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


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RATINGS: 4049   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   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 18/20
Grovlam (4164) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2006 This is diffently one of my top 5 beer’s that I have tasted. Malty was Molasses, Caramel. Aroma was Banana and Honey, Brown sugar, Maple syrup end. Body was very full and Texture was Creamy. I really enjoy this beer a lot. 29-09-2006 Second time I have tasted this beer. This time it was possible to compare it with the Westvleteren Abt 12. It does not stand the distance against this great beer, but still I think it has a place high on the top 50 list. The St. Bernadus is very complex in aroma. But I personally don’t understand the comparison with the Westvleteren Abt. 12. These two beers are of course related, but taste nothing alike. Well that is just my humble opinion. One other thing that I have read about this beer is that it is supposed to have a metallic like finish. Once again I could disagree more. Not a hint of metallic finish when I drink this beer. Just a smooth complex and long aftertaste. Lovely beer altogether

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arayaga2 (1905) - portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 23, 2006
Nice and dark brown around the edges with an opaque ball of black in the center. Big off white head, and the sweet smell of cherry cider. Taste is expectedly rich and sweet with cherry, and does not reveal its alcohol. $4/12oz

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2006 Bottle. Dark chestnut color with a light beige head. Nice aroma, subtle. Vanilla, malt, anise, yeast, dark fruit, cider, pear. Really well balanced flavor. Plum, cherry, more vanilla, malt, super smooth. Buttery. Great palate,smooth, silky, bubbly, couldn’t ask for a better mouthfeel. This is definitely a world class beer, and makes me want to explore the world of abt/quadrupels more than I have.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerprincess (52) - Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2006
Dark brown with a nice thick tan head. Nice lacing that lasts forever on the side of the glass. Malty nose with toffee hints and dark fruit hints. I am a bit congested today however. Malt flavors with coffee, toffee, caramel hints. Somewhat sour and has a lasting linger. VERY NICE!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reid (2080) - Salem, Oregon, USA - SEP 21, 2006
Served in a chalice from a 11.2 oz bottle (28/02/11). Says 10.0% alcohol. Dark brown ale and quite murky, large tan, tight bubbly head. Good carbonation, livelly. Very dark fruity/malty aromas, very toffeeish, hints of black cherry and candied apples. Mmm dark malty taste, raw demerara sugar, trecle and toffee,semi bitter plum/ sultanas and spiced undertones, slight hint of sherry like alcohol. Very nice and smooth on the palae with a lingering pleasant bitterness and some tummy warming alcohol to finish. Overall a very nice beer, well worth its place.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 18, 2006
Bottle. Pours cloudy reddish caramel, off white head. Aroma is malt, yeast, fruit, and butter. Flavor is fruit, caramel, metallic, malt, sour.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 17, 2006
11.2 oz bottle. Purchased at The Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA. The brew pours a cloudy orangy brown with a large foamy head. The scent is light and sweet, and candied, but very subtle. The taste is rich and very sweet. The brew is very drinkable and has a nice lingering fruity aftertaste. This is a solid belgian it is quite complex and very tasty. I’m glad I saved the best St. Bernardus for last.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2006
Muddy brown pour with a thick frothy head that dissipates to a thin tan head. Sour candied fruits with a nice sweet malt backbone. Very carbonated initially, but one the rest of my bottle sat for 20 minutes it mellowed out nicely. Very smooth, especially for 10.5%...great..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2006
11.2 oz. bottle picked up at John’s in Iowa City. kinda brown, kinda hazy with a very short lived head and not much lace. yeasty, bready aroma with flavors of the same plus layers of fruit and spice. just too much carbonation and sweetness for my taste, oh well. my first acquistion in my quest to get as many top 50 beers as I can find.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Stefano (1900) - Thisted, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2012 Murky brown out of the 11.2 oz. bottle with a frothy beige head. Very fruity nose with hints of sour. Highly carbonated. Lots of candy sugar and dark fruit sweetness. Stong alcohol finish. Solid belgian, i really think that it deserves its rank

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