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


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RATINGS: 3807   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2005
Murky brown reddish brown.Some floaties.so what?? I am drinking them down.Heaven.Pure heaven,that wonderful Belgian yeast sweet dark exotic fruits.Ahhh,the good life.I wonder what the BMC drinkers are doing now?? Rich malts and some coriander.makes me wonder:what do you find interesting in Bud Light?? sweet and fruity.Did I mention heaven?? Great mouthfeel.Thank you God.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
80skid (65) - New York, USA - FEB 24, 2005
Very bold aroma...pours very dark with a light brown head that lasts. Flavor consists of malts, maple syrup, and yeast. Alcohol is present but does not dominate. Thick and rich on the way down with a surprisingly light and sweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorqui (2110) - Brescia, ITALY - FEB 24, 2005
Creamy and adherent foam; optimal persistence. Color dark brown, not excessive dense but very bubbly. Optimal aspect. Determined scent and much alcoholic one; strongly in the nose. Much flowery with liquorice notes. Good persistence. I believed was better seen the great publicity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (13662) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2007 Bottle. Aroma is mostly yeasty with a hint of brown sugar. Dark reddish brown colour, semi-stable brown head. Suspended yeast. Peppery flavour. Warming alcohol. Flavour of dark malts with a hint of bitter aftertaste. Some sweetness, but well-hidden by the alcohol. Very peppery and beautifully bready. Thick, creamy mouthfeel that almost tickles, perhaps due to the alcohol. Hm, there IS a lot of alcohol in this, isn’t there?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerbabybeer (39) - langley, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2005 750ml btl. Dark, nutty brown beer with a moderate head, nice lacing, and a brief release of gasses. Taste is well balanced: nuts, chocolate, overripe fruit, malts, cinnamon, anise, and alcohol are all noticable flavours. Amazingly creamy, smooth mouthfeel, especially when ’swished’ around. A damn fine beer for the price and availability. It’s my fourth fave beer, after westy 12 and rochefort 10 and 8. DRINK SOME NOW!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
LutzBrau (43) - iowa city, Iowa, USA - FEB 20, 2005
WOW...strong stuff! Almost a honey mead, yet creamy and smooth. Almost too sweet, but I enjoyed it. Definitly worth the price and lived up to the hype.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 20, 2005
330 ml. bottle. Pours a gorgeous thick, dark brown with some yeast detritus evident and a large, creamy beige head that lasted and lasted. Aroma is molasses, brown sugar, dark brown bread, spices - coriander and clove most noticibly - with rich sweet malts. Flavor is smooth and sweet and complex with cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses, mellow oak and raisin leaving an astringent finish. High alcohol content is well hidden in the rich flavors. Full body, smooth and light, creamy carbonation. My favorite of the abbey ales so far I think.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Rafe (3) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2005 does not count
I tried the Abt 12 from St. Bernardus last night. I drank it with dinner, in a goblet, from a 750mL bottle. It was purchased at Harry’s in Marietta. I kept it in the refrigerator, but let it cool to just under room temperature. I might have let it warm too much. AROMA- Very nutty with distinct hops and slightly smokey-caramel aroma. A big, dense head that kept growing and growing TASTE- Big, chewy mouth-feel. Tastes of cardamom, caramel, raisins, bourbon. It also seemed slightly salty to me in an odd sort of way. Distinctive flavor of alcohol. Very abbey-y (abbeyish?) I had expected more of a dry hopiness, but it was actually quite sweet. Not overly carbonated, impressive head production aside. AFTERTASTE- lingering raisin and malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GilBier (75) - Dendermonde, BELGIUM - FEB 15, 2005
Warm brown beer with beige creamy head. Powerfull aroma of dark malts, caramel, spice, sweet cakes and dry fruits like raisins. Dens mouthfeel with a sexy fizziness. Taste is malty, chocolate, nuty and light fruity. Wow this is good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 13, 2005
Bottle. Dark brown beer with a huge beige head. Fruity, malty, yeasty, alcoholic aroma that draws you in for more. Warming full body. Alcohol definately present. Date/raisin/plum flavors. Despite alcohol presence it’s easy to drink and otherwise well balanced and complex. Alcohol just dominates. If you like an alcohol presence, you’ll like this over a Rochefort 10, but otherwise it pulls you attention away from everything else.

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