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


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RATINGS: 4263   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
islay (2104) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2007
11.2 oz. bottle. Sweet, classic Belgian aroma. Cinnamon and sugar scents. The smell is disappointingly weak. Pours a sparkling brown with a large amount of suspended particulate and a large amount of beige head. Produces limited lacing. Sweetness and alcohol dominate the flavor, which is similar to that of a barleywine. That’s unfortunate, as I am not a big fan of the barleywine style. Chocolatey. Bitter, English-style hops noticeable. Lacks the complexity and spicyness that make so many Belgian beers special. Bland. Little aftertaste. Full-bodied. Smooth and lively in the palate; very good texture. Easy to drink, which is impressive for a beer with such a high alcohol content. Light alcohol burn. I found St. Bernardus Abt 12 to be remarkably disappointing. I had heard great things about this beer, and it completely failed to live up to the hype. Sure, it’s drinkable, but it’s just boring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mmmbeer (1378) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2007
UPDATED: APR 27, 2008 This beer is not the greatest beer in the world despite what people say. Brown color, decent head. Noticed the bubbles, going, and going, and going... if I wanted champaigne, I would have bought that. Good taste, but became bloated only an hour into the drinking of the bottle, which at the time I had only consumed half. Don’t piss on my leg and tell me it’s raining. UPDATE (4-27-08)- resampled very early this morning- EXACTLY that same results as previously experienced- the score remains that same.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fukito (1008) - Santiago, CHILE - MAR 30, 2007
Bottle at Cervecería Oldemburg, March 07. Yeasty aroma, with a spicy touch. Deep rich brown color with a medium beige head. Plums, a touch of dried fruits and some yeasty phenollics. Satisfying MF, a bit flat. Rich, flavorfull but a bit flat belgian strong dark ale. I expected more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
acearl (474) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2007
Brown hue with diminishing off white head, mininal lacing, alcoholic smell not overpowering taste but can feel the effects, closer to water than oil, medium body, molassas malt, dried fruit particularly prune tang, as it warmed it became very chocolatey, delicious and probably somehow nutritious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brianbuntz (49) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAR 26, 2007
Pours an opaque mahogany with a nice head. Velvety mouthfeel. Sweet with some spice and dried fruits in the background. Very smooth despite the 10% alcohol content. Caramel-taste. Almost like flan.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2007
Bottle, 33cl. Hazy brown colour with a tan head. Complex flavour with fruits, grapes & candy. Perhaps a wee bit alcoholic smell. Fuity flavour with plums, figs and candy. The taste isn’t alcoholic at all despite 10% ABV. Top-notch beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2007
For the availability and price of this beer compared to rochefort 10 or for that matter westy 12...it is a phenomenal beer that is a fantastic abbey quadruple that is great bang for your buck. Very lively and carbonated body that has excellent head retention. The palate is velvety smooth with a nice prickly presence from the carbonation. Lots of yeast characteristics to this beers aroma as well as some candied sugar and fruits. The flavor is very refined with some of the yeast coming through, some belgian candied sugars, some alcohol comes through too, but it is very welcoming in this big abbey beer. A great quadruple that is a perfect way to introduce people to this style of beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
petermadsen (390) - Vesterbronxxx, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2007
Fruity estery aroma with nice spec. B character. Quite direct and cockey. The flavour is figs, prunes, almonds and alcohol with a nice sweet finish. The palate is nicely carbonated which makes this beer very easy to drink. Great abt, but it could use some more complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2007
Bottle. Deep red pour with an off white head. Aromas of candied fruit, orange zest, malt, yeast and some light booze. Light citrus oin the flavor along with more candied fruit, lemon and lemon zest. Lively carbonation with dry sweetness throughout...dry, somehwta boozey finish. For a style I don’t care for , this was rather exceptional.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hapjydeuce (996) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAR 21, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2007 Light tan head upon the pour, nice froth and lace on the edges of my Trappist glass. Dark mohogany color with lots of yeast. Notes of citrus and heavy fruits on the nose, I love the aroma on this beer. Plenty of raisin, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, pear and banana under the malt tones. Chewy palate, malty taste finishing with dry alcohol, Belgian yeast and candy sugar. Finishes smooth on the tongue. This is right up there as one of my favorite Belgian brews, next to the Trappist Rochefort and Westvleteren beers.

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