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


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RATINGS: 3982   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2005
pours a dark brown with a reddish hue, nice thick tan head, that lasted till the finish, aroma of belgian style spices, sweetness, fruit & alcohol, smooth tasting, sweet, spicey, citrusy nice hoppy bitterness, and a great body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
adrian910ss (2410) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2005
Pours a reddish brown color with a very thick creamy beige head. Unfiltered, lots of hops floating around. Smells of tart,plums,prunes,raisins,apricot, cake batter and plenty of rich spices. Taste is slightly carbonated with hints of bitter fruit as described above and hops. Another excellent beer produced by the monks, but slightly inferior to the rochefort trappistes 8 and 10.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ales4ever (24) - gilbertsville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2005
Dark cola appearence, with slight off white head. The tatse is thick and chewy. I get all kinds of stuff happening : dried fruit, fruit cake, apples, plums, donuts, birthday cake, then straight up malt and ever so slight citrus hops, great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2005
11.2 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a thin white-tan head. Aroma is of a subtle spiciness with a little of what smells like apple or pit fruit. Taste is complex and warm, but it does not taste like 10%. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (2667) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - AUG 5, 2005
Pours a nice dark brown color with a slight reddish glow. The head is perfect with a nice off-white fluffiness. The aroma is nice and fruity with notes of alcohol. The taste is very complex and warming with notes of fruit, alcohol and hops make it an awesome brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (10788) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 5, 2005
Ruby red in colour with a thick light moka head. Sweet candy sugar aroma with notes of licorice, orange and alcohol. Rich spiced sweet malt, with notes of citrus, and aniseed. Nice hops in background. Rich and complex in mouth...a wonderful abt!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sethdude (704) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 4, 2005
Pours a milky rootbeer color, sticky thin head on top, lacing slides quickly. Aroma is very nice. Sweet maltiness, toffee, wood notes, rose, and a slight hop "pepper" followed by a brisk alcohol note, Flavor is sweet malts, dark fruit, lots of wood, licorice, grassy hops, slight nutmeg, cinnamon notes, and a brisk alcohol note followed by a dry, port-like finish. For $3 per 11.2 oz, this is a lot of bang for the buck.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - AUG 1, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2005 Very dark opaque cola colour. Smells malty, but good. The flavour is complex and difficult to describe, but good, without any alcohol taste. It has feels very good and soft in the mouth. In a blind test, this beer is softer and creamier than the Westvleteren 12, has more raisin flavour and a better aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 31, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2005 Pours a dark brown color with huge "cappucino-esque" head that stays the whole way. Smells of malt and dried dark fruit. Tastes display where the aromas derived from with tastes of malt, raisins, figs, plums, plus an overpowering musty wood taste. Not my favorite style but still, musty wood as a flavor is nasty. Seems anything with a cork in it from Belgium gets overrated IMHO.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
blankboy (6426) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2005
Bottle at Pub Italia in Ottawa. Pours a great looking cloudy dark brown with a small fizzy diminishing off-white head. Very nice complex aroma of caramel and chocolate malt, light hops, spices, dried fruit, alcohol and more. The flavour, very much like the aroma, is very tasty, moderately sweet and lightly bitter. I found the palate a tad harsh. This is a fantastic beer that I look forward to having again and again.

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