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


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RATINGS: 3726   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2006
Bottle. Rich malt aroma with a hint of hops and a slight alcohol note. The head fades quickly, leaving a dark murky beer. Medium to heavy body with a sweet and tangy flavor that finishes clean. After a few sips, the alcohol warmth sets in. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DontFearTheHops (6) - USA - APR 27, 2006 does not count
A frothy head follows a mahogany pour-nice, clinging lacing. Notes of fruit and spice cake in the nose. Silky mouthfeel with a strong emphasis of spiced rum. Also notes of all-spice. A remarkable brew. Would pair well with a rum painted grouper dish or a Thanksgiving dinner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - APR 26, 2006
Pours a deep mahogony with a fair bit of sediment and a giant frothy off white head. Smells of bubblegum, bananna, and a slight sweet mustiness. Flavor is nutty, sweet, a bit astringent, finishing with a bananna clove flavor. Very alcoholic on the finish. Mouthfeel is a little thin and quite carbonated. A really tasty beer but I still much prefer Rochefort or even La Trappe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerdedone (2584) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2006
UPDATED: APR 26, 2006 Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus, pours a dark brown with a tan head. Aroma sweetness, fruit, and alcohol. Very smooth and refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2006
Lucky #100. Thanks to my bro Bob! A medium brown color. Very nice head that fades fairly quickly. A slight bit of alcohol in the aroma, but not present in the taste. Much maltiness. Roasted flavors. Fairly carbonated. The 10.5% abv is very will hidden. Very nice beverage!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 23, 2006
#300! Hurray for me! Hurray for beer! Anyway...11.2oz bottle. 131010. Batch number? Bottling date? Hazy, murky brown hue. Lacing off-white head. Caramel and cinnamon sugar nose. Bready and toasty. Smelled like cinnamon raisins bread. Sweet, full and an aparent alcohol palate. Caramel and cocoa. Figs and prunes. Floral and citrus hop finish. Perfect! A true classic!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
larsga (6140) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 23, 2006
Medium off-white head of fine lace. Opaque black body going brown at the edge, murky. Intense, sweet, spicy, chocolate aroma with licorice, toffee, cinnamon, and who knows what else. Intensely sweet chocolate taste with lots of cinnamon and unidentifiable spices. Aftertaste is intense spice mixed with alcohol heat. (0.33l bottle.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - APR 22, 2006
i’m sad. i think i aged this in poor conditions. it smells yeasty, chocolatey, huge head. sip is of chocolate, burning fire, desire, alcohol, and figs

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - APR 22, 2006
Excellent example of this style. Dark and opaque and when it warms up a bit the aroma really comes out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - APR 22, 2006
From a 11.2oz. slender brown bottle with a best before date and serving instructions on the back label, served at cellar temperature. Made a very good appearance, poured a hazy brown with a fluffy, bubbly topped head that settled into a creamy, bubbly lacing, good carbonation. Had a clove, ripe dark fruity and sweet malt nose with whiffs of spicy alcohol. A crisp, smooth, light from carbonation, creamy medium bodied mouth feel, very good drinkability. Clove, gentle spice and brown sugar, sweet dark fruity maltiness, some butteriness towards the middle, a nice alcohol warmth in the palate and a semi-dry, sweet malty, spicy alcoholic finish. A delightful Belgian, one of the better Quadrupels, a must try for anyone exploring Belgian ales.

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