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

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RATINGS: 4227   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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3.9
fro2218 (471) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 21, 2007
One of the top Quadrupels available in the US. The appearance of this beer with its dark leathery color and light tan head is quite a sight. The flavor does not detract from its appearence. The experience only gets better as the beer warms and the night goes on. (the 10.5% alcohol helps)

4.4
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - SEP 18, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2009 Pours a dark red brown with a perfect creamy head that sticks around for the entire beer. Aroma is good, with plenty of dark ripe fruit, with some light notes of yeast and caramel. The flavour is awsome with some great malt flavours all the way through, lots of toffee, and caramel, some raisin sweetness in the middle, but the best is the licorice finish, top notch. Velvety smooth mouthfeel, the flavours wash over the tongue. Top notch, the finish really makes this beer.

4.4
pjf (9) - USA - SEP 17, 2007 does not count
bottle, this was a true pleasure from start to finnish, bold taste nice color and the best way to describe this in one word is "smooth"

5
jaredcox (1) - Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2007 does not count
this is the best quad in the whole world. forget best quad, this is the best beer in the whole world.

3.8
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2009 I’m shocked! I thought this was going to be better, was kinda flat, hardly no tast to it. Smooth for sure but nothing special. For the ratings others gave this beer I wasn’t impressed. Better the second time around but not great!

4.2
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - SEP 15, 2007
bottle poured murky brown off white head goes quick to lace ., sweet fruity aroma. Sweet and malty some alcohol burn to it . mouthfeel is warm and bubbly

4.1
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
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 don’t think it is as complex as say, a Rochefort. That doesn’t 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
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
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 couldn’t shake the notion that I was tasting a hint of ripe banana. Overall nice rich and smooth flavor.


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