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


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RATINGS: 4273   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 ’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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blutt59 (6474) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2008
33 cl. bottle , off white head with dark amber color, fruity nose, excellent body and flavor

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
leninthedesert (116) - Nevada, USA - FEB 24, 2008
One of the best beers I’ve ever had the opportunity to taste. Appearance is amber brown and cloudy. Nose is sweet, airy and yeast. Taste is dark fruit, plum, raisin and candied fruit. Finishes sweet over alcohol. Wonderful beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgoy (344) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2008 St. Bernardus Abt 12 is a very enjoyable ale. A dark amber color with a good head and rich aroma or malt and sweet make this ale very inticing. A strong and smooth flavor with a great finish do not dissapoint.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brix (652) - DENMARK - FEB 23, 2008
Tasted 2008-02-23. 3 years old, 75cl bottle. Pours very lively, unclear, dark brown with beige head. Aroma: Dust/cellar (in a good way!), honney, very sweet without being cloying, freshly baked buns with butter, yeasty. Flavours: Fruity, very well balanced between the sweet and the bitter. Very round and complex. Love it!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - FEB 23, 2008
E bravi i St. Bernardus che si riscattano dal loro nome di operai dell’ombra di St Sixtus con uno dei prodotti più notevoli che mi sia capitato di assaggiare nel genere così detto Quadrupel che poi è semplicemente una denominazione di comodo. E quindi sto comodo. E’ bello stare comodi quando si beve una birra del genere perché così ce la si gode bene peccato che dura poco. 100 a.C. Secondo tribunato della plebe di Appuleio Saturnino, che propone una nuova legge agraria, appoggiato dal pretore Caio Servilio Glaucia, anch’egli di parte popolare. Fa approvare inoltre una clausola che obbliga i senatori a giiurare di osservare la legge; Quinto Cecilio Metello Numidico (campione della guerra giugurtina) preferisce l’esilio. Ciò forse è all’origine di una serie di tumulti scoppiati durante le elezioni (sia Glaucia che Saturnino si erano ricandidati per l’anno successivo, in modo da sviluppare il loro programma) che spingono il Senato a ricorrere al senatus consultum ultimum. Mario, in quanto console, si vede costretto a far uccidere i suoi protetti: la sua reputazione ne viene fortemente scossa e preferisce allontanarsi da Roma per qualche tempo, andando in missione diplomatica presso Mitridate. Viene domata la seconda rivolta servile in Sicilia.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maltybones (62) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 22, 2008
Dark chocolate brown with a thick two finger reddish-brown head. Aroma is both earthy and sweet. Falvour is similar with saccarine sweetnes mixed with more mellow hints of chocolate, dark fruit and a very nutty finish. Alcohol is very well hidden, which was a surprise compared to similar brews (ie Rochefort 10). Extremely drinkable for such a weighty beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rodgers004 (26) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Its hard to know what to say about this beer, superlatives don’t do it justice. Out of the bottle it pours a reddish brown, with complex aromatic notes. The depth of taste is both bold and multivalent, with notes of several fruits and spices. All told a top 5 tasting experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
logem1234 (1) - Rocky River, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2008 does not count
On Tap @ Bier Markt W.25th Street in Cleveland. I noted many of the same flavors that were described. The dry, somewhat malty finish is what prevents me from giving the beer a higher rating, as well as drinking more than two or three at a time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2008
The jolly prior smiles from his sky blue label as I pour this murky raisin colored marvel from it’s bottle. A small bubbled off white head vigorously aproaches the rim of the glass, quickly settling down soon after to a beautiful ring of froth. Small bits of yeast dance in the nectar as I wait for it to warm a bit. Aromas of alcohol and perfume rise from the glass. Raisins bathe in a mahogony booze. Hot alcohol fills the mouth like a fine scotch. Soon the alcohol dissipates leaving flavors of chocolate covered raisins and sweet dried cherries. The finish is somewhat dry leaving a hints of licorice on the palate and a wonderful warmiong feeling in my belly. Grade A to be sure.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - FEB 21, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2008 Poured a dark brown color with a huge off white head. The smell was very sweel to the nose. The high alcohol content it not noticable in the taste. Like other in the genre of beer dark fruits such as fig and raisins were present. A great beer deserving of such a high rating.

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