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

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RATINGS: 4298   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.14/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (16159) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 19, 2005
Bottled (BB 10/2009)
My 1000th rating, also nice to reach place 50 in "the most ratings from Belgium RB TOP50 list" with this beer.
Dark hazy nut brown, tight brown head. Aroma of licorice, grapefruit, Pernod, sweet plums and apricot. Flavor has raisins, licorice, roasted malts and lots of alcohol - palate is more rude than in Westy12. Funny beer: same time creamy smooth mouthfeel and whiskey-like alcoholic burn. Very long alcoholic bitter aftertaste. Complex beer and worth of its fame but not par with Westy12.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (16055) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
A: The pour is a cloudy dark mahogany color without much head to speak of. S: Good but not great aromas of sweet malt, caramel, and yeast. There might be a touch of alcohol as well. T: I was a bit let down by the aroma, but the flavor does quite well to redeem itself. A slight warming feel of alcohol goes well with some dark fruits and sweet, caramel malt. The yeast is not as quite prominent as many other Belgian beers. M: Even with the high level of carbonation, the body is still quite full. D: The alcohol makes itself known more in terms of the subtle warmth it provides the beer but isn’t aggressive by any means. The flavors are sweet but balanced and are helped out by the carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (15615) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 4, 2005
Ten years ago I picked up a gift pack containg four different of the Bernardus beers. At the time, I thought the 12 okay but the 8 the star of the show. Nobody agreed with me. It looks like people still don’t, but my preference is towards the middle versions of these similar lineups (Bernardus, Westvleteren, Rochefort). This is a dark murky brown with a thick foam. The aroma is unbalanced - all yeast (dust mainly, but some funk too), with hints of figs, plums and toffee. The flavour is better with chewy malt depths, more dates, a little bit of chocolate and a sturdy alcohol backbone. Actually, that alcohol is a little too sturdy. Fruitcake notes appear as well. The finish is quite alcoholic and sweet, with not nearly enough nuances to justify a rave. It’s rich, but not all that complex. Now, where can I buy that Prior?

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dedollewaitor (15536) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2007 Muddy Brown color good white head. Lively carbonation. Dark fruits. A bit warm from the alcohol. Filling with a great lasting finish. (You might call it " The poor mans westvleteren)" Creamy! Brilliant!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisv10 (15277) - DENMARK - JUN 19, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2013 50 cl draft. Dark cloudy red/brown body with medium tan head. Aroma is malt, yeast, dark fruits and plume. Flavour is malt, yeast, dark fruits, plume, medium sweet and vinous.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (15272) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2007 Bottle. Aroma is mostly yeasty with a hint of brown sugar. Dark reddish brown colour, semi-stable brown head. Suspended yeast. Peppery flavour. Warming alcohol. Flavour of dark malts with a hint of bitter aftertaste. Some sweetness, but well-hidden by the alcohol. Very peppery and beautifully bready. Thick, creamy mouthfeel that almost tickles, perhaps due to the alcohol. Hm, there IS a lot of alcohol in this, isn’t there?

4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (15149) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2006
Clear red/brown color, white head. Brewers from westvletern can make beers for them selves - sweet malts,rutes, punes, rainsens, licurice, hop. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (14923) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2010
Very sweet and tasty abbey ale. Brownish pour. Nose and taste of molasses, brown sugar, caramel, spruce, cedar and dough. Rated 5/24/04

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcberko (14357) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2011 11.2 oz bottle, pours a deep amber brown with a thick beige head. Aroma is caramel malts, raisins, various other dried fruits and spices - very complex. Flavour is extremely complex - caramel malt, raisins, figs, slightly sweet, very alcoholic, hints of toffee. Full-bodied mouthful, with an alcoholic finish. Outstanding beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnfryd (14112) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 2, 2008
Bottle. Brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is fruit, malt, yeast, spices. Flavour is fruit, malt, yeast, spices, dried fruit, alcohol. World class beer.


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