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


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RATINGS: 4082   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 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 (2091) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
IslandHaole (1130) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - AUG 18, 2005
A cloudy medium brown, iced tea colored with a small lingering beige head. Rich fruitiness, wood, a tanic zest . Very much like a good Port. Something along the lines of Plum pudding served in an oak bowl. Definately a fruity taste, Raisins come to mind first, yes, rum, Banana, Apple all here, a bit of tangy sour plums too. Admittedly, I love these sweet, strong malty monsters so this scores high in my book!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - AUG 18, 2005
Pours deep brown and is pretty thick. Spicy dark fruits, tangy candy, and some bread in the nose, some alchohol as well. Great flavor in this abt, similar to those in the nose. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, which made for an almost perfect quad. But not quite.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - AUG 17, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2009 Poured a dark brown with a thick head that lasted throughout the entire beer. Very nice smell. Full of candied sugar, plum, raisins and spices. Taste was just as good as it smelled. Sweet, but not to much, with the raisins, and plum spices really soming out. Bit of alcohol too, but it just made it better. Very smooth and creamy. One of the best beers I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - AUG 16, 2005
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Dark ruby, rocky, persistant head. Aroma of dates, caramel, yeast, banana, alcohol, smoke. Good full bodied mouthfeel and sweet boozy finish. Again, good stuff, but without the complexity of the Westy.

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