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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2007
Bottle. Poured into a St. Bernardus Tulip. My favorite Belgium which makes it my favorite beer. A wonderful pour, Frothy white head. Dark amber in color. Fruity smell. Wonderful complex taste. I like this better than the Westvlederin because I think it tastes "cleaner", and is much more available. That being said, the Westi is the original.(for those who do not know the story, westvlederin used to sale its recipe to St. Bernardus for mass production, in 1992 the trappists started selling for themselves (to retain the trappist "logo’) and St. Bernardus carried on the "formula" note it is not a trappist, but the same basic stuff as a Westvlederin Abt. 12)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pintocb (646) - Darsville, Georgia, USA - JAN 7, 2007
Awesome. Very bready and fruity nose. Can smell the alcohol, but it doesn’t detrace. Very murky in the glass. More effervescent than I expected. Tastes like heaven. Lots of malt and esters. Sweet and bitter hops all at the same time. Alcohol in the finish, but not hot, just present. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pubbe (493) - Højbjerg, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2007
Bottle. Dark reddsih brown with off-white lasting head. Heavy malt and pretty high level of hoppy bitterenss. Some orangecid is also detected. Malt and a high level of carbonation on the palate. Average finish, with nice hoppiness. Certainly a well made and tasty beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jerre (2772) - Waregem, BELGIUM - JAN 6, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2014 Bottle; 33 cl Deep brown with off-white head. Aroma very yeasty/bready, with dark fruit notes and some alcohol. Dark fruits again in the mouth, with a yeastiness as well, and the warming alcohol, though that is very well-integrated considering the abv%. Soft and delicate, but packed with flavour, a truly, outstanding beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2007
Poured from bottle. Dark reddish brown...Slight head, good lacing...VERY fruity, yeasty aroma...Taste was fruit fruit fruit...Apple, figs, plums...Very pleasing after taste...Very easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sojifio (11) - madison, Alabama, USA - JAN 3, 2007
Dark red pour, fruity aroma. flavor of caramel, malts and alcohol which combines for a nice flavor profile, though not extraordinarily complex. nice bitter finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 2, 2007
12 oz bottle . dark brown pour , beige head ,good lacing. yeasty,sweet malt , figs/pear aromas . Sweet , fruity flavors ,figs -plum -banana .. medium mouthfeel . alcohol shows up more as it warms .very dry finish . smooth , great abby

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BelgianBeerGal (3287) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2010 Bottles of various ages. Just a classic quad that’s accessible. Awesome how they produce the larger volume but keep such good quality. "Similar" to Westy 12 but maybe a touch thinner and the alcohol a little more raw.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
wholejustin (6) - USA - JAN 1, 2007 does not count
The best Abby ale I have ever had. Smooth, low tannin, slightly sweet caramel flavor due to the execptional hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HDane (82) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2006
12oz bottle. Pours a very dark, murky brown with a white head. Aroma is sweet, with brown sugar, hints of alcohol, figs, malts, and some yeast. Flavor is sweet malts, with dark fruits, yeast, and brown sugar. Mouthfeel smoothes out as you sip.

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