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


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RATINGS: 4316   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.14/5   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 19/20
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - MAY 2, 2007
Bottle, 750 ml. Pours dark amber/ruby color. Huge long lasting tan colored head. Pungent aroma of spice, malt, toffee, bubblegum. Full bodied, highly carbed and with huge flavor; very complex: spicy, cloves, banana, raisins notes of rum; very warming and relaxing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dionysian (39) - Paris, FRANCE - MAY 2, 2007
First bottle consumed at the ’Académie de la Bière’ here in Paris, which I’ll review as well to help any fellow ex-pats looking for quality beer and eatin’s here in Paris. As for the substance itself... confronted with a powerfully large beverage menu with some fairly incredible inebriantations to select from, I opted for this stalwart intoxicant.. in small part because I had heard satisfactory things, in greater part because the wry old smiley man on the vessel itself looks as if he’s an elderly pederast, attempting to entice an innocent wide eyed little boy into his parlor.. and this makes me giggle (with alarm!). If i were that little boy, I may well have skipped (or sauntered, depending on a variety of factors) right into that parlor, provided he handed me this beer first. Extremely complex and yet indefatigably smooth, deep and dark, almost like a river containing deep and dark liquid, if this river were made of beer resembling St. Bernardus Abt 12. A slight sour/bitter bite at the end, yet there is a sweet aftertaste as well, combined with a hint of roasty and toasty - ness.. so the aftertaste ends up being simultaneously bitter and sweet, and it seems to work advantageously. The ABV % was extremely well incorporated. Most importantly, however, was the domineering nature of the ghosty quality of this beer.. a trait so rare that I can’t even begin to describe it. I’ve tried, on numerous occasions.. though language itself has proved woefully inadequate for the task. I have developed a hand signal that, in part, helps paint a mental picture of the quality of Ghostiness.. and I will leave you with this, which you will keep between yourself and myself and NOT DIVULGE, for any reason or price, even if your life is threatened.. by reading the previous sentence, you are now bound to this agreement. It is as follows:

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2007
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with hints of red-orange. Fantastic lacing from a slightly off white thin head. Nose is bananas, citrus, cherries, and some strong general sweetness. Flavor is much of the same, but more pronounced. The alcohol makes itself known but not overbearingly so. The palate is smooth and enjoyable throughout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (21885) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2015 thin black/brown, slightly lamvbic sour high maly nose, ruch spirity malt, touch of sprit like evaporation, tinge of sour in the malt
Tk 2 Very malty quite sweet nicly balanced... at endof a 10 top 10 night .3->3.8 Bottle at home ... with 4 vintages of Westvletern .. bbf 2009 ... dark copper .. thin tan lacing ... soft toffee fruit ... light blackcurrant roast nose ... soft dull toffee fruit ... soft malts .. soft toffee fruit ... 3.7

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - MAY 1, 2007
Dark brown with a thin beige head. Starts with fruit and malt. Finishes with bitter carmel and alcohol. AHH, I love the quadrupel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Clansman (5) - Alleroed, DENMARK - APR 29, 2007 does not count
One of my favorite beers. I love its dark, complex and nutty flavor. A beer can´t get much better than this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ArcaneApollo (3) - Troy, New York, USA - APR 27, 2007 does not count
Excellent Abt/Quad. It is as smooth as silk with a nice licorice finish. The malt overpowers the hops with this quad, but its complexity forgives the slight imbalance with a masterful blend of dark fruit to make a bold flavorful beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - APR 27, 2007
Now this is what we’re talking about!! Pours to a dark orange brown color with a nice off-white head that lingers for the entire glass, and leaves very good lacing. Aroama is a bold mixture of dark fruit (plums, grapes, raisins) and malt, with the scent of alcohol creeping in as it warms. Flavor is predominantly these fruits, with a touch of malty sweetness, offset nicely by just enough alcohol. All of this leads to a long, smooth warm finish. I purposely took about 45 minutes to drink beer, and must say that this beer was as good, if not better, as it warmed to room temperature as it was early on. A most excellent beer!!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Quake1028 (636) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2007
12oz bottle. Here it is, the crown jewel of my 100th rating get together. Imp Stouts may be my favorite style, but I was anticipating this one the most. I’ve said it time and again, that cheery fat monk wouldn’t lead me to a bad beer. Pour is lovely - a dark plum colored body with a fizzy, lasting white head. Resolves to a swirly ring that stays with you the entire beer. Excellent lacing. Aromas of dark fruits, yeast, cherries, figs, and some spice. Flavor is the same with some breadiness and plum notes as well. Finish is long and mesmerizing. Not boozy, hides the 10.5% masterfully.

I never thought I would say it, but when you take money into account, this is better than Westy 12. A brewing master class.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pforei (338) - USA - APR 23, 2007
Trappist glass. Dark brown with slight red tinge and thick/rich head. Fruity/yeasty aroma. Malt dominates upon tasting. Sweet caramel, raisin and prune. Alcohol fizz at the end. But otherwise a thick, soft, and smooth palate.

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