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


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RATINGS: 3975   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2003
Major gusher--whoops, there goes my beer across the counter, onto the floor... Black/brown with a rocky brown head. Tannic nose with some bitter hops, caramel, toffee, alcohol, black cherries. Quite sweet and slightly vinous with nice smokey and fruity notes--cherries, prunes, some nuts. A bit like a really good fruitcake in a bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3663) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2003
Murky brown out of the 11.2 oz. bottle with a frothy beige head. Very fruity nose with hints of sour. Highly carbonated. Lots of candy sugar and dark fruit sweetness. Stong alcohol finish. Solid belgian, but I was expecting more because of its rank.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2003
Pours a deep amber brown with a thick beige head with thin lacing. Aroma and flavor have a nice fruitiness with a good balance of spices. Nothing spectacular, but quite drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CapFlu (4710) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2003
(Bottle) Huge head with a copper body. Nose a la Terrible. Smooth maltiness can soothe the grumpiest soul to sleep. Worthy of its rating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - NOV 24, 2003
A gorgeous looking beer. Thick fluffy tan head atop a dark brown cloudy body. Malty with a bit of sweetness to it. Had a slight walnut taste to it. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12096) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2003
(Bottle) Pours a cloudy brown color with a thick beige head. Quite an impressive looking beer. Great flavor with a creamy finish and bountiful complexity make this brew quite a treat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2003
the happy monk holds a single finger aloft, as if to gently admonish: "slow down my children, never, never run with an open beer!" it's a chestnut roan beer, puffy head like a quilt of midieval lace and barn loft cobwebs--and a very murky pour by bottle's end: mud, mangrove swamp, composting pumpkin rind and quite possibly the dark fragments of ground crickets. a magnificent maple-nut nose, polished hardwoods of early american furniture, and kirshwasser. sweet romantic offerings of fruity candies and raisins are offered in the flavor, but likewise are lovely bitters dangled like sticky red grapes from the hands of perfumed nymphs. creamy smooth carbonation and hints of milk chocolate, strong malts as in a doppel bock, with a chisled musculature of alcohol, but so much enhanced by it's contact with fruity cherry-lemon yeast and campari bitterness. a great beer. so devastated was i to see it end, i thought of taking out an obituary in the local paper.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2003
Tall mountainous foamy light brown head,Medium cloudy brown color.Malty yeasty breadlike aroma,mild fruity side but hard to put a finger on just what fruit it could be,slight caramel and perhaps toffe side as well.Malty taste with a nice fruity side that comes through quite well.The fruit is still hard to describe other then to say it reminds me slightly of juicy fruit gum with a nice alcohol kick to it.The alcohol is not at all strong and over whelming but nicely done and just making itself known from time to time.The after taste is malty and mildly sweet with a bubble gum like appearance showing up.Very nice brew and not at all what i was expecting it to be.I was more looking for a middle of the road brew but this one definately deserves the rating number it has.Thanks go out to JPDIPSO for this fine brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
PorterPounder (5933) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2003
Pours with a coffee colored milkshake-like head that does not dissipate quickly. Pleasant cola-like color. The aroma is very subtle but I pick up faint notes of cherry and nuts. Excellent thick creamy mouthfeel - luxuriant in nature. Flavor has some nutty notes in it, with elements of raisins, toffee and sweet chocolate. The alcohol is hidden oh so very well but it catches up with you near the end of the 750 ml bottle. Good to see that George Kennedy has found work as the model for the monk on the bottle - I have not seen him too much since the Naked Gun and before that the Airport Movies!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
egajdzis (5497) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2006 The cork shot off at about 50 mph when I removed the cage, good thing I didn’t have my head over the bottle! It poured a reddish brown color with a medium sizd off white head and nice lacing. Aroma of banana, clove, grapes and raisins, while the taste is very strong in the dark fruit department. Alcohol is also slightly noticeable and it had a carbonated mouthfeel. Fruitier than the Westy 12, and I enjoy that one better.

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