Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Abt 12Abt 12
9,849 Ratings
Abt 12Abt 12

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Style: Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

View: Beers
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 9,849 |  Reviews: 2,854
Photo of RedDiamond
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Starts with an energized leap from the bottle and a sizable head of feathery beige suds. This brew is a dark rusty brown, the precise color of a monk’s robe I’m sure. It smells wine-like at first, with a base of caramel and spice. The taste is mature, complex, and spicy, with a well-endowed malt profile and a notable though tempered presence of alcohol.

This is a beer of great artistry and poise with a judicious balance of lush malty sweetness and muscular verve. I’m beginning to think these monks are really onto something. I wonder if I might look good in a brown robe?

 584 characters

Photo of AbePhroman
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got myself a bottle of this. This beer is amazing. As soon as the brew hit my crystal goblet all I said was, "Oh damn!" as a frothy tan head rose to the top. Excellent lacing on the glasss. What a great smell. Complex malts with fruity hints. The taste is so sweet and smooth. Very drinkable IMO. The 10%abv is very suddle. This may be one of the best beers I've ever tried.

 382 characters

Photo of tavernjef
4.76/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gorgeous thick color of reddish, dark crusty earth brown with a substantially tall, softly creamy, yet densely whipped, dark ivory crown that remains for a good while before slowly creeping down to an ever present thick murky skim. Lacing starts as styrofoam sheets but dissolves and sticks in big spots and some globules.

Aroma is soft and subtle, not all that strong but comes across complex enough with dark citrusy fruits of fig, raisin, starfruit, and touches of lemon and banana. Some cocoa sits within and a bit of crispy vanilla and cookie dough sweetness. But as it warms some major yeasty tones take over lending phenolic notes and spicy alcoholic burn.

Yum! Taste is super nice; very soft and subtle, full and scrumptious, nice dulled-like dark citrusy fruit notes dancing upon chewy cookie dough sweetness where pleasing sugars, vanilla, and lingering cocoa wait in the wings to finish it off. Quite a bit of things going on; like a waffer lemon tea cookies meets chewy sweet oatmeal raisin cookie dough with a splash of cocoa. Heavy milk-like thickness upfront, some light chewy malts and cookie sugars dominate the middle where it mingles with a solid carbonation and some wonderfully placed yeasty spices of clove and earthy dryness towards the finish. But this really never gets all that dry at all, it remains full and wet with amazing sugary cookie things. Its fades ever so gently off the palate where a dry spice coats under a sweet malt laden heaven. Mmmm...Liquid bakery flavors of oatmeal cookies, caramel chewy raisin bars, and moist chocolate/cocoa cake with a spritz of darkened citrus in the frosting. Amazing! The yeast sits just right for me, mild yet present with just the right amount of give and take around the middle and into the finish with its clove-like and phenolic spice and alcohol.

Full, fluffy carbonation, semi-chewy, very well rounded and just spicy enough, just the right amount of sweetness and sugarsall combine, and whammo, you've got an amazingly easy smooth, soothingly thick glass of necture here. Beyond drinkable; its fan-tabulous! Slides right down with wonderment! How in the hell do those 'smiling' monks do it?
Thanks to Prostman for the samples!

 2,214 characters

Photo of 99bottles
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

33 cL bottle. Drink before the end of April 2004 the label reads in German and Spanish. I guess I gotta.

Appearance: This beer poured into a goblet is a beautiful reddish brown body with a sloshy white head. Retention is somewhat on the low side, but seems perfect for this beer.

Smell: Is of rich malts with a fruity and slightly alcholic nature. Figs, dates, plums, raisins all seem to be wrapped delicately in the warm phenols.

Taste: Incredible. There is so much complexity that it sort of figures itself out and leaves you with jaw agape saying wow. The sweet malts are ever so light and fruity. Interesting notes of spice slip through the smooth fruit. I'd say clove or nutmeg, but subdued in such a way that they never steal the show. Those monks have stumbled across something here. Very earthen, also very sweet, alcoholic and easy going. This is really a piece of art.

Mouthfeel: Absolutely perfect. It feels so light, so fluid and yet has a deceiving amount of body. Good bright carbonation plays with the smooth and slick malt. No cloying whatsoever in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: Who cares if this is 10% ? If I could, I'd bring them one after another all evening. Really one of the most profound beers I've had the pleasure of tasting. I wish they were less expensive here in the U.S. Awesome.

 1,325 characters

Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

25.4 ounce bottle with cork and basket stopper purchased from Wilbur's Wine and Spirits in Ft. Collins, CO, for $8.99. Happy birthday to me.

