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


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RATINGS: 3839   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 íQuadrupelí style of Belgiumís 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. Itís 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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GilBier (75) - Dendermonde, BELGIUM - FEB 15, 2005
Warm brown beer with beige creamy head. Powerfull aroma of dark malts, caramel, spice, sweet cakes and dry fruits like raisins. Dens mouthfeel with a sexy fizziness. Taste is malty, chocolate, nuty and light fruity. Wow this is good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6861) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 13, 2005
Bottle. Dark brown beer with a huge beige head. Fruity, malty, yeasty, alcoholic aroma that draws you in for more. Warming full body. Alcohol definately present. Date/raisin/plum flavors. Despite alcohol presence itís easy to drink and otherwise well balanced and complex. Alcohol just dominates. If you like an alcohol presence, youíll like this over a Rochefort 10, but otherwise it pulls you attention away from everything else.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cathcacr (636) - Oregon, USA - FEB 9, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2009 Upgraded 3/12. Had this with avec fromage de chevre. Enjoyable.

My bias is towards hops (sickening amounts of them), so my reaction to a yeasty-bubbly-carbonationy presentation is slightly short of euphoric. Sweet, slightly sticky, airy-bubbly body, some head at first but dies off. Ends up like an Arrogant Bastard in appearance in color and transparency, abstracted from everything else including head or foam retention. Fruity in a general sort of way. Iíve got a 4-pack of the stuff, so my rating could change on subsequent attempts at joyful consumption.

I think Iíve got some stunted scent-receptors, because I just donít detect the complexity in this much less many other of the beers. I seem to go on intensity more than anything, hence little variance in my scores on this component. Is it fig in this one? Alright already, just punch me in the nose with a fistful of hops and Iíll be back in my element.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
csbosox (1223) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - FEB 9, 2005
11.3oz bottle. 63.5į. NB worthy glass. Poured dark chocolate brown with a 1 1/2" billowy head. Lots of sediment floating at the bottom of the glass. The foam makes it home all over the sides of the glass. I am a foot or so away from the glass and the aroma is wafting up to me. When I bend down to smell it, the smell is malty, plums, raisins, bananas and yeast. The smell is wonderful. The taste is very similar to the aroma, with some breadiness to go along with all the dark ripe fruits and wonderful esters along with a big dose of dark brown sugar. Maybe it is because of the higher temp that I am enjoying this at, but the alcohol is noticeable, in fact it is a bit detracting. The finish is fruity and spicy with that alcohol coming through as well. The beer has a nutty, sweetish aftertaste. The mouthfeel is outstanding, it feels really full in the mouth, especially before the head dies down. This is a fine beer, it is more forward than Westys 12, which I found to be good, but restrained.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mephisto (1269) - TAIWAN - FEB 8, 2005
UPDATED: APR 2, 2013 nice aroma and decent body. very drinkable for its strength. sweet and fruity, a nice quad overall. 2/8/2005 2009 (4 yr old) vintage. massive caramel aroma with toasty chocolate flavor. much smoother and chewier than a new bottle. 4/2/2013

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - FEB 6, 2005
33cl bottle BB end 0f 2004, I carried it back from Belgium in early 2003. THis one was very excited to get out of the bottle! Big aroma with somewhat rancid dimensions, meaning medicine, phenols. Stale rasins, prunes, leather, maybe plums too, why not? All of that carries in the sweet malty body. I step outside on a crisp 2*C Nebraska eve to let the pug puppy out. A neighbor has a fire burning and smoke lingers in the air on this still eve...ah, how nice a rauch abt would be! The negative aroma comments fade, the beer highlights chocolate and honey of the dark sort. Some decent bitterness helps add some finesse. A fine fruit-laden beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HermanW (1040) - Coevorden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 5, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2005 A very good quadruple, very much taste and the most important, for me, not too much taste of the alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DanielBrown (3897) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2005
Bottle from the Offie, Leicester. Very dark, verging on black, with a big ice creamy head. Tasty, strong aroma, laced with thick berries and wine. Some good elements here: smooth, insistent choc towards the finish; with a hint of raisin in the mouth. However I was put off a little by the icey, vodka wave of strength which hits almost immediatly. A little too overpowering for me, but I can see why itís so well regarded.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (12777) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 4, 2005
Ten years ago I picked up a gift pack containg four different of the Bernardus beers. At the time, I thought the 12 okay but the 8 the star of the show. Nobody agreed with me. It looks like people still donít, but my preference is towards the middle versions of these similar lineups (Bernardus, Westvleteren, Rochefort). This is a dark murky brown with a thick foam. The aroma is unbalanced - all yeast (dust mainly, but some funk too), with hints of figs, plums and toffee. The flavour is better with chewy malt depths, more dates, a little bit of chocolate and a sturdy alcohol backbone. Actually, that alcohol is a little too sturdy. Fruitcake notes appear as well. The finish is quite alcoholic and sweet, with not nearly enough nuances to justify a rave. Itís rich, but not all that complex. Now, where can I buy that Prior?

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2005
Pours a gorgeous muddy brown color with ruby highlights and a thick light brown head. Mind blowing aroma of fruits, caramel, liquorice, alcohol, peppermint, spices and yeast ... well, I guess the aroma is kind of complex... Excellent flavor of fruits, caramel, liquorice, peppermint, spices and alcohol with a sweet finish. Medium body, very creamy and smooth texture, soft carbonation. This is Belgian heaven and the clouds are made of heavy dark malt.

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