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

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RATINGS: 3728   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.


4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhrankSlovacek (54) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 10, 2004
Fruity, almost winelike aroma. Very complex flavor. Fruit, chocolate, spices, and roasted malt tastes. High alcohol content hidden very well. As a big fan of Belgian beers I must say this ranks high on my favorites list, but is still behind Rochefort.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sigmund (4948) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 10, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2011 Rerate, 330 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 10%. Dark brown colour, huge off-white to beige head. Aroma and flavour mainly as the first time, but I drank the beer a little colder now, and the sweetness was not overwhelming. I’m upping it a couple points. Original rating: 330 ml capped bottle. I had trouble getting the very hard cap off (no proper opener at hand), and 1/4 of the beer was driven out by the carbonation before I succeeded. Drank it at temp. appr. 14 degrees C. Beer was murky brown with floaties, large tan head. Aroma was malty sweet with prunes, figs, dates, chocolate and cedarwood. Flavour was again malty sweet with prunes, figs, dates and chocolate. No detectable bitterness. A complex beer, but too sweet to be "perfect" IMO.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2004
Tried next to a Rochefort 10 and I was really divided on which beer I preferred. In the end, the Roche won we over, but the Bernardus was a very close second. Such a lush, full palate and just the right carbonation level. I believe it was cheaper than the Rochefort too. It rates right up there witht the best trappist beers!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TorbenH (810) - Frederikshavn, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2004
Very good beer. Spicy aroma and complex. Let it rest in the glas for 30 min. or so before drinking.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jerkadilly74 (155) - mooresville, Indiana, USA - MAR 6, 2004
One of my favorite beers of all time. I used to buy this under the name St. Sixtus at the local beer and cheese shop. The alcohol content is well masked by complex layers of fruit, caramel, and malt. Great balance. Just an elegant beverage.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 5, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2005 Bottle. Beautiful dark opaque brown with nice head and lace. Aroma of sweet malt with fruit, mostly raison, possibly fig. Taste is much of the same. Great stuff. Full bodied flavor hides the alcohol well. 1/21/05 - Had it on tap at Anam Cara. Oh man that’s some good stuff.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2004
Its is two o'clock in the afternoon and I just came home from work. I have opened a bottle of SBA 12 and after a couple of sips my head is already starting to turn. This is good stuff!!!
The beer has a deep hazy amber red body with a beautiful frothy head. Aroma is very full and spicy: Dark roasted malt, raisins, plums, prunes, brown sugar etc. Flavor is very strong and warming. Spices, raisins, chocolate and plenty of different fruit. Only minus is a too evident alcohol tone. Still a very smooth, full-bodied and complex beer and one of my all time favorities!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 3, 2004
Pours a very dark brown with an off-white head that wouldn't stop flowing out of the bottle after opening. Aroma of crisp apple juice, alcohol and toasty malt. Body has a candy sweetness and an alcoholic texture that rises in the back of the mouth.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kitschykitty (3) - Blenheim, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 3, 2004 does not count
A lovely, wonderfully rich dark belgian beer. The nose is of an acceptable strength featuring notes of plums and warm banana bread. Subtle cinnamon hints. A lovely dark colour with very little lacing that fades almost immediately. The taste is incredible, with finishing notes of rum & raisin chocolate. A strong alcohol taste lingers, warming the whole mouth, throat and sinuses. Delicate bead with pleasant feel. A perfect beer for cozying up before the fire while reading.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 2, 2004
UPDATED: APR 1, 2004 This will definitely warm you up. I had a hard time getting past the strong alcohol taste. A dark murky hue compliments the long last lacing and head. A strong bready aroma hit me right away. The scent also has apples and alcohol. The flavor has apple, bread and decent malt. It also has a sweet candy, slighty caramel hint. While this is a very good Belgian ale, I don't find it overly smooth.


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