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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4176   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (14899) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 19, 2005
Bottled (BB 10/2009)
My 1000th rating, also nice to reach place 50 in "the most ratings from Belgium RB TOP50 list" with this beer.
Dark hazy nut brown, tight brown head. Aroma of licorice, grapefruit, Pernod, sweet plums and apricot. Flavor has raisins, licorice, roasted malts and lots of alcohol - palate is more rude than in Westy12. Funny beer: same time creamy smooth mouthfeel and whiskey-like alcoholic burn. Very long alcoholic bitter aftertaste. Complex beer and worth of its fame but not par with Westy12.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
highlandlad (1452) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2006 It’s possible that this Belgian quadrupel improves with age, but this sample disappointed. Poured a dark chocolate brown colour with a huge rocky head that receded fairly quickly but barely laced. The aroma was phenolic, with an unusual gingery quality, hints of a raw leathery merlot and a splash of paint, whisky barrel and distant bitter chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel, medium-bodied rather than "full". Initial flavour profile includes raisins, dark malt and baked apples. The alcohol is well integrated but the finish has the phenolic quality of the aroma. There’s a lot to like here but I don’t think it bears comparison to the Rochefort 10. Bugger - I was really looking forward to this one.... (Bottle, best before 12/8/09) Rerate 1/2/05: had a couple of these since that have been far superior to the first. It’s fast becoming a favourite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2005
This beer is as brown as they come. Also has a head that lasts to the bottom of the glass -- not many beers other than Belgians can do this. Very fruity bubblegum aroma. Flavor is rather complex, with a strong malt element and a surprising amount of hops, of all things, showing through in a 10% beer in which the alcohol is so well hidden! Flavor also carries strong elements of walnut, ruby port and nutmeg. Nice beer .. courtesy of potbelly monks. Kings and Queens of the earth surely drink this in their vomitoria!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nick76 (4334) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2005
The aroma is sweet and has a definite cheese and roasted malt presence along with floral hops. It is an orange-brown color with a big fluffy white beautiful head that I have come to expect on a St. Bernardus. The Flavor is like toasted, sweet malt with a hint of plum and allspice. Medium bitterness and despite the 10% alcohol content it is not overly strong. Complex aftertaste that has all the elements of the drink itself.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - APR 16, 2005
Sampled at Brewtopia 2005. Poured light brown with a thick creamy off-white head. Strong dark fruit aroma. Tasted of dark fruits and alcohol. A good strong belgian, but I didn’t find it to be as layered, sweet, or as complex as Westy 12. There’s been a lot of debate as to whether this beer can be considered an inexpensive alternative to Westy, but I think there’s no replacing #1.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2005
Bottle. Very dark red, almost black in color. Glad I saved this one for last. It has a very sweet malty aroma and a taste that is smooth, warming and eqallly sweet. A real good drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2005
dark brown. thick creamy off white tan head. leaves some nice lacing in the glass. has a malty and fruity aroma. taste is fruity and malty has a smooth creamy mouthfeel. awsome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 6, 2005
on tap at the maproom, served st bernardus chalice, huge rocky head. creamy mouthfeel, some apple, warming alcohol sensation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2005
Tap at Maprom-Deep dark brown with a big brown head. Nutty with characters like nutbread. Bold yeast flavors with some very subtle fruit notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 5, 2005
Murky dark brown with an off white head. Apples, alcohol, and nuts in the aroma. Taste is apples, grapes, some chocolate and raisins. NIce alcohol warmth in the finish.

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