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


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RATINGS: 4271   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 16/20
ketchepillar (1184) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Pours a nice big frothy off white head. Aroma: Lemon juice acidity mixed w/ yeastiness. Some sweet malt mixed w/ fruit (strawberry/cherry). Taste: Raisins and plums, slightly acidic. Finish is very nice; very fruity; pretty dry. Mouthfeel is very nice; pretty silky, carbonation is still pretty lively though. Yeast is kinda spiciness, and slight horse blanket.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Pours a very nice dark reddish brown, with a beautiful off-white head that will not die. The aroma is pleasant, but very reserved - a bit fruity and malty with some subtle citrus notes. The flavor is a very complex mix of fruits and malt sweetness with a tongue tingling alcoholic bite. Although the alcohol is noticeable, it is well balanced with the other flavors. The palate is very smooth. Overall a very nice brew, maybe the best Belgian I’ve had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ScottB (73) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Bottle. Poured deep copper brown with a creamy off-white head that slowly dissipated leaving a nice lace. Yeast, bread, caramel and dark fruit on the nose follow through in the mouth. Full bodied. Coats the mouth. Alchohol is detectable, but not overbearing. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
stouby (4418) - Holbæk, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2008
Bottle at home. Brown with a large light brown head, beautiful lacings. Aroma heavy malty (caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits, roasted). Flavor moderate/heavy sweet, light/moderate bitter, good balance. Full body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
illini4ever (23) - Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Dark amber pour with a malty head. Nutty fruit aroma that comes at at you wonderfully. Flavors composed of cherry,figs and roasted malts. Just outstanding. Hides the high alcohol nicely. Dreamy creamy is all I can say. Slightly behind Rochefort, but not far.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
IPAGargoyleGuy (140) - Troy, NY, New York, USA - FEB 29, 2008
To date, the best beer I have had. Fresh fruit aroma, raisin, caramel, fruit flavor. The finish is remarkably smooth for this extremely flavorful 10% abv. beer. Highly recommended and worth the price!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BritAlesRule (215) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 29, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2009 A nice nutty sugar-plum aroma with cinnamony Christmas spices, and hints of Belgian yeast, apples, and pears in the background. Lacing like a wedding dress. Mouthfeel medium to sticky. Flavor is slightly more subtle. Clean apple highlights the fruit basket, candy, caramel, and raisin. Alcohol is fairly present, but not enough to detract for me. It’s a situation thing though. We had a tasting one night where we came off some goldens and triples into this and the alcohol bite was staggering. I would think aging this beer would make it an almost perfect beer. I would put the nose higher than any Trappist other than Orval, and an equal to the LaTrappe and Achel Quads. Classic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
northernbrews (25) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2008 Had a mini quad tasting in April 07. Had this one first. Picked up this 12 oz bottle at Champanes in Warren MI. Appearance: Pours a nice and clear brown color with a 1 finger tan head. There is a little bit of lacing on my snifter. Aroma: Starts with some nice malts and a slight alcohol burn. This is followed by dark fruits, figs, roasted malts, and slight cherry. The aroma on this was a little more pronounced than the Westy12 and less than the Rochefort 10. Very nice and inviting. Flavor: The tastes are similar to the aroma, but not a noticable. Cherry and dark fruits from the start followed by warming alcohol and some spicy hops. Palate: The dark fruit and malt flavors hang for a bit. This is pretty creamy too and also goes down too smooth for 10%. A 4 pack of this would be no problem, but splitting this bottle is nice too. Overall. This finished behind the Rochefort 10 and Westy 12 in this tasting and slightly above the Chimay Blue. I aged a 750ml of this for a few years and it was incredible. It was probably all 5’s or damn close if I rated it. The 750s are quite a bit better than the 12 oz bottles IMO. In other tastings, this finished ahead of the Rochefort 10, but not this time. Truely a world-class beer (as were the others). Definitely pick some up....and age a few.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blutt59 (6469) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2008
33 cl. bottle , off white head with dark amber color, fruity nose, excellent body and flavor

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
leninthedesert (116) - Nevada, USA - FEB 24, 2008
One of the best beers I’ve ever had the opportunity to taste. Appearance is amber brown and cloudy. Nose is sweet, airy and yeast. Taste is dark fruit, plum, raisin and candied fruit. Finishes sweet over alcohol. Wonderful beer.

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