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


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RATINGS: 3973   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.14   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 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 (779) - 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 (472) - 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 (6586) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (8276) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2008 2008-08-02. No notes, shared by HTH. Just excellent, bumped up the flavour by one point.

September 2007. Bottle courtesy of HogtownHarry. Pours a very dark, rich brown body with a huge billowy beige head, and leaves impressive lacing on the glass. Aroma is rather sweet, alcohol soaked dark fruit, caramel and toffee. Aroma is nice but a bit more mild than I would have liked. Similar flavour, sweet caramel malt with hints of fruitiness is dried out a bit by noticeable but well behaved alcohol. Smooth medium palate. A very nice beer, but does not quite reach the heights of the Rochefort 10 from yesterday. 7/5/8/4/16 - 4.0

June 2004. Bottle. Dark brown body with a nice fluffy tan head. Noticeably alcoholic aroma. Pleasant mouth feel. Lots of malt, with hints of dark fruits and noticeable but not unpleasant alcohol in the flavour profile. A nice beer but more simplistic than I had anticipated from such a highly rated beer. Mondiale 5T (Me). 6/4/7/4/16 - 3.9

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oli (108) - DENMARK - JUN 6, 2004
Wow! This beer blew me away.This beer poured with a wonderful creamy head.One mouthful of beer and my mouth exploded with a multitude of flavour.Wow this is a complex beer.Each mouthful provided a new taste.Rich malty,spicy,sweet,raisins,plums and so much more.It´s strong but the alcohol is well hidden.This is as good if not better than any Rochefort 10 i have tasted.I love this beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 6, 2004
Dark dark brown with a medium sized long lastin gdark grey head. Nose is malty with lots of alcohol. Taste is rich malty with some rust and cream. Lots of alchohol and wow is this stuff good. What is the deal here? So there is actually some pretty good beers of this style? Is hell getting cold?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
desurfer (1245) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2004
After Rochefort 10, this seemed a bit subdued, but still enjoyable. Dark mahogany body with little head. Aroma of raisins and yeast. Flavor is mostly malty with some sweet vinous notes, mild hoppiness. Plum and fruit is evident. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

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