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

bottled
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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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3.6
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2006
Bottle (from Bitter Virtue, BBE Aug 09). Rich soft and creamy with bready malts and some fruit. Fairly noticeable alcohol. Good but seems to lack depth plus seems stronger than it should be.

2.6
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 23, 2006
Dark amber in colour with big thick creamy head. Ok so its Belgian, but is typical of style, not really outstanding to make this different.

4.1
LesStewart (11) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2006
I was expecting a lot with this beer and it came through! Very complex to the palate, sorta bready in texture... utterly a pleasure to drink.

4.4
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2006
Nice deep reddish brown body with a medium white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma reminded me of a good red wine. Flavor has wine, vanilla, fruits raisin, prune, peach. Hides the alcohol well. Complex, sweet yet subtle. Palate is smooth with a hint of carbonation. Very nice beer.

4.2
Christian (13670) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 21, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2010 2006 rating: Dark ruby-brown with a big and lively off-white head. My initial impression of the aroma is champagne. That’s the closest I can come to describe that combination of earth, alcohol and fruit. The flavour is quite sweet, with a dry note of wood and licorice.

BB July 2010, bought 2006. Seems like the character has shifted to darker fruits and some walnuts. Flavour is much the same though.

5
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JAN 20, 2006
Near and dear to my heart. One of my first favorite Belgians. It’s hard to rate b/c every time I have one it’s a different experience. The head, the body, everything is perfect. The aroma is seductive and the flavors all are tempted to change on short notice. Seamless, the flavors shift from plums and brittle sugar, to vanilla and smoky soil. The finish is impeccably crisp with a subtle hoppiness that chimes in right on que. Ages well too. IF you see this guy it is worth your time. I never give pefect ratings across the board but this one will have it. I think this beer puts most Trappist to shame.

3.9
shrubber85 (11408) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 20, 2006
Bottle. Plum, malt and alcohol aroma. Opaque brown with moderate head. Sweet peach and raisin flavor up front - light astringent and alcohol tastes. Very well blended - not quite like a Westie but still a pretty good beer.

3.4
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2006
25.4oz bottle: Pours a huge off-white head, good lacing. Brown-reddish in color. Sweet hoppy aroma, perfume, coffee? Light taste, hops, perfume, raisin, coffee, bitter aftertaste.

2.1
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JAN 19, 2006
There have been a number of comments on this site about the quality of this beer and how it is stiff competition to the esteemed Westvleteren. The old padre on the label seems to be happy that he has one in his hand and even gives some indication what the high alcohol content does to your genitalia with the other. Well I would take this gesture to be how far it goes to challenging the big W. It looks fine in the glass and presents as expected, so far the comparison is clear. The nose is incredibly dull and boring however, not a hint of the dried fruit explosion nor deep rich promise of something special to come. The first taste is as disappointing, clearly alcoholic in mouthfeel and on the palate, but there is a real lack of complexity that is anticipated. Raisin and dried fruit notes are there but these are also joined by an unpleasant medicinal undertone. Combined with a high level of carbonation and a lack of balance that does not counter the high ABV I feel a bit cheated. Shame on you father.

4.1
lethe (177) - New York, USA - JAN 17, 2006
A dense, murky quad pour yields a frothy white head. Nose is malty sweet suggesting dark fruit and a fine bready background. Palate is slightly carbonated with a silky texture. Flavor is more of the same but with a fine depth that heightens the enjoyability. A nice quad.


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