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

bottled
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on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4468   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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4.4
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2008 Pours a deep dark hazy mahogany with a big sudsy off-white head that dies quickly into some foam craters. Strong sweet aroma of varnish, cinnamon and nuts; enticing. Lots of flavors here. Some licorice, very nice woody malt, quite nutty. Great full roasted cinnamon apples flavor. Lots of alcohol on the finish, dry, and a little bit acidic. The fruity flavor is minimal (which I prefer) compared to say.... a delirium. 9/10 on the palate, a lot better than most 4’s but not quite a 5. Its a little thin in the body, carbonation is nice, although it is a tad overwhleming. A little bit creamy. Still, one of my favorites, and its availablility really helps the craft beer market (and its own ratings). I remember a few years ago when this was the first abbey beer I ever tried and I was overwhelmed by the flavors and wasnt quite sure if I liked them or not; Now I’m not sure if they are strong enough! still a fantastic beer!

4.8
marcbé (86) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 21, 2007
Well, what can I say that you 1392 ratebeerians have’nt said a thousand time ? This beer is so good, it smell so good. Maybe some naked nymph came down from heaven to liquify all the forbiden fruit to create this nectar. I think i’m starting to beleive...

4.1
Quietman (173) - Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2007
Bottle.Dark brown with off white head.Sweet fruity aroma of cherry and raisin.Nice balance of sweet and bitter.The alcohol stands out some initially.Well carbonated.Full body.Very nice.

4.1
ghawener (1607) - Santa Tecla, EL SALVADOR - DEC 19, 2007
Thanks to Ramenen. Bottle: Very complex brew with lots of sweet, herbal and floral notes. Malts, chocolate and coffee.

4
Ramenen (466) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - DEC 19, 2007
Thanks to my parents who brought it all the way down from Clearwater Fl. This is a classic. Pours nicely into a grayish brown with a nice head. Aroma of bread dough. Extremely malty and fruity, and it hides well its high alcohol content

5
icefires (6) - USA - DEC 18, 2007 does not count
I have been drinking Belgian beers exclusively for two years (about $75 per week). This is still my favorite (even better than Westvleteren Abt 12)

5
nondeduvel (2) - Belgium, BELGIUM - DEC 18, 2007 does not count
0.33 cl bottle. excellent beer with a strong complex aroma and a rich & fruity taste that devellops and gets better as it warms. it sometimes takes me more than 1.5 hour to drink this as every little sip fills your mouth with joy. it’s my favourite beer, i think i prefer this one over the westvleteren. don’t serve too cold and off course drink the yiest sepperately!!!

4.5
Proteus (98) - FINLAND - DEC 17, 2007
0,33 cl bottle. Dark color, slightly reddish with a thick and lasting white head. Very fruity aroma with hints of yeasts and some malty deepness. Carbonation at it’s right level to give it a fresh touch, fruity overall and quite close to Westvleteren 12 all in all. An excellent beer!

3.8
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Bottle. A gentle pours produces a creamy dark red, mahogany beer with a lasting thick head that refuses to go away. Sticky lacing all the way down the glass. Fruity, yeasty and malty aroma. Raisins, cherries, toffee, wet oak, and peppery, dusty yeast. Intense carbonation almost overwhelms the palate initially. As time passes, the zesty carbonation is tempered allowing the beer to more fully express itself. Dusty yeast, dry oak, prunes and raisins, alcohol. Mostly full bodied and quite firm on the tongue. Finishes quite dry.

4.1
redgold07 (308) - Irving, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2007
So good, even though the cork hit me in the head when I opened it. Smooth and fruity, quite dark brown with a large frothy head. Aroma is big and of fruit and is quite sweet. 1 pt. 9.4 oz. bottle, caged and corked.


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