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


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RATINGS: 4113   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15/5   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (18566) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2015 thin black/brown, slightly lamvbic sour high maly nose, ruch spirity malt, touch of sprit like evaporation, tinge of sour in the malt
Tk 2 Very malty quite sweet nicly balanced... at endof a 10 top 10 night .3->3.8 Bottle at home ... with 4 vintages of Westvletern .. bbf 2009 ... dark copper .. thin tan lacing ... soft toffee fruit ... light blackcurrant roast nose ... soft dull toffee fruit ... soft malts .. soft toffee fruit ... 3.7

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - MAY 1, 2007
Dark brown with a thin beige head. Starts with fruit and malt. Finishes with bitter carmel and alcohol. AHH, I love the quadrupel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Clansman (5) - Alleroed, DENMARK - APR 29, 2007 does not count
One of my favorite beers. I love its dark, complex and nutty flavor. A beer can´t get much better than this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ArcaneApollo (3) - Troy, New York, USA - APR 27, 2007 does not count
Excellent Abt/Quad. It is as smooth as silk with a nice licorice finish. The malt overpowers the hops with this quad, but its complexity forgives the slight imbalance with a masterful blend of dark fruit to make a bold flavorful beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - APR 27, 2007
Now this is what we’re talking about!! Pours to a dark orange brown color with a nice off-white head that lingers for the entire glass, and leaves very good lacing. Aroama is a bold mixture of dark fruit (plums, grapes, raisins) and malt, with the scent of alcohol creeping in as it warms. Flavor is predominantly these fruits, with a touch of malty sweetness, offset nicely by just enough alcohol. All of this leads to a long, smooth warm finish. I purposely took about 45 minutes to drink beer, and must say that this beer was as good, if not better, as it warmed to room temperature as it was early on. A most excellent beer!!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2007
12oz bottle. Here it is, the crown jewel of my 100th rating get together. Imp Stouts may be my favorite style, but I was anticipating this one the most. I’ve said it time and again, that cheery fat monk wouldn’t lead me to a bad beer. Pour is lovely - a dark plum colored body with a fizzy, lasting white head. Resolves to a swirly ring that stays with you the entire beer. Excellent lacing. Aromas of dark fruits, yeast, cherries, figs, and some spice. Flavor is the same with some breadiness and plum notes as well. Finish is long and mesmerizing. Not boozy, hides the 10.5% masterfully.

I never thought I would say it, but when you take money into account, this is better than Westy 12. A brewing master class.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pforei (338) - USA - APR 23, 2007
Trappist glass. Dark brown with slight red tinge and thick/rich head. Fruity/yeasty aroma. Malt dominates upon tasting. Sweet caramel, raisin and prune. Alcohol fizz at the end. But otherwise a thick, soft, and smooth palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - APR 23, 2007
Dark brown brew under a huge beige persistent lacing head. Very carbonated and full bodied. Alchol is the dominant note, but there’s a lot of fruity (pears, apples, berries), nutty and obv tons of dark malt sensations (honey, a slight toasted note). As it warms in my trapp glass i can perceive a light suffering yeast note and a vinous hint, but i bet my sample suffered a little on shelf. The bitterness is well hidden but i guess there’s a lot to get the good balance of this wintry brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - APR 22, 2007
Pours a dark brown with a big, fluffy, well retained light tan head. Very bubbly. Lovely smell of dark fruit, dark malts, cinnamon, and berries. Really pleasant. This is a wonderfully done quad. Perfectly balanced, and quite easy drinking for a big beer. Big dark fruity taste, but the finish is all sweet cinnamon, which just went so well together. No bitterness whatsoever, just all big flavor. Just a great brew all around. I dont drink this brew enough.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
scanovajr (663) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - APR 21, 2007
Bottled 33cl at Delirium Cafe, Brussels. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty and fruity. Flavor is very comlex. Notes of caramel, dry fruits. Notes of alcohol and licorice. Well balanced.

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