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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lamas (1372) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 2, 2005
11.2 oz. bottle. Best before: October 5, 2009. Deep, hazy ruby pour with a thick, sandy head. Some effervescence. Full aroma with some dark, sour fruits. Creamy, medium to full body. Goes down smooth, yet crisp. Almost champagne-like in its sparkling crispness. Warming alcohol is present throughout, especially at the end. That’s really a distraction, as it takes away from the taste quite heavily. A good amount of malts with hints of sour apples, bananas and figs. The overwhelming presence of alcohol makes it hard to distinguish many flavors. There is a lingering bitter perfumed quality that lasts long after each sip. I had hoped for more than this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2005
Deep red with a tan head. Clear. Rich, strong and fruity aroma with yeast and some perfume. Alcohol and dark caramel noticable. Is somewhat oxidized. Big bouquet of dark fruit in the flavor. Finishes with a well balanced alcohol presence and a lingering date and plum flavor. I like this one better on draught, though having got this today off the unrefridgerated truck which got it from a container that shipped in May, it might not be a fair comparison. I have had a bottle of Chimay White that sat in my bar at room temp. for 8 years and had to have the cigarette stains washed off it before drinking, that was friggin’ amazing though. So go figure.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 31, 2005
11.2 oz bottle. Pours to a lasting fizzy creamy looking off-white head atop a fizzy dark brown clear body. Decent lacing. The aroma hits with raisins and fresh cracked american walnuts, red apple peel, light bourbon. Deliciously mixed aroma. The flavor has banana, caramel, raisins, plums, apples, spices, vanilla, lots of malts. The flavor is very strong and in your face. The palate is very carbonated, almost too much so. Fairly full bodied and creamy. Overall, a good beer but not as good as Westy... :). I put in rating #555, a magical # for us Subaru guys...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Suttree (5266) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 27, 2005
Cloudy, murky brown, with a decent tan head. Fruity aroma, with notes of plum and raisin, then hints of walnut, whiskey and pine. The aroma is echoed in the taste - earthy pine, very faint hints of bourbon, caramel malt, and an alcohol burn at the finish. Cahampigne-like carbonation. Much, much tastier as it warms, I must’ve poured it too cold. subtle hint of dark bread and a hint of blackberry. Alcohol burn is more muted, as well. More than the sum of its parts, well made and tasty. Thanks to Springslicker for this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrisoni (14138) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2006 Bottle from Belgium. Dark brown beer. with lots of flavours on the nose, not least raisins and chocolate. For such a strong beer where you would expect lots of sweet alcohol, this has good drying tangy hops on the end. An exceptionally good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2005
Deep reddish brown body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of cherries and green apples mixed with some caramel. Cherry, spices, blend of apples and malty alcohol flavor. Full body. Sweet finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
luiss (89) - Elmsford, New York, USA - MAY 24, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2006 Smell is very relaxing like orange peels. i enjoy this beer year round very citrousy, the first sip numbs your taste buds. color is very complex very dark with a light redish look. Very important that you let it warm up and sip it slow to enjoy it. I actually brought a six pack to mexico and traded it for some good tequilla. Great mix. Bad hangover.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KariCupcake (214) - Lenox, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 22, 2005
Smells like spring bloom at the Keukenhof. Shared bottle number 200709 with my fiance at the Het Elfde Gebod bar in Amsterdam. Complex as all hell taste with things like flowers and fruits leaping out at me. Wow.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2007 Rerate 5-18-07 Very elegant with a brown fruity flavor and a bubbly palate to be enjoyed. Yes,l the finish draws me to this beer but there is more to be said. The taste has a certain exuberance to it as it is very well balanced with floral, fruit and a very yeasty accented tone. Previous rating: This one rocked my world as well as my buds who tasted it tonight. It started with a flowery smell. Aroma-wise it wasn’t too striking but it made up for this in taste. I had a bottle aged from 1999. It had a very refined character that was smooth on my tongue with a flowery overtone, some malty tones underneath and some sweet carbonation. The alcohol was definately noticeable. One of my buds had a bottle of Chimay Blue and we noted that while this beer isn’t as overpowering taste wise, its finer in many ways. I could drink the foam of this one! I gave it the Max dog test and he sniffed it and tried to sip it!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2005
Another thank you to rich, seemed to be a dark cherry or ruby color, definitive like a soda pop. Nice tan head that seems to keep a lid on whats in store. Apple/yeast taste to it, banana hints in the finish. I’m not a big abt fan yet but this helped me keep an open mind.

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