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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4287   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FireGlider (439) - Zagreb, CROATIA - AUG 9, 2016
Pours fizzy amber/dark brown with big forthy brownish head. Malty aroma, raisins, dried fruits. Sweet taste with light malty bitter aftertaste. Nice quadrupel, balanced and not too strong flavours.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
puredelusion (259) - Lviv, UKRAINE - AUG 5, 2016
0.33 bottle, Pours dark brown color with high, mostly lasting off-white head. Aroma of fruits, flowers, yeast. Flavor is medium sweet, medium bitter, fruity, alcoholic. Finish is medium long and decent alcoholic warmth. Medium body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
buddybutch (51) - Nantes, FRANCE - AUG 5, 2016
Bottle. I have to tell that this review is reflecting the fact that I think the bottle had a problem, cause it was flat, tasteless, like sour water, some kind of alcoholic water. Some flavour. Funny thing is that this bad bottle was better than most good conditioned other brand beers! ^^

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dahlstrom (266) - Nygatan 29, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2016
33 cl bottle @Amarillo. Opaque dark brown with a average white head. Moderate malty aroma of dried fruits, caramel, resin, bread, yeasty and alcohol. Taste reflects the aroma. Medium body, with a slick texture. Medium carbonation. Medium bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DiogoMCampos (3) - Porto, PORTUGAL - JUL 28, 2016 does not count
Pours a dark color and a beige head that fades quickly. Excellent fruity aroma, really complex. Intense malty taste, but hides the alcohol really well. Very drinkable and perfect for a winter night. Ages very well. One of the finest beers out there!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mambossa (282) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2016
Burgundy pour, rupturing head falling to a small film. Bogglingly complex nose. Sweet dried cherries and fig, cola, caramel, red apple, baking spice, dark bread, floral, estery fruits, very delicate clove (thank god). Seemingly an enigma. Complex yet simple. Flavor is sweet ripe black cherries, whole grain bread, raisin and date, slight illusion of cocoa, estery spice strategically appears to contrast sweet notes, an utterance of earthiness. As of less than a week ago, I’ve been a non-believer in Belgians. Delirium Nocturnum opened my eyes. Now I tried this. My mind, soul, and palate are satisfied and illuminated to the world of Belgian ales. Sincere complexity, sweet, but not cloying, a true testament to the ale. At $10.99, I’ll be keeping some in my fridge at all times.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Inoven (269) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUL 23, 2016
Flesje thuis gedronken. Donkerbruin, helder bier met stevig schuim. Weinig aroma, ietsje fruitig en hoppig. Smaak van koffie en donker fruit. Nasmaak is licht bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AaronTDubs (311) - - JUL 19, 2016
Dark brown with ruby notes. Highish carbonation. Beautiful lacing. Aromas of caramel, phenols, rum, and lightly roasted nuts. Very smooth, surprisingly light bodied (Well not actually light bodied, but for its abv) It is a very sweet beer, but nicely balanced by the phenols and roasted flavors. Finishes with a touch of caramel on the tongue, before opening up into a spice clove-like finish. There just the slightest touch of acidity, which helps give this some dried fruit flavors. This is simply, an incredibly beer, very drinkable. One of the best beers in the world.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DavidAust (191) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 14, 2016
I am going to have to buy another from a different retailer to compare as this was sub par. Bottle at 12 degrees Celsius. Aroma was a little funky, and the flavour was also strange. And I love big malty quads. Head was off white and fluffy, but didn’t last. Will edit review after having another.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OminouSC2 (426) - SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2016
Dark brown color. Fruit aromas, spices, alcohol, brown sugar. Taste of fruits, caramel, sugar, spices, yeast and alcohol. Alcohol a bit too dominant. Really good Abt/Quad.

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