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


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RATINGS: 4066   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cbrixius (136) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2006
I had this after a Rochefort 10, so although this is one outstanding trappist brew, you could definitely see a small dropoff in quality. Poured a semi-cloudy amber brown hue with a small off-white head. This had a very sweet aroma that was somewhat prunish. It had a medium character and a nice smooth texture. Almost perfect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skinnyviking (7905) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2006
Bottle. Off-white high and lasting head.head. Hazy amber body. Roasted malt and alcohol aroma. Astonishingly mild and fruity flavor for such a strong beer, not at all the expected alcohol taste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSSteve (3971) - - JUN 9, 2006
dark brown, root beer colored beer. huge creamy off-white head that lasts forever. raisins, spices, plum, yeast, cherry aroma. smooth for the alcohol content. alcohol doesnít show up hardly at all. raisin, plum, caramel, brown sugar flavor. mild licorice finish. medium sweet, somewhat dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bgoguen (53) - Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2006
I think this is one of the best quads Iíve ever tasted (although admittedly I havenít had that many). Quads have so much character and are usually really complex and packed with flavor. This is no exception. A truly great beer from a great Belgian brewer. A must try for any quad enthusiast or general Belgian connoisseur. I would put this right up there under Rochefort 10.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - JUN 7, 2006
Small bottle. Bad scores on the aromas!! Smells of soapy, aspirin and wet leather. But it is the most beautiful beer i have ever poured with a Dark woody brown body with dark purples in the light. Hazy and with some medium particles that look like pepper. The biggest and longest head ive ever poured with more lacing than other beers heads! It lookes just like the picture on the bottle, kind of like an expresso with a cloudy head. The flavor is nothing like the aroma. Wonderfull mouselike malty silkyness on the toungue that feels almost erotic. Starts sweet and fruity (rasberries, cherries, raisins) then theres a second or two of bitternes and a finish of oak and smoked maple leaving an aftertaste of coffee and nuts. And then the second taste is all diffrent with hints of vanilla, prunes, yeast, and alcohol. WoW! its a cameleon beer thats so complex that it changes with every plus temperature degree. If it wasnt for the aroma this brew would have topped my list!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rybowen (105) - Los Angeles 90039, California, USA - JUN 6, 2006
Beautiful, deep ruby red pour with a sturdy head that fell slowly. Incredible raisiny rich aroma with yeast. Rich flavor, vanilla, noticeable alchohol. Complex, inviting brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 5, 2006
This poured a slightly cloudy deep brown with a red tinge. Creamy medium sized head that lasted well and left some scattered lace. The aroma carried licorice bullets, some vegemite initially, with some raisins and some evidence of the hefty alcohol. The flavour was pretty well balanced, if a little on the sweet side. A lovely full bodied palate, with a bit of a biting carbonation/bitterness combination that kept the tongue entertained and the sweetness from being cloying. Very nice indeed - one to go back to.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rudolf (2344) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 4, 2006
#900. Grapey ruby/brown body, off white creamy head. Nose is yeasty, plum, some alcohol, spiciness, maybe a little vanilla. Flavor is rich malt, fruit, yeast, plum, raisin, alcohol. Good but it doesnít live up to the hype..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
eaglefan538 (2958) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 2, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2007 An absolutely enjoyable experience. St. Bernieís poured a wonderful dark brown color with an enormous head that was well sustained. The lacing and rings of foam left behind (still there when all was gone) was great. The mouthfeel was fuller but not richer than what I remembered for the Roche 10 (and the sedimentation much less). Was nicely carbonated. The aroma was spicey and full of dark fruits. Flavor was plum like and candy-sugared with great spicing and a noticeable, but pleasant touch of alcohol. At almost half the price of Roche 10, this will be my "treat" beer in the future - monks or no monks. Re-rate, 2/07, dropping a few nothces, not as rich in the dark fruit area as I once thought, yeasty spice was the distinguishing feature of this one. At the same 2/07 re-reate, a 1.5yr aged version was a bit too much caramel-like with some teabag flavors, lacking the dark fruit complexity, lacking the spiciness, and lacking the yeastiness. I canít hold a position that this thing aged better than it was fresh, thatís for sure. No points knocked off my numbers for the aged bottle, but it dropped a few notches here and there based on the retaste. Re-rate, 7/07 in a horizontal alongside Westv 12 and Roche 10, this was right in the middle of both, Roche 10 #1. Appearance solid with a nice frothy head, great retention and lacing. The aroma had some floral notes, faint dark fruits, caramel, grapes, light plums, light cocoa with a bitter bready yeasty finish, some coriander spices also zinging there. Mouthfeel was full with dry bitterness and spicey zing, alcohol well blended into the picture. My second favorite behind Roche 10.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
geekrobot (3) - Colonia, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2006 does not count
Tried this once in a bar in Amsterdam served extremely chilled, and liked it a lot, so brought some back with me to the States. Read the review here, and tried it out closer to room temperature, and it tasted much better. Dark amber/red color, plenty of tan head going on. Tastes malty, with caramel, raisin flavor. Really great, but definitely wait till it warms up a bit. This beer is brewed with a similar formula to the famed Westvleteren 12, which Bernardus used to brew until they lost their contract. Definitely try this out, but listen to the advice of letting it warm up a bit.

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