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


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RATINGS: 4284   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 íQuadrupelí style of Belgiumís 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. Itís 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Suttree (6046) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 27, 2005
Cloudy, murky brown, with a decent tan head. Fruity aroma, with notes of plum and raisin, then hints of walnut, whiskey and pine. The aroma is echoed in the taste - earthy pine, very faint hints of bourbon, caramel malt, and an alcohol burn at the finish. Cahampigne-like carbonation. Much, much tastier as it warms, I mustíve poured it too cold. subtle hint of dark bread and a hint of blackberry. Alcohol burn is more muted, as well. More than the sum of its parts, well made and tasty. Thanks to Springslicker for this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrisoni (17149) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2006 Bottle from Belgium. Dark brown beer. with lots of flavours on the nose, not least raisins and chocolate. For such a strong beer where you would expect lots of sweet alcohol, this has good drying tangy hops on the end. An exceptionally good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2005
Deep reddish brown body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of cherries and green apples mixed with some caramel. Cherry, spices, blend of apples and malty alcohol flavor. Full body. Sweet finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
luiss (89) - Elmsford, New York, USA - MAY 24, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2006 Smell is very relaxing like orange peels. i enjoy this beer year round very citrousy, the first sip numbs your taste buds. color is very complex very dark with a light redish look. Very important that you let it warm up and sip it slow to enjoy it. I actually brought a six pack to mexico and traded it for some good tequilla. Great mix. Bad hangover.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KariCupcake (214) - Lenox, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 22, 2005
Smells like spring bloom at the Keukenhof. Shared bottle number 200709 with my fiance at the Het Elfde Gebod bar in Amsterdam. Complex as all hell taste with things like flowers and fruits leaping out at me. Wow.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2007 Rerate 5-18-07 Very elegant with a brown fruity flavor and a bubbly palate to be enjoyed. Yes,l the finish draws me to this beer but there is more to be said. The taste has a certain exuberance to it as it is very well balanced with floral, fruit and a very yeasty accented tone. Previous rating: This one rocked my world as well as my buds who tasted it tonight. It started with a flowery smell. Aroma-wise it wasnít too striking but it made up for this in taste. I had a bottle aged from 1999. It had a very refined character that was smooth on my tongue with a flowery overtone, some malty tones underneath and some sweet carbonation. The alcohol was definately noticeable. One of my buds had a bottle of Chimay Blue and we noted that while this beer isnít as overpowering taste wise, its finer in many ways. I could drink the foam of this one! I gave it the Max dog test and he sniffed it and tried to sip it!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2005
Another thank you to rich, seemed to be a dark cherry or ruby color, definitive like a soda pop. Nice tan head that seems to keep a lid on whats in store. Apple/yeast taste to it, banana hints in the finish. Iím not a big abt fan yet but this helped me keep an open mind.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2005 appearance of a coke, dark brown but the head is creamy tan and never fades away. aroma is of apples and bourbon. taste is excellent, with hints of yeast, tons of spices, and hints of apple and banana. aftertaste holds the spicyness and is nice and sweet. took me awhile to get to this, and iím not disappointed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Geiserich (4103) - Linz, AUSTRIA - MAY 16, 2005
Sweet nose with candy aroma. Fruity like apples, malty and winey like a long stored red wine. Flavor is quite spicy, full bodied and warming. Light to medium sweet but good balanced astringent. Notes of plums, raisins, alcohol and malt. Balancing bitterness. A real pleasure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
llgrgg (18) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 16, 2005
bottle. Dark red / burgundy appearance. Fruity aroma with some bready features. Tastes of fuits and hints of bannas and cloves. Went down like candy. A good beer

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