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


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RATINGS: 3840   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nogva (13) - NORWAY - NOV 28, 2014
Pours dark reddish brown with a thick and long-lasting off-white foam. Aroma of bread and caramel with a pleasant fruity acidity and hints of yeast and vanilla. Full body, creamy feel, avg carbonation. Aroma starts off with a warm and fuzzy hug from the alcohol but quickly moves to sweet licorice and dried fruits. Long finish with a dry and hoppy bitterness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
King_Alex_II (25) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 26, 2014
Very heavy beer with a smooth taste of chocolates and hints of vanilla. Beautiful matched body. Almost too easy to drink.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
aggtBeer (10) - Hamburg, GERMANY - NOV 26, 2014
Poured a rich mahogany with an ample off white head. Sweet brown sugar, caramel, raisins, and plums dazzled in the aroma. My mouth overflowed with the flavors of toffee, caramel, brown sugar, and light stone fruit. The mouthfeel was smooth and there was a chewy quality to it which mixed nicely with the slight bite from the alcohol. This was definitely one of the best beers I’ve ever had the pleasure of drinking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CharlyBeer (100) - Bruxelles, BELGIUM - NOV 25, 2014
Molto buona, complessa, praticamente completa. Un piccolo meno sull’aspetto e il colore.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boxereddy (79) - BELGIUM - NOV 24, 2014
Donkerbruin bier met snelzakkende schuimkraag. Neus geeft veel alcohol met zoet karameltoets. Mondgevoel is vol met zoetige afdronk en fruitige toets. Een topper!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PauloAG (12) - BELGIUM - NOV 22, 2014
330cc bottle. Smells caramel, cocoa and hop. The taste is like the nose also fruity. Very "trappist" like. A fantastic beer with a very soft and friendly alcohol . It is not the flavor explosion felt with a Westvleteren XII or even a Rocheford 10 but outstanding drink also!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Matt_Foran (43) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 18, 2014
Very nice Belgian quad. Nice dark color with some sweetness from the fruit and yeast. Nice and smooth for a quad. Finishes subtlety on the palate, fades after a minute or so.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shaynsawchuk (539) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2014
330 mL bottle. Pours deep walnut with a thick pale head. Big, dark fruity nose, applesauce, fig, toasted dark bread. Some leathery, earthy, spicy hop presence. Cocoa and yeasty esters. Full bodied with high carbonation. Light malty sweetness balanced with gentle hopping and a hint of alcohol. Creamy texture, with great length. Exceptional.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Optimatorjoe (5) - - NOV 16, 2014 does not count
St. Bernardus 12 is a great alternative to Westvleteren 12, and much more available. I couldn't really even notice difference in taste. Great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
xXbaptisteXx (62) - - NOV 15, 2014
Bu en pression. Couleur brun très claire; la mousse est de couleur blanc cassé et tien peu. Et bouche elle est très douce pour sont tot d'alcool vraiment sympa !!

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