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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: 4426   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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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TaktikMTL (7563) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 12, 2007
Bouteille de 750 ml avec bouchon de lige obtenue via Importations Prives Biropholie. Arme: Odeur de cassonade, dpices et de petits fruits foncs. Apparence: La couleur est ambre bruntre avec une moyenne densit de bulle. Prsence dun moyen col crmeux beige avec une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Got de malt rtis, de caramel et de petits fruits fonces avec une pointe dalcool. Dure moyenne de larrire got. Palette: Le corps est plein avec une texture crmeuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Prsence de caramel lgrement alcoolis en arrire got. (Rating #868)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 11, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2007 Dark murky brown body, full creamy beige head, nutty aroma with lots of dark fruits. Rich creamy smooth palate with medium carbonation. Taste is quite sweet: plums, figs, candi sugar, and a little Dr. Pepper? Very expressive in its flavors, unlike Rocheforts 8 and 10 which I find more reserved (but thats not to say they are any less big). Spiciness kicks in halfway through, strong alcohol presence though Im not sure I would guess 10.5%. Has a lot of good stuff going on, a really enjoyable beer. For what it is, and not what it might be compared to, this definitely lives up to its reputation.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Willin8 (55) - Massapequa, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2007
[Bottle, February 2007] Deep ruby pour with medium stagnant bubbly head. Aroma is fruity with berries. Flavor is fruity with apples and some banana. Mouthfeel is wet yet crisp. Finish has medium alcohol burn and more berries. Great beer but it lacks a little something that jumps out at me and grabs my attention.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cornhusker01 (76) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 11, 2007
Ive always been a fan of the Trappist-style beers and this beer reinforces that opinion. It was dark and sweet (brown sugar or molasses) with fruit essences.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - FEB 10, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2007 I love the fact that you can age this beer. If you were to age a beer such as Heineken you would go blind after drinking it. Anyways, the first taste I had of this I knew I had tasted a special beer. The smell of old raisins was present throughout the entire experience. The color was awesome, a Coca-Cola appearance if you will. The taste was a mouthful. This beer was thick and also smooth at the same time. The monk on on the label looks happy to be drinking it. Thank God for Belgium!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - FEB 10, 2007
pours dark brown with some tints of red and it has about an inch off-white head. Nose of dark fruit, with some sweet banana like malt and a bit of spicy yeast character. The taste is very sweet, just like it smells but with some brown sugar along with the malt and dark fruit. Mouthfeel is nice and full and creamy with a good amount of carbonation. Its nice and smooth, and very drinkable.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndreasJaeger (505) - Malm, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2007
A great beer, fruity, sweet, nutty, herbal, and malty aroma. Taste is roasted malt, herbs, liqorich, toffee, coffee, caramell, fruits and hops.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
n1pmao (2) - Aars, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2007 does not count
Meget god (og billig) strk belgisk ale. Dog kraftig smagbar alkoholstyrke, men dejlig karamel-, rosin-, ?-noter. Duft og eftersmag ikke s varieret som smag

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dsnutz (71) - dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2007
This is my favorite beer. First thing after work every friday, I pick up one of these badboys. It pours very dark brown with a normally thick tan head.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gmcade (1) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2007 does not count
This is one of the best Belgians I have enjoyed. I have had the entire line of St. Bernardus (8, 10, 12, Prior, Abt, etc.) on tap while I travel to Stockholm. It is definitely better on tap than in the bottle here.


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