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


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RATINGS: 3769   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (10236) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
obxdude10 (2043) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2003
Excellent Belgain abbey-style beer, deep brownish color with a redish tint, the huge foamy head didn’t last all that long which gave way to just a few bubbles around the edge of the glass, the aromas were filled with different kinds of fruits including apricots and maybe even a pear-like smell, sweet maltiness also included in the nose, lots of different fruity notes in the flavors as well as a defined sweetness, the body was very full & almost syrup-like, heavy aftertaste that hangs around for a while, the finish included more fruitiness & malty sweetness, this was pretty damn close to a Rochefort or Westy, I think I may have to give those beers another try & see how they stack up again this gem of a beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2003
Quite lovely. Deep red color with a surprisingly huge head. Has a wondrous mixing of scents in the nose, dancing between apricot and pear fruitiness, butterscotchy maltiness, and hints of sweetness. Excellent flavor, again full of lots of fruits (peaches, figs, apricots) balanced beautiful with a yummy chewiness of malts. Finish has a bit of residual sugariness, but it’s far from unpleasant. The berw simply hangs in your mouth for minutes afterward, tasting quite lovely the entire time. If Westy 12 is better than this, I just may have to crack that bottle open pretty darn soon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
domtom (65) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 8, 2003
Very dark colour with a beautiful head. Excellent aroma (banana?). Too sweet but well-balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2003
Pours a dark, but clear, brown with long lasting, lacing head. Slightly alcoholic with hints of chocolate, nuts, raisins, toffee, caramel, sugar, and brandy. While it doesn’t match up with it’s supposed brother, it is still one hell of a beer.

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