts.

Lovely stuff. Worth having in the cellar in good measure.

4.2
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2008
Deep opache brown color with a tannish head and a good deal of lacing. The aroma is very diverse of plum, raison, fig, brandy soaked oak, spice and just a hint of dough. Flavor matches the aroma with a welcome adition of fig and tart cherry. Decent carbonation, very thick and chewy mouthfeel. Long fruity finish. Had this one in the cellar for a long time and it was well worth the wait!

4.8
illidurit (2354) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. An unexpectedly nice pour by an unexpectedly knowledgable bartender results in a nice opaque brown beer topped by an inch of tan foam. The lacing is outrageous and the retention is exceptional. Aromas of raisin and brandy hit my nose first. Then comes yeast and spice, and ripe dark fruit. The dark fruits explode in the flavor, coating the tongue with raisin, fig, and plum. The taste elucidates the spicy aroma, uncovering a distinct clove note. Candi sugar and rich caramel. Delicious! The mouthfeel is so rich and chewy it almost feels like it’s not a liquid. Absolutely luxurious. Amazingly smooth and creamy, great carbonation. The Belgians clearly have the quadrupel down pat. Westy 12, Rochy 10 and now Berny 12 (yeah I have pet names for them, so what) have really highlighted the craftsmanship of Belgian ales to me. All unique within the same style, and all basically unparalleled. This is a first rate beer.

3.9
TopherDrinks (96) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Keg! Pours dark red/mahogany filling my Trappist with a deep brown body and great off white, air tight, head. If this lacks anywhere it is in the nose. Sweet malts, over ripened fruits, and molasses all combine into one, dull aroma. Flavor is of sweet caramelized malts, molasses, and figs all held up by a dark bready malt and alcohol backbone. More dark and over ripened fruits (figs, raisins) flourish towards the end, making this both sweet and bitter on the dry finish. Mouth feel is light but not thin with the soft palate filled with tons of gentle carbonation.

4.2
blipp (9598) - 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
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
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
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
stef7321 (15) - Williamsburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2008 Really good beer. I wasn’t 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
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.


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