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


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RATINGS: 4045   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
piscator34 (2127) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 24, 2005
Dark brown in colour with fairly strong carbonation. Aromatic notes of red berries, caramel malt, raisin, and nutmeg. The sweet caramel elements become more eveident in the flavor, along with additional notes of very mild toasted oak, vanilla, plums, and other dark fruit. Not a great deal of alcohol presence. Complex, yet easy drinking. I was expecting to get blown away by this beer, and was a little disappointed that I wasn’t, but this was still a pretty darn good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jdjuice (447) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - NOV 19, 2005
Pours a very nice purple-brown with small but lasting head. Smells like wine and cheese, kind of strange. Maybe a little too much carbonation, but the flavors are very very nice. Very mellow. Begins with underlying sweetness, raisins and plums, flavors from a semisweet white wine. The finish develops with roastiness and caramel-y sweetness which lasts for a long time. High alcohol is evident on the finish, good for warming up. Very complex and very distinct stages of flavors. Quite amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DCJack (182) - Alabama, USA - NOV 13, 2005
nice belgian undistinctive, but intense a firebreather’s beer like drinking scotch

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
altkencru (143) - USA - NOV 13, 2005
Very disappointing. This is a typical strong Belgian brown, with nothing making it stand out from the pack. IMO, there are several other browns that are more flavorful. Alcohol content is high, potentially making one pay a price for the mediocre flavor. Fruity flavor???

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1736) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Bottle. Pours cloudy brown, with a tan head. Aromas are dark fruit, some spice, slightly musty malt, and alcohol. Flavors are dark fruit, malt, yeast, spice, and toffee/brown sugar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 8, 2005
Tasted in Toronto. Obtained from LCBO. Tasted in Westmalle Trappistenbier chalice. Pours a very deep brown / plum colour with thin but sustained tan coloured head. Aroma is sweet, with fig, plum and raisin notes. Also has a slight candy floss scent. Flavour is very yeasty, thick and rich. Very Christmas pudding like, full bodied, with elements of caramel and tofee, especially in the finish. This beer is a meal in itself.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Deep rich garnet color, frothy, toasty deep flavor with an aroma like dried fruit soaked in liquor and sprinkled with nutmeg. That being said this seems to me less complex than some abbeys but still full-bodied and chewy enough to make you feel like you really drank a beer (and maybe even ate a meal!).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
emotv (353) - Izmir, TURKEY - NOV 8, 2005
Dark brown colour tasted in conditions both warm and cold.Not like one of the best but nice beer.Bit sweety and alcholly aroma on top.Also stays not so much on mouth either.Quality beer far from other abbeys.Over rated it seems.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 3, 2005
Murky dark brown. Alcohol is noticable in the aroma, along with something somewhat reminicent of baked peach pie. Sharp initial feel that mellows and warms as it goes down. Beyond that, I find the alcohol drowns out the more subtle aspects.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
beleth (5) - Duluth, Georgia, USA - NOV 3, 2005 does not count
A excellent brew with a dark body and a light brown head. It has a smooth, spicy flavor with hints of fruit flavors. Unfortunately, the alcohol bite in the after taste detracts a bit from the overall flavor. A good quality brew, worth trying at least once.

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