Oh my gosh! What a beer! Really very unique. The appearance is exceptional -- kind of cloudy like you would expect a BCA to be, but a rich thick head and lots of lacing!

Incredible aroma! Mix chocolate, raisins and rye bread rising just before it goes in the oven. Wow!

Amazing taste. Very unexpected! Not the flavor I had expected from the color. Raisin, plum, yeast, a ripe banana note, high note of pineapple, but not overly sweet. My friend, who shared part of this bottle (25.4 oz is too much for one person!) said, "Like baked raisins with all the sugar turned into alcohol." Not much of the toasted malt or chocolate tastes I had been expecting -- just a total and wonderful surprise!

What a rich, round feel! The bottle said to serve this at 52 to 56 degrees F., and that was right! Smooth without being syrupy -- I hardly wanted to swallow this, it was so nice in the mouth.

The drinkability is fine for the first 8 oz. or so, but this is too strong to have very much.

Can't believe they sell this at the brewery for about 1 Euro a bottle!

This beer is for special occasions, and worth it. Enjoy!

 1,270 characters

Photo of yankeeheel
4.83/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a drtop dead dusky brown with a huge, billowy, eggshell colred layer of foam that rises up the sides of the tulip glass. Perfection.

Smells very fruity and estery. Extremely plum like. Seems like I've had a lot of beers like this lately.

Tastes so sublime in it's greatness. A perfect melding of fruity malts with a very understated yeast background. Lots of little funky critters bring out flavors that don't really have a name. Definitely plum and fig dominated. Finishes sweet and fruity with a bit of a warming glow.

Perfectly balanced between it's hugeness and it's delicate side.

It's a keeper.

 618 characters

Photo of kmcnair
4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a deep auburn red and creates a thick off white head.

Smell is very thick, with a rich boquet of floral notes and has a sweet, malty character. Hints of brown sugar here.

Flavor is sweet and huge. This is an incredibly complex brew! Notes of coriander, brown sugar, honey, currant, sweet fruit and very earthy. Malt and hop balance is optimal.

Mouthfeel is so rich and full bodied. Coats gently and goes down easily. There's some alcohol character early on, but this fades as it warms to perfection. Finish is slightly dry, like that of a medium red wine.

This is an excellent and very drinkable brew! The only reason I would not drink more than one... I would rather save it for a better occasion.

 725 characters

Photo of Trentonator
4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful pour, two fingered head, great lacing. Smells and tastes exquisite, smooth and complex, almost like a fine wine. The box says "bringing heavenly nectar within reach". Well put. This beer is heavenly. I LOVED this beer. I bought a four pack and it set me back about 15 bucks, but I could drink this all day long.

 321 characters

Photo of woemad
4.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The consumption of this beer is in honor of the Eastern Washington University basketball team, who played their first ever NCAA tournament game on Friday. Yes, they lost, but they were 15th seed against 2nd seed Okla. St. That they entered halftime tied at 36 is morally the same as a win for them. And let's not forget, they did GET THERE, for the first time in my Alma Mater's history. Here's to you, Eagles!

Bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $4.23. Label - featuring a chalice-toting monk that appears to be on his second or third - looked a little weathered. I hoped this hadn't been sitting too long. Foolish me.

This is a gorgeous beer. It poured an extremely dark brown. Only some very earnest gazing while holding it up to the light showed that it wasn't, in fact, black. Big, off-white head. Thank god I had a chalice handy, or it would have taken ages to pour into a pint glass. Big, thick sheets of lacing. It stayed foamy throughout its time in my glass.

This smelled very tasty, indeed. Very winey, port-like smell, but more to it than that. There are sweet elements to it, reminiscent of the best aspects of a fruitcake. A bitter scent like raisins and figs keep the sweeter portion from becoming too cloying. What a balance!

Like the smell, this is a superbly balanced beer. The taste is very complex. Again, like the smell, there is a similarity to a good tawny port. The sensation of sweet and bitter seems to strike simultaneously. All the taste buds get to enjoy it at once. The candy-sweet taste is perfectly matched by the bitter, figgy, raisiny flavors. The high alcohol can only be faintly gleaned from the taste.

Mouthfeel is certainly unobjectionable. It actually seems full-bodied, but not to the point where I feel like I'm about to become full. So, I guess it's perfect!

Drinkability has to be slightly graded down in that it's 10%abv. Making this a session beer could land you in serious trouble, but God, it goes down so easy!

