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


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RATINGS: 4006   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fordest (2017) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - SEP 1, 2005
Poured hazy brown with a small but lasting head. Aromas of dark fruit, currant, caramel, and molassas. Flavors were similar with a warming alcohol on the finish and some extra spices in there too. What great stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - SEP 1, 2005
Pours a bright tawny, with a big layer of big frothy layer of white foam that settles fairly quickly. Aromas of dates, plums, brown sugar and bourbon. A very clean, lightly toasty nose. Very smooth carmel flavor, gentle pit fruit, a bit of dry toastiness, and warming but unobtrusive alcohol in the finish. Palate is amazingly light and delicate, with no metalic off flavors. Overall, this is less complex than the other Trappist ales I’ve tasted--fewer ideas going on. But the aromas and flavors it focuses on are elegantly and profoundly done. I’d love to try this with NY cheesecake. And it would fill the place of an after dinner bourbon very nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - AUG 31, 2005
lots of caramel in the aroma, with grapes, and peaches. body is a foggy ruby/brown with a thin head. taste is like dried fruit, sugar, and alcohol. Starts out a little sweet then fades to a more fruity, roasty flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 30, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2005 [bottle from beers of europe] pours red brown with a moderate head which diminishes to a small creamy layer. The nose is fruity with plums and raisins, there is some demarera sugar and some marzipan notes. well bodied with a long finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2007 Aroma: Sourish, cloves, spicy yeast, dark malt, bonbon, chocolate, vanilla, seville orange, coriander, roasted.
Appearance: deep brownish red, cloudy, looks very appetizing, yeelow brown tinted ’fine’ foam, just the right thickness, sets pretty quickly and leaves a little blanket.
Flavour: initially sweet, sourish and bitter! at one... wonderful balance, long sourish aftertaste... some cask can be sensed alongside applelike freshness, obtrusive sweetness after a while as of candisugar... a lot of malt.
Palate: sticky, yeasty... foodlike... rough without being to carbonated... pretty thick and fat. Earlier (From memory:) Nice nightbrown color w/ an adequate head (I think I recall). Wonderful aroma, almost makes you hungry. The flavor, I must say, is one of my all-time favourites, perfect full bitterness and balanced acid. It has the kind of feel to it that makes you want to drink one cl at a time, but it is so good that you sip it up very qucikly. Malty, chocolate, fruity and rich. Moderate sweetness and tones of dark fruit and dried stuff. Reminds me of Westvleteren Abt. However this one is rawer and not as noble. 9-4-8-4-17 4.2

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
r464 (2015) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2005
Dark mahogany color with a strong taste of the alcohol within. Deep body and flavor with a wine-like complexity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 24, 2005
A wonderful belgian. The alcohol is a bit overwhelming but otherwise excellent. Head at first but faded soon. Nice lacing. Beautiful color. I would love to have it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2005
Keg @ Akkurat, Stockholm Backlog 17 Aug 2005
Big fullbodied. Aroma of chocolate, coffee and autumn forest. Slightly wineous and a bit of toffee in aftertaste. A comblex beer not realy suited for the summer months. Still very, very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 22, 2005
Pours a deep brown with a lasting off white head. Aroma is sweet and fruity. Flavor is malty, fruity (especially banana) and clean. The alcohol is hardly noticeable in the flavor. Has a smooth, creamy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2005
From a bottle sampled at the monthly meeting of the Champaign-Urbana Beer Club. Not as aromatic as I expected, but on the palate, a impressive mixture of banana rum, caramel, and stewed apples in brown sugar. Some fig and plum notes mix with taste of yeasty dark bread. Complex, although not my preferred style of beer (hence the lower overall score). Worthy of its accolades for Belgian fans, however.

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