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


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RATINGS: 3810   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TerryR (384) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2005
Dark brown with ruby highlights. Small tan head. Aroma is sweet malt, fruit and alcohol. Body is a bit lighter than expected. Vineous sweet malt flavor. Alcohol evident in the flavor. Very nice, and certainly an effective winter warmer after shoveling the snow, but does not quite hit the high marks that other raters have given it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AAO (102) - Næstved, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2005
Nr. 100!! Yes! Darkish color, nice big white bobble head. Hoppy/sweet aroma. Flavor, powerfull sweet/smokey/alcohol start, the extreme tasty start melting in your mouth, and turn into a sweet smokey toffee finish! NICE!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zach8270 (3502) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 [33 cl. bottle] Very dark and muddy brown color with a thick and fluffy white head. Very thick and complex aroma of sweet malts, dark fruit and alcohol. The flavor is extremely fruity and sweet. Mainly dark fruits like cherries or plums with a nice, sweet malt body and a sweet and warming alcohol finish. Very smooth and creamy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2011 23-11-10 bottle. Aroma is perfect blend of all kinds of dark fruit, raisin, plum, faint banana, candied fruit sweetness in the background. Flavor on par with aroma. Tons of dark fruit. Plums, fig, raisin, candied fruits, faintest hint of alcohol. While highly carbonated, still has a soft/billowy mouthfeel. Notes from tap at Barley Johns, huge fruit, banana, prune, raisins. 9/5/8/5/18.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonas (5698) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - DEC 31, 2004
Marzipan and nut nose. Dark brown. Vineous almost grappa-like notes, some sugar, ok complexity. Medium body. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2007 Draught: Pours a deep dark mahogany color, with a creamy beige head. Very fruity aroma apples and pears, and same with the taste apples, pears, and dark fruits, belgian sugars and can’t even taste the alcohol, damn good quad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrnkMcDermott (2810) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2004
Draft, at the <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Tree Inn, Blue Island, IL. Redolent of candi sugar and caramel malts. A smooth blend of smells that I still can’t separate into its components. All I know is that it’s very heady with alcohol and I will want another.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bluevegie (3057) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 30, 2004
Muddy brown body with a soft medium-size, light brown head. Smooth taste of rich fruit, malts, cocoa. Aroma of raisins and alcohol also a sort of burnt rubber/grain. I was really pleased with this beer it was medium bodied, well balanced, smooth and the alcohol was warming. I knocked this down very quickly so it must have been very much to my liking.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Odeed (1779) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 29, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2005 poured just like muddy water into my rochefort glass.gave off little head that stuck around until the last drop.the smell gave off sents of rasins,bubblegum,candy and a little earth.the flavor was an outstanding balance of all the flavors from the aroma,along with malts,belgian yeast,and fruits.this is awsome!!! re-rate:im am becomming a huge st. b. fan.this time around i noticed when the head evaporated a huge web was left behind.its very smooth,very complex,and wonderful! re-rate number 2:you really cant get a better looking brew than this.looks stunning right when a 330ml bottle is poured into a trappist glass.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2005 Pours a very dark brown/red color body with a bit of yeast resting on the bottom and a cliingy, foamy, off-white head. Aroma is bread, raisins, walnuts, prunes, plums, oranges, cinnamin, and light carmel. Taste is a refined blend of bananas, apples, walnuts, vanilla extract, raisins, and blackberries. Oh Yeah...that’s good.

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