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


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RATINGS: 3726   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Reviewed 12/04/2012. About time I review this. 11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. A: Pours a very dark reddish brown color. The head is a four finger light tan color. Rather than recede in a generic manner, the head merely loses texture before only collapsing partially. There is a LOT of lacing on the glass - not the ringed lacing of a good IPA, but spotty with large clumps. S: Lots of caramel malts, stewed dark fruits (like fig, plum, and raisin), lighter fruit esters (pear, apple), and a hint of chocolate. Perhaps not as enchantingly nuanced as Rochefort 10, but still wondrously aromatic. Nicely bready. T: The very first sip is loaded with chocolate, caramel, and dark fruit. After a few more sips, a balanced sensation of pears and phenols pop up on the finish along side faint alcohol warmth. I can also pick up a touch of raspberry and leafy tobacco as well, and the aftertaste has a bit of a milky cream flavor that is immensely enjoyable. It takes a while, but eventually, a spiced sensation of subtle nutmeg and cinnamon on the palate will show itself a little more than half way down the glass. Quite complex, but a little less so than Rochefort 10 - which is a moot point at the end of the day. This still has top caliber balance and craftsmanship. M: Not perfectly delicate, but the body’s thickness is perfect. There’s just enough of a cleanliness to the finish to encourage one to drink this faster. The booze manifests as a slight warmth on the tongue and stomach - but because of its balance, it just works in concert with the whole experience. O: It might be one of the more drinkable and balanced quads I’ve ever had. ’Course, I’ve never had Westy 12, but Hell, doesn’t Westy 12 have a very, VERY similar recipe to this? Ah well, that doesn’t matter, because it’s every bit as mindblowing as I hoped.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Helsdon (130) - Toronto, CANADA - JUL 23, 2014
Ha! Look at that happy Monk. No girls, vows of chastity, maybe silence, only so he can serve Our Lord. Don’t know it that would keep me happy. But being drunk on this great beer might help. Cheers to St. Bernardus Brouwerij for making a great Monk’s style brew. The beer itself is a cloudy brown with bits of the lees floating in the mix. Head is slightly tan with a few more of those bit. (Might have been a little less than gentle with this bottle before the pour.) Nose of caramel sweetness, nice toasted malts, smallest hint of nuts and some bready yeasts. The taste has some booze, lots and lots of lovely roasted and carmelized malts, there’s some sweetness in there too. Very clean finish with a lasting taste of malts. Nice beer without a lot of the overly fruity raisins flavours that seem to come with this type.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Garlic_of_Doom (415) - SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2014
Dark Brown with a small creamy khaki head. Aroma is sweet with lots of chocolate and marzipan. Taste is as above but with some herbal bitterness. Full body, high but soft carbonation. Dry chocolatey after taste, some warming alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beleggor (59) - Wrocław, POLAND - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle 330ml. Pours with huge white head, dark amber/brown color. Aroma is absolutely fantastic. Lot of dark fruits, raisins, plums, candied sugar, caramel, bread, also spicy belgian notes. Very complex. It’s sweet, with some nice notes of fruits, caramel, light bitterness. Excellent mouthfeel, highly carbonated. For sure, one of the best belgian beers, I like it even more than Rochefort 10.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tightslice (158) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Too much spicy, malted bread for my liking. Will have to try again once I realign my spirit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
a_sully (97) - - JUL 18, 2014
Medium brown with a light tan head, smells of sweet notes and toasted oats. Taste is quick sweet and rich, notes of chocolate and toasted oats. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
micronaut129 (241) - chalfontborotowntonbergville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2014
A deep velvety brown color beer with an extremely aggressive dense tan foamy head that fades to a lingering veil that explodes with any sudden movement. Good lacing. Fine malt aroma with Beligum yeast faint aspects of cloves and fruit. Taste is rich and complex malts. I taste also cloves candied sugar and sweet fruitiness of plums or raisins. Oh yeah, and a big alcohol bite. It feels in the mouth to be a thin to medium bodied beer with a dry finish and alcohol warming. Pleasing to look at and pleasing to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brian83 (4) - sqGat, SPAIN - JUL 14, 2014 does not count
Molt bona cervesa. No es trapistes pero es molt bona. Te aromas a panses, xocolata etc...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
murran (109) - - JUL 14, 2014
Pours a dark brown body with a thick head. Rich malty aroma with a belgian touch. Warm complex and very nice taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (4447) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 14, 2014
20/VI/14 - 33cl bottle @ ’t Einde (Gent) - BB: 25/VI/18 (2014-647) Thanks to Thomas and Annelies for the celebration beer in honour of their child-to-be! :-)

Clear dark purple brown beer, big irregular light beige head, pretty stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: malty, caramel, liquorish, aniseed, bit spicy. MF: lots of carbon, medium body. Taste: quite some liquorice, caramel, aniseed, little burned, sourish. Aftertaste: aniseed, little bitter, liquorish, dried fruits, mocha, bit of chocolate. Honestly, this is not how I remember this beer. I thought it was way less spicy. Very odd...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mjp12 (284) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2014
Copper brown pour, with thick, long lasting head. Lively carbonation from bottle conditioning . Sweet toasty oats on the aroma, with Belgian yeast coming through as it warms. The flavour is full of hazelnuts , almonds, and a balanced hop finish. Totally luxurious beer.

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