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


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RATINGS: 4084   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
anders37 (20000) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2007
Bottle. Pours a hazy dark brown color with a longlasting off-white head. Sweet malty fruity aroma with lots of dark fruit. Sweet malty yeasty flavor with lots of dark fruits. Malty yeasty finish with some hints of alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - FEB 19, 2007
Draft. Brown in the glass with a creamy off-white head that slowly settles but renews with a twirl of the glass. Leaves light lacing rings after each sip. Nice fruity aroma. Sweet flavor of fruits with a malt background and hints of wood and spices. Medium body and a creamy texture. Very enjoyable as an after dinner treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bebop329 (27) - USA - FEB 17, 2007
Thoroughly enjoyed this quad with Skibumphishead. Pours with a frothy one inch head that never fully dissapears. Nice lacing and warm brunette color. The aroma is intriguing with citrus undertones. The taste is slightly citrusy, but has a richer more robust flavor. Hints of raisin, brown sugar, cinnamon and chocolate with a burst of grapefruit aftertaste. mmmmmm....me likey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2007
OK, I simply LOVE my American micro breweries. BUT, I have purposely waited to have this particular beer due to its high rating and hype. So here I am....Pours out dark red/brown, dark ruby like. Aroma is heavenly, sweet malts (somewhat typical of other abbey ales that I’ve tried) Formed a white foamy head. Flavor is of a smooth malty taste that says "take another drink". Very good beer. Does taste similar to some other Belgium ales, but much smoother and refined. I would love to try this on tap or cask. Yes, I still adore my American brews, but this Belgium beer is pretty damn great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
duffman462 (175) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - FEB 14, 2007
Poured dark red/brown. The aroma was mostly fruit, overripe pears Body was very rich with malts, with even more fruit, caramel, and sweet candy. Some woody overtones linger. The finish is a bit strong on alcohol. I"m a bit surprised to see this beer rated so high. The balance is not exceptional, and the sweet, alcoholic finish was not great. I think the Rochefort Trappistes 8 and 10 are both far better than this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 13, 2007
Pours caramel brown with fairly large off-white head. Strong aroma of fig, plum, raisin, port, and caramel malts with a slight alcohol pungency. Extremely smooth for 10.5 abv with great malt character. A little bitter in the finish makes this an extremely well rounded beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
motelpogo (7702) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 13, 2007
rbesg, bottle at haket. very deep shade of brown with a lingering beige head. i always figured this beer must be over-rated and never sought it out before but it blew me away. big salty aroma of bbq shapes, vegemite (the first time i’ve liked the smell of vegemite), salted licorice. heady alcohol bite but plenty of other flavours to save it - spiced liqueur, marzipan, hazelnut, brown sugar, whipped cream, vanilla cake dough. anyways.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2007
A dark brown pour with a lot of off white head. This beer had a sweet malty flavor with hints of molasses.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TaktikMTL (6483) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 12, 2007
Bouteille de 750 ml avec bouchon de liège obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de cassonade, d’épices et de petits fruits foncés. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée brunâtre avec une moyenne densité de bulle. Présence d’un moyen col crémeux beige avec une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de malt rôtis, de caramel et de petits fruits foncées avec une pointe d’alcool. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est plein avec une texture crémeuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de caramel légèrement alcoolisé en arrière goût. (Rating #868)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 11, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2007 Dark murky brown body, full creamy beige head, nutty aroma with lots of dark fruits. Rich creamy smooth palate with medium carbonation. Taste is quite sweet: plums, figs, candi sugar, and a little Dr. Pepper? Very expressive in its flavors, unlike Rochefort’s 8 and 10 which I find more reserved (but that’s not to say they are any less big). Spiciness kicks in halfway through, strong alcohol presence though I’m not sure I would guess 10.5%. Has a lot of good stuff going on, a really enjoyable beer. For what it is, and not what it might be compared to, this definitely lives up to its reputation.

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