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


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RATINGS: 4408   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
after4ever (7888) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2006
11.2-oz. Pours deep chestnut brown with minimal head and quickly-falling bubbly lace. Huge apple-y aroma with some raisins and cinnamon tucked in around the farthest edges. The attack is smooth, as is every single drop from beginning to end. Its an amazingly soft and gentle beer, but the body is on the high side of medium and the carb is assertive. Gentle, matly sweet underpinnings with densely complex fruit and spices swirling above that. Mild, clean finish. Very easy drinking and delicious beer that rewards you with enormous complexity of flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 26, 2006
(Bottle at The Rover, Gteborg) Pours dark red to brown. Warm alcohol smell with some wood and belgian yeast. Ripe fruits. Raisins and wet soil. Malt. Pears. Summer rain. Some rum. Pepper. Very sweet and fresh smell. The taste has a bit of chocolate and ripe pears. Toffee. Damp basement. A bit too much of the belgian sweetness. Alcohol. Wet sawdust. Coctail berries. Some gingerbread. Salty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Diogne (1207) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 25, 2006
UPDATED: APR 1, 2016 750ml bottle in a trappist glass. Pours a dark brown beer with an everlasting beige head. The aroma is yeast, caramel, cloves, spices, malt and dark fruits. Flavour is malt, alcohol, cloves, spices, dark fruits, fraisins, orange, apple, and caramel with a full body. Wonderfull beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (5754) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2008 Bottle. Dark murky brown pour with s stunning, lasting, fluffy, creamy, lacy beige head. Really a magnificent head, certainly looks like a work of art. Nose is sweet malt and powerful sweet fruit. Also, yeast and a little wheat. Taste predominately complex and sweet maltiness with fruit (apple, raisin, orange, and something a bit more exotic) and alcohol. Spicy with caramel. Thinner than Id expect for something with 10%. Soft. A good beer, possibly great, but Im not sure it deserves all the fuss. [3.8]

Long-awaited re-rate, here in the US on 11 September 2008, with a best before date of Christmas Day 2012. Explosive nose is yeasty fig, caramel malt with richly spiced fruit cake, raisin and berry. A touch of green apple under orange rind and Smarties dust. Opaque chestnut pour that leans toward the black, with a lush, yeast-driven head (sort of a Duvel Dark, though toned down a bit). Taste is all about malt complexity with subtle, dusty yeast prickling. Booze coming through but only to give body and soft warmth. [3.8]

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brianprentiss (700) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 23, 2006
Looks and smellls amazing but something just wasnt right for me. I cant place the strange taste but I didnt really enjoy this beer. Rochefort is much better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chucks66 (85) - Beachwood, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2006
Very dark and smooth, scent of alcohol present, very smooth with a fruitiness to it, sweetness probably from the alcohol. Very nice belgian. Drinkable despite the alcohol.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dbk (1) - USA - JUN 19, 2006 does not count
this is one of the best abby ales i have ever drank. it is the nectar from Jehovah Himself. thanks so much for making and keeping this beer so pure. doyen

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oh6gdx (26261) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 19, 2006
Bottled. Dark brown colour, big brown creamy head. Plum, alcohol, yeast and berries in aroma. Flavour is strong cream and toffee with a sting of alcohol. Also malts and yeast make their way through. Lovely product with a nice long roasted aftertaste in the throat as well as creamy toffee in the mouth. I bet this beerages very well!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
doughert82 (20) - Bay Area, California, USA - JUN 18, 2006
Best of the best. I have yet to experience the "Holy Grail", but in my opinion, this is a giant step above Rochefort 10. The complexity of the aromas and taste create the most complete quad experience around. This is truly a special creation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Louipa (121) - USA - JUN 17, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2006 This beer allows you to see god....or perhaps thats the drunkeness. Either way GREAT BEER....GREAT!!! Buy it now...

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