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


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RATINGS: 4107   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15/5   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 íQuadrupelí style of Belgiumís 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. Itís 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 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bayerboy (1) - Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2006 does not count
a complex malty taste, a sweet aroma that give you a real idea of the taste, and a wonderful dark brown color. this is a wonderful beer but a serious palate is need to get the best out of it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2006
beautiful, inviting body...dark reddish brown app. with medium frothy, brown head..aroma is full of dark fruits, caramels, figs, spice, milk, and yeast...flavor is huge in figs, plum, and prune..nice palate

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StateofTrance (35) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Presents a gorgeous nutty deep brown color with an off white head that wants to stick around. Aroma Ė fresh hops, licorice, honey, charred caramel, oak. The 10% ABV is brilliantly masked. Along with the bursting malts you get a sweet sensation that lingers far beyond finishing your drink. However answering the big question as to how this compares to its Trappist (Quadrupel) cousins - well its different, quite different. When compared to the Rocheford 10, while the Trappist ale is warm and highly complex, the St. Bernardus is an easy drink and not as overwhelming. Iím in no way suggesting that this is a better brew than the Rocheford 10, well come to think about itís probably not, however there is still much to appreciate here when judged on itís on accord.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Cloudy brown pour with a decent sized tan head that melted down to a thin layer that stayed on top of the beer while I was drinking it. Sweet malty, fruity smell and taste. The aroma didnít capture all of the flavor, but it had a great fruitiness to it and a smooth finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Bottle. Pours a dark brown, with a huge beige head. Sweet smell, yeasty, caramel. Wow, now that is balanced, wheres the alcohol?? Flavors similar to the smells, and is quite fantastic. Crazy lacing on my glass, like a piece of art.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2006
Bottle. Pours a murky dark brown color, with a rocky beige colored head, huge lacing. Aroma is bread, caramel, dried fruit, brown sugar. Flavor is brown sugar, honey, caramel, bread dough, chocolate, dried cherries, prunes. Palate is medium bodied, very smooth, no hints of alcohol, surprising easy to drink, resinous, doughy finish. World class!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bergface (56) - madison, Alabama, USA - DEC 17, 2006
Head dissipated a little quickly but the lacing was phenomenal. The mouthfeel was velevetly smooth. A tatsy ale with a complex yet well balanced flover profile. Sweet yet hoppy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrandonB (86) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2006
Bottle. Pours a nice dark brown with an off white lasting head. Lots of carbonation, sweet smelling of fruits, sugar, caramel. Taste is sharp from carbonation, with hints of honey, sugar, caramel, fruits. Easily drinkable, filling, and quite satisfying.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2009 11.2 oz bottle-Date code 12 07 11. Poured a murky brownish cream color w/a moderate foamy head. Floral, fruity nose, very fragarent. Sweet fruity flavor w/ a bit of spice-very complex, very hard to describe, & very good. Lots of carbination & lacing. Incredibly smooth, donít taste the alcohol at all, very long finish-Excellent beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BenDover (217) - Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2006
Very dark brown, huge dense tan foam. with little brown specks in it, looks like nutmeg. Good job hiding the alcohol. Has just a very faint tinny taste and just a tad sour, otherwise it would have been perfect. Fruity, sugary, a touch of hops, great stuff.

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