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


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RATINGS: 4244   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - APR 13, 2006
Tap@ Underground Bluz, Orlando, FL. Very dark brown/ruby. Small, creamy, light tan head. Aroma of rich malt, dark fruits, candi sugar, lively yeast, caramel/toffee, and a bit of gas. Same flavors. This brew tastes better bottled. On draft gas is usually the first thing I smell and taste. The full, balanced body is still a little thinner than the bottled version. Overall a great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MrBunn (2653) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2006
Great looking dark, dark brown with a huge foamy head that is starting to leave some nice lacing behind. Aromas are grainy with some sweet notes that are almost candy-like. Flavor is very nice... with a great mix of yeasty grittiness, barley wine-like alcoholic warmth and syrupy sweet feel, a touch of a fruit contexture and some nice candy toffee notes in the background. Wonderfully blended and balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - APR 11, 2006
Drank a 750 at a cool temperature in the lower 50s, it poured very richly with a wonderful thick light brown head. Great bread notes, crossed with chocolate and malt. It remains dark at the top of the goblet, and then lightens to a red hue by the bottom. Strong layers of flavor complexity abound, sweet malts dominate but the bitterness of chocolate balance this beer. The carbonation is small and lends a full mouth almost chewy character. THis beer was delicious and relaxing to drink a true enjoyement.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2007 dark brown, smells like candy. pretty alcoholic finish. bready flavor overall to go with the candy. complex, but alcohol is just too poorly hidden for me. i’ve always hated this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2006 I have not been seriously tasting beers for a long time, but this is undoubtedly the most pleasureable beer experience I have had thus far. After my first sip of this beautiful yellowish brown beer, I almost laughed out loud. It was like the feeling of excitement that kids get when they come downstairs on Christmas morning (overstatement alert!). The aroma was permeated by alcohol, but also featured notes of vanilla and sweet yeast. Flavor was of sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, caramel, toffee, and a slight influence of malt. The flavor, mouthfeel, and "experience" of the brew can only be accurately described as absolutely huge. Budweiser says that it is beer at the end of their commercials (Buuuudweiser, this is beer...), they are incorrect... THIS is beer. Bottom line, the guy on the label says it all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2006
11.2 oz bottle. Murky dark brown with a creamy light tan head. Classic lacing. Bread dough, dark fruits. Vinous notes as it warms. Smooth with tip-of-the-tongue tingle. Noticeable alcohol that stays subdued; belies the muscle of this brew. Sweet and caramelly just melts away leaving a warm inner-lip buzz. A benchmark for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bgburdman9 (861) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2006
11.2 oz bottle. Poured a dark cloudy brownish red color with a large tan head and a solid lacing. Had a fruity aroma. Had a light mouthfeel with a little alcohol burn. The flavor was fruity and spicy and very dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
saxo (16099) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 4, 2006
Bottle. Nice big creamy head with good duration. Color is a hazy brown. Nice aroma of spices. Taste is rich with fruit and spices. Alcohol can easily be tasted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (3378) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2006
Wow! Had from a bottle. Pours a nice brown color with reddish overtones. Aroma of malts, yeast, and fruit. Taste is complex-malts, fruit, alcohol on the backside. A wonderul beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
henrikb (1261) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 3, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2006 75 cl Bottle – Brown body, with a golden, red shine, Light brown head that leaves thick laces, but doesn’t stay forever; The nose is allot like the Westv. 12 but not as big, not as complex and compared to the Westv. 12 a little watery. Still lots of dried fruit, toped with lots of (apple) freshness; Super balanced body to the sweet side, deep, complex and soft, it continues into a very long finish, again super complex and deep, quite sweet malty character with some very nice sweet black cherry behind. W12’s little brother!

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