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


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RATINGS: 3768   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2003
UPDATED: APR 18, 2008 Bottle pours an amber brown color with a large head and some lace. The aroma is quite yeasty and malty. The flavor is sweet, ripe cheese, and pretty balanced. The palate is good. Overall, not as good as the other Trappists I’ve tried, but still pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EdPaulsen (117) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 23, 2003
tasted in the same vein as the strong trappists, though much less memorable. tends to be cheaper, but somehow it reflects it. still a pleasure to drink. kinda dorky label too.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2003
Loved IT!! Huge head huge aroma, huge flavor; looks like a milkshake, taste like nutty raisen nouget.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2003
Major gusher--whoops, there goes my beer across the counter, onto the floor... Black/brown with a rocky brown head. Tannic nose with some bitter hops, caramel, toffee, alcohol, black cherries. Quite sweet and slightly vinous with nice smokey and fruity notes--cherries, prunes, some nuts. A bit like a really good fruitcake in a bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3465) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2003
Murky brown out of the 11.2 oz. bottle with a frothy beige head. Very fruity nose with hints of sour. Highly carbonated. Lots of candy sugar and dark fruit sweetness. Stong alcohol finish. Solid belgian, but I was expecting more because of its rank.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2003
Pours a deep amber brown with a thick beige head with thin lacing. Aroma and flavor have a nice fruitiness with a good balance of spices. Nothing spectacular, but quite drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CapFlu (4521) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2003
(Bottle) Huge head with a copper body. Nose a la Terrible. Smooth maltiness can soothe the grumpiest soul to sleep. Worthy of its rating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrRomero (1975) - Nolanville, USA - NOV 24, 2003
A gorgeous looking beer. Thick fluffy tan head atop a dark brown cloudy body. Malty with a bit of sweetness to it. Had a slight walnut taste to it. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2003
(Bottle) Pours a cloudy brown color with a thick beige head. Quite an impressive looking beer. Great flavor with a creamy finish and bountiful complexity make this brew quite a treat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2003
the happy monk holds a single finger aloft, as if to gently admonish: "slow down my children, never, never run with an open beer!" it's a chestnut roan beer, puffy head like a quilt of midieval lace and barn loft cobwebs--and a very murky pour by bottle's end: mud, mangrove swamp, composting pumpkin rind and quite possibly the dark fragments of ground crickets. a magnificent maple-nut nose, polished hardwoods of early american furniture, and kirshwasser. sweet romantic offerings of fruity candies and raisins are offered in the flavor, but likewise are lovely bitters dangled like sticky red grapes from the hands of perfumed nymphs. creamy smooth carbonation and hints of milk chocolate, strong malts as in a doppel bock, with a chisled musculature of alcohol, but so much enhanced by it's contact with fruity cherry-lemon yeast and campari bitterness. a great beer. so devastated was i to see it end, i thought of taking out an obituary in the local paper.

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