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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4316   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (12970) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 5, 2005
Ruby red in colour with a thick light moka head. Sweet candy sugar aroma with notes of licorice, orange and alcohol. Rich spiced sweet malt, with notes of citrus, and aniseed. Nice hops in background. Rich and complex in mouth...a wonderful abt!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 4, 2005
Pours a milky rootbeer color, sticky thin head on top, lacing slides quickly. Aroma is very nice. Sweet maltiness, toffee, wood notes, rose, and a slight hop "pepper" followed by a brisk alcohol note, Flavor is sweet malts, dark fruit, lots of wood, licorice, grassy hops, slight nutmeg, cinnamon notes, and a brisk alcohol note followed by a dry, port-like finish. For $3 per 11.2 oz, this is a lot of bang for the buck.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - AUG 1, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2005 Very dark opaque cola colour. Smells malty, but good. The flavour is complex and difficult to describe, but good, without any alcohol taste. It has feels very good and soft in the mouth. In a blind test, this beer is softer and creamier than the Westvleteren 12, has more raisin flavour and a better aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Juelze (1144) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 31, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2005 Pours a dark brown color with huge "cappucino-esque" head that stays the whole way. Smells of malt and dried dark fruit. Tastes display where the aromas derived from with tastes of malt, raisins, figs, plums, plus an overpowering musty wood taste. Not my favorite style but still, musty wood as a flavor is nasty. Seems anything with a cork in it from Belgium gets overrated IMHO.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
can8ianben (1489) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2005
Very solid. Exactly what I would expect from a good strong belgiun. Loads of flavour, nice dark flavour and sweet wine like flavour. The aroma is thick, smoky, and ever present. the head lasts and lasts. great colour and wonderful pour. Not the best, but pretty close to the top. If only there wasn’t such a cheesy bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2005
Poured cold from a bottle as a cola reddish-brown with a thin long-lingering head. Hints of dark cherry in the scent. Dark fruit taste, very mildly bitter, pleasant mouthfeel, nice aftertaste. Don’t taste much of the 10% ABV. I see why he’s smiling now. As it’s warming up, taste is getting stronger, in a good way. And it warms the belly slightly with the alcohol. I’m enjoying this one, this is what beer sampling is all about.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dextolen (151) - Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2005
The last in our "Weekend at Bernies" sampling. What more can I add to this beer by trying to explain it in words? I think it was summed up best by one of our tasters, a friend of mine who is atheist. He looked at the bottle, with the monk smiling happily at him, and said "You’re trying to convert me, aren’t you?" This has got to be one of the best beers on the planet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
jrob21 (3455) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2005 caramel, chocolate, brown, light sweetness, medium bitterness, full body, thick feel, long finish,

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gilvanblight (821) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2005
Love the ’happy Saint’ on the bottle. Deep dark brown, looks almost like a stout. Thick foamy light tan head. Verry friuty and spicy scent. Bitter fuity taste that veries greatly. A bit rich but very pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2005
Taster @ PIB. Pours a deep rich toffee color. Smells of yeast, spices, and strong malts. A wonderful taste of dates, oak, cloves, and spices. A truly magnificant beer worthy of drinking some more.

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