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


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RATINGS: 4177   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
William (202) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 10, 2002
Extremely sweet, liquorice taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nuffield (3940) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (32195) - 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 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 didn’t make up for it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - DEC 10, 2002
The monk on the bottle would have to be the Nelly of monks. Strong fruity aroma, a bit more intense then the westy 12 I had just before this but not nearly as enjoyable. Syrupy rasberry, vinous with some mellow nutmeg. A bit bitter, little sign of its strength. Thank you Kaya

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2003
Looks just like the Prior 6, coffee-brown w. creamy head. However, the aromatics of the 6 are significantly offset by the vodka-like vapors streaming out of this one. The flavor as well, is alcohol saturated, though it certainly is warming. Full, sweet, fruity with a nice roasted malt richness, some coffeeish element. Pretty good but I liked the 6 better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2003
Good round taste that fills the mouth well, but I was expecting more. Came off with too much alcohol and astringent tastes. Still a very managable and drinkable beer, but I don't think I'll buy this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2003
Cloudy lighter brown color, spicy apple and cherry-like nose. Creamy smooth and round on the palate. Sweet alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 4, 2003
Dark brown, smooth creamy head that diminishes into a thin blanket. . . Spicy, banana, clove aroma - hints of alcohol. Great malt complexity - starts fairly sweet candy, then moves into a spicy herbal treat. Good woody finish with plenty of nuts. Well done, but I liked the triple better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haukur (1532) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - JUL 14, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2003 I was a little bit let down by this beer.. Looked stunning while poured into my Westy glas, surprisingly little head but a very thick head. Aroma was also a let down.. Somewhat malty, but you could smell that you were about to drink something alcaholic. Taste was sweet, raisins,chocolate,malt on the tip of the tongue. Much better then Chimay blue but not as great as I was hoping....

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