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

bottled
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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
swidyn (5) - New York, USA - JUL 20, 2007 does not count
Lighter brown than other Belgian Quadrupels, I was expecting a lighter flavor than other beers from around Watou. Boy, I was wrong! It poured with an average-sized head for this beer type -- about a finger or two... Tannish, natural leather-colored head and significant lacing. The smell was yeasty, with toffee, taffy and caramel rounding it out. The taste was similar, only with light chocolate, coffee with some malt and sugary fruit. Thick, leathery mouthfeel and a sweet finish. Overall, a very nice beer -- I understand why this beer gets such high honors here. Of all the top beers that I have tasted, this is my "go-to" beer. This was drunk on tap at The Brickstore in Decatur, Georgia.

4.2
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2007 Brown with a medium, fluffy tan head. Laces during poor. Dark aroma, with yeast and caramel nose. Flavor of fruit and caramel. Full bodied, with carbonation. Finishes nicely with toasted alcohol flavors. Tasted on tap and in bottle.

3.7
32clowns (19) - USA - JUL 18, 2007
Dark, high alcohol content, bitter beer. Smooth, and tasty like no other. Not fot the light at heart!

4.7
joohefner (380) - Isla Vista, California, USA - JUL 18, 2007
orange and brown color with medium beautifully symmetric bubbles. intoxicating aroma of alcohol, tart plums, and a light sweet malt. medium slick body. tastes of caramel orange, dark fruits, malt, lightly bitter, and a slight metallic alcohol finish

4.6
GandGKevin (934) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 14, 2007
Bottle. Pours dark with a frothy "ice cream" like head that lasts forever. Sweet malty aromas and a caramel toffe flavor. Well integrated alcohol.

4.7
scottlandk (3) - USA - JUL 13, 2007 does not count
a rich and strong carmel smell combined with roasted hops gives this a unique bite to the nose at first. it has a rich roasted flavor with a slight honey taste toward the middle. followed by a strong kick at the end that is not overpowering. overall a well rounded beer

2.9
T3llLAllDE (100) - USA - JUL 13, 2007
a little strong for my taste but still a nice beer . maybe not all its cracked up to be but very good

5
cyrenaica (1126) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2007
I tried this beer on July 11, 2007 at Cafe Volo in Toronto (only because they were temporarily out of Rochefort Trappistes 10). I was very nervous about trying this....high alcohol content, dark brown, yada yada yaada. Well, try it I did. It poured a dark brown into the glass with a small head that lasted throughout the entire beer. The aroma was thick with bread and hops, and some fruit. It was silky smooth on the tongue with a full-bodied feel. The taste.........unlike any beer I’ve tasted before. There was bread, and malt...and hops. The alcohol was not noticeable on the tongue.....but I felt it going down....and this is one damn fine beer!

4.4
joekfsu (138) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2007
Pours dark amber, tan lasting head. Smells very sweet and a slight hint of alcohol. Fruity initial flavor rounded off by malt flavors. Short finish. Great drinkability, even the girlfriend enjoyed it. One of my first Belgians, which could come back to haunt me since I doubt I’ll like many as much as this.

4.2
Marko (5698) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - JUL 10, 2007
Bottle at the Hopdevil... only Deus and Gouden Carolus Cuvee van de Keizer left.
Poured an extremely dark red, almost black colour. Vinuous and sourish nose with raisins and alcohol. The taste has a beautiful smooth malt profile, a bit chocolatey, that merges perfectly with the warming alcohol finish... dark fruit, prunes dipped in alcohol, somewhat spicey, herbal, nutty, dry... The aftertaste is a bit light and gone quickly. Complex and obviously a great beer but I expected more.


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