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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: 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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ghunte02 (29) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2006
getting some alcohol, malt, plum, raison on the nose. brown pour. pretty good but im not blown away. im a little tipsy though so im probly missing things.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PEGU (7) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 27, 2006 does not count
Both distinct fruit and malt taste. Nice brown color. Small taste of the alcohol, but just a small hint.A quality beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lunkie (1919) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2015 Hop malt spiritus aroma at first. Then fruit and spices. Brown colour with excellent head and lacing. Strong malt flavour with fruit spices and spirit. Fizzy palate.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2006
Bottle, Had a fermented sweet friut aroma anlong with alcohol. Brown body with tan head. Flavor had a fruit flavor that offset the alcohol. Smooth on the palate considering the aroma and flavor had alcohol presence throughout the beer.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgentgesdo (694) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 24, 2006
Pours milky brown with lots of floaties, edium tan head that sticks tight to the glass. Nose is exceptional. Faint charcoal and cream contrasts with a powerful pumpkinspice and date combo. Creamy, complex flavor. Initial sweetness (dates, raisin, faint plum) rapidly gives way to very spicy flavors (cinnamon, cardamom, white pepper). Flavor would be higher rated if I could get over the intenseness of the alcohol, which toward the end is almost artificially strong. Ends with bitter chocolate. Chunky mouthfeel. Pretty dry, and would stand up absolutely to the best wines Ive had, both in complexity and quality. Slight earth notes come out as the beer warms. Another belgian masterpiece.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brewer73 (8) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2006 does not count
I think i was still a rookie when i tried this FUEL. My first ABT/QUAD, too complex for a young tongue to be honest w/ u, but ill try; very SMOOTH on tongue, chocolate, plums and something else i cant quite get( maybe because of the ABV 10.5%)

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
turg (156) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2006
Bottle 330 ml. Appearance: nice deep reddish brown with big tan head. Aroma: dark fruit, yeasty, candy. Flavor: fruity (raisin), heavy malt. Medium-heavy carbonation. My first St-Bernardus and not my last. Thank HogtownHarry.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
imzugzug (103) - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2006
All Im wondering is why it took me so long to find this one?!? Totaly outstanding in every way! Dark amber pour with a nice tanish head. Aroma was over the top rich in fruit and alcohol. If I didnt konw better, Id swear I was sniffing a liquor. Taste was hugely fruity, plums, raisins and maybe figs. Alcohol was present and warming but nicely balanced. Left an oily, sweet mouthfeel. Highly drinkable.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - FEB 15, 2006
Poured a nice deep reddish brown with a light frothy head. The aroma is misleading with that of ethanol and caramel, but the flavors are primarily of fruit. Dark cherry, fig, raison, prune, and dates all coated with a smooth malty, caramel topping. A light hopping to balance it makes this a glass of beer I do not want to end. As the beer warms up it takes on new dimensions and flavor profiles, extremely complex.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - FEB 12, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2007 Bottle. Pours burnt red with a bubbly beige head. The aroma is very nuanced. Lots of yeast, corriander, dark fruits, malty sweetness, and a little bit of alcohol blend in the nose. The flavor is nearly perfectly balanced: lots of yeast and raw grain at first, then a pleasant vinous quality with plums, unsweet grapes, and spices (corriander, a little clove, rose petal). The finish goes back to yeast, with mild banana and earth notes, and finally a hint of some bitter hops to bring things full circle. There is some alcohol warmth throughout; how could there not be at 10.5%abv? This is a superb brew. The mouthfeel is sharp from the carbonation, and some carbonic acidity comes through, as well. Thumbs up.


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