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


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RATINGS: 3809   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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pivo (2571) - GERMANY - NOV 26, 2002
Yeasty nose, cloudy brown-red color, spongy tan head with small bubbles. Chocolate and caramel flavors predominate with hints of spices and raisins. Slightly dry finish. Complex with an impeccable balance. Wonderful stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - NOV 21, 2002
Huge over-carbonated fizzing,leaves only half the bottle.Dark,muddy,brown with med-sized bubbles,with decent retiton.Aroma is bready,alcoholic,fruity and slightly spicy.Flavor is big and non-restrained. Fruity,rummy-dates,and nuts with a bready,doughy(similar to west.)finish.Overall,the over carbonation was a turn-off and the flavor didnít make up for it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2002
Murky red/brown. Fine head and lace. Delectable nose of banana, chocolate, pear, doughy malts,rummy alcohol and others. Almost medium bodied, moderate carbonation and slightly creamy. Bananas, doughy malts and dark fruits invade palate with a touch of spice throughout. Finish is a nice alcoholic warmth and a candy like sweetness. Could be a little thicker but this is tasty as hell. Developes a dry yeast character and thickens a bit as it warms.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (29476) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2006 A very dark red almost brown beer with a good head. The aroma is of over ripe fruit and malt sweetness. The flavor is very powerful of a great malt blend with strong notes of caramel as well as hints of the alcohol, which also tickles the tongue. It ends with a good bitterness - all in all a really great flavor and therefore a really good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2002
Malty, sour aroma. Very carbonated but smooth on the tongue. Damn good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jerohen (2010) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 12, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2009 Rating reflects aged sample. Re-rate: Bottled BB 2004, sampled end 2009 (about 9 years old). Dark brown colored, small brown head. Complex, but not very strong nose of malts, raisins, dried fruit, molasses, port-notes. Fantastic flavor, all complex components of the aroma, wonderfully balanced, sweet and bitter. Extremely long-lasting finish, dry and bittersweet. One of the most well-balanced brews i know. And it doesnít even taste like it peaks at this age, it might even get better when older.... Fantastic brew, and well worth aging. Original rating: This is a very nice one! One of the best aromaís out there, strong, fruity, sourness and some caramel. Appearance is nearly perfect: cloudy dark-brown with a thick long-lasting head. Very malty flavor, full and a bit fruity. Nice smooth and long lasting finish. Alcohol is very well hidden. The only flaw of this beer is perhaps that itís a bit too sweet, but aging could make this better. Iíll keep the second bottle in my cellar for a few years. If i can wait... ;-)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ssalois (2) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2002 does not count
Plenty of apple on the nose; well-rounded flavors converge on palate; fruit, malt, honey; high drinkability factor for 10%. Complexity becomes apparent with each sip. A large beer that could be enjoyed in some quantity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joet (2188) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 9, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2003 Bready, cracker, fruit and a malty carmel richness in flavor and a full mushy texture. Easy drinking for this ABV and yet totally lush. Best part about this -- only 3 euros!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
phillymonksman (60) - Ardmore, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2002
WOW I had no idea how much I was going to enjoy this beer when I happened to see it at Monkís in Philly. Tremendous explosive after taste. I must try this again. John

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2002
While this is supposed to be a Westy 12 knockoff, it definitely doesnít look like the Westy in the bottle (i.e., no magnificent yeast floaties throughout the beer). The brown body is opaque rather than cloudy, and the head is light tan and only medium thick. Nose is malty, with a doughy sweetness. First sip is mostly cookie dough, medium sweet. Alcohol is noticeable in the finish, although inoffensive. Continuing... I know Westy 12; Iíve tasted Westy 12; Iíve rated Westy 12, and, Senator, you are no Westy 12. Iím surprised that this is in the top 50; my example was a middle-of-the-road dubbel. Certainly this lacks the complexity and the surprising flavor changes of its inspiration.

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