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


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RATINGS: 4064   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dirkbreedveld (288) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 8, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2014 One of the best barley wines of the world, also available of draught. Will keep for years. Very complex in flavours/aroma’s. Very hartwarming beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2004
Small bottle. Wow. Pours very dark with a big, dark, rocky head. Smells wonderfully fruity and spicy. Very Belgian flavor (makes sense), a little alcohol burn. Dry finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ragesaq (71) - Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2006 Very rich and creamy belgian, the belgian yeast balances with the hops with a slightly moist yellow cakey sweetness and a touch of spice. Complex to say the least. Consistency is thick for beer and best described as slightly syrupy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jcc83 (137) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 4, 2004
Poured a surprisingly dark brown, capped by an abundant creamy tan head. Complex aroma of dark fruit (raisins), spices (cinnamon), sweet maltiness, and alcohol. Flavor is delicious: sweet, fruity, spicy, and floral, with only the slightest alcohol burn in the finish. Very well balanced; the sweetness is countered excellently by a slight bitterness from the alcohol as well as some of the spicyness. An awesome thick nectar in the mouth. Fantastic concoction!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - OCT 30, 2004
Pours dark reddish brown. Aroma is raisin with apparent alcohol. Flavor is sweet, dried fruit with a nice finish that hides the alcohol better than the aroma. Very nice mouthfeel and aftertaste. A great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2007 Dark brown color, heavy sweet malty aroma and taste, full body, long sweet light alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - OCT 28, 2004
Very dark amber brown w/thick off white head. Toffee, carmel, chocolate and malt nose. Heavey mouthfeel with foaminess and a sweet lingering finish. Molasses, toffee, chocolate, cherry and light sourness. Great beer!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ColoradoBobs (31) - Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2004
25.4 ounce bottle with cork and basket stopper purchased from Wilbur’s Wine and Spirits in Ft. Collins, CO, for $8.99. Happy birthday to me. What a beer! Really very unique. The appearance is nothing exceptional -- kind of cloudy like you would expect a BCA to be, but a rich thick head and lots of lacing! Incredible aroma! Mix chocolate, raisins & rye bread rising just before it goes in the oven. Wow! Amazing taste. Very unexpected! Not the flavor I had expected from the color. Raisin, plum, yeast, a ripe banana note, high note of pineapple, but not overly sweet. My friend, who shared part of this bottle said, "Like baked raisins with all the sugar turned into alcohol." Not much of the toasted malt or chocolate tastes I had been expecting -- just a total and wonderful surprise! What a rich, round feel! The bottle said to serve this at 52 to 56 degrees F., and that was right! Smooth without being syrupy -- I hardly wanted to swallow this, it was so nice in the mouth. Can’t believe they sell this at the brewery for about 1 Euro a bottle! This beer is for special occasions, and worth it. Enjoy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 24, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2004 bottle. opened in honor of RED SOX game 2 win in the World Series... color of hot fudge with a fluffy tan head... aroma of syrupy ripe fruits, port, toffee.... flavor of rum cake heavy on the liquor, spice notes... bitter chocolate... smooth, slick, and oh so warming me up on this Boston night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3490) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2014 Murky dark brown. Sweet, enticing nose. Smoothly effervescent, soft and syrupy. Rich malts, with toffee, cake and brown sugar. Lesser notes of chocolate, raisins, bananas, pears, toasted caramel, and herbs. Finishes a bit sticky. Balancing bitterness. Warming, cozy and a pleasure to drink.

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