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


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RATINGS: 3810   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 íQuadrupelí style of Belgiumís 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. Itís 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2004
Full, hazy tea-brown. Fluffy, long-lived head. Weakish aroma, but whatís there is quite delectable (waffle, butter, pecan, leather). Flavor is fuller, with raisins, rum, honeydew melon and figs cavorting about. Palate is creamy, nevertheless finishing dry but with a slightly salty fullness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - AUG 16, 2004
This abbey ale is clearly well made and well liked. Charming, delicious, and fantastic. Can you tell I liked it? LOL If you can find it, relish in itís devine flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (2518) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 15, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2005 Bottle pours a quite dark amber/brown with a robust off-white head, that just will not go away. Thick heavy clingy lacing as well. Aroma iss a dark, rich smokey carmely, spicy ensemble. Quite complex and interesting. Flavor is of old wood casks, smoked and musty. rich, full. A bit of licorice and clove. The 10% ABV is not obvious and the feel is smooth and thick. A lot of head and lacing is maintained but the carbonation is fine and soft. Trailer is a llttle smoke, a little alcohol, and all good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4479) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2004
Dark ruby with a foamy head. Aroma of malts, but not as strong a presence as in a barley wine. Taste is odd... barley, mint, and I would say herbs, but I canít place what it actually is. Itís a bit of a disappointment. It offers some flavors, but not as much as a great beer needs to.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2004
Dark Brown with Ruby Coloring. Sudsy White Head. Complex to be Sure. Barley, Tastes Almost Minty.. some Herbs/Spices Hard to Identify. Creamy...Very Filling. Not What I Was Expecting, but Definitly a Very Good Beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1516) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - AUG 9, 2004
2003 Bottle. Poured a nice mahogony with a tan long lasting rocky head. Aroma like a spice drawer with a lot happening. Flavor is very wine-like, with a nice alcohol bite that balances the huge malt and thick mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Boutip (4775) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2004
Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy brown colored beer with what can only be describe as huge foamy super resistant head (do I need to mention perfect carbonation). Aroma is quite complex with some great roastiness and some strange mix of spices. Great roasty taste with a side of spiced plums. I could not detect any alcohol, which is quite a wonder at 10%. Wow, Iím now glad I bought quite a few so that I can cellar some.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JoeMcPhee (8510) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2006 Rerate: 750 corked and caged. Best before October, 2009. Beautiful deep garnet brown colour with a massive pillowy tan head and sticky lace. Sweet malty aroma. Strong breadiness, rye/wheat, toast, plums and great kettle caramelized complexity. Lovely heavy but soft yeasty notes, cherry, plums, dates. Very spicy as well with allspice, clove, and black pepper being the most prominent. Flavour is sweet and fruity. Dark stone fruits, toast, spice. Full yeasty and bready mouthfeel, but not cloyingly sweet. Lingering herbal, slightly minty flavour on the back with a warming feeling in my belly and a cooling sensation in my mouth. Awesome beer. 33 cl bottle best before Jan. 13, 2007. A good choice for #400. Beautiful ruby coloured beer with a smattering of yeasty haze. Thick light brown head. Rich sweet aroma, light coriander and clove spiciness, fruity plum/prune, black pepper, with a healthy dose of alcohol aroma. As it warms a more herbal aroma became apparent, especially mint. Cookie dough chewy malts also become obvious as it continues to warm. Flavour is well-balanced, malty on the front, honeyish, with a fruity middle. Toasted malt in the finish, with a nice warming shot. Very tasty, but I was hoping for a bit more complexity. 8/4/7/4/17

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 28, 2004
7/27/04. Poured out of 330 mL bottle, bought at Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel, CA 7/27/04. Pours a murky copper brown, slightly red. Rough and tumble head lingers as a nice, tight cap. Lacing is very good, shimmering but blotchy. Nose has some bread pudding, light clove, brown sugar, and a complex malt medley. Good but not as big as Iíd hope. Flavor has cake, dried fruit, dark honey. Rich with a supersweet cap that stays on top of the dusty, ashen flavor. Lovely full body. Creamy and fluffy with lots of carbonation to dance with the big alcohol. Finishes with prunes, raisins, and the sharp edge of alcohol that battles for ground. Some sips go down better than others. Very good beer, dammit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2007 Nice dark ruby-brown body. Thick creamy light-brown head. "Old Spice" fruit aroma. Features spicy banana, milk chocolate(?)... hm. Really good aroma altogether. Mmm... brown sugary grape taste with peppery plums and hops sweetened with honey. Oaky bourbon qualities come out with a bit more TLC. Pretty thick mouthfeel, but carbonation feel was a bit too fizzy for me.

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