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


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RATINGS: 3768   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
emotv (351) - Izmir, TURKEY - NOV 8, 2005
Dark brown colour tasted in conditions both warm and cold.Not like one of the best but nice beer.Bit sweety and alcholly aroma on top.Also stays not so much on mouth either.Quality beer far from other abbeys.Over rated it seems.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 3, 2005
Murky dark brown. Alcohol is noticable in the aroma, along with something somewhat reminicent of baked peach pie. Sharp initial feel that mellows and warms as it goes down. Beyond that, I find the alcohol drowns out the more subtle aspects.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
beleth (5) - Duluth, Georgia, USA - NOV 3, 2005 does not count
A excellent brew with a dark body and a light brown head. It has a smooth, spicy flavor with hints of fruit flavors. Unfortunately, the alcohol bite in the after taste detracts a bit from the overall flavor. A good quality brew, worth trying at least once.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 2, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2007 (Rerate 3.1.2007, prev. 7-4-8-4-15). Dark red color, big beige head. Sweet aroma: brown sugar, berries, yeast, mild alcohol, licorice, chocolate, plum and spices. Medium to full bodied. Sweetness, brown sugar, plum and biting yeasty flavor with some licorice and spices. Aftertaste lasts with good licorice and warming alcohol. Definitely better at second time!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 31, 2005
Clear deep red-brown, OK head. Toasted sugar and stewed pears like Unibroue, lotsa phenols, marscapone, plums, marzipan, banana, allspice, orange rind, honey. Aroma-wise thereís a lot going on but itís not that exciting. In the mouth itís quite the opposite - powerfully alcoholic (tongue-numbingly so) with a yeasty-bitter finish. Itís malty I suppose, but not overwhelmingly so. Lacks flavour, really. Iím a bit surprised I havenít liked these more, because I thought their Wit and Grottenbier were both excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DBLashure (1) - USA - OCT 31, 2005 does not count
Normally donít drink beer of this quality from bottles. After having one on tap at Coleís in Buffalo, NY I decided to give it a try. From the bottle is terribly bitter. no fruity taste, only a bitter, lingering aftertaste. I couldnít even finish my glass. Very disappointing for otherwise one of my absolute favorites.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 29, 2005
Pours with a huge off white, frothy, head. Clings the the sides. Very murky, muddy brown color. Completely opaque. Very strong alcoholic nose. Notes of oatmeal raisin cookies. Sweet. Alcohol is upfont in the flavor profile. Some sweetness, and a mash of toffee and fruit. Very easy drinking palate. Soft texture all the way through. Velvet. This particualr bottle is very young. I beleive the date is 030310. Iím sure it ages very well, but as rated today, not one of my faves.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
pmarren144 (36) - Auburn, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2007 1pt. 9 oz corked bottle. Suprised to find this in Ithaca, NY, but they have it there a lot, I guess. Pours cloudy, and has a lot of head. Lasts awhile, too. Very fruty nose, I spent 10 minutes just smelling it. Mouthfeel was creamy, and and for over 10% alcohol content, you almost didnít realize it. Not a lot of hops, malty, fruity finish. Excellent as a treat now & then!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 24, 2005
11.2 oz bottle. Best before date of 03 03 10. POurs a dark murky brown, thick fluffy tan head. big lacing all the way up to the brim. Aroma is full of sweet fruits, cherries grapes, plums,. Nuts and toffee present as well. Flavor is sweet, dark fruits and a candy sweetness through the body, sweet dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 24, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2007 Bottle. In a blind tasting, split with NachlamSie, and tronraner, pours chestnut brown color, spotty lacing. Aroma has an abundance of berries, with enough dark fruits to keep it from being too bright. Flavor is strong berries and dark fruits, some brown sugar, and yeast. The carbonation is strong, and the flavor seems almost fleeting. A warm alcohol finish.

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