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


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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2002
Well, its obvious this is highly respected, but i just didn’t see it. For me the alcohol showed to much, there was quite a strong malltiness and reasonably smooth, but a little to sweet and unbalanced. Not really elegant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 18, 2002
Dark color, good carbonation. Aroma of yeast, peppery vanilla and fruity notes. Very complex and a nice balance between the fruity notes, sweetness and bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stic (109) - Oostende, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2002
Very complex. Sweet, something fruity, lots of body, good aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (7860) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2002
UPDATED: APR 17, 2009 The Westy connection is obvious at first sniff...Perpetual bread, thick cookie dough, red wine allusions, roasty cigar and herbal hop bitterness...Dark caramel and earth-filled cherries in an easy going, big-bubbled, yeasty finish...Sometimes it’s a little too doughy and fluffy, and thus seems rough and sugary...The best bottles are 4.5s, while some others are 4s for me...Anyway, I just love this style of beer, especially when it is so well-executed...This is better executed than Westy 12...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nuffield (3691) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 5, 2002
Like an Impressionist painting, beers in this genre are pleasing to the senses even when they don’t have absolute genius of composition and technique. This is a nice beer, to be sure, but lacks some of the complexity found elsewhere. Massive head, soon gone, yeasty notes in the aroma. Rich, sweet, port-like flavor, with raisin, not disguising the alcohol particularly well, with bitterness (not extreme) in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bierkoning (10265) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUN 25, 2002
Intense aroma of hops, chocolate, yeast, porto and fruit (apple, raisins). Very full bodied. Sweet, malty taste with porto, some fruitiness and a alcohol burn. A bit tart. The aroma is more intense than the flavor. Nevertheless a complex and delicious beer, well worth looking for.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichardGretton (4250) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2002
Bold black beer apperance, with little forth to form the head. Platable and plesant beer with an overridding black currant quality.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SteC (136) - Oostende, BELGIUM - JUN 24, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2003 very creamy, more complex and more bitter than Chimay Bleu... re-rate 18/03/03: I realized I had underrated this one

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 20, 2002
Very strong notes of plum, raisin, and chocolate in the malt. Chocolate begins to dominate as the beer warms. Very complex and a HUGE beer. Not quite as good as the Westy beers, but close.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 16, 2002
Tenminste houdbaar tot eind 2003: Huge plumbs, raison, and alcohol in a sweet taste. Aroma has too much alcohol, but it is still nice and complex with huge yeast/bread tones. I think with more time to mellow out, it could be stunningly good. Thanks Gusler!

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