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


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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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gferd (99) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 2, 2005
An excellent Belgian choice. Nice and brown in colour, a rich taste, and a foamy head. A hint of caramel in the taste, and sweet 10.5 abv. Two of these beers should do anyone just fine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 2, 2005
UPDATED: APR 29, 2006 Pours dark brown with reddish hues and a big foamy tan head. Aroma of raisins, brown sugar, phenols (cloves), bubble gum, and spicy alcohol. Taste is prunes, sweet caramel malt, and dark bread sprinkled with sugar. Mouthfeel is heavy with lush carbonation. I’ve recently tried this beer twice, once from a bomber and the other was from a sampler pack with the Watou glass. The 11.2oz bottle seemed more fresh, and the alcohol was definately a bit hot. Damn... this beer is good. My next Abt will be the Rochefort, so the stakes have been raised.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tmoney99 (10660) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2005
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a large frothy off-white head that was lasting and produced good lacing. Heavy complex fruity aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture. Heavy bitter sweet flavor with a long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lovibond (115) - New York, USA - NOV 30, 2005
An excellent beer, but not in the same league as Trappist products. I know there are factory breweries which bottle condition beer, why not this one? It would make the beer better from the start, and it would make it much more interesting to lay down for a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Habanero (2615) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2008 Beige medium size and medium lasting head. Brown colour. Fruity aroma with some sweet caramel in it. Very tasty flavour: sweet caramel, dried fruit with notes of. Rich palate. Big balanced body and a round finish. Compareable to Westvleteren and Rochefort 10.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Amator (29) - USA - NOV 26, 2005
One of my favorite belgian ales. This is the standard for quadrupels, thick earthy brown ale flavor that gives hints of toffee and caramel. So thick. So nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - NOV 26, 2005
330ml bottle.
Pours a deep sediment-rich opaque reddish brown with huge fluffy off-white head. Deep rich aroma of malt, molasses, raisins, dates, nutty yeast and a sprinkle of chocolate. Big massive malt flavor with brown sugar, caramel, raisins, dates, toffee and just a wee bit of roast grain. Rich thick chewy palate. Wow... this is dessert in a bottle. Can’t get your hands on Westvleteren 12? No problem -- this beer makes a suitable stand-in that you can casually sip down while watching everyone else trip over themselves to get the other stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
puzzl (3251) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2005
Pours a very deep brown with a rich, velvetty smooth aroma with cherry, old wood, fireplace, pepperiness. Taste is enveloping sweetness, musky, maybe a bit milky, caramel, even a little chocolate in spice. Palate is warming with a hint of liveliness, very smooth though not too thick. Very nice, though lacking perhaps a bit of complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (2923) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 25, 2005
Dark hazy reddish-brown hue, with a creamy tan-colored head, bready dough, fruity note, brown sugar, sweet roasted malt aroma follows through on a medium- bodied palate with a fruity note of plums, figs, dates, a chocolatey accent, also mocha, sweet roasted malt, bready dough, leading towards a fruity alcoholic warmth and spicy, malty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
piscator34 (1964) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 24, 2005
Dark brown in colour with fairly strong carbonation. Aromatic notes of red berries, caramel malt, raisin, and nutmeg. The sweet caramel elements become more eveident in the flavor, along with additional notes of very mild toasted oak, vanilla, plums, and other dark fruit. Not a great deal of alcohol presence. Complex, yet easy drinking. I was expecting to get blown away by this beer, and was a little disappointed that I wasn’t, but this was still a pretty darn good.

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