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


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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 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
PorterPounder (5541) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2003
Pours with a coffee colored milkshake-like head that does not dissipate quickly. Pleasant cola-like color. The aroma is very subtle but I pick up faint notes of cherry and nuts. Excellent thick creamy mouthfeel - luxuriant in nature. Flavor has some nutty notes in it, with elements of raisins, toffee and sweet chocolate. The alcohol is hidden oh so very well but it catches up with you near the end of the 750 ml bottle. Good to see that George Kennedy has found work as the model for the monk on the bottle - I have not seen him too much since the Naked Gun and before that the Airport Movies!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
egajdzis (5336) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2006 The cork shot off at about 50 mph when I removed the cage, good thing I didn’t have my head over the bottle! It poured a reddish brown color with a medium sizd off white head and nice lacing. Aroma of banana, clove, grapes and raisins, while the taste is very strong in the dark fruit department. Alcohol is also slightly noticeable and it had a carbonated mouthfeel. Fruitier than the Westy 12, and I enjoy that one better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hotchick (20) - Delaware, USA - NOV 4, 2003
Dark garnet color with a large off-white head. Hint of bananas and other dark fruits. Somewhat fruity for my liking but overall this beer was a great beer for my first rating.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
NathanJ (42) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2004 very good. dark and sweet, but with a balance and complexity that I don’t have the faculties to describe. this is one that you could throw adjectives at all day and still not really capture it. careful though, that 10% kicks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 27, 2003
75 cL bottle, goblet, bbe 8/08, 55 degrees F. Gigantic, frothy, creamy, tan head sits on a deep brown to garnet body with light carbonation creeping up the sides. Toasted grain, nutty malt (M); flowery, grassy hops (L); doughy yeast (M); banana, plum, date, pear, peach, alcohol, nutmeg, toffee aromas. Heavy sweetness throughout is balanced by a moderate acidity throughout and a light bitterness in the end. Lively carbonation, medium-heavy body, creamy texture. The bottom line is: a tasty abt, but the carbonation is just too much for my liking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 26, 2003
An aroma of plum, clove, fruitiness and some sweetness emanates from the glass. Pours with a light brown head, and it is a cloudy amber-brown color. A very thick lasting rocky head tops this beer, it is very well carbonated. Very spicy tasting, accompanied by a certain mustiness. Finishes with a bit of sweetness. The dense rocky head and the Belgian lacing on this beer is quite amazing. Alcohol in the finish, along with a certain astringency. Malty, fruity, caramel notes, and a strong finish of rich fruit (perhaps plum and/or cherry). Quite a complex brew. Very light in body but quite a mouthful that will hit you when you stand up. As it warms up it gets a bit more sweet, more fruity, and it loses a bit of the astringency in the finish. A great example, and a must try for anyone.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2003
Raisiny aroma to it. Almost plum like. Very nice beer to drink. Strong in flavor. This was very good. Malty. One of the best belgians I have tried. Its about 9.50 a bottle but its well worth it. Many different fruit aromas here, but the one that stands out is the raisin. Dark red in color. Full bodied beer. Pours with a nice big brown head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2003 My first thought was "At $ 9.50 a pop, it better be good!" Well, to say the least, it was! And I almost put a hole in the ceiling with the cork! This beer can best be described with one word: RAISINS! The aroma almost smelled exactly like a box of raisins. Beer is deep red and almost purple in color. Flavor was mellow and smooth. Many different fruits mix here, but most notable was raisin. I am certain there were plenty of others as well. This is among the best of the Belgians, and should be ranked well above Rochefort 10.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2003
Very rich beer. Licorice, strong alcohol presence but no burning sensation. More of a numbing sensation. Very fruity, I got a bit of apples in the finish. Very thick, great head/retention.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tallmatt67 (99) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 24, 2003
(draft, Monk's). Ruddy mahogany with rich plummy malt aroma with spicy alcohol. Ripe stone fruit and plum flavors and enormous maltiness are balanced with tart sourness and just enough bitterness to keep it from being overwhelming. Huge mouthfeel and big-bodied. Exceptional.

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