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


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RATINGS: 4263   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 ’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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PilsnerPeter (3037) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUL 4, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2007 Pours deep brown with nice off-white head. Aroma is amazing with raisins, milk chocolate, toffeeish and a slight alcohol touch. Amazing flavor, great drinkability and complexity with suggestions of chocolate covered raisins, figs, nuttyness, toasted bread yeastyness, a plummy alcohol touch, slightly roasted toffee, almost caramel like and even more. Lingering finish of perfectly balanced toffee-like fruityness. Very complex and balanced. Great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JUL 3, 2006
Dark nutty velvet brown. Had bits of bottom floating all the way through the glass. Malt alcohol aroma. Goes down smooth. hints of prune/plum and figs or raisin. very enjoyable despite the alcohol. Good celebrator.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 2, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2006 Bottle courtesy of Bockeyhorsey. Best before 030310. Pours dark brown with some floaties, and a nice white head. Aroma of sweet dark fruits. Lots of fruit notes in the flavor: raisens, plums, apple. This is complimented by some bready and sugary malt flavors. I can pick up some amount of alcohol in the finish, along with the dustiness. Not bad. I was wanting to drink this next to a Westy 12, but as we all know, Westy’s are bitch tom come by. I got tired of waiting. Nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - JUN 27, 2006
Pours a reddish brown with a thick head. Aroma is sweet dark fruits. Flavor is more fruits, toffee, sugary sweetness, and spicy. I detected some slight roasts, very nice. Slight alcohol bite, but it is minimal. Very smooth for the high alcohol content. I’m not much of a belgian fan, but enjoyed this.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (14977) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2006
Clear red/brown color, white head. Brewers from westvletern can make beers for them selves - sweet malts,rutes, punes, rainsens, licurice, hop. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
after4ever (7411) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2006
11.2-oz. Pours deep chestnut brown with minimal head and quickly-falling bubbly lace. Huge apple-y aroma with some raisins and cinnamon tucked in around the farthest edges. The attack is smooth, as is every single drop from beginning to end. It’s an amazingly soft and gentle beer, but the body is on the high side of medium and the carb is assertive. Gentle, matly sweet underpinnings with densely complex fruit and spices swirling above that. Mild, clean finish. Very easy drinking and delicious beer that rewards you with enormous complexity of flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 26, 2006
(Bottle at The Rover, Göteborg) Pours dark red to brown. Warm alcohol smell with some wood and belgian yeast. Ripe fruits. Raisins and wet soil. Malt. Pears. Summer rain. Some rum. Pepper. Very sweet and fresh smell. The taste has a bit of chocolate and ripe pears. Toffee. Damp basement. A bit too much of the belgian sweetness. Alcohol. Wet sawdust. Coctail berries. Some gingerbread. Salty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Diogène (1145) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 25, 2006
UPDATED: APR 1, 2016 750ml bottle in a trappist glass. Pours a dark brown beer with an everlasting beige head. The aroma is yeast, caramel, cloves, spices, malt and dark fruits. Flavour is malt, alcohol, cloves, spices, dark fruits, fraisins, orange, apple, and caramel with a full body. Wonderfull beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (5461) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2008 Bottle. Dark murky brown pour with s stunning, lasting, fluffy, creamy, lacy beige head. Really a magnificent head, certainly looks like a work of art. Nose is sweet malt and powerful sweet fruit. Also, yeast and a little wheat. Taste predominately complex and sweet maltiness with fruit (apple, raisin, orange, and something a bit more exotic) and alcohol. Spicy with caramel. Thinner than I’d expect for something with 10%. Soft. A good beer, possibly great, but I’m not sure it deserves all the fuss. [3.8]

Long-awaited re-rate, here in the US on 11 September 2008, with a best before date of Christmas Day 2012. Explosive nose is yeasty fig, caramel malt with richly spiced fruit cake, raisin and berry. A touch of green apple under orange rind and Smarties dust. Opaque chestnut pour that leans toward the black, with a lush, yeast-driven head (sort of a Duvel Dark, though toned down a bit). Taste is all about malt complexity with subtle, dusty yeast prickling. Booze coming through but only to give body and soft warmth. [3.8]

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brianprentiss (691) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 23, 2006
Looks and smellls amazing but something just wasn’t right for me. I can’t place the strange taste but I didn’t really enjoy this beer. Rochefort is much better.

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