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


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RATINGS: 4181   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tsp (113) - DENMARK - OCT 1, 2005
Full and rich body. Notes of figs, raisins, orange and plum. Lovely malty taste, and a nice brown color. Simply a marvelous beer!!! :-)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - SEP 29, 2005
33cl bottle. Pours a nice chunky brown with a slight beige head, that hangs around. Full bodied and complex. lots of plum and roasted nuts. Perfectly syrupy with great carbonnation. Can’t tell there is any alcohol in this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jonsiii (165) - Fredericia, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2005
#6@basen. 75 cl bottle. Brown colour with a long lasting head. Sweet malty taste. Full body with lots of taste, well hidden alcohol taste. The palette is just perfect! This beer is always a nice surprise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2005 Pours dark brown with big brown head that lasts throughout the drink. First smell brings a fruity note to my nose. First sip is smooth, with alcohol flavor. aftertaste is caramel. Second sip brings out fruity notes, seems like raisins and plums. As it warmed I picked more of the alcohol taste, with orange notes. Very smooth and creamy all the way to the last sip. Glass is laced georgously intil finish.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ervan (37) - Redwood City, California, USA - SEP 28, 2005
Pours a nice brown and a head that keeps on the whole time. Yumm. Aroma of breads and slight sour fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kramer (5611) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2005
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a conciderable amount of thick chunkies in the bottom of the bottle. Gonna do that as a shot after I finish this guy. Big tan head that lasts forever, a certain 5 in appearance. Aroma is of syrupy malt, belgian yeast, a small amount of sourness, very fruity, some toffee. Flavors are many in this one. Full bodied maltiness without being sweet or cloying, toffee, nutty, chocolate, plums, fruity esters of all kinds. Mouthfeel is just as good as the flavors, carbonation leads off but fades to a creamy drinkable swollow. At first I thought that there might be too much carbonation, but after a few sips and letting it breathe a little I found it to be very pleasing. Finish is a mixture of frutiness, malt and the faint warming of alcohol. This is one of the most well hidden high alcohol beers I’ve ever had. This is just incredibly drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2006 Pours a murky, dark brown with a fluffy head. Aroma is alcohol and dark, candied fruits. Flavors are strong dark malts, pears and apple sweetness. A little spicy, with cinnamon, clove and subtle vanilla. A deeply complex beer, one of my favorites.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dyetube (1374) - Hurst, Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2005
this beer pours a brownish red with a 1/4 in tan head. it has aromas of nuts and raisins.. flavors are very smooth with nuts and spices and raisins. this is a nice beer, but not one of my favorite of the abbey styles. Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Reddish brown. Strong trypical abby taste. High alchol but can still scence the fruit and some other flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2005
Very dark and murky with a nice whiteish head that slowly dissapated into a light ring with some lace and a dollop in the middle. bready/yeasty aroma with some, what I think is an orangey fruity aroma. Lots of carbonation up front that is kind of getting in the way of the taste. Almost coffee like bitternes rounds it out. Obvious fruit tastes with a creamy pleasing texture.

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