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


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RATINGS: 4316   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.14/5   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 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerprincess (52) - Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2006
Dark brown with a nice thick tan head. Nice lacing that lasts forever on the side of the glass. Malty nose with toffee hints and dark fruit hints. I am a bit congested today however. Malt flavors with coffee, toffee, caramel hints. Somewhat sour and has a lasting linger. VERY NICE!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reid (2338) - Salem, Oregon, USA - SEP 21, 2006
Served in a chalice from a 11.2 oz bottle (28/02/11). Says 10.0% alcohol. Dark brown ale and quite murky, large tan, tight bubbly head. Good carbonation, livelly. Very dark fruity/malty aromas, very toffeeish, hints of black cherry and candied apples. Mmm dark malty taste, raw demerara sugar, trecle and toffee,semi bitter plum/ sultanas and spiced undertones, slight hint of sherry like alcohol. Very nice and smooth on the palae with a lingering pleasant bitterness and some tummy warming alcohol to finish. Overall a very nice beer, well worth its place.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 18, 2006
Bottle. Pours cloudy reddish caramel, off white head. Aroma is malt, yeast, fruit, and butter. Flavor is fruit, caramel, metallic, malt, sour.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 17, 2006
11.2 oz bottle. Purchased at The Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA. The brew pours a cloudy orangy brown with a large foamy head. The scent is light and sweet, and candied, but very subtle. The taste is rich and very sweet. The brew is very drinkable and has a nice lingering fruity aftertaste. This is a solid belgian it is quite complex and very tasty. Iím glad I saved the best St. Bernardus for last.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2006
Muddy brown pour with a thick frothy head that dissipates to a thin tan head. Sour candied fruits with a nice sweet malt backbone. Very carbonated initially, but one the rest of my bottle sat for 20 minutes it mellowed out nicely. Very smooth, especially for 10.5%...great..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2006
11.2 oz. bottle picked up at Johnís in Iowa City. kinda brown, kinda hazy with a very short lived head and not much lace. yeasty, bready aroma with flavors of the same plus layers of fruit and spice. just too much carbonation and sweetness for my taste, oh well. my first acquistion in my quest to get as many top 50 beers as I can find.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Stefano (1972) - Thisted, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2012 Murky brown out of the 11.2 oz. bottle with a frothy beige head. Very fruity nose with hints of sour. Highly carbonated. Lots of candy sugar and dark fruit sweetness. Stong alcohol finish. Solid belgian, i really think that it deserves its rank

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 16, 2006
Dark brow with ruby-red highlights body and a light tan head. Smells great - malty and somewhat earthy. Head is a few inches thick, and one has to wait for it to dissipate before filling the glass more or drinking. Tastes sweet, somewhat dark fruity. Good level of carbonation but not overly so like some Belgian style ales. Very very very well balanced. You can hardly tell that this is 10.5% alcohol. Whatís more, this is one of the most drinkable abbey ales Iíve ever had. Iím very very impressed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2006
Beer pours a cloudy dark brownish red with a 2-finger tan head full of huge bubbles. The head lasts, leaving a film on top of the beer finally 10 minutes later. Aroma is strong and characteristically Trappist, with yeast and malt featuring heavily along with dark stone fruits. A faint detection of alcohol was welcome and not overpowering. Taste-wise, this beer is supremely balanced. Sweet malts and stone fruits hit up front but are kept in checked by a subdued hoppy bitterness. Spice and yeast detectable but not necessarily the focal points here. Aftertaste is lasting and sweet. Paradoxically it heavily coats the tongue while remaining fairly carbonated - another testament to its supreme balance. I must admit it looks and tastes divine coming out of my St. Bernardus trappist glass. Remarkable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kopher (593) - New York, USA - SEP 14, 2006
11.2 oz bottle (28/02/11). This pours a very dark murky/fuzzy brown with a thick foamy tan head. Strong smell of bread, old fruit, and spices (a bit like a dark hefe maybe). Taste was fairly subdued, though a good balance between sweet and bitter. Fairly strong alcohol flavor, but certainly not 10%. Excellen mouthfeel and slightly bitter finish: slightly fizzy at first and creamy-er towards the back. An excellent trappist-like beer, though too strong and with too sublte a flavor.

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