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


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RATINGS: 4231   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.14/5   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sofajoern (146) - DENMARK - JUN 27, 2005
Lovely dark, brownish red colour. Heavy malty aroma, very full body and flavors to rival even the heaviest Trappists.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2005
burnt orange/dark brown, depending on what angle you look at it. this is pretty decent. very very creamy and very thickk white head. really carbonated. lots of plum, almonds, walnuts, and some peanuts in the flavor. almost like a thai seasoning taste to the beer... wierd. some hints of apricots and peach. enjoyed this at home with mikes. there is a weird creamy taste/palate, like a baileys or something... yummers

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2005
brownish color with a hint of orange. nice light tan head, very huge and creamy. Banana bread, strawberries, nuts and irish cream in the aroma, very nice indeed. Big time alchohol in the taste with dried dark fruits and nuts. Very thick and a nice subtle bitterness shows up at the begining and at the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - JUN 25, 2005
Bottle. A little dissapointed compared to the abt 8. Beautiful pour though. Deep rich black with an awesome brown head. Excellent appearance. Taste is a bit off with the alcohol really showing. Spices with hints of oak and malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
monty (39) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 25, 2005
St. Bernardus Abt 12. 22 June 2005. Small bottle. Deep walnut brown with an uber-creamy cappuccino head. In my Chimay glass there’s a cool effect: the bubble stream that comes up the center of the glass makes a little poofy pillow under the head. Aroma of apricots, banana, cinnamon. I can taste nuts, cinnamon, brown sugar, and lots of yeast. One of the best, and a nice treat for my anniversary.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2005 Very sour smelling, with a bit of grape. Dark amber coloring, with a fluffy tan head. Very wine-like qualities, deep flavor, almost a carbonated wine. Seriously. The mouthfeel is deep and dense, with a bitterness at the finish. Overall, not my style, but you appreciate class when you come across it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 23, 2005
HUGE rocky khaki head over a deep brown body, tart grapey nose, cherries, sweet fruity flavor, complex, syrupy warming mouthfeel, little bit of a throat burn, ,malty rich and roasty, mmmmmmmm this is dank

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 23, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2005 Slight little rerate based on a new batch sampled. Most of the original traits rated still stand, but there was a slight metallic zing on the end and resonnating in the finish, which causes me to knock the palate and overall rating each down by one. Nevertheless, the original rating...

Beautiful murky, rusty chocolate in color with a fluffy, 1/3" thick head that looks like moss. Head and lacing are the most beautiful I’ve ever seen, and they retain their timeless character throughout the tasting. Aroma is chocolate, anise, bananas, cloves, cackled pepper, chocolate éclairs, brown sugar and sugar brazed walnuts. You can actually feel it slide through the nasal passage. Flavor is sudden bliss. So complex. Subtle yet leading cocoa joins a bakery fresh yeastinesss to concoct a flavorful and rich chocolatey pound cake. Rolls over the tongue so seductively and is accentuated with the most expertly crafted spices, primarily cloves, pepper and nutmeg. Effervescent but smooth and full-bodied. Chewy, lip-smacking malts. Finish is defined by chocolate liqueur-filled truffles and a scarce trace of earthy, mild tobacco. Utterly fantastic.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
paul9639 (116) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 22, 2005
amazing beer. Pours dark amber with a nice staying head. The aroma is malty goodness, with a hint of banana. The alcohol is slightly present, but in a good way. The flavor is malts, chocolate/toffee, and fruit. Well crafted beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DonMagi (5594) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2005 Re-rate. My my i cant beleive i had this so low before, what a beer, appearance is something to watch forever. Aroma and flavour have the great dark fruit, yeasty, sweet, malty, general amazing goodness that i love about belgiun beers. I like this the way it is and ppl say its one to age so maybe if i can contol myself it is one to age for a while. But give me more first!

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