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


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RATINGS: 3811   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 5, 2004
Dark auburn color with a terrific tan head. Aroma of freshly baked bread and dark, sweet fruits. Tastes malty-sweet with hints of prunes and a nice hop bitterness at the end. Full-bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rajendra82 (954) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2004
Blood red pour with a beautiful towering foamy head fed by an onrush of ultra fine bubbles that are like champagne. The head is immortal. The aroma is sweet cherries with the uniquely earthy Belgian yeast strain. The taste at first sip is an explosively spicy alcohol. After that initial attack, other flavors start to emerge. The most notable of these is a lingering hop bitterness that is much stronger than most other beers that fall under the broad umbrella of Belgian styles. The bitterness is not overpowering in any way, and allows the fruitiness of the malt to open up in the background. I imagine as this fresh beer settles down, the character would become more malty and complex, and thanks to the new Georgia law allowing this elixir to enter our fair state, I can find out how it will age without much problem. This beer packs a heck of a punch at 10% ABV. After the 330 ml bottle is downed, there is a fire in the belly that radiates out to the extremities. Very drinkable, even at this potency. I WILL be having more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ross (2090) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 30, 2004
UPDATED: APR 30, 2006 330 ml botlte. this is my first quad... pours out a dark brown color with a tan head that is persistant till the end of the glass. taste is sweet, almost too sweet for me, but still, it was good. fruit tasting, plums maybe, like it says, creamy etc.. it is very filling. i dont know, quad is the best rated beer on the site, but if this is any indication of how west 12 is, then im not sure i will be a fan. i still liked it, but i enjoy belgian strongs a little better. Original 4.0 rating.

Rerate - Had this tonight on tap, very very good. Much better than I remember, but that was about 400 beers ago when I first tasted this beer. I have since drank it but never on tap. On tap so much flavor pours out of this one that I feel I did it injustice by not giving it a higher rating. This one should be up there with Rochefort 10. Very nice, fruity, yeasty, malty, rich, and just down right dangerously drinkable. Awesome beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2004
From the Sharp Edge Beerfest must of been a funny tap... no one rated this well.. all i got was fruit... and not in a good way

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2005 Bottle. Great pour-hematite pour with a thick FROTHY head. Nose is malty and cardboard. Flavor is prune, acidic, a little alcohol, and yeasty. Taste is raisin, yeasty, and a little metallic. Very chewy palate, like a Chimay Red. Good full mouthed flavor. This is a very full bodied beer. It sits on my stomach like a whole meal-yummy. Finish is dry, cold, and bold like the Gobi. Good beer. It gets better as it warms.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kevin (2091) - New Mexico, USA - JUN 29, 2004
Bottle. aroma is of spice and raisin. beautiful pour a cloudy brownish red. with a thick tan head, flavor is a mixture of so many flavors, assorted spice... nutmeg, cinnamon, plus raisin and plum nice malt characteristics and flavor leaves a great malt and hop finish. there is so much to take from this beer. i like this, but i still feel like i need more to get the whole experience this beer has to offer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2004
I felt this was a bit overblown, even for a Quad. Too much like medicine for me. Just a bad blend of hop and malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2004
creamy head, dark brown in color. smelled of yeast,malt, slight chocolate, dark fruit. taste was good, started out sugary, and fruity-plums, raisins. and malty. as i neared the end of the bottle the chocolate became more of a presence as did the originally well hid alcohol. which by the last drop was about all i got from the taste. overall i liked it, so many hidden tastes that each came out at different points of this brew. am excited to see what some time will do to my 750 ml im saving!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 22, 2004
Yeast, bread, plums, sweet yet mildly acidic aroma with some notes of chocolate. Opaque, darkest brown with generous, pillowy, tan head that recedes slowly with decent lacing. Very sweet and fruity - plums and brown sugar. Chocolate and minor roastiness appear toward the end. Lasting sweet aftertaste with alcohol barely noticeable. As you drink it, the sweetness builds. Smooth, velevety mouthfeel with thick, rich body. Luxuriously delicious. Perhaps best as an afterdinner drink or nightcap in small serving sizes. Bottle.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrockLanders (773) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2004
This brew blows me away just like Rochefort 8 and 10 do.....except in a little bit different way. The aroma and flavor are the difference. Both are complex, but the St. Bernardus folks whistle to a different tune. This is a very strong ale, but it’s not the alcohol that blows you away. Hold a mouthful and you’ll absolutely understand what I’m (and all the other raters) are talking about.

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