 1,990 characters

Photo of lackenhauser
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautifully deep red color with a very nice head that tends to linger the whole way down the glass.Nice aroma-malty.Vinuous and winey.Notes of port,raisens,yeast.Wonderful flavor. A slight malt sweetness. Hints of black currants,port. Very slight trace of alchohol.Terriffic mouthfeel-full bodied and somewhat oily.Very,very smooth.A great beer it really is.One of the best Belgians I have had. Really a nice beer indeed. Well worth seeking out.

 453 characters

Photo of SeanChouffe
4.88/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A deep transparent ruby red color with plenty of CO2, a rocky, foamy head that had decent retention (mellowed to a dense creamy layer). The lacing is sticky and thick and the carbonation is plentiful.
Aroma is bready, malty, and slightly astringent with fruits and spices.
Flavor is a sweet/tart start with a spicy middle and peppery finish. Flavors are complex and change with temperature. Mellows and smoothes as it warms, but keeps its complexity.
Mouthfeel is effervescent and creamy - mellows as it warms. Full bodied and smooth, yet oily with a bite.
IMHO: This is a truly great beer. A great balance of desirable characteristics -- not overwhelming. I feel unqualified to give it the great review it deserves.

 720 characters

Photo of ark57
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This dark ruby brown beer has an enormous rocky head and lots of flavor. Its aroma is spicy, fruity, and yeasty while, it is very complex in taste. Anise, cinnamon, prune, fig, and raisin are just some of the flavors present. It finishes with a slight dry spiciness. A great beer worth seeking out.

 298 characters

Photo of necoadam
4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gotta love the monk on the label. After drinking this you'll have a smile on your face just like that monk does. Poured out a light muddy brown with quite a bit of carbonation in this beer. Smell was mostly matls and dark fruits with an ever so sight wiff of alochol. Taste was extremely complex. Fruit hits the palate first with some malts and finishes with a nutty aftertaste and a little dry. But goes down so easy and it's so smooth. I'm so glad my local store got this beer finally. Just an awesome beer.

 509 characters

Photo of Rastacouere
3.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight into a Chimay chalice, this displays a bottle-conditioned (floating yeast particules) deep brown hue with a sticky light beige off-white head. Aroma is extremely yeasty, brown chocolate in an ocean of yeast, pure cookie dough along with caramel.. It smells sweet and brown. Taste is candi sugar, brown chocolate, hugely malty, but even more so intensively yeasty with a bit of bananas, prunes and plums and a light restrained alcohol bite. Body is medium and creamy. Wow, this is so yeasty, I wouldn't expect this from myself, but maybe too much for its own good. A very generous and potent complex beer nevertheless and I can't wait to re-rate from a 750.

 665 characters

Photo of Foxman
4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a rich, murky, milk choclate brown, with ligher highlights at the edges. A fast two fingers of foam settles to one finger, then drops further very gradually. There are dense veils of clingy lacing.

The aroma brings sweet malt and grape characters to kick off the presentation, with peripheral berry notes widening the range. A creamy undercurrent of vanilla and mild spice lurks quietly. Yeast makes a gently sour play at the end.

Upon sipping, the poignant and well-placed sweetness of malt makes the first appearance, quickly partnered with warm tones of grape and berry. A mild spice presence can now do nothing to mask the alcohol that was intriguingly absent in the aroma. An ephemeral dry citrus note gives ground to a yeasty sourdough character at the finish, providing a full palette of taste experience. Overall, It's a thoroughly pleasing blend of basic and perfectly matched components.

Medium bodied, it lubricates and coats just sweetly enough. The progression of elements leave an interesting series of sensations on the palate.

Of all the qualities that stand out in a big beer, smoothness is very often overlooked, but not in this case. Simply, it's a smooth blend of sweet and savory balance. The flavor is all I want it to be, keeping one's attention with the interplay between all the individual pieces. The high ABV is well mitigated by everything else this excellent ale has to offer, though it does raise a wisely heeded flag of caution. Anyway, I'd likely stop at one big bottle because with anything this good, you should want to be able to savor, fully and consciously, every sip you take.

 1,639 characters

Photo of soper2000
4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the familiar smiling monk 33 cl bottle marked best consumed before 2005 and with notches cut out on the 1, 2, 4, 7 along the bottom of the bottle. Poured a beautiful deep brown/light brown with a deep tan head. When held up to a light the beer turns a nice amber color around the edges. The smell is amazing. This has to be one of my favorite smelling beers. A malty raisin sweetness rises from the glass. This is one enjoyable beer to drink. There are a lot of flavors present with some bold fruit tastes evident at first before gently yielding to a pleasant maltiness. It is very hard to taste any alcohol even as the beer warms to room temperature. The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy which lends to this beers incredible drinkability. This is one of my favorite beers and definitely worth a try.

