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


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RATINGS: 3766   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 24, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2004 bottle. opened in honor of RED SOX game 2 win in the World Series... color of hot fudge with a fluffy tan head... aroma of syrupy ripe fruits, port, toffee.... flavor of rum cake heavy on the liquor, spice notes... bitter chocolate... smooth, slick, and oh so warming me up on this Boston night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3432) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2014 Murky dark brown. Sweet, enticing nose. Smoothly effervescent, soft and syrupy. Rich malts, with toffee, cake and brown sugar. Lesser notes of chocolate, raisins, bananas, pears, toasted caramel, and herbs. Finishes a bit sticky. Balancing bitterness. Warming, cozy and a pleasure to drink.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hunsell (400) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 23, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2005 Dark brown, large, longlasting head. Fantastic aroma! Fruity, malty, and....mushrooms...! Very very interesting... The alcohol is well present in this pleasant and rich beer. Reminds me of Westvleteren, but then less sweet. Which isn’t a bad thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eirikur (370) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - OCT 21, 2004
This one like all the Bernardus beers really need to age. This is what I like, It is malty and rich. Niiiice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gachupines (901) - USA - OCT 19, 2004
Dark brown with tan head. Flavor is subdued with a slight fruity malt flavor. Very pleasant to drink, look forward to having again

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
marcus (6493) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 19, 2004
This dark brown abbey ale pours with an attractive tan head and elicits a very pleasant fruity malt aroma. The flavor gives only a hint of the high specific gravity, and is every bit as tasty and satisfying as the good trappist ales. Goes well with Chimay cheese.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2004
It’s got a large bubble head, tan. The bubbles are standing one on top of another like a cheerleader’s half-time routine. And it’s holding, holding, holding....Damnit! I couldn’t wait. I took a snoot and got foam on my nose. HaHA! Nose: Caught wind of a baker’s spice rack. Vanilla extract. Sea side smells. Taste: Spicy with an alcohol bite. Sour cherries cloaked in brandy. Tastes like a ripe yellow fruitcake with dried sour cherries and almonds, and almond extract, and candied citrus peels. Nice chewy semolina cake flavors, soaked in lite-brown sugar simple syrup, and a touch of brandy. I shouldn’t be allowed to drink this bottle this fast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Trappist (284) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 14, 2004
Wow! This was a truly remarkable ale! Slightly sweet at first but it becomes dryer and better as it warms, mellow alcohol flavor and yet warming all the way down. Nice rich deep brown color, with even hints of currants? As other raters have also noted, it does have notes of plums and raisins, with a creamy toffee like quality as well. Hands down one of the best trappist ale I have ever drank to date.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AleConnoisseur (29) - Houghton, Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2004
This must be one of the best beers that I have ever tried. Dark, full of flavor, small but thick. Alcohol is hard to taste despite the large amount. Good taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 12, 2004
11.2 oz bottle: Deep, dark, thick brown with a small, rocky, tan head. Opaque and cloudy, this beer has a ton of yeast, including what I left in the bottle. The aroma coming from this beer is rich. There’s chocolate, brown sugar, toast, port, vanilla, plum, raisin, nutmeg, cinnamon, molasses, maple syrup, coriander and toffee - all in the nose. Very complex, as is the flavor that follows. I can taste coriander, chocolate, apple, cinnamon, yeast, raisin, currants, grapes, honey, earth, and some spices like a sweet rum bun. This beer manages to be rich, complex, alcoholic and still very creamy. This is a great beer.

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