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100
style
Brewed by St. Bernardus Brouwerij
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Watou, Belgium

bottled
common

on tap
common

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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4.2
barncatmatt (2285) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2007
330 ml bottle from a trade with hogtownharry. pours dark brown with a big tan head that dissapears quickly. aromas are fruity with yeasty notes and some spice. flavours are winey with fruit dominating but underlying levels of yeast and a tinge of spice. not overly complex but very drinkable and enjoyable.

4.2
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 10, 2007
33 cl. bottle. #600 rating. Murky brown with a ruby tinge and lasting almond colored head, leaving spots of lacing. Aroma marked by a mix of brown sugar and sweet dried fruit, seemingly black cherry and raisin, with some underlying spice. As it warms, the banana/bubblegum yeast notes start coming through. Rich dried fruit flavors-cherry, raisin, currant, plum-with brown sugar malts. Nice black pepper bite on the finish. Fine carbonation in the body. One of those beers that seems to get better and better with every sip, provided you sip slowly and infrequently. Seems like I stumbled upon one of the better bottles.

3.9
Blom (837) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2007
Vintage 2005 - tasted fall 2007. Pours a dark brown with a minimal head. Aroma of spice, liquorice and caramel. The palate is fat and creamy, and the flavour immense of malt sweetness.

4.3
yngwie (17038) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 6, 2007
Bottle, 33cl. Hazy, brown pour with a good dash of floaties, and a big, lasting, creamy, beige head. The aroma left a slightly oxidized impression that vanished after some seconds, being replaced by a nice, vinous blend of dried fruits, sugar, alcohol, a little spicy touch, ripe red plums, some yeast and some berries. The flavor started with caramel, chocolate and roasted malt, soon to have company by dried fruits, sugar, a little alcohol burn that got more evident towards the end, a nice bitterness and a yeasty note. To follow the alcohol in the finish, there’s bitterness and sweetness, dried fruits and a little spicyness, as well as some caramel. It is, as mentioned, warming in the mouth, but it feels a bit thin for an abt. Of course it’s not thin, but I would like it to be fuller, the fullness sort of disappeares rather quickly, leaving an empty feeling in the mouth, even though the carbonation is still there, and the finish is doing what it should. There’s also some cellar notes in the flavor, and nice lacings paint the side of the glass. A fine brew, but a bit disappointing on the mouthfeel. (071106)

2.7
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2007
10-30-07 bottle. Earthy smell with hints of raisins. Cloudy appearance. High alcohol taste (hence my lower than average score). Highly bubbly on the palate - very carbonated - almost like a heavy spritzer.

4.1
StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2007
11 oz bottle from Holiday in Escondido. Pours an unfiltered cloudy bark brown color. The head is cream colored with plenty of lacing evident. The aroma is moderate in strength with raisins, plums and chocolate. The flavor is complex and highlights toffee, raisins, caramel and dark breads. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy. The finish was long and bittersweet with just a touch of alcohol showing up near the end. Overall: this is a very fine quad. Recommended.

4.7
ubamartian (155) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2007
Small bottle poued in a trappist glass @ 47 degrees F. Pours a deep cloudy brown with a creamy coffee colored head. The lacing on the glass as the head dissipates is very evident. The aroma is a blend of belgian yeast, raisins, and roasted chocolate. The anticipation of the first sip is fullfilled and the tastes collide to create a fruity, tending towards raisin, yeast infused, lightly roasted flavor. This beer is more towards sweet, but the other flavors tone the sweetness down and add complexity. The finish is wet with a suttle hint of fruits and a larger tasting of the bready yeast, delicious. The silky smooth texture is similar to a plum juice without the bitter drying effects. Hits the tongue smoothly, and caresses the taste buds. Then slides gently down the throat. The faint warmth it creates is a perfect complement. The alchohol flavorings are almost non-existent and are blended in well with the overall taste. Only thing I could ask for is a more complex flavor with a few more earthy flavors. Overall this is an excellent example. Definately a stock item in my beer cellar.

4.3
pumpmaster (1393) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2007
11 ounce bottle purchased at ABC Liquors Pembroke Pines, FL at $4.00 Excellent

2.4
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2007
Very underwhelmed by this. Smell was decent yet somewhat faint. Smells of light chocolately roastiness, a touch of belgium yeast and metal, and mostly of raisins. The second this hits my tongue the ridiculously high carbonation basically turns the beer into foam. Feels like champagne in the mouth. Taste is a touch dark fruit, roasty, raisiny, light but standard belgium yeast character and caramel. Honestly, the mouthfeel was the worst part of it. Fizziest beer I’ve had in nearly 500 beers. Alcohol is hidden well, but I’d be happy to never drink this again.

4.6
reeljob (14) - USA - OCT 30, 2007
Drank from the large bottle w/ the cork in a trappist glass. Dark woody brown color, light brown head. Winey/fruity aroma, very intriguing. This beer has a sweeter taste, albeit very enjoyable. Chocolate/ roasted notes throughout. Very full feeling beer, not one to drink on a full stomach. Didn;t taste much alcohol. Nice carbonation. Drank this on the warmer side of cold; I think that helped. Drank it too fast, thoough It was gone before I knew it.


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