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


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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 28, 2006
Tap. Oh My God, what a fine beer. Pours brown to copper with a nice light brown head that is very smooth. Aromas are very complex, strawberries, toffee and malts. The flavors are also very delicate, yeasty, with a lot of fruit and maltiness. One of the best beers all around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnnyJ (4765) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2007 Aroma of raisins, caramel, sweet malt, and yeast. Pour is redish brown. Great complex flavor of dark fruit, raisins, toffee, caramel, belgium yeast, spice, bread, and nutmeg. Damn good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
peterstrongale (43) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2006
Pours a brown coloured beer with an ever so big head, and perfect lacing. The aroma is complex with hints of fuitiness, and slight tartness. Full bodied, and extremely well balanced. The flavour is ever so complex going from a sweet and slight sour combination in the beginning up to warm, doughy raisins, and at last some alcohol in the finish. This is a fantastic belgian brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 26, 2006
Bottle 330 ml (bb 12 07 11). Long lasting light-brown dense head over a slightly hazed dark ruby body. Good lacing. Strong yeast aroma up front, followed by a delicious fruitiness; green apples, raisins, plums and ripe banana. Taste is sweet, not saccarine sweet, but fruity, malty and mellow, with a nice fresh and acidic sting. Warming alcohol. Full body. Lingering, spicy, bitter finish.This is very close to top end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nijuro (63) - USA - NOV 26, 2006
delicious. perfectly balanced with dried fruits, slight effervescience and just the right amount of sweetness.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - NOV 25, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2008 This beer was delicious. Strong Aroma and heavy sediment is visable in the dark, thick pour. The flavor goes through a variety of changes as it is sipped, swirled and swallowed. A very pleasing beer to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlagstoneHill (214) - Erie, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2006
750 ml. Yeasty, Sweet, Malty. Tall tan head that’s very long lasting. Chestnut brown color. .. . Malty, sweet, good yeasty punch - carmelley, plums, raisins.. . . Med body, med fizz, coating. Very tasty belgian beer. Very complex, gets better as it warms..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TampaBeer (256) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2006
Not the most beautiful color in the world, it has a light, fairly pleasant aroma. Nice sharp palate of tiny carbonation, and sweetness to round it out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - NOV 23, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2009 A lovely roasted, chocolatey taste, although the alcohol is quite apparent. Also a great deal of sediment in this beer and little to no head. Minor quibbles though, when a beer tastes this good

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
raymondwave (931) - FINLAND - NOV 22, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2007 Roasty caramel, licorice, raisin, brown, sparkling, frothy, full body, lively mouth feel. One of the best abbey beer’s I’ve tasted.

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