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


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RATINGS: 4316   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Padron4KM (800) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - OCT 23, 2005
330cl bottle, Best before 12/08/09. Pours murky brown with a lot of suspended particles.
Aroma is toasty, plummy, prune, yeast.
Flavor is caramel, port, toffee, plum,raisin.
10%? can’t tell, very well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 22, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2012 Pours dark brown with a big, creamy off-white head, mostly lasting, nice lacing. Aroma is clove, plums, banana, and sweet malt. Flavor is caramel, toffee, plums, raisins, figs and spice. These all come together superbly. The mouthfeel of this is wonderful, very smooth, carbonation dances on the tongue. Long finish, slightly warming, but alcohol is amazingly hidden. Fantastic.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bourne (161) - Suwon, SOUTH KOREA - OCT 22, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2005 dark brown, opace. tan head that doesnt go away. strong toffee taste. not overpowering flavors(coffee or chocolate hints) very good beer. silly label

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
jigglyjock (165) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2005
wtf. This is not freekin 100 percentile. The mouth feel is very good and the appearance is dark brown with a hint of red with small sedimate. It looks great........but there is almost no aroma and it tastes like fermentented cherry cough medicine...............wtf. I just dont get why one would spend this much on a bad tasting beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - OCT 21, 2005
750, unknown vintage. Wierd/sorta-goblet. Smells like suger and yeast & produced a HUGE off-white head when poured (chuncky and mountainous). Ale is med.-brown. The taste is odd, thin & almost unpleasnt, or unexpected... 1 of the 2. Livily carbonation. Very malty and high in esters. This beer is growing on me or maybe I’m still stuck trying to define this taste? & palate. The huge head is still there & leaves great lacing!. The mouthfeel was a bit thin though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
madzub (3) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2005 does not count
Reddish brown with long lasting beige head. Very smooth and spicy. One of my favorites.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - OCT 19, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2005 Beautiful garnet brown pour with a dark tan head. A touch of spices in the nose, just above the malts. Lovely malty flavor, spiked with alcohol over molasses for a bit of burn. A very clean, dry finish for a beer of this type, oddly refreshing for a quad. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2005
Pours very nicely with a reddish brown body that looks like swamp water. Aroma is spicy with some overly ripe dark fruit and big malt sweetness. Taste very nice, spicy, molasses, vinous, yeasty, yum. Mouthfeel was very rich and coating, with a slight alcohol burn. This ruled.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
toccata (70) - grembergen, BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2005
Cloudy nut-brown beer, very nice beige foam, slight sweet aroma, caramel, malts and toffee. Taste is rich, malty, caramely, soft spices and ends with a fine hoppy bitterness. Very rich and well balance taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALLOVATE (2912) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 8, 2005
UPDATED: APR 13, 2006 The Westvleteren brethren is truly evident in this one, in fact I’d put myself out to say they should share equal fame for the best ales available. This was a superb beer, and for me a far greater moment for quiet contemplation and easily one of the few wonders of the modern world. Tasted from the bottle and poured into a chalice around room temperature. Deepest garnet-ruby brown with a dense 1" rocky beige head. Head would not budge for the length and left an abundance of lace that webbed down the glass. Intense and robust, concentrated fruit nose; plums and earthy-vineyard wine grapes, toffee, caramel and ground spices, lightly peppery with a hint of forest floor hops. Strong and yet oddly delicate in the mouth, big in body and wonderfully smooth like a vintage port. Flavour shifted away from the enticing aroma to reveal cocoa, Belgian chocolate and a lot of malt. Very soft in carbonation, only heightened by the peppery alcohol that otherwise remained well-hidden. Plums and drying Merlot-like grapes came in just prior to a smooth, dry and warming malty and wine-like swallow. The hops remained inert, so immaculately integrated only a light earthy note was evident that they were added at all. It gets hard with all Belgian ales as they are so unique and I suppose this was as close to heaven as I would ever get. One was enough, in fact I feel good that one was all I needed. Perfect!!! (33cL, 18 months old, BBE 12/01/09, Int’l Beer Shop)
Re-rate:- Looks fantastic in the glass. Big, big rocky and dense, beige head that lasts. Intricate lacing follows it down. Body on this one is almost black, ruby shined through in the lights. Extremely spicy, herbal nose with a fungal yeasty note (mushrooms? [alarm bells are ringing!]) that doesn’t sit right atop layers of complex malts. Frothy in the mouth and the alcohol is now more pronounced than the 18 month old (aged a lot in six months). All other notes are the same, so it remains a super brew. Lovely after 18 months and two years so a fresh one would be nice. Sadly a couple of points lost for aroma, mouthfeel and overall. Still remarkably good. ( 33cL, 12/01/09)

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