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


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RATINGS: 4283   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Gabemik (46) - Joplin, Missouri, USA - MAY 12, 2007
I may have drank a bit of heaven. Deep dark brown beer with a tan head that never fully leaves the beer. Aroma is light, but fruity. Flavors of raisons and spices, nothing overpowers in this beer including the alcohol. The palate is silky smooth, with no alcohol burn.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkofron (155) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 11, 2007
Sweet fruity aroma..Dark brown with average tan head. Full body palate and very smooth masking the high alcohol content well. Fruity raisin flavor. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dra19 (89) - holland, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown with lots of head. Very sweet aroma. Alcohol is quite hidden. Maybe a little too sweet but an exceptional brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mugabe (258) - SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2007
Bottle @ pub. Pours a dark ruby with thick head. Yeasty aroma of plum. Fresh and creamy, fruity flavours of dark berry with a very sweet finish of plum/raisins/sherry with prominent alcohol. Maybe too far a bit on the sweet side.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dezzilu (226) - Whitmore Lake, Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2007
It is tough to say something original about a beer that has sooooo many ratings. I was astonished how big the white head and how difficult it was to place the aroma. The flavor is big, but not unexpected considering the alcohol content. However I am certain that It is the finish that draws people to this beer. The taste in the mouth after drinking is quite astonishing. Remarkable for such a strong beer. I am not convinced this beer is 4+, but it is absolutely 100% worth-trying. Cheers

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
madscotsman (147) - Fairview Heights, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2007
Brown Sugar color and light off-white head. Very sweet aroma, slightly carbonated with a very smooth finish. I truely enjoyed this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3851) - Kansas, USA - MAY 3, 2007
750ml Bottle. Pour is brownish amber with a medium sized off white head. Aroma is fruity, yeasty and a bit of earthiness. Taste is very layered with several different tastes coming through. I get the sweet fruit, bright yeast, big malt and at the end some hot alcohol. The after taste has some banana and spice as well. At different points of warming, the flavors changed orders further leading to the complexity. Overall, great stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - MAY 2, 2007
Bottle, 750 ml. Pours dark amber/ruby color. Huge long lasting tan colored head. Pungent aroma of spice, malt, toffee, bubblegum. Full bodied, highly carbed and with huge flavor; very complex: spicy, cloves, banana, raisins notes of rum; very warming and relaxing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dionysian (39) - Paris, FRANCE - MAY 2, 2007
First bottle consumed at the ’Académie de la Bière’ here in Paris, which I’ll review as well to help any fellow ex-pats looking for quality beer and eatin’s here in Paris. As for the substance itself... confronted with a powerfully large beverage menu with some fairly incredible inebriantations to select from, I opted for this stalwart intoxicant.. in small part because I had heard satisfactory things, in greater part because the wry old smiley man on the vessel itself looks as if he’s an elderly pederast, attempting to entice an innocent wide eyed little boy into his parlor.. and this makes me giggle (with alarm!). If i were that little boy, I may well have skipped (or sauntered, depending on a variety of factors) right into that parlor, provided he handed me this beer first. Extremely complex and yet indefatigably smooth, deep and dark, almost like a river containing deep and dark liquid, if this river were made of beer resembling St. Bernardus Abt 12. A slight sour/bitter bite at the end, yet there is a sweet aftertaste as well, combined with a hint of roasty and toasty - ness.. so the aftertaste ends up being simultaneously bitter and sweet, and it seems to work advantageously. The ABV % was extremely well incorporated. Most importantly, however, was the domineering nature of the ghosty quality of this beer.. a trait so rare that I can’t even begin to describe it. I’ve tried, on numerous occasions.. though language itself has proved woefully inadequate for the task. I have developed a hand signal that, in part, helps paint a mental picture of the quality of Ghostiness.. and I will leave you with this, which you will keep between yourself and myself and NOT DIVULGE, for any reason or price, even if your life is threatened.. by reading the previous sentence, you are now bound to this agreement. It is as follows:

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2007
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with hints of red-orange. Fantastic lacing from a slightly off white thin head. Nose is bananas, citrus, cherries, and some strong general sweetness. Flavor is much of the same, but more pronounced. The alcohol makes itself known but not overbearingly so. The palate is smooth and enjoyable throughout.

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