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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - DEC 7, 2006
Smaller (11.2 oz.) bottle, pours a cloudy brown amber with a mammoth creamy head that stands out of the glass on its own without overflowing. Very inviting and complex aroma of plum, raisin, dark cherry, bread, yeast, vanilla and on and on; it takes time to ponder the different unique aromas you can pick out as it breathes and warms. Taste follows suit every bit as much as aroma, along with mild alcohol warmth; after all that itís surprisingly smooth with a clean finish. Hard to believe there is so much complexity you can separately pick out yet it blends and holds together in a near perfect way. This is a slow drinker and all around fun to see it bring out different aromas and tastes as you go. Highly recommended; lives up to the hype.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
zootfinster (218) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2006
Iím clearly going against the tide here but I am not all that impressed with this beer. It has a nice dark brown appearance with a light tan frothy head. So far so good. I find the aroma too malty as is the taste which also seems to have a bit of a chocolate flavor to it. The after taste I did not like at all as it seemed almost metallic. If this were just some garden variety ale I would say it was decent to pretty good but given its reputation I was very disappointed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2006
Clear amber brown with a large rocky off-white head. Aroma of dusty yeast, baked plums, toffee and alcohol. Great body, heavy dark fruits, figs and toffee, salt and spice. The finish is sweet, sticky and warming. Very nice, very complex and of course very enjoyable.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 3, 2006
Drank in a trappist glass. Nice frothy thin sticky head with a dark amber with red highlights poor. Aromas of alcohol, bread, raisins, dates, caramel, whiute chocolate, plums, hint of vanilla, brown sugar, cerries... wow! To the plate... CREAMY, FROTHY, incredibly balanced. To keep it simple, flavors are basicaly the SAME as the aromas... Ever changing more and more it gets to room temperature. Iíll leave you on these words... TAKE YOUR VITAMINS!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - DEC 2, 2006
Great brew. Nice brown pour with medium head. Big aroma of doughy yeast, nuts, and earth. Flavor is malty and sweet. Sweet fruit notes througout. Nice easy palate with lasting coating and flavor. Great brew!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2006
Bottle. Hazy dark brown colour with a l light brown creamy head. Sweet, roasted bread. Syrup. Very complex. A very nice beer but donít drink too much!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tramp55555 (61) - Lisbon, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2006
Excellent beer, just great in every way. This beer looks like beer should, smells like beer should and tastes like beer should. The only bad thing is you wish you had more!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Amaj80HC (13) - 9, BELGIUM - DEC 1, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2006 This beer smells, looks and tastes like the "best beer" in the world. But this should not come as a surprise when you know that this is the same brewer that produced, under license, the "West Vleteren" beers from the end of WW2 to 1992. The production of this beer is still based on the same knowhow and ingredients. When someone tells us there are differences with the "Westvleteren" then he is however wright as there will allways be small differences between different batches. Those differences exists between different batches of the "Westvleteren 12į" too. There are however 3 great dissimilarities: availability, hype and price. PS. just recently the monks made it even harder to get the "Westvleteren" ... Not only we had to reserve by phone for a limit of 3 crates since september 2006, but since november 2006 we also are limited to 1 voyage a month to the abbaye.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2006
330 ml bottle. Hazy dark brown color with full foam brown head. Aroma and taste of malt with very slight bitter after taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2006
Belgian yeast,nuts and fruit stand out in the aroma.Pours a brownish red with a large off white head.Flavors of sweet malts,fruits and nuts.Full mouthfeel with a sweet finish.

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