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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: 4380   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
pinkzambia (1928) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 14, 2006
12 oz. Bottle: Yummy to the max! This brew is murky brown with a tan head and sticky lacing. It has high alcohol aromas along with yeast and raisins. Much of this is in the taste as well - prunes, raisins, tangy grape Kool-Aid - its almost wine-like. Along with the high carbonation, it leaves a great taste in your mouth beckoning you back for more. Thanks Secret Santa!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - AUG 13, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2006 bottle. mahogony pour with thick foamy head. quit a bit of sediment and rising bubbles. nice lacing throughout. Big spicy aroma, yeast, dark fruits and wine like in many ways. lively mouth, full and slightly creamy. Very pleasent carbonation. Figs and impessive malting compliment each other towards a slight dry bitter ending. Alcohol present but not overwhelming for 10.5%. Yeasts smooth the drink and a little banana present every once in a while. Very nice.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AbsintheBleu (3) - USA - AUG 13, 2006 does not count
Really enjoyed this! Poured a rich red-brown with a head with staying power. Wonderful fruit on the nose with plenty of alcohol, but nothing overpowering. This is exactly what I want when drinking a Belgian beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
adamnfineman (53) - Springfield, Oregon, USA - AUG 13, 2006
A very strong flavor, almost a wine flavor. It was very flavorful and finished sweetly, but it wasnt what I was expecting.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2006
33cl bottle: pours a deep murky brown color, that just looks amazing in a trapist glass. The aroma was sublte, but displayed dark fruit and spice. Some clove, cinnamon, nutmeg. The taste was quite complex. Chocolate maltiness, clove, prune, raisin. Slightly acidic. What a mouthfeel! Full bubbly and just delightful to have in your mouth. It was definitly a good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Pours a rich redbrown with a fluffy ephemeral offwhite head. The nose is big and sweet with well rounded malt with hints of chocolate and caramel, alcohol, and that Belgian sourness. The palate is really outstanding. Thick and and mouthfilling in an amazing way. This is a beer I could imagine fasting on. The flavors are as robust as the aroma. Big round chocolatey malt over big alcohol and Belgian fruity sourness. Theres also some creaminess and a bit of almost american tasting floral hops. Also, a very minerally feel from this like a dry riesling. The lingering bitterness screams Belgium and alcohol. I wasnt a huge fan of this beer, but I still enjoyed it quite a bit.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Marroon brown with a large white fluffy head. Smells like dark fruits, alcohol, malty, cinammon, vanilla and even some chocolate. Taste is pretty different- very sweet, fruity, with a lot of alcohol. Smooth palate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Draught at Old Capitol Brew Works and Public House. Opaque muddy brown color with off white head that left an impressive sheet of lace. Served in a big St Bernardus glass chalice. Smelled of apples and molasses with a touch of soy. Flavors of toasted bread, molasses and yeast. Tart and acidic with a warm splash of alcohol that moved all the way into my stomach. Thick, full bodied mouth feel.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2007 Blind Quad 07 tasting. 330 ml bottle from drewbeerme. Dark rasin colored with a small fizzy off-white head that fades away with some lacing. Toasted grain aroma, bready, dark fruits, not as rasiny as ive had it before with alcohol and a little bit of phenols at first. Light to medium body and fizzy carbonation ... Lightly sweet flavors candi sugar, bakers chocolate, plums, rasins, belgian spices, leaving the mouth dry. A nice quad, that unanimously recieved third place out of nine abt/quads behind Roche 10 and Westy 12. --------&# 11.2 oz pours a dark reddish brown with a thick long lasting head, nice lacing and notes of raisins, yeast, and dough. The flavor is brown sugar, dried fruits, and carmel with good carbonation and medium body. Overall a good beer, but not as good as the other amazing abt quadrupels. 4.2

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
patrick767 (4038) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 7, 2006
draft at the Publick House in Boston - Pours dark reddish-brown with a thin, lingering head. Theres a wonderful aroma of dark fruits and yeasty malt. There are more dark fruits in the robust, well-balanced flavor complemented by a lightly bubbly, full bodied mouthfeel. The finish is silky and lingers pleasantly. Excellent!


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