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

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RATINGS: 4428   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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009
Name: Abt 12
Date: March 05, 2005
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick store
Appearance: dark brown, healthy tan head
Aroma: sweet tart aroma
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich malt flavor, fruity character starts to show up about halfway through and gets nice and rich

Name: Abt 12
Date: April 03, 2005
Mode: bottle
Appearance: pours dark with a big white head
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma
Body: body has lots of carbonation
Flavor: rich dry malt flavor, lots of ripe fruit character, a bit fumey after a while

Name: Abt 12
Date: May 17, 2005
Mode: draft
Source: brick
rich ripe fruit character from the start

Name: Abt 12
Date: July 09, 2005
Mode: draft
Source: brick
no sign of alcohol, just rich fruity malt

Name: Abt 12
Date: March 11, 2006
Mode: bottle
Appearance: dark with ruby highlights
Aroma: the fruitiest aroma of all the bernies, and the richest ripe fruit flavor, definate alcohol in the bottle, not offensive but present
Overall: still pales to Crawfords Quint at the 5 today

Name: Abt 12
Date: October 31, 2006
Mode: draft
Source: brick store
great rich ripe fruit, touch of sweetness, a bit thin,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2007
Deep brown with reddish highlights. Large light brown head with classic Belgian lacing. Smells of raisins and spices and alcohol. Like the great tripels and quadrupels, this sits full and lively on the tongue. Sweet and malty, tastes of apricots and raisins. Nice warm alcohol finish. This is a world-class beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
probstblueribbon (3791) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2007 330 ml bottle from Bieropholie, served almost cold in a tulip glass.

App.: Clear deep cooper with a large tan foam. Aroma: Fruits cherries, plums, raisins, apricots, hazelnuts, sweet candi sugar and brown sugar, soft vanilla, a hint of spice, some fresh-baked bread or cookies, a little wood and alcohol, sumptuous and inviting. Palate: Medium-full body, fairly full effervescence. Flav.: More dried dark fruits than the nose, some of the other fruits too, plenty of hazelnut, a solid dose of alcohol, somewhat sweet and leaves a bit too much alcohol on the finish, with a little lingering nuttiness.

Beautiful and big, but the alcohol is surprisingly (and disappointingly) present. The monk on the label is probably smiling because hes three sheets to the wind...

4.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
phllybeer29 (20) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2007
Dark color, with a lasting, foamy head. Burst with bitey flavors. Can be rough at first, but went down smooth after a few sips. Drank well in a glass chalice. Good beer to try, but like a previous posting, probably wont buy again. But then again, im not a big brown ale fan.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2007
Bottle. Pours a hazy copper with a fluffy, lacy off-white head and dark particles. Aroma of grapes, caramel, yeast. Full body and moderate carbonation. The taste is full of fruit, yeast malt, and a touch of fruitcake and alcohol. Somewhat dry and spicy finish. A really nice beer and Id never turn one down, but knock your socks off nice? Idunno.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale ber alles, Arizona, USA - AUG 29, 2007
wow...beautiful dark caramel color with a fluffy long lasting white head. lots of floaties. aroma is amazingly similar to a really nice woody chardonnay...wood, vanilla, yeast, raisins, cinnamon, caramel, on and on. flavor is everything in the aroma with a light bitter tannic finish like fresh red table grape skins. medium/rich mouth feel is creamy with a bit of acidity. warm from the alcohol in my nose but it is not offensive...note to self...get westy 12....hint

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nihar (68) - Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2007
Pours dark amber with light head and has a sweet aroma of plums.. flavor has hints of raisins and caramel with plenty of malt... very smooth texture but doesnt hide the alcohol...

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2007
Raisins and vinous notes. Soft and medium body. Small head. Complex and well masked alcohol. One for special occasions

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 27, 2007
Bottle. 11.2 oz. Pours a dark opaque brown with hints of red, and a huge off white head that lasts the length of the brew. Aroma is yeasty, like dust on a windowsill with some smell of overripe fruit, light malt. Medium bodied with light almost creamy carbonation. Flavor has some dates, little plum, mostly sweet though and of caramel and malt. Strong alcohol presence, maybe too strong. Finish is fairly clean and unexpected. Very nice.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EHSRanders (2037) - Tjele, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2007
Bottle. Hazy amber colour with huge creamy off-white fully lasting head. Fruity aroma with roasted malt and caramel. Sweet spicy complex flavor. Bitter finish. Oily palate.


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