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100
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Brewed by St. Bernardus Brouwerij
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Watou, Belgium

bottled
common

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common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4379   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (14784) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2011
Hazy dark brown color with a nice dark red glow coming through, off-white head. Nice smell and taste, like this better than Westvleteren 12. Very nice quadrupel.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14606) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 22, 2007
Aroma of dark fruits backed by roasted caramel malt. Deep ruby tinged dark amber color with a beige head that quickly flattened. Medium bodied; moderate, nearly creamy, carbonation. The flavor is prune, molasses, raisin, brown sugar, wheat?, caramel malt. Smoothly fruity, sort of. The finish is sweet around the edges, with some bitter at the back of the mouth. It is to die for. Fortunately, only the bank account has to pass over. Got to get more.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnfryd (14457) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 2, 2008
Bottle. Brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is fruit, malt, yeast, spices. Flavour is fruit, malt, yeast, spices, dried fruit, alcohol. World class beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (14048) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 1, 2006
11.2 oz bottle poured a cloudyreddish brown with a large rocky amber head. Aromas of dark fruit, spices, brown sugar and a hint of bubblegum. Palate was full bodied and smooth. Flavors of dates, raisins, brown sugar and spices with a sweet lingering finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tmoney99 (14000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2005
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a large frothy off-white head that was lasting and produced good lacing. Heavy complex fruity aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture. Heavy bitter sweet flavor with a long finish.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
imdownthepub (13833) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2003
Draught at De Zolder, Brugge. Magnificent dark red brown hued with a doughy thick head. I found the draught to more flavoursome than previous bottles, there was whiskey like malt, oak, late tobacco and some banana. Luckily it wasn't carbonated and when it had warmed somewhat it gave out a delightful alcohol glow. Great beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (13810) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2012
Draft - Sweet red fruits, raisins, and a bit of alcohol. Deep solid brown with a minimal head. Sweet red fruits, no bitterness or alcohol. A nice abt ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (13749) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 21, 2002
Dark brown with a medium beige head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma is rich, raisin and rum, with a hint of banana. Flavor is fruity (mostly raisin, perhaps date &/or plum), malty and quite sweet (near bubble gum), with significant alcohol presence (though its hard to guess its at 10%). Altogether a very enjoyable beer, though Id appreciate it even more if it werent quite as sweet.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HenrikSoegaard (13638) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2005
Bottle o.75 L. Creamy off-white fully lasting head. Wonderfull dark orange colour. Powerfull aroma and taste, a very good beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Scopey (13557) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2010
33cl bottle from Cask & Kitchen. Pours very dark brown with foamy beige head. Nose; sweet caramel malt, dark fruits (figs, plums), medicinal and some bubblegum! Taste; smooth start, caramel, cinnamon, raisins, figs, bubblegum, wood, well hidden alcohol, complex, but very well balanced, One of the best.


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