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


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RATINGS: 4283   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - DEC 2, 2006
Great brew. Nice brown pour with medium head. Big aroma of doughy yeast, nuts, and earth. Flavor is malty and sweet. Sweet fruit notes througout. Nice easy palate with lasting coating and flavor. Great brew!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2006
Bottle. Hazy dark brown colour with a l light brown creamy head. Sweet, roasted bread. Syrup. Very complex. A very nice beer but don’t drink too much!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tramp55555 (61) - Lisbon, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2006
Excellent beer, just great in every way. This beer looks like beer should, smells like beer should and tastes like beer should. The only bad thing is you wish you had more!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Amaj80HC (13) - 9, BELGIUM - DEC 1, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2006 This beer smells, looks and tastes like the "best beer" in the world. But this should not come as a surprise when you know that this is the same brewer that produced, under license, the "West Vleteren" beers from the end of WW2 to 1992. The production of this beer is still based on the same knowhow and ingredients. When someone tells us there are differences with the "Westvleteren" then he is however wright as there will allways be small differences between different batches. Those differences exists between different batches of the "Westvleteren 12°" too. There are however 3 great dissimilarities: availability, hype and price. PS. just recently the monks made it even harder to get the "Westvleteren" ... Not only we had to reserve by phone for a limit of 3 crates since september 2006, but since november 2006 we also are limited to 1 voyage a month to the abbaye.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2006
330 ml bottle. Hazy dark brown color with full foam brown head. Aroma and taste of malt with very slight bitter after taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2006
Belgian yeast,nuts and fruit stand out in the aroma.Pours a brownish red with a large off white head.Flavors of sweet malts,fruits and nuts.Full mouthfeel with a sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frizzzzle (76) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 29, 2006
Pours a coppery brown color with a large, soapy head. Aroma is pretty busy, with some yeast, mint, spiced malt, and an almost perfumey sweetness (the hops?). The flavor is mild, but also very busy. It’s mostly sweet, with almost tart fruits, but balanced enough and mild enough to not be overpowering. The beer is deliciously fizzy in the mouth, and goes down like silk. Sips finish drier, and a mildly bitter aftertaste fades quickly. A fine beer, but the Rochefort tasted like circus peanuts. I like circus peanuts better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 28, 2006
Tap. Oh My God, what a fine beer. Pours brown to copper with a nice light brown head that is very smooth. Aromas are very complex, strawberries, toffee and malts. The flavors are also very delicate, yeasty, with a lot of fruit and maltiness. One of the best beers all around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnnyJ (5367) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2007 Aroma of raisins, caramel, sweet malt, and yeast. Pour is redish brown. Great complex flavor of dark fruit, raisins, toffee, caramel, belgium yeast, spice, bread, and nutmeg. Damn good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
peterstrongale (43) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2006
Pours a brown coloured beer with an ever so big head, and perfect lacing. The aroma is complex with hints of fuitiness, and slight tartness. Full bodied, and extremely well balanced. The flavour is ever so complex going from a sweet and slight sour combination in the beginning up to warm, doughy raisins, and at last some alcohol in the finish. This is a fantastic belgian brew.

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