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


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RATINGS: 4382   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 Belgiums 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. Its 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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2006
Muddy brown pour with a thick frothy head that dissipates to a thin tan head. Sour candied fruits with a nice sweet malt backbone. Very carbonated initially, but one the rest of my bottle sat for 20 minutes it mellowed out nicely. Very smooth, especially for 10.5%...great..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2006
11.2 oz. bottle picked up at Johns in Iowa City. kinda brown, kinda hazy with a very short lived head and not much lace. yeasty, bready aroma with flavors of the same plus layers of fruit and spice. just too much carbonation and sweetness for my taste, oh well. my first acquistion in my quest to get as many top 50 beers as I can find.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Stefano (1994) - Thisted, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2012 Murky brown out of the 11.2 oz. bottle with a frothy beige head. Very fruity nose with hints of sour. Highly carbonated. Lots of candy sugar and dark fruit sweetness. Stong alcohol finish. Solid belgian, i really think that it deserves its rank

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 16, 2006
Dark brow with ruby-red highlights body and a light tan head. Smells great - malty and somewhat earthy. Head is a few inches thick, and one has to wait for it to dissipate before filling the glass more or drinking. Tastes sweet, somewhat dark fruity. Good level of carbonation but not overly so like some Belgian style ales. Very very very well balanced. You can hardly tell that this is 10.5% alcohol. Whats more, this is one of the most drinkable abbey ales Ive ever had. Im very very impressed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2006
Beer pours a cloudy dark brownish red with a 2-finger tan head full of huge bubbles. The head lasts, leaving a film on top of the beer finally 10 minutes later. Aroma is strong and characteristically Trappist, with yeast and malt featuring heavily along with dark stone fruits. A faint detection of alcohol was welcome and not overpowering. Taste-wise, this beer is supremely balanced. Sweet malts and stone fruits hit up front but are kept in checked by a subdued hoppy bitterness. Spice and yeast detectable but not necessarily the focal points here. Aftertaste is lasting and sweet. Paradoxically it heavily coats the tongue while remaining fairly carbonated - another testament to its supreme balance. I must admit it looks and tastes divine coming out of my St. Bernardus trappist glass. Remarkable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kopher (593) - New York, USA - SEP 14, 2006
11.2 oz bottle (28/02/11). This pours a very dark murky/fuzzy brown with a thick foamy tan head. Strong smell of bread, old fruit, and spices (a bit like a dark hefe maybe). Taste was fairly subdued, though a good balance between sweet and bitter. Fairly strong alcohol flavor, but certainly not 10%. Excellen mouthfeel and slightly bitter finish: slightly fizzy at first and creamy-er towards the back. An excellent trappist-like beer, though too strong and with too sublte a flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gnoff (9866) - Mlndal, SWEDEN - SEP 14, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2008 First rating
(Bottle at Bishops Arms, Vstra Hamngatan, Gothenburg on August 25, 2006)
Deep red color, tan head. Fresh Belgian scent. Great taste of sweets mixed with bitterness. Big mouth feel. Medium high bitterness.

Second rating
(33 cl bottle at The Rover, Gteborg)
Dark brownish color, fluffy tan to brown head. Sweet smooth spicy complex scent. Smooth sweet complex taste. Nice smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness. Just very very nice.

Third rating
(33 cl bottle at The Rover, Gteborg)
Labeled 10%
Clear dark red to brown color, lasting tan head. Sweet, lactic, fruity scent. Also alcohol and spices. Yeasty spicy taste, phenoles and medicine cabinet. Medium to smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness.

Fourth rating
(Draught at Bishops Arms, V Hamng, Gteborg)
February 21, 2008
Dark brown to black color, brown lasting head. A tad acidic and grape like off-taste at first, underneath is some roasted malt and chocolate. Raissin aftertaste. It didnt display much scent at all. Either its bad or Im having a bad beer day (this being the first and only beer this day, I shouldnt be off) Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterenss. No real use in putting numbers on it. It does get better when it warms up more, bu tnot at all to the level I am used to with this beer. Perhaps the pub needs to clean the draught pipes better?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermouth (435) - Langeskov, DENMARK - SEP 12, 2006
cloudy dark brown with a thick tan head. Malty with a hint of brown sugar, caramel and honey. Slighly spiced and well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - SEP 11, 2006
poured a cloudy amber hue with a thin tan head. I think maybe i poured it wrong because it seems like head should have been better. Aroma had nice fruit quality to it with notes of alcohol. Flavor was intensly fruity notes of grapes mainly. This beer was served to me cold so some of the flavor notes may have been hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
POD (198) - USA - SEP 10, 2006
11.2 oz bottle. Huge light tan creamy head. Fruity aroma. Flavor was rich sherry with silky smooth mouthfeel. Decent lacing. This reminded me of a tame Mephistopheles without the strong aftertaste. The 10.5 abv was definitley noticable and appreciated. Id drink this again.

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