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


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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
altonbrownd (3684) - Brussels, BELGIUM - NOV 9, 2006
Bottle at home. A very pleasant quadrupel with complex taste with fruits and chocolate flavors. Orangy color. Very smooth, velvety even.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MHED (114) - lisle, USA - NOV 6, 2006
on tap Map Room. poured slowly ,dark brown with a slight ruby hue and light tan, big frothy head. wow. aroma was sweet dark toffee and friut. sweet flavor of raisin and date, mollasses and dark agave nectar slightly balancing itself in the middle, then finishing soft sweet and smooth. incredibley drinkable at 10.5 % and every sip, makes you want more. what a nice beer....thx

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2006 33cl bottle - pours a light clouded reddish brown with a lightly tanned head on top. The aroma - wow! - is dominated by a big hit of yeasty, bakery fresh bread with a bit of dark fruit up the spine. A little bit malty. That bready scent is less pronounced in the flavour, but still there along with a complex array of fruits and malt, plums being the most obvious to me. For such a high ABV beer, it’s extremely smooth with only minor traces of booziness. Really, you can hardly detect any alcohol at all, which I found shocking at 10.5%. Beautifully soft mouthfeel. A very complex, incredible beer. Apparently it’s based on the elusive Westvleteren 12, and is very similar to that "beer of beers". If this beer was a shotgun, it blew my head off. Kablow!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2006
Bottle. Pours a nice cola color with a monterous tan head. Aroma of fruit and yeast. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich. Taste is slightly sweet with a hint of malt, plums, dates and yeast. This is a very nicely balanced complex beer that finishes nicely leaving you wanting more. Highly recommend!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerly There (20) - Oregon, USA - NOV 5, 2006
I was expecting a little bit more. A decent quad but a little one-dimensional. Noticeably alcoholic aroma, decent amount of malt without being too sweet. Minimal hops. Good but not spectacular.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DaMenace123 (253) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2006
On tap at Ginger Man. Dark brown with red, very smooth, tastes of fruit. Alcohol barely detectable. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2006
This beer never fails. Smooth and warming, like wrapping yourself in velvet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BuckeyeBoy (2709) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 3, 2006
Bottle. Pours out a Dark brown/red. Topped with a very small but bubble off white head. A Great aroma of pit fruit. Picked up the Alcohol and some yeast as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thebeertourist (4815) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 3, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown colour with reddish notes. Big and lacing offwhite head. Plums aroma and hints of yeast. Rich plums flavours with notes of chocolate and licorice, even bananas. Full body. A world classic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kopestes (164) - Braine l’Alleud, BELGIUM - NOV 2, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2006 0.33l bottle at home. Few days ago I had Westvleteren 12 and this beer reminded me on it almost 100%. Same color, same head with same spots on the top. A bit more carbonated but mouthful was almost the same, nice balanced taste... If you can’t get Westvleteren try this one and you will get the picture. Top class beer. For more details about relation between Westvleteren and St. Bernardus check here http://www.sintbernardus.be/en/history.html .

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