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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4450   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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4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JayNW (12) - Crewe, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2007
This beer is bloody close to Westvleteren Abt 12. The only major difference is in sweetness. Of course it is much easier to buy and therefore perhaps has less mystery surrounding it. If you want a Wv12 but can find one this is the closest thing to it.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Adenila (1560) - DENMARK - JUL 4, 2007
Really nice mahogny towards deep red look, with a bubbling brown head. Aroma is very rich, with different esters comming through. But the dominating aroma seems to be very nice sweet alchoholic port scent, that brings promise of something nice to come. The flavor is just soo smooth and delicious. Complex palate, and a very warming alchohol, thats only felt. The palate is quite exploding, which helps bring all the different aromas forth in the mouth. Very enjoyable.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
IvoR (92) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2007
Bottle. Pours amber, a little muddy, with a thick brownish head. Aroma is nice. though it doesnt stand out. Taste is fruity at first, then malty. Leaves a pleasant finish that doesnt last for very long. Very nice to drink.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeremytoni (3044) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2007
From bottle at the pours dark amber color with a good amount of head. Nice smooth flavor with a pleasant lingering aftertaste.

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 (1058) - 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.


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