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


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RATINGS: 4363   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beernightscout (37) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2005
Gift from Paul for no apparent reason. In his honor, I promise there will be no more mispelled words in my reviews. Pours dark red brown, huge head that settles into a frothy coating on the beer all the way down the glass. Um, hits you kinda hard if you drink too much too fast. Smells like a Belgian ale, tastes like a Belgian ale, but thicker and smoother than average, great carbonation and a beautiful sweet aftertaste if you let it warm up. Yum. You could have this for dinner -- its fat free, too! $10 at Clark and Foster.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nel (180) - Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2005
Smells great right from the start. Delightful head. Creamy. Delicious. Gives westy a run for its money.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BT (123) - Westchester, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2006 Purely delightful! One of the best beers Ive had. Love the reddish hue, yeasty aroma and flavor, smooth in the mouth, long aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2005
Started well and got steadily better. Appearance was unassuming: dark brown and cloudy with a greyish head. Aroma was unexpectedly sweet with a hint of apple. Then came the taste: sweet, plummy, sour, alcoholic, like Christmas pudding, with a lovely little bitter close at the end of each sip. Outstanding.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gatorbeer (148) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2006 What a beer should be. If you are looking for a measuring stick this is it. Rich, creamy, complex and smooth. Could possibly be perfection in a bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
PeteOvertone (13) - Ingleside, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2005
My reaction when I took the first sip was that of "oh my." I actually thought it was a bit overwhelming with a fruity flavor. I didnt like it at first, but then the after taste kicked in and it finishes wonderfully. After a few more sips, the initial flavor that I didnt like was gone (or I got used to it). It was like I found a new best friend. Great Beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2005 Really dark beer with a thin, but lasting head.Smells like demarera sugar and the tase is wonderfully fruity and cake like.Fantastic brew and Im very glad that Ive got another one stashed away!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - SEP 1, 2005
Poured hazy brown with a small but lasting head. Aromas of dark fruit, currant, caramel, and molassas. Flavors were similar with a warming alcohol on the finish and some extra spices in there too. What great stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - SEP 1, 2005
Pours a bright tawny, with a big layer of big frothy layer of white foam that settles fairly quickly. Aromas of dates, plums, brown sugar and bourbon. A very clean, lightly toasty nose. Very smooth carmel flavor, gentle pit fruit, a bit of dry toastiness, and warming but unobtrusive alcohol in the finish. Palate is amazingly light and delicate, with no metalic off flavors. Overall, this is less complex than the other Trappist ales Ive tasted--fewer ideas going on. But the aromas and flavors it focuses on are elegantly and profoundly done. Id love to try this with NY cheesecake. And it would fill the place of an after dinner bourbon very nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2046) - Salinas, California, USA - AUG 31, 2005
lots of caramel in the aroma, with grapes, and peaches. body is a foggy ruby/brown with a thin head. taste is like dried fruit, sugar, and alcohol. Starts out a little sweet then fades to a more fruity, roasty flavor.

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