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


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RATINGS: 4298   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 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
deadlogic (8) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2007 does not count
pours deep brown with a rich, creamy thick offwhite head with a few brown flecks. fruit and malts dominate the nose. tastes include malt, rasins, dates maybe, and many others i cannot describe. nice full bodied mouthfeel and smooth all the way down. this is the best beer i have had the pleasure of drinking up to this point.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
cspring (15) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2007
Bottle - Probably one of the best beers I have had to date. Was tasting with others that I had heard more hype and this blew them away. Great color and complex taste start to finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
joefflin (68) - USA - JUN 9, 2007
Wow. This is my first beer like this, i dont evn know how to describe the experience. I don’t even feel ready or experienced enough to describe. The aroma is of alcohol, a light berry, and nuts. The taste is so complex its like that gum in Willy Wonka with a 3 course meal, it changes continually and each sip i find something else. The taste is slightly alcoholic with pine, nuts, figs, yeast, malt, berry, and pretty much every other flavor imagineable. Truly a ride with a long aftertase . The appearance is also quite beautiful with the hazy brown with speks of what reminds me of little seeds. Well rounded, exciting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - JUN 9, 2007
Pours a deep reddish-brown with garnet highlights and a fluffy, beige head. Quite pretty. The initial aroma was a bit musty and horsey but quickly faded to a fruit medley of apples, grapes, prunes and pears. The fruit cake notes that many detect in this beer are present, but I felt the overall aroma was "lighter" than that descriptor. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, creamy, sticky-sweet and lightly effervescent with a hint of alcohol at the end. Pears, apples and plums front a warm alcohol finish. This is a great beer and one that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2007
Awsome. Pours a dark brown with a white, fluffy, grwing head. Tons of fruit with stong rasins and figs. Sweet. A syrup like feel on the tounge with a strong finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2009 WOW, what a beer! 330ml bottle poured into a tulip. It poured a dark chestnut color completely opaque and very effervescent. The aroma was very complex of fruitcake and sweet malt. This was my first Abbey Ale and from the color I expected a Porter or a Stout. Boy was I wrong, the flavor is much lighter. The flavor is somewhat nutty with some dark fruits. It’s mildly hoppy with a sweet, creamy, malty taste. It is very smooth almost velvety in my mouth. It reminds me a great deal of Champagne What a treat this one was!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 5, 2007
330 mL bottle. Hazy brown with creamy white head. Aroma of raisin, dates, and yeast. Velvety slightly bright palate. Initial taste sweet and malty transitioning to a raisin bread taste and finishing slightly bitter with an alcoholic warmth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobBestwick (831) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 2, 2007
330ml bottle. Rich nutty and caramel aroma. Pours with a dark copper/brown hue and a good sized off white head. Well laced. Rich, fruity and nutty flavour. The finish is bitter and the beer leaves a warming sensation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 2, 2007
My review: wonderful fruity, chocolate aroma. Pours a dark opaque brown with an off-white head with good retention and some lace. Flavour of sweet milk chocolate with indiscernably complex fruit flavours. Minimal hops, nice fruity aftertaste, wonderful malt taste. Thick, creamy body. Astoundingly good beer

My wife’s review (beer-hater): Pours a swampy sewery brown, which reflects the flavour. Sharp cockroachy aftertaste. I spat it out! [ed: truly the sign of a good beer!]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2008 12 oz bottle. A classic beer. Pours dark brown, with a finger width of light fluffy beige head. Aroma is bountiful. Raisins, caramel, molasses, apples...you name it. This is the kind of beer that you can come back and smell every 10 minutes and get something unique and beautiful each time around. Flavor is exceptional, too: sweet candies, brown sugar, various spices (cinnamon? ginger? paprika??), ripe apples, raisins, pears...you name it. Complex. Very warming and very easy to drink. It’s remarkable to think that a beer this good and this special is so easily accessible as well.

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