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


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RATINGS: 3773   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5263) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2003
Not as potent as I would have hoped. Pours a dark brown with a light tan to off-white head. The head quickly disappeared. The aroma was bittersweet but seemed somewhat dry. The first taste revealed that it was not as sweet as I was expecting nor was the taste very high in alcohol either. Finished a little dry but had a tang or zip in the end. The alcohol was noticeable but not overwhelming considering it was 10%. Recommended

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2003
Good round taste that fills the mouth well, but I was expecting more. Came off with too much alcohol and astringent tastes. Still a very managable and drinkable beer, but I don't think I'll buy this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
This beer poured a dark amber color and formed an off white sudsy head that left circular lace. A good deal of carbonation was present. It had an aroma of malt, caramel and fruit. A flavor of malt, caramel and spicy fruit. A very strong flavor element and finish going on with this beer. A very impressive beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2003
Looks just like the Prior 6, coffee-brown w. creamy head. However, the aromatics of the 6 are significantly offset by the vodka-like vapors streaming out of this one. The flavor as well, is alcohol saturated, though it certainly is warming. Full, sweet, fruity with a nice roasted malt richness, some coffeeish element. Pretty good but I liked the 6 better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (10241) - Søborg, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2003 Bottled. Deep amber/brown coloured. Light brown head. Might be something wrong with this bottle. Maybe excess yeast, because lots of foam burst out of the bottle. Nothing wrong with the aroma, though. Fruits, spices, malts and slightly notes of alcahol. Flavour is very fruity. Plums and raisins is present, an some vague alcahol burn. This is not as well balanced as other top-notch belgian strong ales. Has to give it another try. Rerate draught: Not much to add. Seemed a lot more balanced in the flavours, and more distinct in the aroma, why I uprate it by. Original rate 8-4-7-4-16-3,9.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JAN 18, 2003
Dark ruby brown, cloudy (yeast), tan head leaves excellent lacing on my glass. Wonderful aroma of yeast, raisins, dried cherries, and malt. Well-balanced complex flavor - everything from the aroma and then some. Dry finish. As good as Westvleteren 12 for less than half the price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2003
UPDATED: APR 1, 2007 I wish I had a Westy #12 right now to compare this with. My memory of the Westy is that it very similar to this beer. This beer is fruity and complex. I do get some alcohol taste in the flavor. I bought this bottle for 3 dollars and the westy for 8.5. There is no way for me to justify the difference.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crit (3350) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 14, 2003
no notes taken on this one. At least no readable ones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2003
Darker cloudy copper body with a well formed thick head. Aroma of ripe fruits, spices and alcohol. first sensation is alcohol, but then a nice smooth, fruity mild, yet complex and well rounded. A great, probably new beer for most freinds to enjoy.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
FlemishChar (224) - Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2003
Westy 12’s long lost brother, almost as complex and elegant. Pours deep reddish brown with a massive creamy head that doesn’t quit. Aroma is very strong, like sherry and plums. First taste is very reminiscent of West 12, very sherryish and fruity, with hints of chocolate and figs, and dries off nicely. The difference here is that this has more of an alcoholic finish than Westy. For being almost identical to Westy, it’s a great value at half the price.

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