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

bottled
common

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common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4426   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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4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Changed (462) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JUL 2, 2007
bottle w/ cork. pours deep red/brown. light tan/creamy white head. The smell is the best I have experienced thus far. Very drinkable. Tastes of various fruits, some caramel. The aftertaste is amazing too: leaves the mouth tasting of grapes. Overall, my favorite beer tasted thus far.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
viciousg42 (46) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2007
i love this one to death. a beer snob friend of mine told me to get it, the price tag was a bit for a pizza shop workin college boy who lives with his parents, but the beer was so darn good :D

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 30, 2007
Dark brown pour, thick off-white head. Nice lace. Smells of fruit, spice, yeast, and a hint of alcohol. Tastes of fruit, sweet malt, and a bit of caramel. Alcohol is muted for 10.5%. Very light in body and flavor for this style. Clean and dry finish. Very good beer, but I was expecting a little more.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rane (1057) - Nibe, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2007
Bottle. A very nice beer and deserved top 50. Dark brown with huge long lasting pale brown head. Aroma of fruits and flowers also some dried fruits, but both in aroma and taste lighter than Westvletern and Rochefort. Taste raisins on bottle, very soft dried fruits.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 28, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2007 11.2 oz bottle... pours extremely well with a nice 1/2" head. smells wonderful... i smell apricot and a touch of cinnamon. spicy on the tip of the tongue and full of body on the sides. Great aftertaste, slight caramel taste. One of the best beers in the world.

Update :: recently tasted this on tap at the Brick Store Pub and was blown away at the difference in tap vs. bottle. Out of the tap it is much creamier and a bit mellowed out. Absolutely excellent. Out of the bottle it is more alive with flavor and carbonation on the palate.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rjglory (7) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 27, 2007 does not count
A surprisingly refreshing and excellent tasting beer. It has a very rich creamy texture and maintains a foamy top until the glass is empty. It is strong and yet sweet. The mildly bitter herbs are soothed by a deep caramel flavor. There is a light fruit and nut taste mixed in to round it off. The first impression is wow! It only gets better from there. The flavor further builds and evolves. It lingers for a pleasurably long long time. A great nightcap to bring sweet dreams to anyone who appreciates a superior trappist.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bbp182 (255) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2007
No this is a good quadrupel/abt. If only I knew what ABT stood for. Does anyone know? Let me know. Dark brown/black, malty flavor, delicious!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - JUN 26, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2007 Dark brown to almost black in appearance. The head is slightly off-white with some wonderful lacing thrown in. The flavor is slightly malty but lingers wonderfully, changing as it dances across the tongue. This is a fabulous beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
natejgood (500) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - JUN 23, 2007
This is a great sipping beer. It pours a rich dark coffee color with a light head that doesnt seem to go away. It smells malty and sweet with a hint of fruit. The beer is very smooth in the mouth, but has a rich texture to it. It is a malty sweet flavor, but has a slightly sour or acidic taste somewhere in the background. You can definitely taste the hints of fruit. A very complex beer that is worth a try.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2008 750 mL cork bottle conditioned. Pours dary ruby with big foamy head. Flowery and yeasty on the nose. Full bodied... there is a lot going on in this beer. Figs and raisins are evident and it graduates into a carmel/toffee sweetness, roasted sugars? There is a bit of medicinal warmness from the high Abv. A lot of depth and a good entry. The monk on the bottle certainly has something to smile about


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