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


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RATINGS: 4245   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 ’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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SayNoToCoors (65) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2005
One of the best beers i’ve had yet. This Belgian is very creamy and silky. Pours a dark brown with a monstrous head. Head retention is incredible as well. Has dark-fruit flavors such as raisins. Will buy many times!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2005
Another nut brown colored ale from Belgium for me to try. A more sour brew than the Leute Bokbier it had a more floral aroma. Unfortunately wasn’t one that I enjoyed drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sunevdj (3820) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2005 Pours an off white, frotthy head. Already when smeling the beer you can smell the high alcohol contend. Has a strong taste of prunes and port. A little too much of alcohol in the taste for my liking. Personally, I prefer the St. Bernardus Prior 8

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BCAR (222) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2005
750 ml. River green/brown color with an ever-present cap of lace. Apple, spice, and yeasty alcohol dominate the nose. Great malty mouthfeel with excellent balance of balance with the alcohol. Finishes a little short with some sour bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gsteph (322) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Dark hazelnut brown with a airy tan head. Good head retention for a while and died down to a thin crown that lasted for the duration. Some small sediment pieces. I really like the look on this one. Very complex nose...caramel covered peaches, heavy on the malt, apples, sugar and alcohol. Good appetizing aroma. Flavor is smooth. Again, very heavy on the malt, fruity, sugary and sweet, caramel, vanilla, peaches and apples. Creamy with a good body. Finishes peppery, not surprising with 10% alc.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JK (5591) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2005
From the tap. Huge malty aroma with light fruit. This beer looks great. There is a huge brown head that lasts almost too long as you wait to drink it. It slowly dies down to a rocky head, and finally leaves a thick lace on the glass. Flavor of medium-sweet malt. There is fruit and minor spice qualities. After taste is also light fruit. Very heavy palate. Definitely a sipper; it is a beer to take your time with.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrianG (44) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - MAR 24, 2005
Pours a dark brown with a tan head. The head is long-lasting. Quite a bit of sedimentation to see in there too. This was a very tasty beer. Very smooth. You would never know it contained %10abv. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2005
Tap at Blue Nile, Minneapolis. Pours tasty walnutty amber with attractive foam. Malty, sweet yet balanced, tender mouthfeel, with traces of hazelnut (or sometimes pistachio gelato with a drip of raspberry). Uber tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - MAR 22, 2005
Strange style of beer altogether. Incredible soft body for such strong alcohol, and well hidden at that. Shows what a true craft beer making can be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tejas (973) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2005 Perfect 5 points on the appearance b/c of the constant lacing as well as the constant head. Malty dark fruit aroma. Slight alcohol flavor. Rich, smooth and very drinkable like all St. Bernardus’ ales. Flavor is malty and fruity(prunes?). Somewhat chewy to the palate. Don’t know if it’s worthy of a 99 rating but it’s definitely a nice ale.

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