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


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RATINGS: 3877   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 23, 2005
The head on this one was huge. I like to think that after so many beers, I am able to give a decent pour, but with this one I had to let things settle down a bit before I could top off the glass. So what we have here is a nice hearty looking brown ale with a big rocky head (but you probably saw that coming). Nice yeasty, fruity, choco-nutty aroma. I was expecting it to be cloyingly sweet but that was well underplayed by a roastiness. One of the smoothest abts I’ve had the pleasure of sampling. "The show piece of the brewery." Indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Padron4KM (566) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - OCT 23, 2005
330cl bottle, Best before 12/08/09. Pours murky brown with a lot of suspended particles.
Aroma is toasty, plummy, prune, yeast.
Flavor is caramel, port, toffee, plum,raisin.
10%? can’t tell, very well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 22, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2012 Pours dark brown with a big, creamy off-white head, mostly lasting, nice lacing. Aroma is clove, plums, banana, and sweet malt. Flavor is caramel, toffee, plums, raisins, figs and spice. These all come together superbly. The mouthfeel of this is wonderful, very smooth, carbonation dances on the tongue. Long finish, slightly warming, but alcohol is amazingly hidden. Fantastic.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bourne (161) - Suwon, SOUTH KOREA - OCT 22, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2005 dark brown, opace. tan head that doesnt go away. strong toffee taste. not overpowering flavors(coffee or chocolate hints) very good beer. silly label

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
jigglyjock (163) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2005
wtf. This is not freekin 100 percentile. The mouth feel is very good and the appearance is dark brown with a hint of red with small sedimate. It looks great........but there is almost no aroma and it tastes like fermentented cherry cough medicine...............wtf. I just dont get why one would spend this much on a bad tasting beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - OCT 21, 2005
750, unknown vintage. Wierd/sorta-goblet. Smells like suger and yeast & produced a HUGE off-white head when poured (chuncky and mountainous). Ale is med.-brown. The taste is odd, thin & almost unpleasnt, or unexpected... 1 of the 2. Livily carbonation. Very malty and high in esters. This beer is growing on me or maybe I’m still stuck trying to define this taste? & palate. The huge head is still there & leaves great lacing!. The mouthfeel was a bit thin though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
madzub (3) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2005 does not count
Reddish brown with long lasting beige head. Very smooth and spicy. One of my favorites.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - OCT 19, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2005 Beautiful garnet brown pour with a dark tan head. A touch of spices in the nose, just above the malts. Lovely malty flavor, spiked with alcohol over molasses for a bit of burn. A very clean, dry finish for a beer of this type, oddly refreshing for a quad. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2005
Pours very nicely with a reddish brown body that looks like swamp water. Aroma is spicy with some overly ripe dark fruit and big malt sweetness. Taste very nice, spicy, molasses, vinous, yeasty, yum. Mouthfeel was very rich and coating, with a slight alcohol burn. This ruled.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
toccata (70) - grembergen, BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2005
Cloudy nut-brown beer, very nice beige foam, slight sweet aroma, caramel, malts and toffee. Taste is rich, malty, caramely, soft spices and ends with a fine hoppy bitterness. Very rich and well balance taste.

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