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


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RATINGS: 4300   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 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 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 wifeís 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. Itís remarkable to think that a beer this good and this special is so easily accessible as well.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
LONESTAR (9) - Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2007 does not count
Very nice dark beer with a hint of sweet malt flavor. One of my favorite beers of all time by far.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 30, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2007 Plenty of long lasting head and carbination in this brown colored ale. Very bold with a smooth nutty finish. Very Easy to drink this, alcohol is concealed well

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
leeburg (230) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAY 30, 2007
Bottle pictured, dark brown, fluffy lasting head, malty aroma, fruits and moderate alcohol presence at the end. Complex and balanced flavor. The best non-trappist beer for the trappist-lover.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
weeks (5) - USA - MAY 28, 2007 does not count
Great beer. Colour was brown/amber, but a bit cloudy. Aroma was malty. Head was full and tasty. Taste was extraordinary.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rictus (126) - Dothan, Alabama, USA - MAY 28, 2007
Maltyness in the aroma (alergies so I canít smell much). Dark brown/red with big tan rootbeer head. Wow, that was complex. I canít name half the shit I tasted there. Some reason I tasted sweetness on the back of my tongue. It was bittersweet, slightly icecreamish (?). Iíll stop before I embarrass myself further. It was alittle sweet for me but the rush of flavors more than made up for it. Thick heavy mouth feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rsistare (9) - Troy, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2007 does not count
Clean pour and smooth delivery to the palate. Very impressed with the boldness of the flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2007
Tasted during blind quad tasing 07 with Holdenn and Drewbeerme. Poured dark and murky. Aroma was toasted malt, raisin, some alc. Flavor is is pretty heavy sweet all the way through, with some of that alc that was in the nose in the finish. The only problem is that I really thought it was too thin and watery for my liking moderate alc burn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fattibobatti (246) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2007
carbonation must have been intense, pulling the cork gave loud pop even after standing still for at least a day. pouring revealed extermly dark red, maybe maroon. the foam was crazy. mountains no matter how slow and even i poured. not that it was bad being as it was entertaining in how creamy and thick it was. the aroma was sweet with spice and maybe some fruit. the flavor was so complex i donít know how to explain it. not as sweet as it smelled rather some kind of spices and herbs that i couldnt name. maybe liquorice. the complex taste of fruit and spice hides the 10% alcohol completly. i fantastic beer.

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