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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4297   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2008 Bottle. Pours a deep mahogany with a gorgeous tan head. Aroma of dark fruit and spice. Flavor is chewy with dark fruit and spice, black cherry, raisin,etc. This beer is big, fruity, and warming. I normally don’t like malty beers, but the Belgians somehow pull it off for me, EXCELLENT!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2007
Pours a dark brown with a nice sized head. Hints of chocolate, dark fruit and alcohol in the aroma. Hints of raisin, spices, dark chocolate and alcohol warmth. Surprisingly fruity for a beer this dark. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DietPepsican (1586) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - NOV 25, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2008 updated, on tap at blend. Dark brown with a huge white head. Aroma of sweet fruits and alcohol. Sweet with more fruits in the flavor, mostly green apples and pears. A nice hint of bitter thrown in with the sweetness. Finishes with a strong alcohol bite, very warming. I’m really impressed with this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Dark prune brown pour with a off white head with nice lacing. Some raisin and banana bread on the nose. Dark fruits in flavor with a sweetness and noticable alcohol (but not in a bad way).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bontus (754) - Flanders, BELGIUM - NOV 22, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2009 Bottles from Colruyt and several rerates: Appears dark brown with a fast fading beige head. Already incredibly smelling. Aroma’s include: chocolate, coffee, caramel, banana, cough drop, yeast, bread. Especially sweet flavor but has some bitterness in the first sips and gets more alcohol warming in the second half of the glass. Palate: creamy, thick velvety feel, soft carbonation. Overall one of my favourite beers and compares perfectly with trappists.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrZao (128) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Dark brown with weak head. Taste of dark fruit and brown sugar. High alcohol. Wonderful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
undsioux7 (871) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Pours light brown with a big off white head. Aroma of sweet sugar, dark fruit, alchohol. Taste of raisins, dates, fig, candy sugar, alchohol, yeast. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - NOV 17, 2007
Small Bottle. Brown pour, opaque, with an off-white head. Aroma of dark fruit, sugar, bubblegum / banana, and a little alcohol. Initial mouthfeel is creamy. The flavor is very sweet; candy sugar (like cottoncandy), dark fruit, bananas, and some spice lingers. Pretty tasty beer with good body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2007
330 ml bottle from a trade with hogtownharry. pours dark brown with a big tan head that dissapears quickly. aromas are fruity with yeasty notes and some spice. flavours are winey with fruit dominating but underlying levels of yeast and a tinge of spice. not overly complex but very drinkable and enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 10, 2007
33 cl. bottle. #600 rating. Murky brown with a ruby tinge and lasting almond colored head, leaving spots of lacing. Aroma marked by a mix of brown sugar and sweet dried fruit, seemingly black cherry and raisin, with some underlying spice. As it warms, the banana/bubblegum yeast notes start coming through. Rich dried fruit flavors-cherry, raisin, currant, plum-with brown sugar malts. Nice black pepper bite on the finish. Fine carbonation in the body. One of those beers that seems to get better and better with every sip, provided you sip slowly and infrequently. Seems like I stumbled upon one of the better bottles.

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