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

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RATINGS: 4194   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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tiong (7342) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUL 17, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2011 Bottle @ Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Originally rated on 14.5.2009. Good, well balanced quadrupel. 8-4-8-4-16 = 4.0

Re-rated on 31.12.2011. BBE 18.05.15 - Pours dark brown with a large foamy and bubbly head. Aroma has notes of plum, raisin, dark fruits, malts, yeast and spices. Taste is quite strong and sweet with a lot of malts, dark fruits, raisin, plum and hints of spices. Finish is warming and slightly sticky and sweet with notes of fruits and alcohol. Quite well balanced, but could still use some more aging.

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stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - JUL 29, 2011
Bottle, 33cl. Pours a clear and dark amber beer with a firm offwhite head. The aroma is malt, caramel, sweetness, yeast, dark fruits and notes of alcohol. The flavor follows the nose with additional pepper and cloves. The palate is sweetness with notes of alcoholwarmth. Overall a really good and well balanced beer.

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bax (1311) - Hasselager, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2011
(Bottle 20/08-2011) Medium beige head, dark brown color, medium co2, round and well balanced taste.

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MichaelLawrie (51) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2011
This is a delightful, complex brew. Aroma includes dried fruit, lots of malt, belgian yeast an alcohol. The alcohol character was very present in my bottle; I wonder if it would have benefited from aging. It is moderately dry, medium bodied and well balanced on the tongue. A very fine belgian ale.

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boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Pours deep brown with a thick whitish head. Smells of dried fruit, some caramel, slight bit of coffee. Tastes a bit hot on the tongue. A little alcohol burn but doesn’t detract from the syrupy flavor. Very good.

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alexsdad06 (10486) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2011
11.2 oz bottle with about 1 year on it. Pours a deep cloudy brown with a large white head. The nose has molasses, prunes, ripe plum, toffee, brown sugar, and raisins. The flavor is mostly sweet caramel malts, brown sugar with raisin and plum. The mouth feel was a bit thinner than expected but not watery. The finish had some alcohol to it. I really enjoyed this, though I don’t think it was as good as the Westy 12 or Rochefort 10.

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mnoud (318) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2012
750ml bottle in Chimay glass. Pours deep red or mid brown, with a creamy head of about 1/2 a finger which slowly dissipates. Aroma is very subtle to me, as is the flavor. Alcohol is well hidden for abv, occasionally presenting itself. Mild carbonation on the finish. I can see why the monk on the label is smiling.

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PhilDBrewer (50) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 29, 2012
Pours a hazy brown with slightly off-white head. Lots of yeast sediment. Aroma is fruity - typical belgian. Tastes of molasses, caramel, and dark fruit. Slightly sweet, warming finish. medium bodied and very fizzy. Overall, very tasty, but not as good as Rochefort 10.

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ration (2243) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 4, 2012
Pours dark brown with a high head. Aroma belgian yeast, anis, some fruits an citrus. Somewhat raw feel as it’s a new bottle. Full body and high carbonation. Not Bad.

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PaulHegedus (85) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 19, 2012
Bottle. Spent about a year in the cellar. Beautiful, almost doughy head, half an inch thick. Brown colour. Aroma of clove with fig, bread in the malt and a hint of raisin. Full bodied. Creamy and smooth. I taste raisin and grape skins, caramel. It’s mildly sweet, not overpowering. There’s more of the clove flavour in there too with lots of toasty, bready malts. Slight sweetness with dark fruit in the finish.


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