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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: 4446   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2007
Out of an 11.2 ounce bottle. Pours a murky ruby brown. Mild nose with slight yeast tones. Touch of grapefruit scents. Flavor seems dominated by the alcohol. A bit of brown sugar sweetness. Basically I feel like this is a bucket of overdone sweetness. Feel is so-so. Carbonation seems to high and I feel it interferes with the flavor. Drinkability has to stay at 4. It just seems to much. I tried the Prior 8 right before this and found I liked it much better.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrt (62) - USA - SEP 11, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2007 This beer has a tuly great aroma - rich, dark fruit and sweet bread. A quite attractive beer that produces a giant (but not so dense) head which leaves considerable lacing. The beer itself is very very dark. The flavor of the beer is satisfying, but I dont think it is as complex as say, a Rochefort. That doesnt have to be a drawback, though. Amidst a thick, chewy mouthfeel, I detect a fleeting, tingling of citric-peel sourness that almost instantaneously gives way to a much longer lasting sweet plum / black cherry profile before finally anchoring to a sweet, cinnamon tinged breadiness. A certain yeast funkiness is along for the ride and also gets the last word. Well, maybe the last word belongs to the alcohol, which is 10%. Nice. Yet that may be too many words( last or otherwise) for this beer, certainly a top notch Belgian, but is slightly overcome by its sheer sweetness and density to be totally irresistable. Hey, it could be much, much worse..

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DeadGuyFrank (347) - http://westchesterbeer.com, USA - SEP 9, 2007
Rich, ripe fruit taste, and a full bodied taste hit your palate right off the top. Pours a wonderful dark amber in a chalais or brandy sniffer glass (my fav). Surprised at the many places in Chester County, PA that have this beer stocked. Cheers to them! So cmon and sit down and enjoy a truly beautiful beer - really goes to show why beer is the greatest!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
petzdrgonizbk (24) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 8, 2007
A very nice ale. Pours a real thick head that laces well. The aroma is fruity and I couldnt shake the notion that I was tasting a hint of ripe banana. Overall nice rich and smooth flavor.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rdelljh (155) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2007
Rustic red with a nice whiteish head that slowly dissapated into a light ring. bready/yeasty aroma with some orangey fruity aroma. Decent carbonation Somewhat creamy texture. Definitely one of my top 10 beers.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LieutenantDan (4) - Westborough, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 5, 2007 does not count
This beers consistent availability in my area, moderate price and its high quality has made this one of my most frequently purchased Belgians. Its Well rounded fruit flavor , light mouth feel and alcohol warmth are more than enough to satisfy on any occasion.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dankman (257) - Somewhere in, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2008 # 100 right here and I decided to do it while I had the beer in front of me. The beer has a sweet malty aroma and taste slightly of over-ripe fuit and carmel with a slightly dry finish. Not too bad, Ill have it again.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (5380) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2007
poured with a nice thick head and a dark brown color. smelled sweet but not very malty or hoppy at all. it tasted very sweet like honey and was very easy on the palate. by far one of the best beers that i had of the night.

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.


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