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

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RATINGS: 3934   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.


4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 9, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2009 The pungent nose hits you right when you open the bottle! The body has an opaque, dark brown with rust highlights and noticable effervesence; light tan, mostly full, frothy head persists to the end and leaves nice tight Belgian lace. Finally the nose is excellent with molasses, caramel, fig, light banana, cherry, and apple, maybe some cinnamon and nutmeg, maple underneath and light earth, and faint pecans; very interesting and inviting. The taste never quite matches the nose; sweet caramel, molasses, and fig dominate, but never allowing it to get cloyingly sweet. Slight banana, pecans, dates, and spice (cinnamon and nutmeg) back the big malt flavors with a slight acidity that melds into the finish. Very full bodied, thick, chewy, and lively makes up the palate. Finishes long and fairly sweet with only a tinge of earthy bitterness underneath molasses, dates, and yeast esters lingering. The alcohol never becomes overpowering, but adds a nice bold, warmth, epecially as it progresses. A very impressive and daring beer with an aroma to die for. Not quite as good as Rochefort but certainly one of the best Abts.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2008 Pours murky brown with a full, creamy, clumpy froth. The froth stays clumpy for the duration. Aroma of sweet belgian candy malt. Full nectar w/ mellow residual effers creating a creamy texture. This brew is slightly sweet w/ an earthy tropshire. Flavors of carameled cherries, apricot, raison, cocoa, rootbeer, ripe banana, medicine, tobacco. Alcohol flavor is present. Mellow and warming w/ a lingering, slightly bittered finish. Highly recommended.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAY 8, 2006
Nice robin-red to brown colour, rather lot of carbonation and a large white head. Deep malty aroma, little yeasty, roasted-bitter, with some chocolat in it, grainy alcohol and ripe fruits. Creamy, full body with a sweet palate and some carbonation. Burned-bitter finish, ending with an overwhelming warm alcoholic taste. Beautifull beer, very nice balanced, top.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TrappistMike (11) - GERMANY - MAY 5, 2006
It’s rumored that some of the yeast used for the St. Bernardus Abt 12 orginally came from the old Westvleteren brewery after WWII. If this is true than it would help explain the complexity of this truly great beer. This is one of, if not the best of the Abbey beers (by abbey I mean trappist inspired non-monastic beers).

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2006
Mahogony in pour. You can taste the alcohol slightly, in this one. Tastes some spice and some banana in this one.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Quevillon (2576) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 2, 2006
De HogTownHarry, 330 ml, cote # 400.
<P>Superbe couleur brun foncée avec un collet moyen qui dure. L’arome est légé mais plaisant, un peu épicé. Très bon goût de caramel crèmeux et d’épice. Une autre belle example de ce que les belges savent faire!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2006
I am a bit disappointed in this one, I was looking forward to it for a while! It pours like most any Belgian, medium-brown, slightly opaque, with a large but short-lived frothy head. The aroma is quite sweet and gets sweeter as it warms, somewhat like malt and caramel. The taste is initially just like that but quickly turns (for me at least) fizzy and bitter, like weak quinine mixed with the really dark brown dried figs, the kind I don’t care for much. It finishes with a rush of alcohol, and other than the warmth from that, not a whole lot else. I like the smell, the first sweet taste, but I miss the other things I find in Belgians. Maybe I’m getting too picky but this just isn’t my favorite. It isn’t bad, but it isn’t great, either.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ironryan22 (52) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 2, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2006 does not hide its alcohol as well as some other belgiums, a quality drop but not as refined a beer as say the awesome abbaye de rocs brune in my opinion.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2006
Bottle. Rich malt aroma with a hint of hops and a slight alcohol note. The head fades quickly, leaving a dark murky beer. Medium to heavy body with a sweet and tangy flavor that finishes clean. After a few sips, the alcohol warmth sets in. Very good.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DontFearTheHops (6) - USA - APR 27, 2006 does not count
A frothy head follows a mahogany pour-nice, clinging lacing. Notes of fruit and spice cake in the nose. Silky mouthfeel with a strong emphasis of spiced rum. Also notes of all-spice. A remarkable brew. Would pair well with a rum painted grouper dish or a Thanksgiving dinner.


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