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


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RATINGS: 4083   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
run20six2 (119) - USA - JAN 8, 2005
An excellent tasting beer with a noticeable taste of alcohol. Chocalate tasting and full of spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2005
11.2oz bottle from gift pack with glass. Muddy brown with a big tan head and lacing everywhere. Very nice aroma of sweet malt, fruit, and alcohol. First sip is a bit of a shock.. since the other beers in the gift pack were mild and understated, the big flavors here were unexpected.. This one is big, with intense flavors of dark fuitcake and rum, sweet malt, and a slight bitter finish. Some warming alcohol on the way down, but its well hidden in the excellent flavor. Even though the flavors are intense, they come through smooth and pleasant, almost too easy to drink. Well deserving of its 4.13 average rating, its pretty close to awesome. Easily the best quad I have tasted. It gets better with each sip, and I like that!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
eleusis (70) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2005
A little sweet, but I found it to be very smooth and well-blended. Definitely an ale that I enjoy drinking. Light carbonation. The flavors are mostly in the malt range. Subtle aroma... hard to define. Worth trying, for sure. I found the alcohol to be barely detectable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TerryR (384) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2005
Dark brown with ruby highlights. Small tan head. Aroma is sweet malt, fruit and alcohol. Body is a bit lighter than expected. Vineous sweet malt flavor. Alcohol evident in the flavor. Very nice, and certainly an effective winter warmer after shoveling the snow, but does not quite hit the high marks that other raters have given it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AAO (102) - Næstved, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2005
Nr. 100!! Yes! Darkish color, nice big white bobble head. Hoppy/sweet aroma. Flavor, powerfull sweet/smokey/alcohol start, the extreme tasty start melting in your mouth, and turn into a sweet smokey toffee finish! NICE!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zach8270 (3913) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 [33 cl. bottle] Very dark and muddy brown color with a thick and fluffy white head. Very thick and complex aroma of sweet malts, dark fruit and alcohol. The flavor is extremely fruity and sweet. Mainly dark fruits like cherries or plums with a nice, sweet malt body and a sweet and warming alcohol finish. Very smooth and creamy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2011 23-11-10 bottle. Aroma is perfect blend of all kinds of dark fruit, raisin, plum, faint banana, candied fruit sweetness in the background. Flavor on par with aroma. Tons of dark fruit. Plums, fig, raisin, candied fruits, faintest hint of alcohol. While highly carbonated, still has a soft/billowy mouthfeel. Notes from tap at Barley Johns, huge fruit, banana, prune, raisins. 9/5/8/5/18.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonas (6182) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - DEC 31, 2004
Marzipan and nut nose. Dark brown. Vineous almost grappa-like notes, some sugar, ok complexity. Medium body. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2007 Draught: Pours a deep dark mahogany color, with a creamy beige head. Very fruity aroma apples and pears, and same with the taste apples, pears, and dark fruits, belgian sugars and can’t even taste the alcohol, damn good quad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrnkMcDermott (2922) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2004
Draft, at the <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Tree Inn, Blue Island, IL. Redolent of candi sugar and caramel malts. A smooth blend of smells that I still can’t separate into its components. All I know is that it’s very heady with alcohol and I will want another.

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