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


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RATINGS: 4250   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 íQuadrupelí style of Belgiumís 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. Itís 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 18, 2007
Carbonation doesnít seem overkill but this really makes you need to burp-- more than any beer Iíve tried. Still the best Belgian brew Iíve tried. Beautiful look and lacing. Nice nose, great finish and aftertaste. Pit fruits, grapes, carmel malt balanced with mild spice/herbs and hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3503) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JAN 17, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2007 Poured a reddish amber; medium head. Aroma of yeast, alcohol, plum, pit fruit, light malt. Creamy palate, slight warming at the end. Slightly sweet; alcohol fairly present. Flavor of pit fruit, brown sugar, yeast, caramel, alcohol. Complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
psauer (2) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 17, 2007 does not count
Good trappist brew. Deep red with a tan hear. Alcohol very evident but a very drinkable beer. For me the brown sugar tones stood out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bigcat03 (249) - Columbus, Nebraska, USA - JAN 16, 2007
Bottle from Wilburs poured into trappist glass @ 58 degrees - Pours a beautiful deep red with a 1 finger tan head; a very beautiful beer to look at; plums, alcohol, malt, a little yeast, red wine, and tart grapes to the nose; alcohol, plums, apples, raisins, malt, bread, faint chocolate and brown sugar on the initial taste; Sweet malts, grapes, and a light bitterness of barley in the aftertaste; a smooth, full body; Nice carbonation with alight sharpness; A nice warming feeling when it goes down. This was an absolute pleasure to taste. Easily the most complex beer Iíve tasted to date. I just wish I could get my hands on it more easily!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
deSixtus (3) - BELGIUM - JAN 16, 2007 does not count
Itís a nice beer I drink it often because itís even hard to get the Westvleteren in Belgium and this one is available in lots of local shops It has a sharp flavor a bit sweet in the beginning, a black clear appearance with a nice brown head

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drazil91 (41) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2007
I bought this since I canít get the Westvleteren here in the US. 16 bucks for a four pack? Worth it. It is everything an amber should be- too bad itís an Abt. Drank it right from the bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Fruit, figs, citrus, caramel, metal, brown sugar in the aroma. Pours dark brown with a thick tan head. Sharp flavor, sweet upfront, caramel, brown sugar, some fruit, with a spicy character i canít place, and i can taste the alcohol. very nice though.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Pours a dark brown color with an overabundance of thick creamy tan foam. The head dies down to a more normal 2" in several minutes. Excellent, stick-to-the-glass lacing throughout the glass. I first get the aroma when the cap is lifted, and it is very prominent while pouring the beer. I smell this wonderful, still-rising bread dough aroma. Very yeasty. This is followed by a very potent alcohol scent. The beer is sweet for sure, but absolutely not cloying. It is full of brown sugar and dried dark fruit, and there is a thick caramel maltiness to it, followed by a touch of raisin and rum. Faint spice in the finish - cloves or herbal/spicy hops, maybe. Fantastic full body, gently carbonated

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Pours dark brown with a fairly thick, foamy, tan head. Banana, yeast, lightly sweet malt, and mild hop aroma. Flavor matches the aroma with a little more bitterness in the finish than expected. Palate is medium, a bit creamy, and bitter-sweet. A little unbalanced, but the flavors present are enjoyable none the less.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBiker (1413) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2007
[Tasted in 2004, DK-ITA: 0-0 with Troels.] A truely very strong beer with alcoholic presence. Therefore it is a hardkicker for many. Sometimes itís good, othertimes itís less good. But lots of ingredients such as notes of fruit, sweetness, caramel. Heavy stuff!

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