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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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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3.3
hiphops (324) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2006
dark brown. honey fig smell i guess. mouthfeel was creamy and smooth reminded me of a scoth ale with a strong dried fruit presence good not great.

3.9
TechMyst (167) - Fox River Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2006
CONTAINER VOLUME: 750ml
CONTAINER TYPE: Bottle (Conditioned)
FRESH: yes (cellar for up to 15 years) [L040309 H33]
PURCHASED @: Binny’s
COST: $8.99 / Bottle
HEAD: massive medium-brown; mostly lasting; eventually diminishing to 1/8"
LACE: Laced in bottle; left huge rings; eventually large cloud-like formations; then spotty dots
COLOR:
REFLECTED- dark brown
TRANSMITTED- murky deep brown
AROMA: fruit / sweet wine
MOUTHFEEL: medium; swirling fizzyness
PALATE: lightly slimy/sticky; eventually sticky/resinous
TASTE: caramel apples; plum-rasin; harsh bitter cranberry aftertaste
COMMENTS: It’s good; not great. It’s supposed to be the best beer in the world. Too much like wine. I’d like to try some aged...the dregs looked like melted chocolate. If I’m looking for alcohol content at a better price and taste I’ll take DFH90’. However the buzz from one of these was heavenly. I’d drink it again; not for the taste, but to check out the buzz again. And shouldn’t beer tasting be about the taste. If I want something in this style I’ll take the Chimay Rouge. I’ve mentioned before; I do not care for fruit beers; and this beer is as fruity as the monk on the front of the bottle...
CONDITIONS:
MOWING/WORKING ON CAR- no
WITH FRIENDS- maybe
SIPPING- maybe
GET MY BUZZ ON-yes

4.4
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - OCT 3, 2006
Tasted side by side with the Westy 12, as this is effectively the mass-produced version of the westy, it seemed appropriate to pair them. Nice flavor profile, and an excellent beer, but it couldn’t hold up to the silky smooth round mouth experience (in both flavor and body) of the westy 12.

3.6
jimvy (131) - O’Fallon, Missouri, USA - OCT 2, 2006
On tap at Falling Rock Pub 9/29/06. Dark brown, cloudy. Tan head-long lasting. Aroma is dominated by malt...not much else. Flavor - a good balance of malt and hops, though malt dominates. Good flavor, slight tartness in the finish. Overall, a really nicely balanced beer, but not up to expectations. Clean, good malt, nice balance.

4
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - OCT 1, 2006
(11.2 oz bottle (marked "FL 13 10 10") from Julio’s Liquors (MA), cellared for 6 mos. after purchase) Pours a cloudy dark brown with about a finger and a half of soft, creamy biege head that recedes to a nice cap that stays. Lots of solids come out of bottle. Aroma fairly sweet - brown sugarish with hints of fruit (plums, cherries?). Mouthfeel lightly fizzy, dryish, light-bodied. Nice lacing. Flavor pretty much matches the aroma - has a light brown sugary sweetness with the fruitiness in there as well. Finishes fairly dry. Nice, pretty elegant beer but a little disappointed I didn’t get tons of complexity.

4.6
Kpfeifle (25) - Patchogue, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2006
What a great beer. Very dark amber, quite cloudy with a nice head. Many complex citric smells. Taste was carmel, pear, malt. Worth it’s place in the top 50.

4
pbjclimber (150) - Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2006
Pours a dark brown with a nice tan head. Taste is of chocolate, caramel, and a little bit off nutty malts. There is also some fluit aftertones present. Very well balanced.

4.8
Grovlam (4245) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2006 This is diffently one of my top 5 beer’s that I have tasted. Malty was Molasses, Caramel. Aroma was Banana and Honey, Brown sugar, Maple syrup end. Body was very full and Texture was Creamy. I really enjoy this beer a lot. 29-09-2006 Second time I have tasted this beer. This time it was possible to compare it with the Westvleteren Abt 12. It does not stand the distance against this great beer, but still I think it has a place high on the top 50 list. The St. Bernadus is very complex in aroma. But I personally don’t understand the comparison with the Westvleteren Abt. 12. These two beers are of course related, but taste nothing alike. Well that is just my humble opinion. One other thing that I have read about this beer is that it is supposed to have a metallic like finish. Once again I could disagree more. Not a hint of metallic finish when I drink this beer. Just a smooth complex and long aftertaste. Lovely beer altogether

3.9
Arayaga2 (2197) - portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 23, 2006
Nice and dark brown around the edges with an opaque ball of black in the center. Big off white head, and the sweet smell of cherry cider. Taste is expectedly rich and sweet with cherry, and does not reveal its alcohol. $4/12oz

4.3
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2006 Bottle. Dark chestnut color with a light beige head. Nice aroma, subtle. Vanilla, malt, anise, yeast, dark fruit, cider, pear. Really well balanced flavor. Plum, cherry, more vanilla, malt, super smooth. Buttery. Great palate,smooth, silky, bubbly, couldn’t ask for a better mouthfeel. This is definitely a world class beer, and makes me want to explore the world of abt/quadrupels more than I have.


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