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


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RATINGS: 4050   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kinghellsfire (10) - NEW ZEALAND - JUL 29, 2007
Pours a dark brown with around 2-3cm of light brown head. Very smooth texture. only downside is the high alcohol content which makes it hard to consume many in one sitting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheCEO (100) - USA - JUL 24, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2007 What can I say...it’s well made? It scores high in every category?...so WHAT! If any variety of Trappist Ales are your favorite style, you are NOT a BEER lover...I honestly think that people who PREFER drinks like these are insecure and are trying to feel important in this community...do you think it makes you "better" because you supposedly ENJOY this style..? BULLSHIT Strong Ales...the biggest FRAUD in The Beer World today... Overall Score: 14...there’s so many better ones out there...ones that actually TASTE like Beer too...I would tell this style to "Kiss my ass.", but my ass is too good for its lips...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
maltysfalcon (6) - Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2007 does not count
What can you say about this beer except "Terrific". It pours medium brown with moderate head. Floral and nutty on the nose, it has aromas of fruitcake and dates. Full bodied, balanced alcohol reveal a complex-tasting beer that is well refined and drinks easy. Vinous in texture and flavor, this beer delivers excellent flavor and mouthfeel. One of my favorites.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
norsedoc (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2007
On tap at Falling Rock. Pours dark brown with tan head that lingers. Medium body, not overpowered by alcohol. Toasted malt. Finish almost caramelizes on your tongue.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markwise (4786) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2009 This beer is sweet. The alcohol content has a tendency to sneak up on you. It starts smooth, delivers great flavor, and finishes with a great refined aftertaste.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
cheap (4571) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2009 Second sample, for first (2.9) read on: On tap again at the vintage estates. Much less enjoyable than the fist experience. more than I can appreciate and on the strong side. First sample:On tap at Vintage Estates Wine and Beer, thanks Ron. Cloudy root beer appearance with a rapidly fading head. Slight aroma of sweetness, barely any. Initial taste is very smooth, it really hides the alky content well. It leaves me thinking about how refined these Belgies are compared to many of the unrefined wanna be american craft brews. Surprisingly enjoyable for such a high alky %. Bready and flavorful. A decent brew for a sweet beer lover. Smooth creamy low level carbonation. Very civilized and easy to enjoy. Impressive for a style that I don’t care much about. A little more enjoyable than Ommegang Three Philosophers. Much better than Weyerbacher Quad and Avery The Reverend which both come across rather coarse when compared to this brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bombardier (4) - USA - AUG 2, 2007 does not count
Very smooth aroma and taste, with the alcohol being very well hidden (which is why I personally rate this higher than Rochefort). Dark fruit (raisin, plum) and spicey flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
daniele (6523) - ITALY - AUG 3, 2007
scura buona schiuma profumi torreffati luppolati corpo pieno retrogusto di caffè

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bullit (4163) - Burgos, SPAIN - JUL 25, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2008 Ruby red colour, off-white head. Aroma has caramel malts and dark fruits. Flavours: dark fruit, spices and a bit caramel. Rerate: alcohol well noticable. Dark fruits. Full bodied. + .3

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
downender (6954) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2007
Bottle. Deep brown, with a moderate, tight tan head. Spicy aroma with dark fruits and an almost savoury edge. Very smooth to drink despite the strength, with plenty of sweet caramel. Excellent.

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