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


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RATINGS: 3874   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 5, 2003
Smells heavenly. Looks dark brown, but there's a hint of red in the color as well. I taste at least 4 different flavors in the taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 4, 2003
Dark brown, smooth creamy head that diminishes into a thin blanket. . . Spicy, banana, clove aroma - hints of alcohol. Great malt complexity - starts fairly sweet candy, then moves into a spicy herbal treat. Good woody finish with plenty of nuts. Well done, but I liked the triple better.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 2, 2003
This beer pours a murky brown like many of the other Belgian strongs. The aroma was very malty with hints of caramel - almost like brandy. The flavor was fairly smooth for the level of alcohol, but too strong in my opinion. For the abv and price for the taste, I'd go with one of the other Belgians.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 2, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2004 Pours into the glass with a burgundy body topped by a thick natural longlasting head with a good amount of lace left behind. Sweet fruity malt aroma with caramel notes. Brandylike aroma. Sweet caramel malt flavor with fruity notes and a good spiciness. The finish si nutty and slightly spicy. Full bodied, tingly from the carbonation and warming.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerbastard (728) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2003
A foggy dark brown with a frothy light tan head that hangs on the sides of my glass. Bready chocolate nose with notes of alcohol drifting up. Lots of rich malt flavors here. Very complex. I detect milk chocolate and vanilla in the taste. Sweet but not too. I can chew this stuff. Very full silky smooth finish. This is a bargain at $3.79 a bottle, I pd $10.99 for a West 12. This on my top ten list.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2003 Very dark ale with huge head.Many different flavors involved but overall very sweet and smooth. Raisin or plum seems to mix well with the malt. Very nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 27, 2003
Full bodied dark ale with huge head. Sweet spicy aroma. Flavors abound of complex fruit and malt. Smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2003
Had this on draft at the Split thy Skull event at Sugarmoms is Phila. Nice solid Belgian beer. Good malty flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hansen (6888) - Assentoft, DENMARK - APR 20, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2003 Great looking beer. Big, lasting head and amber, cloudy. A fresh acid in the aroma, some fruit not classifibly. Sweet nice taste, some rye in the finish. Re-rate: Store it for some years, open it and let it rest for an hour and you will get something near Westy 8, lots of bread, heavy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (8034) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 16, 2003
Deep dark brown with reddish shine. Thick brown head, lacey. Nose of flambéed banana, “Baba au rhum” or “Sachertorte”, later also a bit rubbery, and chocolate. Taste is sweet, flavours of liquorice, sweet (Belgian) chocolate, overripe banana’s, plum pudding. Some people talk about figs – fresh AND sugary, I’d say yes. Very heavy mouthfeel, nearly fit enough to chew. Also an impression as from walnut oil. Keeps going for a long time. No new aftertaste, unless a fleeting cigar-ash impression. Impressive. One of Belgiums’ classics.

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