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


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RATINGS: 4084   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wolfenstein (96) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Bottle: Dark reddish-brown color. Dirty white thick head. Has a banana aroma. Malty mouthfeel. Somewhat bitter and dry in the end. Alcohol is there in the beginning but tapers off after each taste. This is a "Showpiece" beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2005
Umm very nice. Dark brown with brown head. Caramel and brown sugar. A touch of cloves I think and some raisin. Strong alcohol taste as well. Well worth a try.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GarrettB (1256) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 14, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2007 We can summarize all desire as the root of satiety. Contentment, as an emotional statement without want, is for many the loftiest achievement; the end of a life marked with hardship and rigorous training. To reach what is called nirvana in some cultures, an individual must caste off desire for material goods, and even more challenging, shun any pursuit of personal improvement. They must accept the status quo, whether that means relegation or celebration. To many, including myself, one of the greatest end-of-the-day pleasures is to fall back into a comfortable chair, accept my place in mediocrity and acknowledge that, while I may not be special to everyone, I’m special to someone. Look at that jolly face on the St. Bernardus label. Now there is a fellow satisfied with a monkish lifestyle. Somewhat rotund, he smiles nonetheless, incapable of remorse or regret, tonsured, frocked and pleased. And like him, the beer itself knows that it probably isn’t number one. It may not even be number two. But the St. Bernardus Abt. 12 occupies a special place in the hearts of quite a few secret (and published admirers). And what’s not to admire? The full and plump color resembles wet ship wood; a lingering sight and smell that suggests exploration without guarantee of success. The smell is like a fragrant stained glass mosaic, built from many varied parts to constitute a whole scene. Let the wafting aroma of wet sliced pears, wine, sparkling grape juice, sour apples and some earthy vegetables tickle your nose, then dip into the succulent brew. The smell is illusory compared to the taste, where the eager imbiber discovers a dryer, saltier melody. Soy sauce, gourmet toast, hops, dry red wine, plums and even a crushed almond aftertaste play tricks on your tongue, inviting the lucky drinker to another sip. The St. Bernardus no doubt looks up to its cousins of a more regal blood (Orval, Westmalle etc. etc.) and perhaps feels a tinge of inferiority. But there’s no need to feel poorly when, despite a silver-medal sentiment, the beer is all too happy to settle for itself and the devotees it courts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - DEC 12, 2005
Oh My Goodness! what a great beer!!! Thanks to my santa for this one. Poured with a nice head. Dark brown color, nice lacing on glass. Very smooth, no alcohol bite to it at all, even a little hoppy.. Dark rich fruit. Vanilla. Great beer. Thanks to ratebeer’s secret santa events!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Poured with a billowy head. Woke all my senses up. Delicious, complexy, chewy. Mouth came alive with a cornucopia of fruits. Smooth but unmistakably still a strong beer to the mouth. Wish I could drink this all the time. Bringing heavenly nectar within earthly grasp, indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2007 Beautiful dark brown color, with some cloudiness. Caramel, bananna and malt aromas are present with as usual, a light white head. Taste is of many blended fruits and other spices. Extremely smooth aftertaste for its type, and alcohol content. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nejhleader (1375) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2005
well not as good as I was expecting ( or my wallet), but still pretty decent. Had a fairly nice colour, fruitish aroma, and a pleasant frruity flavor. Very smooth, can’t detect the high alchool content at all. Personally I think this is overrated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 4, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2005 [On tap!, chilled but let it warmed a little, Fresh]
What an impressive beer! dark brown/reddish hues.. mahogany. Hints of toffee and caramel. Agressive, Strong, Powerful. rocky tan head that leaves mark on the glass. There’s an alcohol trail over the beer as well. Fruity and spicy. Hop is low. Long malty finish.. Alcool warms.. ahh... Life is wonderfull.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2005
A Mes rate: 33cl bottle from Selfridges. Wow! How have I missed rating one of my top brews of all time? I guess I just always presumed it was rated already. This is nothing short of awesome. The aroma is pretty much as good as anything I have had. Creamy malts, caramel, banana and bags of vanilla. Some raisin and bread and some other fruits in there too. Mellow but absolutely gorgeous. Appearance is nothing short of perfection. On the brown side of mahogany, almost opaque and with a very long lasting tan coloured head. Great lacing too. As you tip the glass it leaves behind a solid covering. Flavour is equally excellent. Candy sugar, banana bread and vanilla with lashings of alcohol that may understandably be too much for some. Sweet, rich and complex but wonderfully smooth and silky. Yum yum yum f**king yum!!! Amazing length but the alcohol shows maybe just a tad too much at the finish. But hey come on it is a 10.5% beer. Chunky, complex and simply wonderful. I have drained my glass in the time it took me to write this. Gutted it has gone. How thankful am I that I can get this regularly!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Dark poo brown with a slight auburn hue when held to the light, fairly homogenous however. Tannish head, somewhat creamy. Nose is alcohol, doughy yeast, some dark fruits (mostly raisin), and some brown sugar. Taste is alcohol initially, along with raisins, yeast, molasses, and maybe a little spicing. Moderately sweet, medium body, but thins out at the end. A bit too much carbonation. Solid, but Id take Rochefort 10 any day over this.

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