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


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RATINGS: 4113   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15/5   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eirikur (378) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - OCT 21, 2004
This one like all the Bernardus beers really need to age. This is what I like, It is malty and rich. Niiiice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gachupines (1145) - USA - OCT 19, 2004
Dark brown with tan head. Flavor is subdued with a slight fruity malt flavor. Very pleasant to drink, look forward to having again

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
marcus (8010) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 19, 2004
This dark brown abbey ale pours with an attractive tan head and elicits a very pleasant fruity malt aroma. The flavor gives only a hint of the high specific gravity, and is every bit as tasty and satisfying as the good trappist ales. Goes well with Chimay cheese.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2004
It’s got a large bubble head, tan. The bubbles are standing one on top of another like a cheerleader’s half-time routine. And it’s holding, holding, holding....Damnit! I couldn’t wait. I took a snoot and got foam on my nose. HaHA! Nose: Caught wind of a baker’s spice rack. Vanilla extract. Sea side smells. Taste: Spicy with an alcohol bite. Sour cherries cloaked in brandy. Tastes like a ripe yellow fruitcake with dried sour cherries and almonds, and almond extract, and candied citrus peels. Nice chewy semolina cake flavors, soaked in lite-brown sugar simple syrup, and a touch of brandy. I shouldn’t be allowed to drink this bottle this fast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 14, 2004
Wow! This was a truly remarkable ale! Slightly sweet at first but it becomes dryer and better as it warms, mellow alcohol flavor and yet warming all the way down. Nice rich deep brown color, with even hints of currants? As other raters have also noted, it does have notes of plums and raisins, with a creamy toffee like quality as well. Hands down one of the best trappist ale I have ever drank to date.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AleConnoisseur (29) - Houghton, Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2004
This must be one of the best beers that I have ever tried. Dark, full of flavor, small but thick. Alcohol is hard to taste despite the large amount. Good taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2004
11.2 oz bottle: Deep, dark, thick brown with a small, rocky, tan head. Opaque and cloudy, this beer has a ton of yeast, including what I left in the bottle. The aroma coming from this beer is rich. There’s chocolate, brown sugar, toast, port, vanilla, plum, raisin, nutmeg, cinnamon, molasses, maple syrup, coriander and toffee - all in the nose. Very complex, as is the flavor that follows. I can taste coriander, chocolate, apple, cinnamon, yeast, raisin, currants, grapes, honey, earth, and some spices like a sweet rum bun. This beer manages to be rich, complex, alcoholic and still very creamy. This is a great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 12, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2006 smells a little intimidating, pours a mysterious dark brown with a small head, but delivers beyond expectations. rich, malty, but with a range of subtle flavors hiding in the corners, with the 10% alcohol not readily apparent.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
millerclmb (44) - Boulder, Missouri, USA - OCT 8, 2004
don’t have a trappist glass?!?! darn...but wow this aroma is incredible fruity and merry. quite. sweet and a little bit bitter.fizzy palate...not as smooth as I expected.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2004
Deep auburn-red and a thick off white head. Aroma is very thick, with a rich boquet of floral notes and has a sweet, malty character. Hints of brown sugar here. Flavor is sweet and huge. Notes of coriander, brown sugar, honey, currant, sweet fruit and is very earthy. Very well balanced. Palate is rich and full bodied. This tastes better as it warms. Finish is slightly dry. A world class beer.

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