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


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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2004
Slightly hazy garnet color with a small off white head. Fruity, yeastly aroma. Nicely spicy with raisin undertones. Some alcohol is noted, however not overpowering in the least. Smooth, easy drinking, delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JUN 1, 2004
Dark redamber beer with a foam that not holds long.The aroma’s off this beer are very rich and fruity and have hints off green banana,ripe apple, cinnamon and honny.The taste is great and fizzy (C0²)it has a touch off noble fruit a nice bitterness and a lightsweet afthertaste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2006 Mahogany color with thick frothy head. Aroma is malt, yeast and bread followed with hints of chocolate. Flavor is deep and complex with sweet malt layered with chocolate, raisans, and yeast. Alcohol hidden exceptionally well. Great mouthfeel with subtle carbonation and med-full bodied. One of the best things about this brew is its reasonable price as compared to Rochofort and Westy. Outstanding.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtw (1136) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAY 23, 2004
monstrous tan head. dark copper with a little bit of yeast haze. intense aroma of yeast, malt, citrus, prunes, alcohol, and yet almost peppery. thick like syrup with lots of earthy, grapey, and malt in the body. finishes like a red wine and a tingle of alcohol. excellent beer!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2004 Bottle conditioned (330ml). Now this is something! It’s dark brown and clear until the yeast goes in. Peppery alcohol aroma. Powerful warming alcohol kick accompanies the brilliant complexity of 50 flavours, sweet malt, grape, black pepper, mixed fruit and dozens of others popping out at you on every sip. Vinous wine on the back of the throat, brilliant alcohol burn in to the nose. Absolutely incredible.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AndersR (195) - Århus, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2004
This little fella wanna get OUT of the bottle! It just keeps foaming over, suck up the foam and it will KEEP foaming over just untill you get it in the glass :-D. Dark brown color with surprisingly small head and surprisingly little carbonation (after the foam incident;-). Theres coffee, rasins, banana and loads of sweet malts all over in the aroma. The flavor seem to last forever: more coffee and chocolate, more malts and sweetness. Fruits (rasins, apples, cherries, banana) . Dry finish. I agree with Omhper: reminds me of a cherry cask single malt! (wich i love even more than beer;-). One heck of a mouthfull, im glad i took it with dinner and not all alone, as the sweetness really can do with some food on the side.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - MAY 17, 2004
I didn’t take specific notes at the time of tasting. What I remember is that it was like Westvleteren, but a little less aroma, head, and complexity. At about half the price, it was awesome

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5220) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2013 One of my favorite Belgians and one I really look for on draft. +++ Sampled from a 11.2 oz brown bottle this beer pours a dark brown color with a medium tan head that lingers and left good lacing. There is a mild sweet and sour scent with notes of ripe fruit and caramel. The flavor is sweet with strong fruitiness, strong caramel, molasses and lightly roasted malts. There is a long tangy fruit and caramel finish. Fairly full bodied. The alcohol is fairly subdued.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2004
UPDATED: APR 22, 2005 Re-Re-rate I’ve had this enough times (3) directly opposite Westy 12 to definitively say I prefer Bernie. Still, the marvel that was in my first glass is there. Re-rate The draught version was clearly much younger than the bottles I had previously. Still, the flavor is superb and complex, though age will help balance and mellow. Never have I pulled such flavor out of the head of a belgian.<P> Bottle - Sampled alongside Westy 12 and Bernie came out the victor. While it might be slighly less complex, the creaminess and doughy mouthfeel make this more enjoyable. One could endlessly count the different fruit flavors found inside. I guess it just comes down to which strain of yeast one prefers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
flemdawg (539) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2004
Rasins are the first thing that I notice in the nose. Then there is a bit of an orange peel smell along with bannans and other subtle fruits. Alcohol becomes a bit more evident as it warms. Brownish reddish body and a foamy offwhite head and sediments on the bottom. The lacing is so thick I may need a chisel to get it off after I am done. A sweet first impression, but there is a maltiness that comes up too. There are also rasins and apples and bannans in there. Very complex flavor. An alcohol kick at the end. Creamy in the mouth makes this easy to drink. Havent had the Rochfort or West yet, but this is easily the best Belgian beer I’ve had.

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