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


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RATINGS: 4006   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 17/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2006 Draft. Aroma: Yeast and bread hit me first. Then some dark fruits (mostly prunes and figs), toffee and roasted malt. Peppery spiciness blends alluringly with some floral notes. Appearance: Dark brown with a large creamy tan head. Head lingered long into the tasting. Great lacing. Flavor: Malt sweetnes is the backbone, but lots of flavors are playing along. More dark fruits (raisins this time), toasted nuts, caramel, szechuan peppercorn, and rose-like floral flavors. Palate: Full bodied and creamy. Really enjoyed rolling this one on my tongue. Carbonation high but appropriate. Alcohol warming was gentle and pleasant on the roof and back of my mouth. Overall: An outstanding beer. Full of complex flavors and aromas that challenges the drinker to follow along.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 17, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2006 On Tap: Very dark brown with white lacing. Fruity, spicy smell to it. Wonderful mouth feel; made me just want to roll it around it my mouth. Nice malty flavor with slightly spicey bite which is balanced wonderfully with fruity sweetness. GREAT!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
IrishBoy (3926) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 16, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2007 11.2 oz bottle Nose of spicy malt, with alittle plums, nuts, and raisins; hazy chestnut brown with a huge long-lasting tan head; flavor of malty iwh dark fruit and a little biterness in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Damian (5) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 16, 2006 does not count
The first thing that struck me about this beer was the interesting bottle graphics. Quite funny. Then came the beer itself. HUGE, beautiful, frothy deep brown/black head. Beer appears very murky with pieces of yeast floating. Aroma is quite strong - fruity and smoky. Taste is decadent - strong malt presence along with spices, plums, apricots. I would definitely buy this beer again!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JUL 16, 2006
22 oz. bottle. Cloudy dark brown with a big tan head that laces beautifully and subsides slowly to a thin tan layer that lasted the duration. A wonderful yeasty bread aroma is immedately evident, but some time and concentration results in additional subtle notes of dark fruit, and a little fragrant spiciness. Full mouthfeel with a lively effervescece, very easy to drink for a beer with this much complexity. Alcohol is not evidnet, and the flavor is malt biased with dark fruit, brown sugar, and a lgith sourness that leads to a faint bitterness to round out the malt. Well balanced, easily drinkable, a truly enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2006 This beer changed my mind about a lot of things. This is by far the best Belgian I’ve had--better than Rochefort 10 in my opinion. It was good enough to cause me to re-think my rankings of several other beers. The pour is a very dark brown, with a little carbonation and a nice dirty white head. I caught a few specks of sedimentation in the head. A great aroma of nuts and sweet malt. The taste is just incredible. The smoothness in the mouthfeel is unmatched. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to drink this beer--even with all of the full flavor. The taste has a great sweet malt flavor--very full with a nice hint of fruit at the end. Unparalleled if you ask me. The finish is smooth--with no aftertaste at all. A wonderful beer experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
victory (45) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2006
I was at eulogy tonight and met fellow rate beer user phillymonksman who recommended this brew to me. Before i pass out, i want to say thanks john, this beer is definately goes in my top 5. Mouthfeel is amazing, a bit of carbonation fades and the complexity hits. let it sit on your tounge and it just keeps getting better and better with more flavor revealing itself by the second. A lot of beers taste good, this one also FEELS good. can’t wait to drag some friends out and try it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nugget (30) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 11, 2006
Draught. The head doesn’t form more than a pinky finger or last long but is somewhere between fizzy and creamy. Roasty, fruity but not sweet, dark, dangerously drinkable. I poured a glass of this for a girl this afternoon and it almost floored her. I love this beer, bottled or on tap.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nightfall (1306) - Hamburg, GERMANY - JUL 10, 2006
Bottle. Cyprus @ All about Beer. Propably the best of the beers that I bought on that trip. Deep reddish/brown color. Low to medium white head. Sweet malt and fruity aromas. Very rich flavours of raisins, plums among others hints of roasted nuts. A very great beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7361) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2006
Deep amber color with light tan head that seems to last. Great lacing. Aroma is light with hints of sweet fruit, malt and spice. Sweet fruity flavor underscored by some spicy notes. The sweetness doesn’t linger too longer and therefore doesn’t pile up making this very drinkable. Bit of a warm alcohol finish with a light yet lingering sweet malt taste.

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