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


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RATINGS: 3763   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2006
Brown is as brown does pour with a huge rocky head. Mild dark fruits and spices on the nose. Mouthfeel is very creamy and this is where the beer really shines as it manages big beer flavor with a completely welcoming palate and drinkability. Milder milk chocolate flavors, some aged fruit, and dark cake with a manageable alcohol presence in the back of the throat. I know why the monk on the St. Bernardus bottles is so happy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hangover (1058) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - MAR 29, 2006
Pours a murky dark brown with a huge and lasting frothy eggshell head. Very malty aroma with hints of dried fruit, clove and banana. Very creamy mouthfeel, and the alcohol hits you up front, warming your pallete. Slight tickling carbonation which lasts throughout. Nice and malty taste with plum, raisin, cherry and some yeast on the backend. Amazingly smooth. Surprised I haven’t rated this one earlier.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ron (2524) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 26, 2006
Had a glass with my good friend JB. 1st I’ll like to say that this beer would have rated higher with me if I had not just had a bottle of German Maibock which I enjoyed alot. This poured a decent head. Sweet aroma of caramel and fruit. Flavor of the same with the warming alcohol feel. The alcohol in the aftertaste was really noticable after comparing it to the Maibock.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2006
This beer smells like a meal, and delivers with an engaging flavor and sexy mouthfeel. Beer pours a clear, very dark copper-brown color with plenty of little yeasty seamonkeys living happily in suspension. The head is large, off-white, frothy, mostly lasting and quite lacy. The aroma is unlike anything I’ve ever smelled in a beer before: Moderately malty with sweet notes of roasted grain, cookie and light-to-moderate notes of savory toasted bread; Heavily yeasty with unique notes of tangy bread dough, damp basement and sharp cheese; Miscellaneous aromas include a light note of alcohol (not heavy enough to betray the ABV, though), heavy notes of raisin/date and sherry. The flavor is heavily sweet and lightly bitter with a long, tummy-warming, moderately bitter, lightly bittersweet finish. The body is full, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lowe1983 (1349) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2006
Pours a brown color witha thin tan head. Aroma is sweet of chocolate, caramel, raisins, and toffee with a hint of alcohol. Flavor begins with a strong caramel and raisin then continues to a sweet and chocolate flavor and finishes with alcohol warming. Highly reccomended brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chicagobears (419) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2007 Dark reddish brown. Sweet faint aroma, doesn’t hit the nose that hard. Sharp bitterness, with an alcohol bite. Has a nice taste of figs that suprised me. Were the aroma lacks, the taste makes up for. 3.6 Re-rate: 1/11/07 Poured 11.7 oz. bottle into St Bernardus chalice. Second time around I enjoyed this much more. May be inconsistent from bottle to bottle? Dark creamy beer. Real strong and complex. Made the Chimay Red I had afterwards taste plain and weak. 4.4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jb (2187) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2006
I’ve looked forward to this one for a while and it did not disappoint. Dark orange brown, very murky and bubbly. Thick thick head. Sweet smelling of raisins, toffee, caramel. Similar flavors in palate along with chocolate, wasn’t as sour or yeasty as some. Finished clean, not overly sticky. No alcohol aroma or taste. Great!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 23, 2006
33cl - 12 08 09 - Initial aroma is very malty. Chocolate, raisin, yeast, prune, and other dark fruits with a bit of spice. Pours dark brown with small head and great lacing. Flavor is a little musiter than aroma, but similar flavors. Bubbly smooth palate. A very tasty, easy drinking quad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stew41 (1736) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - MAR 20, 2006
Thin head; ’flat white’ coffee like in texture. Dirty caramel brown in colour. Malty nose, firm, a touch bitter, nice chocolate lift. Powerful palate, dark malts, slightly stewed. Heat is apparent but in check, and balance is ok. Quite a meal of beer given the malt driven and alcohol. Nice fizz levels throughout. Good but IMHO not a 100 pointer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 19, 2006
Dark brown with a bit of larger sediment floating around. Sweet caramel aroma. Lots of good dark malty flavours without the alcohol being too overwhelming although it does have a nice warming effect.

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