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


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RATINGS: 4062   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 ’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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2006
25.4oz bottle: Pours a huge off-white head, good lacing. Brown-reddish in color. Sweet hoppy aroma, perfume, coffee? Light taste, hops, perfume, raisin, coffee, bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JAN 19, 2006
There have been a number of comments on this site about the quality of this beer and how it is stiff competition to the esteemed Westvleteren. The old padre on the label seems to be happy that he has one in his hand and even gives some indication what the high alcohol content does to your genitalia with the other. Well I would take this gesture to be how far it goes to challenging the big W. It looks fine in the glass and presents as expected, so far the comparison is clear. The nose is incredibly dull and boring however, not a hint of the dried fruit explosion nor deep rich promise of something special to come. The first taste is as disappointing, clearly alcoholic in mouthfeel and on the palate, but there is a real lack of complexity that is anticipated. Raisin and dried fruit notes are there but these are also joined by an unpleasant medicinal undertone. Combined with a high level of carbonation and a lack of balance that does not counter the high ABV I feel a bit cheated. Shame on you father.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lethe (177) - New York, USA - JAN 17, 2006
A dense, murky quad pour yields a frothy white head. Nose is malty sweet suggesting dark fruit and a fine bready background. Palate is slightly carbonated with a silky texture. Flavor is more of the same but with a fine depth that heightens the enjoyability. A nice quad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2006
Very dark with a big ol’ head. Very fruity aromas, with some yeasty and alcohol aromas. Flavor is mellow, balanced and with moderate alcohol warming. Quite carbonated on the tongue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vanvenlo (1462) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 16, 2006
17 Dec 05 - Big sweet fruit malt aroma. Dark brown colour, great head and good lacing. Fruity lightness of malt, caramel and light spices. Lovely light balance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4895) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 16, 2006
Nice. Two for two with this company. Sweet and smoorth. But caramel and other thickness make it quite nice, but not that spicy. A nice reddish hue to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thornecb (4866) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 15, 2006
Bottle says 20 07 09. Poured into a Watou glass with yeast. Murky brown with active carbonation. Small bubbles with plenty of lacing. Very spicy nose - citrus and bread with an alcohol burn. Very sweet, caramel taste. Fizzy. Very creamy and delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2006
This beer pours a very messy copper colored beer with a thick viscous head that was slightly pearlish and good lacing. The aroma is a smack in the face with a downdraft of banana, yeast, alcohol, wood and brown sugar. The flavor is full-bodied and long-developing with a significant alcohol burn and warming toward the finish. Flavors of brown sugar, vanilla, banana, bourbon, caramel, twigs and sticks. Heavy pepperminty aftertaste with maybe a hint of orange peel. Pretty active carbonation and a load of floaties in this beer...a mine field of them! Did I mention quite an alcohol aftertaste that warms the belly? Perfect winter beer to celebrate the 27th consecutive day of rain in Seattle.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ezra456 (39) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 14, 2006
poured a hazy brown color with a huge white head that left very nice lacing. nose consisted of licorice, yeast, raisins, caramel, and clove. flavors consisted of yeast, coffee, caramel, vanilla, and burnt sugar. AMAZING! very well rounded.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2006 (12.30.05) 11.2 fl oz (330 mL) brown bottle purchased from DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. 10% ABV. Bottle label states that it is best consumed before 030310. Clear brown abbey ale having a small diminishing head with spare lacing. Soft carbonation. Sweet, yeasty, bread dough aroma. Full bodied that starts with creamy, rich, smooth malt sweetness and toffee/vanilla/fruity flavors. Finishes with light sweet malt aftertaste. Delicious, smooth and rich tasting. Best as a digestif. In a side-by-side comparison with St. Bernadus prior 8, the ales have a similar flavor but the abt 12 ale is sweeter and creamier. Much better tasting than the Westvleteren 12. UPDATE (04.14.06) On tap at Firkins, Libertyville, IL. Poured hazy amber with large white head. No discernable carbonation. Full bodied ale that starts with moderate sweetness and raisin/caramel flavors. Finished with light malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Excellent sipping beer. Rating stays the same.

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