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


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RATINGS: 4233   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmtroyer (431) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2007
A relative disappointment, but quads aren’t my style anyhow. Fairly dark in pour, but still retained a certain clarity. The carbonation you come to expect. Not as complex as I would hope, I was fairly overwhelmed by the sour malt. The nose is the best part of this offering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
garthicus (2860) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 27, 2007
Deep dark rusty colour, tiny head with a malty port aroma and a toffe-mint flavour culminating in a short finish, enjoyable

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
clueo (168) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2007
Nice dark color with no translucence. Poured from a bottle settles nicely with a huge frothy head. Great aroma and a wonderful finish. W

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 26, 2007
one of my favorites, amazing how I have not ated it yet. dark hazy brown pour with a huge frothy head. caramal, spicy fruit aromas with some alcohol. chewy and full mouthfeel. nice plum and raison flavors balanced super well with malt and alcohol. finsih is wonderful and long enough to get you wanting another sip.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2007
Nice dark colour. Rich maltiness with good full body. Caramel/raisin on palate leading to smooth liquorice finish. Alcohol is well hidden, very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
uhre (384) - DENMARK - SEP 24, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2008 The aroma is full of dark fruit, like raisens, prunes and alcohol. It’s dark brown and the head is brown too. The flavor is full of fruit like the aroma, you can taste raisens, alcohol which is perfect because it’s far from dominating. It’s round and mild. There is also a sweetnes from the malt with a twist of caramel. We talked about how good it is for the price - it’s way cheaper than a Westvleteren 12 - although not as good, but close.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
travita (4715) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2007
Large head with plenty of carbination. Deep coppery brown in color. Toasty banana smells. Flavor is a mix of fruitness, alcohol, and maltiness. Full and creamy in body and goes down smooth. An excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RSRIZZO (1931) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2007
Had this beer on 7/20/2007. Aroma is a sweet caramel malt scent. Color is a solid (almost no light comes though) burnt orange. Carbonation is good with a nice head. Taste is rich and sweet with a bitter tail. Starting with a full body it goes down with a bubbly bite. Finish comes in with a rich sweet malt flavor and a mild yeast fruitiness, then ends with an even bitterness. This is a wonderful Belgian brew, but with a little different style. The malt seems to stand out over the yeast yet it still holds that fruit like yeast flavor that make an Abby style Belgian. This is just a beautiful beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2007
towering lively fluffy head, dark brown body. head is like meringue and withholds the heavier aroma. seafoam aroma persists, pine creeps through. Dried apricot, dates, cola. Solid all around and very impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2007
thanks dra19, BillVanE, and jgd0608! Sort of a winey/ bitter scent to it, but doesn’t really taste like wine once you dive in. A little bit of apple detected and didn’t seem like there was to much alcohol. Well hidden.

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