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


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RATINGS: 3808   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nejhleader (1246) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2005
well not as good as I was expecting ( or my wallet), but still pretty decent. Had a fairly nice colour, fruitish aroma, and a pleasant frruity flavor. Very smooth, can’t detect the high alchool content at all. Personally I think this is overrated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 4, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2005 [On tap!, chilled but let it warmed a little, Fresh]
What an impressive beer! dark brown/reddish hues.. mahogany. Hints of toffee and caramel. Agressive, Strong, Powerful. rocky tan head that leaves mark on the glass. There’s an alcohol trail over the beer as well. Fruity and spicy. Hop is low. Long malty finish.. Alcool warms.. ahh... Life is wonderfull.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2005
A Mes rate: 33cl bottle from Selfridges. Wow! How have I missed rating one of my top brews of all time? I guess I just always presumed it was rated already. This is nothing short of awesome. The aroma is pretty much as good as anything I have had. Creamy malts, caramel, banana and bags of vanilla. Some raisin and bread and some other fruits in there too. Mellow but absolutely gorgeous. Appearance is nothing short of perfection. On the brown side of mahogany, almost opaque and with a very long lasting tan coloured head. Great lacing too. As you tip the glass it leaves behind a solid covering. Flavour is equally excellent. Candy sugar, banana bread and vanilla with lashings of alcohol that may understandably be too much for some. Sweet, rich and complex but wonderfully smooth and silky. Yum yum yum f**king yum!!! Amazing length but the alcohol shows maybe just a tad too much at the finish. But hey come on it is a 10.5% beer. Chunky, complex and simply wonderful. I have drained my glass in the time it took me to write this. Gutted it has gone. How thankful am I that I can get this regularly!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoshuaB (474) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Dark poo brown with a slight auburn hue when held to the light, fairly homogenous however. Tannish head, somewhat creamy. Nose is alcohol, doughy yeast, some dark fruits (mostly raisin), and some brown sugar. Taste is alcohol initially, along with raisins, yeast, molasses, and maybe a little spicing. Moderately sweet, medium body, but thins out at the end. A bit too much carbonation. Solid, but Id take Rochefort 10 any day over this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gferd (99) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 2, 2005
An excellent Belgian choice. Nice and brown in colour, a rich taste, and a foamy head. A hint of caramel in the taste, and sweet 10.5 abv. Two of these beers should do anyone just fine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 2, 2005
UPDATED: APR 29, 2006 Pours dark brown with reddish hues and a big foamy tan head. Aroma of raisins, brown sugar, phenols (cloves), bubble gum, and spicy alcohol. Taste is prunes, sweet caramel malt, and dark bread sprinkled with sugar. Mouthfeel is heavy with lush carbonation. I’ve recently tried this beer twice, once from a bomber and the other was from a sampler pack with the Watou glass. The 11.2oz bottle seemed more fresh, and the alcohol was definately a bit hot. Damn... this beer is good. My next Abt will be the Rochefort, so the stakes have been raised.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tmoney99 (10820) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2005
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a large frothy off-white head that was lasting and produced good lacing. Heavy complex fruity aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture. Heavy bitter sweet flavor with a long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lovibond (115) - New York, USA - NOV 30, 2005
An excellent beer, but not in the same league as Trappist products. I know there are factory breweries which bottle condition beer, why not this one? It would make the beer better from the start, and it would make it much more interesting to lay down for a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Habanero (2664) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2008 Beige medium size and medium lasting head. Brown colour. Fruity aroma with some sweet caramel in it. Very tasty flavour: sweet caramel, dried fruit with notes of. Rich palate. Big balanced body and a round finish. Compareable to Westvleteren and Rochefort 10.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Amator (29) - USA - NOV 26, 2005
One of my favorite belgian ales. This is the standard for quadrupels, thick earthy brown ale flavor that gives hints of toffee and caramel. So thick. So nice.

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