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


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RATINGS: 3982   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 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - OCT 21, 2005
750, unknown vintage. Wierd/sorta-goblet. Smells like suger and yeast & produced a HUGE off-white head when poured (chuncky and mountainous). Ale is med.-brown. The taste is odd, thin & almost unpleasnt, or unexpected... 1 of the 2. Livily carbonation. Very malty and high in esters. This beer is growing on me or maybe I’m still stuck trying to define this taste? & palate. The huge head is still there & leaves great lacing!. The mouthfeel was a bit thin though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
madzub (3) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2005 does not count
Reddish brown with long lasting beige head. Very smooth and spicy. One of my favorites.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - OCT 19, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2005 Beautiful garnet brown pour with a dark tan head. A touch of spices in the nose, just above the malts. Lovely malty flavor, spiked with alcohol over molasses for a bit of burn. A very clean, dry finish for a beer of this type, oddly refreshing for a quad. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2005
Pours very nicely with a reddish brown body that looks like swamp water. Aroma is spicy with some overly ripe dark fruit and big malt sweetness. Taste very nice, spicy, molasses, vinous, yeasty, yum. Mouthfeel was very rich and coating, with a slight alcohol burn. This ruled.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
toccata (70) - grembergen, BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2005
Cloudy nut-brown beer, very nice beige foam, slight sweet aroma, caramel, malts and toffee. Taste is rich, malty, caramely, soft spices and ends with a fine hoppy bitterness. Very rich and well balance taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALLOVATE (2540) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 8, 2005
UPDATED: APR 13, 2006 The Westvleteren brethren is truly evident in this one, in fact I’d put myself out to say they should share equal fame for the best ales available. This was a superb beer, and for me a far greater moment for quiet contemplation and easily one of the few wonders of the modern world. Tasted from the bottle and poured into a chalice around room temperature. Deepest garnet-ruby brown with a dense 1" rocky beige head. Head would not budge for the length and left an abundance of lace that webbed down the glass. Intense and robust, concentrated fruit nose; plums and earthy-vineyard wine grapes, toffee, caramel and ground spices, lightly peppery with a hint of forest floor hops. Strong and yet oddly delicate in the mouth, big in body and wonderfully smooth like a vintage port. Flavour shifted away from the enticing aroma to reveal cocoa, Belgian chocolate and a lot of malt. Very soft in carbonation, only heightened by the peppery alcohol that otherwise remained well-hidden. Plums and drying Merlot-like grapes came in just prior to a smooth, dry and warming malty and wine-like swallow. The hops remained inert, so immaculately integrated only a light earthy note was evident that they were added at all. It gets hard with all Belgian ales as they are so unique and I suppose this was as close to heaven as I would ever get. One was enough, in fact I feel good that one was all I needed. Perfect!!! (33cL, 18 months old, BBE 12/01/09, Int’l Beer Shop)
Re-rate:- Looks fantastic in the glass. Big, big rocky and dense, beige head that lasts. Intricate lacing follows it down. Body on this one is almost black, ruby shined through in the lights. Extremely spicy, herbal nose with a fungal yeasty note (mushrooms? [alarm bells are ringing!]) that doesn’t sit right atop layers of complex malts. Frothy in the mouth and the alcohol is now more pronounced than the 18 month old (aged a lot in six months). All other notes are the same, so it remains a super brew. Lovely after 18 months and two years so a fresh one would be nice. Sadly a couple of points lost for aroma, mouthfeel and overall. Still remarkably good. ( 33cL, 12/01/09)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnnyFlake (53) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2005 11.2 oz bottle - It pours a very dark brown with paricles swirling around and settling on the bottom of the glass. The tan head is foamy and creamy, about 2" in a Duvel Glass. It last forever, althought is shrinks to about 1/2" rather quickly. Aroma is of malt, yeast, rasin and caramel. Flavors are complex and semi-sweet with a distinctly chocolate dominance. There is also rasin and caramel and hints of other fruits. Mouthfeel is rich, full and creamy. The 10% alcohol is barely noticeable. This is unquestionably a work of art, although it’s not my favorite style of beer, it is all in all, a great beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Poured hazy dark brown with a nice big tan head. Right away I’m hit with complex sweet aromas of toffee, caramel, yeast, plums, and orange. The aromas definitely do their job in enticing me to drink the beer. This beer has an incredible flavor that is complex, sweet, smooth, and creamy. I believe this is a perfectly balanced Belgian beer. It feels great in the mouth and has a long malty, fruity aftertaste with no bitterness and very little sourness (not perfect). It will be very difficult to find a belgian beer that tops this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
twindadplus2 (625) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2005 Review number 100 so I thought I’d make sure it’s a good one! Deep, murky ruby brown with a mountainous, creamy head. Aroma is sweet malt, yeast, dark fruit (plums, raisins) and honey. Flavor is amazingly complex; sweet dark fruits, herbal spiciness, sweet malt, caramel and yeast. Finish is smooth sweet malt and spicy hops. Creamy and full bodied palate with light, tingly carbonation. An outstanding beer! In fact, after tasting this, I now believe that the people responsible for Corona should have their hands’ cut off *and* their eye’s gouged out (hanging’s too good for them).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UNCCTF (512) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - OCT 2, 2005
Sampled at Charlotte Oktoberfest ’05; my first quadrupel. I’d been waiting for awhile to get my hands on this one and was delighted to finally find it. Ruby red coloring, almost brown, with a light off-white head. This had a very sweet flavor with hints of raisins, maybe plums... finish was also sweet with some hops to back it up. Very complex and very good.

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