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


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RATINGS: 4235   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.14/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
The St. Bernardus Abt 12 is the pride of our stable, the nec plus ultra of our brewery. Abbey ale brewed in the classic íQuadrupelí style of Belgiumís 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. Itís 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ober (2813) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - FEB 4, 2008
A dark brown beer with a thick creamy beige head, which stays for a while. Good smell of raisins and caramel. A light chocolate tast with some pepper. Also some fruit. After a while chocolate tast getís stronger. A good example of an Abbey ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2009 Bottle. Pours orangish-brown and cloudy with the sediment just sitting there. Beautiful! Aroma is very yeasty and a bit like a port in character. Very effervescent, with brown-sugary, malty taste. 6/5/8/4/17

750 mL bottle from Wine Warehouse, purchased March 2008 and rated February 2009. Pours a brownish red color with a medium creamy head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma is straight up cinnamon rolls, with some subtle fruity notes. Taste is yeast, bread, brown sugar, cinnamon and other spices. Full bodied. Very nice beer. 8/4/7/4/15

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
charlotte (5078) - rÝdovre, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2008
Almost black colour with fluffy head who stays long.Taste is vinous warm with lot of hidden alc.Fruity flavor with note of rasins and plum.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 31, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2010 Bomber. Beautifully cloudy ale with a huge soapy head that sticks around. The color is just a shade lighter than the Redskins colors. Strong, but not excessively powerful nose of plum jam, pepper, yeast, and a lot else I canít describe. Flavors of dark fruit, yeast, rich malts, and grapes. Really lovely mouthfeel from the bottle conditioning makes this feel like a beer I could drink all night long. Amazing, near perfect beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldMrCrow (2309) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2008
2005 bottle sampled Jan í08.

Iíve had this one fresh a couple of times, but this is the first bottle Iíve had with any age on it. Iím really delighted. Pours dark brown, red highlights, nice big long-lived tan head, dark floaty sediment.

Nice rich dark aroma, dates and raisins, and dark caramel, maybe a hint of cinnamon. The flavor is even better, beautifully integrated after almost three years, dark chewy caramel, the expected dark dried fruits, a late hint of chocolate cake. The mouthfeel is simply sublime. Incredibly creamy, perfectly carbonated with tiny bubbles, no hint of alcohol, very full but not the least bit sticky. Drinks like a 7% beer for ease, but with a creamy body that tops the best of the big beasts.

Lovely stuff. Worth having in the cellar in good measure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2008
Deep opache brown color with a tannish head and a good deal of lacing. The aroma is very diverse of plum, raison, fig, brandy soaked oak, spice and just a hint of dough. Flavor matches the aroma with a welcome adition of fig and tart cherry. Decent carbonation, very thick and chewy mouthfeel. Long fruity finish. Had this one in the cellar for a long time and it was well worth the wait!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
illidurit (2278) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. An unexpectedly nice pour by an unexpectedly knowledgable bartender results in a nice opaque brown beer topped by an inch of tan foam. The lacing is outrageous and the retention is exceptional. Aromas of raisin and brandy hit my nose first. Then comes yeast and spice, and ripe dark fruit. The dark fruits explode in the flavor, coating the tongue with raisin, fig, and plum. The taste elucidates the spicy aroma, uncovering a distinct clove note. Candi sugar and rich caramel. Delicious! The mouthfeel is so rich and chewy it almost feels like itís not a liquid. Absolutely luxurious. Amazingly smooth and creamy, great carbonation. The Belgians clearly have the quadrupel down pat. Westy 12, Rochy 10 and now Berny 12 (yeah I have pet names for them, so what) have really highlighted the craftsmanship of Belgian ales to me. All unique within the same style, and all basically unparalleled. This is a first rate beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TopherDrinks (96) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Keg! Pours dark red/mahogany filling my Trappist with a deep brown body and great off white, air tight, head. If this lacks anywhere it is in the nose. Sweet malts, over ripened fruits, and molasses all combine into one, dull aroma. Flavor is of sweet caramelized malts, molasses, and figs all held up by a dark bready malt and alcohol backbone. More dark and over ripened fruits (figs, raisins) flourish towards the end, making this both sweet and bitter on the dry finish. Mouth feel is light but not thin with the soft palate filled with tons of gentle carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blipp (7779) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 25, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2008 Bottle. Pours a very dark red/brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is fresh fruit with notes of caramel and apple, as well as a pinch of hops to make that sweet malt really hit you hard. Medium/full body. Flavor is fruity, with notes of berry, fig, caramel, and even a hint of chocolate. Long dry finish. A great beer, excellent to sip for an hour or so.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gmonroe10 (243) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 25, 2008
Poured a dark brown with a frothy head...Had the 8 before it, and in comparison the 12 had a bit more kick and flavor, more complexity...Aroma is fruity and yeasty, full bodied and smooth (like the 8) with little cloudiness. More bite and bitter aftertaste than the 8, but the palate more filling. Alcohol very well masked with the sugars. A great brew, bottom line.

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