 808 characters

Photo of Andreji
3.78/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Forgive me for being slightly disappointed with a top rated beer, but this one is definetly left behind by most of its same style and does not rank 6th in my own personal accounts.

The pour, dark, deeply opaque and cloudy with the residue of yeast settling down at the bottom of the glass and a very generous rose/peach toned head that gradually fades.

The smell, profoundly malty (predominantly malty) with some rustic feel of wheat and yeast.

The taste is, however, its disappointing factor because the complexity of its fruityness is opaqued by its intense bitter malty feel that approach it more to a kwak like brew than a top notch dark belgian. The body is also a little weak for the style- not dense enough.

 724 characters

Photo of jed
4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 33cl slender, brown bottle with the distinct St. Bernadus happy monk. Best if consumed by the end of 2005. Poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown with some hints of red near the bottom of the glass. Lots of carbonation when I opened the bottle. Huge, two finger head jumps up immediately, cake like with excellent head retention. As the head disperes, it leaves a wall of dirty lace all over the chalice.

Smell: Smells is very sweet, almost reminiscent at first of a dry Irish stout. Tons of sweet malt, as well as some fruits — plums, cherrys? Very sweet fruit aroma, without being unpleasant. A little bit of a spicy edge, some cloves, but the sweet fruit is the dominant aroma.

Taste: Wow, this is amazing! I'm not sure if my palette can make out all the flavors in this one, but I taste banana, some tart cherry, even a hint of vanilla. Midway through the strong banana fades to simpler sweetness, brown sugar and vanilla. A fig or raisin fruit flavor becomes more evident. Alcohol is very nicely concealed, aside from obvious warmth. Distinctive "Belgian yeast" taste is more more restrained than something like Delirium Tremens. As the beer warms, a buttery/chocolate flavor becomes more pronounced. Very strong, pleasant fruit aftertaste, mainly banana at first, although it shifts to a more raisin/bitter taste about halfway through. Warming alcohol in the finish, along with some spicy pepper and cloves. Definitely a five.

Mouthfeel: Perfect. Very smooth, as creamy as a good stout, carbonation is there without being evident.

Drinkability: This one is so drinkable it's dangerous. 10% alcohol is totally concealed, and with such a good mouthfeel I could handle a couple of these in one sitting. Now I know why the monk is smiling.

Possibly the best beer I've ever had. I'm sure this is expensive in the U.S., although I picked up a bottle here in Paris for only €2.30. It doesn't really matter, because it's worth every cent. Incredibly complex, incredibly drinkable … the closest to a perfect beer I've ever had.

 2,080 characters

Photo of sulldaddy
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This sample is from a 330cl bottle, it was chilled prior to tasting.
I pour a sample into my snifter and it is a clear cola color that reveals rich garnet tints when held to the light. Very tightly packed fluffy off-white head foams up about 1 cm and lasts throughout sampling.
The aroma is complex as hell! I get bananas, cherries, plums, black pepper maybe cloves too.
First sip reveals a very creamy texture and mild carbonation. Flavor is fruity sweet cherry, pear plum up from and fades to a big tangy hit of yeastiness. Finish is peppery and I get some alcohol warming on the way down. Very tasty brew and complex. Even with the warming factor this beer is very easy to drink!

 686 characters

Photo of ManekiNeko
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33 cL bottle served slightly colder than cellar temperature in a Trois Pistoles and savored long enough for it to warm up.

Appearance: Dark, murky brown topped by a healthy beige head composed of tiny bubbles that gets a bit rocky after a minute or so. The beer retained a small layer of bubbles all throughout consumption and left some fingers of lace, but I've definitely seen better.

Smell: Dark and intense candi sugars. Pear, figs, vanilla, and carob. Overall, a dessert/sweet bread aroma. The booze becomes apparent on the nose after it warms a titch, but it's a nice smell. Wonderfully complex.

Taste: Plummy, jammy, candi sugar laced sweet malts. Kinda buttery and slightly raisiny. Mild booze taste upon warming, but it's oh-so divine.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth as butter until it warms, then it acquires a little bit of alcoholic warming. It doesn't detract from the smoothness. Very soothing.

