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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: 4474   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
blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 25, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2012 1 pt 9.4oz bottle have been saving this one for a while. bottle poured with vigor and had a nice foamy head that diminished to a nice layer of little pools of carbination erupting to the surface all over. when held to the light there is a fair amount of sediment in the glass and the color is a nutty brown with some reddish tone. the body in the glass is thick with smells of cherry, yeasts, spices of many flavors, and an alcohol warmth. but on to the tasting part, wow hits with so many good things going on. heavy malt is apparent, cherry, plum, fig, cinnamon, and as another rater stated anise, and some tasty yeasty notes with a flowery snap. really has just the right carbination and the alcohol is well hidden. second glass is pouring just as well as the first, really pretty in the glass. so the question is does it live up to the hype? in my mind it does, looks great in the glass, smell is complex and not overpowering, and the beer itself has many great flavors that combine well. have been looking for a beer to put at the top of the pack and this fits the bill well.

4.6
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2007
I bought a sixel about 2 years ago and have been milking it the entire time. Pretty much drink a glass every once in a while or when I crave a quad. Unbelievable how much this has grown with age. Still hides the 10.5% just as good as it did 2 years ago. So many flavors /aromas it would be hard to write them all here. I’d say the raisin is coming in stronger now than it used to. Still complex and wonderful. The sixel was well worth the 2nd mortgage.

4.7
ardrum (2) - Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2007 does not count
Unbelievable beer. Very complex flavor. I had trouble isolating particular flavors, but it was amazing. Spicy and mildly fruity, I’d say. I couldn’t believe how smooth this beer was for 10.5% alcohol. I’ve had MUCH more offensive beers at 8%. This was spectacular!!!

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bhensonb (15194) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 22, 2007
Aroma of dark fruits backed by roasted caramel malt. Deep ruby tinged dark amber color with a beige head that quickly flattened. Medium bodied; moderate, nearly creamy, carbonation. The flavor is prune, molasses, raisin, brown sugar, wheat?, caramel malt. Smoothly fruity, sort of. The finish is sweet around the edges, with some bitter at the back of the mouth. It is to die for. Fortunately, only the bank account has to pass over. Got to get more.

4.5
Hammster (187) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - AUG 20, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2007 750 ml bottle. One of the better beers I’ve ever had, It had a remarkable head and color that was a deep opaque brown. The armoa and flavor were also very distinct and sweet malty flavor. The palate was exceptional and the 10.5% ABV was hardly noticeable. I don’t understand why people would buy a cheap wine when they can have this instead.

4.2
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - AUG 19, 2007
Draft @BSP. Neverending head with similar lacing, nose of dark plums, other yeasty fruit, with a rich palate of plum, iron, molasses, slight malt sweetness and delicious yeast character with only a slight tinge of hop bitterness in the lingering finish. A classic, undoubtedly.

4.3
zappafan99 (463) - ASCENSION ISLAND - AUG 19, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2008 Deep reddish-brown color with a tan head. Mild lacing with bold fruity taste. Raisin and toasted barley. Aroma is mild and inviting. The alcohol isn’t evident until the very end. Very balanced with a nice peppery finish.

4.2
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2007
Bottle, thanks Mike! Deep brown with big tan head. Nose of toasty malt, brown sugar, raisin, fruit, cinnamon, yeast, and something vaguely salty like peanuts. Flavor is incredibly smooth, balancing sweet, toasty, and peppery notes, with a wonderful peppery and yeasty finish. The alcohol is well masked while providing a bit of warmth throughout. This was pretty tasty stuff.

4.7
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2007
The large bottles of this fine treat recently appeared at one of the local shops and I found it fitting to get one as a gift to myself for my 31st birthday. Popped the cork and slowly poured my first glassful into a nice big wine glass. Sturdy dark brown color with some amber highlights. An immensely thick billowing head that provided plenty of dense fluffy lacing. One of THE most enjoyable aromas I’ve ever been around, I sniffed on this for what seemed like ages. Layers of dark rich sugary malt and earthy yeast. Lots of black licorice and fermented cherries. Nice spiciness, reminded me of nutmeg, anise, and even some light caraway seed. Beautiful aroma, top notch for sure. Medium body, extremely smooth with an incredibly easiness to it. A touch of alcohol harshness attacks the palate, and it soon mellows as a nice effect on the palate. Sweet and filling, this is a fantastic sipper. So tasty and good! Loads of sweet bready malt, sugary and smooth with some rich caramel. I could even pick up hints of roasted malt and some fine chocolate. Cherry syrup, fermented figs, anise and black licorice. Mild alcohol presence backed by peppery spices. Great yeasty earthiness. Intensely complex yet straightforward the flavor is very assertive. Fantastic Belgian, absolutely first class. A wonderful gift to myself,

4.3
VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - AUG 12, 2007
Draft - Poured a very cloudy brown in color with a big creamy light tan head. Aroma was strong of the classic Belgian yeastiness, some alcohol, sweet malt and vanilla. Palate was thick and creamy. Flavor was somewhat sweet with malts and bready with yeast. The finish was thick and chewy with a slightly sourness right at the end. This was really an awesome beer which I truly enjoyed. I will seek out another opportunity ASAP!


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