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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4314   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 íQuadrupelí style of Belgiumís 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. Itís 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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 24, 2007
Beautiful. Pours dark brownish with a red tinge with a large, creamy, kahki head that stays for the duration. Excellent lacing. Smell is extremely strong, good, but very complex. Aroma has heavy yeast notes, with undertones of pine, chocolate malts, and apple, cinnamon and ginger and many fruits that I cannot put my finger on. Alcohol is appereant in the aroma. Flavor is great and continues on for a long long time. The aftertaste has a hint of sweetened Marmite, which shows the yeast in this beer. Creamy body with lively carbonation and an alcoholic aftertaste, this beverage was a pleasure to drink, and I cannot wait to taste the bottle of Abt 12 SE that I was able to get a hold of!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
topherh (1924) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - DEC 23, 2007
11.2 oz bottle pours a dark brown with ruby hues at the edges. Big off white head from a fairly moderate pour. Sweet fruit and banana inthe aroma. Taste is sweet and malty; then spicy with yeasty notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Pours a dark brown with a ruby hue. Huge cream colored head that dies quick and laces sheets. Smells of brown sugar, dried banana chips, fig and plum. Taste is sweet malt. Plum, spice, again the banana chips, fig and a little caramel. Full in the mouth with a nice tickle on the tongue from carbonation. Sip with pleasure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2007
750mL cork and caged bottle poured into a Westmalle chalice. No best by date printed. Pours a very dark brown with an almost creamy off-white head leaving traces of lacing around the glass. At first the head dissipated leaving little islands on the beer and somehow gained strength and filled out the glass for a head all around. Pretty strong yeasty aroma, wow, plum, raison, cherries, and maybe even some grapes. Pretty strong, yet complex smell. Taste is full of the same dark fruit, just dancing on the tongue, be prepared. To dig deeper, it starts with a caramel and biscuit flavor then transforms seemlessly into a plum/raison flavor and finishes with a bit of dark cherry flavor. Slightly above average carbonation, with a medium to full body, pretty nicely paired together, maybe a little less carbonation would be better. Very wonderful to drink, but I canít imagine being able to stand after a few of these. Side note: I definately feel this one is best when it warms. I opened it when it was still a little too cool and as it warmed in front of me it kept getting better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BEERGUY007 (206) - Scotia, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2007
a pint 9 ounces. Dark chestnut color, great thick white head with tiny packed bubbles, like any good beer should have. Taste of molasses, raisins, and a little coffee. You know, I guess maybe I donít like the stronger belgian beers. I feel like I am being sacriligious here, sorry, but I didnít like it as much as everyone else.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2008 Pours a deep dark hazy mahogany with a big sudsy off-white head that dies quickly into some foam craters. Strong sweet aroma of varnish, cinnamon and nuts; enticing. Lots of flavors here. Some licorice, very nice woody malt, quite nutty. Great full roasted cinnamon apples flavor. Lots of alcohol on the finish, dry, and a little bit acidic. The fruity flavor is minimal (which I prefer) compared to say.... a delirium. 9/10 on the palate, a lot better than most 4ís but not quite a 5. Its a little thin in the body, carbonation is nice, although it is a tad overwhleming. A little bit creamy. Still, one of my favorites, and its availablility really helps the craft beer market (and its own ratings). I remember a few years ago when this was the first abbey beer I ever tried and I was overwhelmed by the flavors and wasnt quite sure if I liked them or not; Now Iím not sure if they are strong enough! still a fantastic beer!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
marcbť (86) - Trois-RiviŤres, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 21, 2007
Well, what can I say that you 1392 ratebeerians haveínt said a thousand time ? This beer is so good, it smell so good. Maybe some naked nymph came down from heaven to liquify all the forbiden fruit to create this nectar. I think iím starting to beleive...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quietman (173) - Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2007
Bottle.Dark brown with off white head.Sweet fruity aroma of cherry and raisin.Nice balance of sweet and bitter.The alcohol stands out some initially.Well carbonated.Full body.Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ghawener (1567) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - DEC 19, 2007
Thanks to Ramenen. Bottle: Very complex brew with lots of sweet, herbal and floral notes. Malts, chocolate and coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ramenen (466) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - DEC 19, 2007
Thanks to my parents who brought it all the way down from Clearwater Fl. This is a classic. Pours nicely into a grayish brown with a nice head. Aroma of bread dough. Extremely malty and fruity, and it hides well its high alcohol content

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