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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4084   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2006
#100 for me. Pours into my St. Bernardus trappist glass brown with a medium, fluffy tan head that eventually becomes thin, but lasts. Good lacing. Slightly dark fruit aroma, some yeast, caramel and marshmellows. Flavor of fruit, apples, plums, more caramel. Lots going on, but it is well balanced. Full bodied, very carbonated. Finishes with a toasted marshmellow taste. A little woodsy and dry at the end and the alcohol comes through. Good choice for #100.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2006
Bottle. Earthy, phenolic aroma. Clear red brown with huge tan head. Flavor is sweet and rich, malty with more caramel than "dried fruits". Gets a bit port like as you get further down the glass. The alcohol is evident. Hard to drink because the excessive carbonation. Ends with good bitterness and a warming feeling from the alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blatantdream (78) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2006
On Tap at the Begian Room, NYC. This is a rich, flavorful beer. It pours a deep red color with a nice lingering head. Tastes of heavy malts and deep caramelized fruits and spices. This is good on tap and even better when a little aged.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2006
Pours brown red with good head. Aroma is malty, spicy, with dark fruits. Flavor is of dark fruits and a little chocolate, along with some caramel and cherries. Complex enough it might take a couple of tastings to get everything. Damn good beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2007 This beer pours a very dark red or purple that is nearly opaque. The head is offwhite and fine, dissipating slowly. The nose strongly consists of plumbs and blackberries and a surprisingly light hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is entirely smooth and the carbonation serves to lighten the thickness overall. The malts are lightly grainy, but the plumb hints and light chocolate presence rule the palate. The alcohol is relatively hidden. The finish is lightly dry, but not particularly impressionistic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2006 on tap at the Moan and Dove. damn, i really enjoy drinking this beer. the glass is so nice too. lots of chocolate, fruits and yeasty goodness in every wiff and taste of this wonderful brew. very rich, yet very easy to drink and the alcohol content is well hidden. delish!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brigadier (3295) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2006
Rich foamy head that thinned out over a burgandy colored, opaque body. The aroma was so complex it took several sniffs to pick up everything - chocolate, toffee, cherries and raisins. Every sip added to complex tapestry of flavors. There was dark chocolate, cherries, toffee, raisins and fruits. Rich and chewy, this is the best that I have had to date. If the Westvleteren 12 is anything like this, then I can’t wait to finally have one. In the meantime, I’ll be drinking this to get my Belgian fix.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2006
Loads of foam from the pour, even carefully it foams up quickly releasing the yeasty doughy aromas. Muddled brown in color is the only drawback. Ripe fruit, notes of banana. Finishes smooth with slight alcohol kick.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryananderson (74) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2006
Rocky head with a dark brown cloudy colour: much dark than expected. Flavour is spicy with plum. Aroma is earthy and also of nutmeg or coriander (like the Prior 8). Smooth creamy texture, with average to lively carbonation. It is a toss up as to whether this or Prior 8 is better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
hatchy (32) - USA - JAN 30, 2006
cloudy dark brown with a very sweet, fruity aroma. sweet, malty with a hint of brown sugar, but complex with a slightly bitter aftertaste. really amazing.

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