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


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RATINGS: 3909   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 ’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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 17, 2006
Pours a cloudy brown. Looks like unfiltered apple cider. Nose is full of spicy prunes and a touch of alcohol. Taste is a semi-sweet, fruity, malty and a bitter dry after taste. This beer is not too strong and not too weak. Great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MoreHead (355) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2006
UPDATED: APR 17, 2006 i knew i would enjoy this one. fruit and spice is the most memorable of this complex, sweet, and carbonated beauty. at nearly $10 i doubt i will buy again but i’m glad i got one. nicely done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2006
Wonderfully crafted beer. Rich roasted aroma. Flavors of chocolate, sweet dried fruits, nuts, espresso, and spices. Slight (very slight) harshness on the tongue in the aftertaste. What a treat!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MichelV (6) - Beveren, BELGIUM - APR 15, 2006 does not count
An excellent look a like of the west vleteren 12 almost the same style, less sweet...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mtdshn (173) - Moline, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2006
Bottle. Pours a nice mohagany color with a nice creamy, foamy head. Fig, apricot, pineapple and orange scents. Walnuts and a fairly moderate amount of yeast taste. Great mouthfeel and nice body. Gritty caramel taste (not at all a bad comment). Nice bite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - APR 13, 2006
Tap@ Underground Bluz, Orlando, FL. Very dark brown/ruby. Small, creamy, light tan head. Aroma of rich malt, dark fruits, candi sugar, lively yeast, caramel/toffee, and a bit of gas. Same flavors. This brew tastes better bottled. On draft gas is usually the first thing I smell and taste. The full, balanced body is still a little thinner than the bottled version. Overall a great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MrBunn (2516) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2006
Great looking dark, dark brown with a huge foamy head that is starting to leave some nice lacing behind. Aromas are grainy with some sweet notes that are almost candy-like. Flavor is very nice... with a great mix of yeasty grittiness, barley wine-like alcoholic warmth and syrupy sweet feel, a touch of a fruit contexture and some nice candy toffee notes in the background. Wonderfully blended and balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - APR 11, 2006
Drank a 750 at a cool temperature in the lower 50s, it poured very richly with a wonderful thick light brown head. Great bread notes, crossed with chocolate and malt. It remains dark at the top of the goblet, and then lightens to a red hue by the bottom. Strong layers of flavor complexity abound, sweet malts dominate but the bitterness of chocolate balance this beer. The carbonation is small and lends a full mouth almost chewy character. THis beer was delicious and relaxing to drink a true enjoyement.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
sersdf (1015) - chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2007 dark brown, smells like candy. pretty alcoholic finish. bready flavor overall to go with the candy. complex, but alcohol is just too poorly hidden for me. i’ve always hated this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dogfishho (599) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2006 I have not been seriously tasting beers for a long time, but this is undoubtedly the most pleasureable beer experience I have had thus far. After my first sip of this beautiful yellowish brown beer, I almost laughed out loud. It was like the feeling of excitement that kids get when they come downstairs on Christmas morning (overstatement alert!). The aroma was permeated by alcohol, but also featured notes of vanilla and sweet yeast. Flavor was of sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, caramel, toffee, and a slight influence of malt. The flavor, mouthfeel, and "experience" of the brew can only be accurately described as absolutely huge. Budweiser says that it is beer at the end of their commercials (Buuuudweiser, this is beer...), they are incorrect... THIS is beer. Bottom line, the guy on the label says it all.

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