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


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RATINGS: 3877   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 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 (2103) - 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 (774) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kumite56 (471) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - JUN 13, 2004
This is a great beer. I had little expectations for it as I had done no research on the beer at first. The appearance is enticing as the large tan head nestled on the deep mahagony body is appealing. Your senses are next titilated by the aroma of plums, fruit, malt and yeast. The flavor is complex and well balanced starting sweet and ending with a nice hopy lightly bitter finish. . The alcohol is well masked and unoffensive. Good palate and oveall a repurchase high on my list.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JUN 10, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2005 $3.75 for11.2 oz bottle,,, This has been the very best tasting beer I have drank up to now!! it is $%#@! great! super nice head that lasted the whole beer great thick lacing. nice dark beer slight chocolate flavor. I wish i had more right now,,,will have soon!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 7, 2004
Soft, yet rich aroma, spice, anis. Nice representable head , dark brown ale . At 10 % it is hard to hide alcohol. Medium bodied yes so powerful abt cant hide the true. Good, technically fine.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - JUN 7, 2004
An outstanding ale! Dark, muddy-brown color. Strong nose of alcohol laced apples. Very, very malty. Definite presence of cloves, cinnamon, apple, maybe prune, currant and cherry as well. A multitude of flavors boiled downed nicely to a well-balanced and easy to drink ale!

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