Drinkability: Pretty darn exquisite. I could see myself having a few more of these, and the price kicks ass.

 1,030 characters

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A very familiar looking label design on the now equally familiar low slung neck 11.2 fl.oz (33cl) brown glass bottle. Says (in French) Drink before end of 2005 on the labels side writing, yet the row of numbers, 0-9, on the bottom of the label is nicked at the 1, 2, 4 and the line between the 7 and 8 mark, whatever that means.

A deep dark brown body, that is partially lucid but my Westie Glass Glass reveals some yeast chunks at the bottom. A thin but smooth looking light brown head forms easily, it is comprised of fine bubbles that stay the distance and leave some nice lacing on the goblet walls.

Hmmmm, rich rum and raisins, currants, nuts, dark berries, caramel, toffee and dark chocolate. This has a nose akin to a stronger more complex version of the Prior 8. Excellent fine levels of dissolved carbonation lend a very enticing nasal treat that begs to be deeply inhaled. Transient warm complex feelings in the mouth, this Ale is one helluva ride. Sweet malts and a rich chocolate yogurt start the proceedings, with some toffee caramel, all contribute to start the Roller coaster ride at a fast pace. Raisins and dark fruits with smooth melting milk chocolate and fresh dark coffee see you through the ups and ups of the ride. Creamy and silky, this smooth brew slides down extremely easily. A nice alcohol feel licks the tongue. Smooth and complex, this is incredibly quaffable, even for a big ass Abt 12. Wish I had a crate of this marvel.

When I first drank this beer, it had the words St.Sixtus 12 on the label because it was some aged stock from ‘t Ostens Bierhuis during my very first visit to Belgium at Easter 1994. It was forced to dump the old moniker back in 1992. Sticks and Stones may break my bones but changing names won’t hurt me. I was in awe of this marvel back in 1994, and I still am some 10 years later. I have always tried to sneak an Abt 12 during my annual Belgium trip ever since. It’s a quality brew that never disappoints and is certainly one of the Belgium Classics.

Not quite perfect, but Bloody Hell its really chuffin’ close to it.

 2,090 characters

Photo of stewart124
4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark ruby color with a very thick off-white head. Leaves behind a nice lacing and adds a beautiful looking brew. Smells of dark malts, strong spices, and a fruitiness. Silky smooth blend of spices (cloves come to mind), fruit flavors, and strong malts. The alcohol isn't overally noticable and will sneak up on you. Aftertaste is a lingering fruity taste with that strong feeling a smooth creamy beer. Great beer for the style. This is something I'll be looking for again.

 474 characters

Photo of ColForbin
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Red/brown with a thick tan head in my Chimay chalice. Bready, fruity aroma. Taste is sweet, yeasty and sour, with some fruit notes and a dry and slightly bitter finish, perhaps due to the high level of carbonation. Very light on the palate and extremely drinkable. Maybe a little bit of smokiness as the beer warms. Some cloves too. An excellent, complex and beautiful beer.

 374 characters

Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from an 11.2 oz bottle, in a Duvel tulip. Upon pouring, a stiff rocky tan head formed, which was decorated with nutmeg colored particles. When the head receded, an intricate lacing pattern was left behind. The dark ruddy-brown beer was very cloudy and riddled with particulates. The sharp nose was malty and quite fruity, with notes of cherry, raisin, and coconut, with a wisp of alcohol sneaking through. The full-bodied and slighty fluffy beer was a delight for the taste buds. The fantastic slightly tart malt backbone faintly resembled a Flemish brown and was accompanied by notes of cherry, cinnamon, and banana, with a fairly dry finish. The collection, strength, and balance of flavors was perfection. No wonder why the fellow on the bottle is so happy!

 767 characters

Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.82/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark hazy brown. Looked like fresh apple cider, but with a giant tan head that would not go down. I had to wait almost 5 mins before I could take a sip. But it was so worth the wait. The smell was sweet and malty. Very fruity, especially banana. But not real banana, like the banana flavor of banana gum or ice cream. The taste was also laden with the banana flavor, but mixed with sweet malt and other fruits flavors as well as spices like clove and perhaps nutmeg. I found the alcohol to be hidden well, although I guess some would disagree. The mouthfeel was creamy and thick. Carbonation was much less biting than I expected considering the huge head it produced when poured. Drinkability was also great. I wouldn't expect it to be with a high abv like this, but I can't help myself. The taste is so good that I must have another. To me beer just doesn't get much better than this. I will definatly buy this again.

 937 characters

Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 9,849 ratings