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


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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
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2005
Pours dark brown with a pillowy off-white body. Gorgeous appearance. Winelike aroma, with ripe fruits and a definite zestyness to spice up the bouquet. Very thick, smooth and sweet. Warm flavours, raisins, plums, a hint of almonds; even a bit smoky. Full bodied. Finish is rather hoppy, bitter, and dry. Nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 26, 2005
dark amber color with nice fluffy off white head. Aroma has candi sugar, raisens, figs, caramel apples, with subtle vanilla, a hint of coffee. Flavor is round, dry, sweet and malty, nutty, brown sugar and a touch of maple, with a faint alcoholic bitterness in the finish. Could have been a bit less carbonated. A fantastic brew. I’m actually surprised it took me this long to try it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - JAN 25, 2005
At first i thought this is terrible. Then I read the bottle and allowed it to warm a bit and it was wonderful. Pours kind of like a cloudy coke with a nice tan head. Smelled like a yeast roll but the flavor was very nice with hints of nuts vinilla and maybe some brown sugar. Either way this is a very nice quad indeed.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Commodore (112) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2005
33cl bottle. Pours a lovely cloudy red (blood red when held to a candle). White head was there, but then petered out to a sort of glazing. Quite an excellent aroma..bananas and peaches. Of course the yeast was ever-present. Tastes almost like a wine, perhaps a merlot, with ample carbonation in the first sip, but a wee bit less as the drink went on. Excellent taste and very appetizing beer. A wee bit expensive, but worth it for a rare occasion!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hezron (612) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 20, 2005
Dark murky brown in color with large, light brown head. Aroma was yeasty, but not all that pronounced. Perhaps it is the food cooking in the kitchen throwing me off. Great taste, moderatly sweet light brown sugar, butterscotch, nutty and a hint of vanilla. Like it says on the bottle, very well balanced. Tasty... I will have it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - JAN 20, 2005
Bottled. Cloudy brown/red coloured. Big head, which leaves very fine lace. Aroma is malty, caramelly, alcoholic in a vineous sense and some hints of what reminded a bit of camembert. Taste is yeasty, fruity (banana) with notes of cloves and choclate. Full-bodied and very smooth. This beer leaves a warming sensation and I felt the alcohol rather strongly. A very nice and complex beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doubletriple (52) - Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2005
A murky brew for sure, almost swirling in the glass after a gentle pour from the bottle. Aromas of wine, mustiness, slight alcohol and apples. Full bodied, wonderful complex taste with each sip. This is BEER. A strong ale for sure as one small beer has me buzzin’.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2005
For 10% ABV, this one sure hides it well. Sweet, malty, hoppy- an all around good drink. Sip this one slowly and enjoy it as it warms. Yummy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2005
12oz bottle. Part of the gift pack that came with the neat glass. Nice dark amber/brown pour with a small, uneven coca head. Taste fuses vanilla and roasted nut/toffee flavour but well balanced and smooth. Palate follows suit. Alchohol well hidden, almost defined. enjoyable all around

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (15802) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2015 Rerate at Ölrepubliken 150701. Tried it several times the last few years. Either I have changed or the beer have changed. But this is definately bot a 5.0-beer in My book anymore.
RERATE 060624. I loved this beer the very first time I had it. Since then I have tried it several times on both bottle and tap. And I just like it more and more each time. Simply wonderful, I just cant get enough of it. (Old rating: 10/4/9/5/17) Dark amber, nice lasting offwhite head. Great malty aroma with hazelnuts and other nuts, along with vanilla and malt. Malty dry and nutty flavor with vanilla and cream. Very complex and with a great body. Alcohol is well hidden.

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