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

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4288   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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2.4
lb4lb (2628) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2007
Very underwhelmed by this. Smell was decent yet somewhat faint. Smells of light chocolately roastiness, a touch of belgium yeast and metal, and mostly of raisins. The second this hits my tongue the ridiculously high carbonation basically turns the beer into foam. Feels like champagne in the mouth. Taste is a touch dark fruit, roasty, raisiny, light but standard belgium yeast character and caramel. Honestly, the mouthfeel was the worst part of it. Fizziest beer I’ve had in nearly 500 beers. Alcohol is hidden well, but I’d be happy to never drink this again.

4.6
reeljob (14) - USA - OCT 30, 2007
Drank from the large bottle w/ the cork in a trappist glass. Dark woody brown color, light brown head. Winey/fruity aroma, very intriguing. This beer has a sweeter taste, albeit very enjoyable. Chocolate/ roasted notes throughout. Very full feeling beer, not one to drink on a full stomach. Didn;t taste much alcohol. Nice carbonation. Drank this on the warmer side of cold; I think that helped. Drank it too fast, thoough It was gone before I knew it.

4.6
heavy (2911) - Split, CROATIA - OCT 30, 2007
27/10 0.33 l bottle at Hopdevil, thanks Doggythedog for ordering this one for me! Dark brown body with moderate brownish head. Aroma is malty, nice sweet, dominated by caramelized sugar. Flavor is quite full and pretty complex, fruity, spicy, with caramel, chocolate and some coffee dominating the most.. Speaking about alcohol, it’s quite felt. Minimal carbonation. Finish follows the flavor as much possible, very nice. Great beer, although a full scale lower than Rochefort 10. Thank you Doggythedog for another great tasting night...

4.2
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 29, 2007
Pours a beautiful mohogany color with a huge fluffy head. (I might’ve poured it to fast!) Intense aroma with malt standing out, along with some yeast, sugar, and earth. Flavor is quite complex with the alcohol very forward, followed by some cola, dried fruit, malt and finished by the alcohol burn, just as it began. Very nice, but a bit harsh. I’ld suggest aging it a few years to see how it mellows with time.

4.5
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - OCT 29, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2008 An excellent abt. I loved this beer because it was so carbonated and filling. After two of these your beer craving will be drowned becasue of it’s sugary complexity.

4.5
TheLeadDog (101) - Kent, Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2007
Now this is beer!!!! From the first sip til the last is beer gives you nothing but pleasure!!! Carmel,and fruit blend with chocolate, figs, raisons and malt. The after taste lingers on and on and on. One of the best beers I have ever had. Now I have to find another bottle!!!! 2 thumbs way up. A WINNER

4.7
naivepegasus (389) - USA - OCT 25, 2007
11.2 oz bottle poured into St. Bernardus glass. Pours dark brown with a slight tinge of ruby, with less than a finger of head that settles into a soapy film. Lots of citrus and caramel in the aroma. The taste is great- very light palate, with a very smooth, warm finish. Tastes of caramel and friut blend with the malts and end with a a great subtle kick of hop bitterness in the aftertaste. This is the kind of beer that stops you in your tracks after each sip as you wait 30 seconds for all the flavors to finally register. This very well could be my favorite beer.

3.9
Speedle (266) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 24, 2007
brown and cloudy with a big head...sweet aroma of malts, caramel and dried fruits....sweet raisons and figs...fizzy mouthfeel with a warm finish...I can’t wait to rate this again after I’ve tried some more beers in this style

3.9
Whelk (123) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2007
Bottle, Best before 28/08/12. Pours a dark brown with a light coffee-colored head. Aroma is alcohol, dark fruit, malt. Quite sweet with vinous dark fruit, some peachy tones, dark malt, and a warming alcohol finish. Strong carbonation. A little too vinous for me, but very interesting.

4.4
AcctError46355 (54) - Sandared, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2007
33cl. bottle. Wonderful apperance, dark with solid head. Smell is complex with bitter almond. Taste is long and complex, again with bitter almond. You can sense it is a strong beer, but only in a positive way. The best Belgian beer there is.


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