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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: 4477   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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4.5
brianbuntz (49) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAR 26, 2007
Pours an opaque mahogany with a nice head. Velvety mouthfeel. Sweet with some spice and dried fruits in the background. Very smooth despite the 10% alcohol content. Caramel-taste. Almost like flan.

4.4
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2007
Bottle, 33cl. Hazy brown colour with a tan head. Complex flavour with fruits, grapes & candy. Perhaps a wee bit alcoholic smell. Fuity flavour with plums, figs and candy. The taste isn’t alcoholic at all despite 10% ABV. Top-notch beer.

4.3
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2007
For the availability and price of this beer compared to rochefort 10 or for that matter westy 12...it is a phenomenal beer that is a fantastic abbey quadruple that is great bang for your buck. Very lively and carbonated body that has excellent head retention. The palate is velvety smooth with a nice prickly presence from the carbonation. Lots of yeast characteristics to this beers aroma as well as some candied sugar and fruits. The flavor is very refined with some of the yeast coming through, some belgian candied sugars, some alcohol comes through too, but it is very welcoming in this big abbey beer. A great quadruple that is a perfect way to introduce people to this style of beer.

3.9
petermadsen (390) - Vesterbronxxx, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2007
Fruity estery aroma with nice spec. B character. Quite direct and cockey. The flavour is figs, prunes, almonds and alcohol with a nice sweet finish. The palate is nicely carbonated which makes this beer very easy to drink. Great abt, but it could use some more complexity.

4.3
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2007
Bottle. Deep red pour with an off white head. Aromas of candied fruit, orange zest, malt, yeast and some light booze. Light citrus oin the flavor along with more candied fruit, lemon and lemon zest. Lively carbonation with dry sweetness throughout...dry, somehwta boozey finish. For a style I don’t care for , this was rather exceptional.

4.3
hapjydeuce (1001) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAR 21, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2007 Light tan head upon the pour, nice froth and lace on the edges of my Trappist glass. Dark mohogany color with lots of yeast. Notes of citrus and heavy fruits on the nose, I love the aroma on this beer. Plenty of raisin, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, pear and banana under the malt tones. Chewy palate, malty taste finishing with dry alcohol, Belgian yeast and candy sugar. Finishes smooth on the tongue. This is right up there as one of my favorite Belgian brews, next to the Trappist Rochefort and Westvleteren beers.

4.5
theviolet (186) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2007
Great Beer. One of the best I’ve had. Nice alcohol warming. Beautiful color and aroma. Very deep falvors. Mild finish.

4.4
iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 19, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2007 Dark ruby red with a dense head and nice lacing, it’s a shame about the hideous bottle/label. Complex malty aroma with dark fruits, candy sugar, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, alcohol, liqourice, and much more. A well balanced yet very complex flavor, with an extremely detailed malty long finish in which the instantly recognizable St. Bernardus yeast was prominent, as well as some spicy hoppiness. Medium/thick mouthfeel, low carbonation. Lush, one of the best.

4.3
Rotorhead87 (119) - Temple, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2007
One of my favorites. Pours a dark reddish-brown with a small head, and lots of yeast sediment floating around. Amazing aroma. Great quad flavor - sweet and malty with some malt and fruity flavors. Very smooth drink with a long finish. Alchohol well hidden considering the high content. Highly recommended.

4.7
Carl99Fan (187) - Suwanee, Georgia, USA - MAR 17, 2007
The beer that started the addiction. Had one of these on a whim at a Taco Mac in Suwanee GA. Felt like I hit the lottery. I cried when the bottle runnethed over. Will always have available in my home when entertaining guests. Dark, smooth, flavorful....didn’t know beer could be this good. If you can find it, try it. My first Trappist beer, but happily, not my last.


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