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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4245   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 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
cheap (5112) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2009 Second sample, for first (2.9) read on: On tap again at the vintage estates. Much less enjoyable than the fist experience. more than I can appreciate and on the strong side. First sample:On tap at Vintage Estates Wine and Beer, thanks Ron. Cloudy root beer appearance with a rapidly fading head. Slight aroma of sweetness, barely any. Initial taste is very smooth, it really hides the alky content well. It leaves me thinking about how refined these Belgies are compared to many of the unrefined wanna be american craft brews. Surprisingly enjoyable for such a high alky %. Bready and flavorful. A decent brew for a sweet beer lover. Smooth creamy low level carbonation. Very civilized and easy to enjoy. Impressive for a style that I don’t care much about. A little more enjoyable than Ommegang Three Philosophers. Much better than Weyerbacher Quad and Avery The Reverend which both come across rather coarse when compared to this brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kinghellsfire (10) - NEW ZEALAND - JUL 29, 2007
Pours a dark brown with around 2-3cm of light brown head. Very smooth texture. only downside is the high alcohol content which makes it hard to consume many in one sitting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bullit (4353) - Burgos, SPAIN - JUL 25, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2008 Ruby red colour, off-white head. Aroma has caramel malts and dark fruits. Flavours: dark fruit, spices and a bit caramel. Rerate: alcohol well noticable. Dark fruits. Full bodied. + .3

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
downender (7679) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2007
Bottle. Deep brown, with a moderate, tight tan head. Spicy aroma with dark fruits and an almost savoury edge. Very smooth to drink despite the strength, with plenty of sweet caramel. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheCEO (100) - USA - JUL 24, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2007 What can I say...it’s well made? It scores high in every category?...so WHAT! If any variety of Trappist Ales are your favorite style, you are NOT a BEER lover...I honestly think that people who PREFER drinks like these are insecure and are trying to feel important in this community...do you think it makes you "better" because you supposedly ENJOY this style..? BULLSHIT Strong Ales...the biggest FRAUD in The Beer World today... Overall Score: 14...there’s so many better ones out there...ones that actually TASTE like Beer too...I would tell this style to "Kiss my ass.", but my ass is too good for its lips...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JoeZasada (305) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 23, 2007
An incredible Quadruple from those smiling Belgian monks.... very full of flavour, a wee bit spicy, with tastes of fruits, toffees, and a nice mailtiness. There is some sediment in the bottle, so pour slow and carefully...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SynergyXJ (510) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2007
Bottle Black pour with white creamy lasting head. Interestingly, there was tons of sediment in the little bottle. Spicy aroma, bit of malt. Sweet flavor with a bit of spice in it. Definitely a great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wim (3506) - Weelde, BELGIUM - JUL 22, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2014 dark brown coloured body with a off white head a spicy malty hoppy fruity aroma a spicy malty fruity little caramel sweet taste with a sweet fruity alcholic bitter finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mistersinalin (381) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2007
Having been schooled by monks (monks that confiscated my beer from my dorm room), I feel a special connection with this beer. For it was the Benedictine Brothers that drove me to drink beer in the first place. The socially-deprived, spirit-smothering environment was just what pushed me into the arms of Pheiffer and Cold Spring beers. Now this many years later, I enjoy the finest Quad I have had. It is rich and luxurious - a stark contrast to the monk-infested cement quarters I used to live in. A truly great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swidyn (5) - New York, USA - JUL 20, 2007 does not count
Lighter brown than other Belgian Quadrupels, I was expecting a lighter flavor than other beers from around Watou. Boy, I was wrong! It poured with an average-sized head for this beer type -- about a finger or two... Tannish, natural leather-colored head and significant lacing. The smell was yeasty, with toffee, taffy and caramel rounding it out. The taste was similar, only with light chocolate, coffee with some malt and sugary fruit. Thick, leathery mouthfeel and a sweet finish. Overall, a very nice beer -- I understand why this beer gets such high honors here. Of all the top beers that I have tasted, this is my "go-to" beer. This was drunk on tap at The Brickstore in Decatur, Georgia.

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