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

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RATINGS: 3871   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrRomero (1976) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11971) - 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.

4.4
   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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2003
Tall mountainous foamy light brown head,Medium cloudy brown color.Malty yeasty breadlike aroma,mild fruity side but hard to put a finger on just what fruit it could be,slight caramel and perhaps toffe side as well.Malty taste with a nice fruity side that comes through quite well.The fruit is still hard to describe other then to say it reminds me slightly of juicy fruit gum with a nice alcohol kick to it.The alcohol is not at all strong and over whelming but nicely done and just making itself known from time to time.The after taste is malty and mildly sweet with a bubble gum like appearance showing up.Very nice brew and not at all what i was expecting it to be.I was more looking for a middle of the road brew but this one definately deserves the rating number it has.Thanks go out to JPDIPSO for this fine brew.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
PorterPounder (5709) - 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!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
egajdzis (5401) - 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.

4.1
   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.

4.7
   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.

4.2
   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.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - 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.


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