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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4299   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2007
Nice dark colour. Rich maltiness with good full body. Caramel/raisin on palate leading to smooth liquorice finish. Alcohol is well hidden, very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
uhre (384) - DENMARK - SEP 24, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2008 The aroma is full of dark fruit, like raisens, prunes and alcohol. It’s dark brown and the head is brown too. The flavor is full of fruit like the aroma, you can taste raisens, alcohol which is perfect because it’s far from dominating. It’s round and mild. There is also a sweetnes from the malt with a twist of caramel. We talked about how good it is for the price - it’s way cheaper than a Westvleteren 12 - although not as good, but close.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
travita (4847) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2007
Large head with plenty of carbination. Deep coppery brown in color. Toasty banana smells. Flavor is a mix of fruitness, alcohol, and maltiness. Full and creamy in body and goes down smooth. An excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RSRIZZO (1949) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2007
Had this beer on 7/20/2007. Aroma is a sweet caramel malt scent. Color is a solid (almost no light comes though) burnt orange. Carbonation is good with a nice head. Taste is rich and sweet with a bitter tail. Starting with a full body it goes down with a bubbly bite. Finish comes in with a rich sweet malt flavor and a mild yeast fruitiness, then ends with an even bitterness. This is a wonderful Belgian brew, but with a little different style. The malt seems to stand out over the yeast yet it still holds that fruit like yeast flavor that make an Abby style Belgian. This is just a beautiful beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2007
towering lively fluffy head, dark brown body. head is like meringue and withholds the heavier aroma. seafoam aroma persists, pine creeps through. Dried apricot, dates, cola. Solid all around and very impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2007
thanks dra19, BillVanE, and jgd0608! Sort of a winey/ bitter scent to it, but doesn’t really taste like wine once you dive in. A little bit of apple detected and didn’t seem like there was to much alcohol. Well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DowntownGator (22) - Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2007
This beer will not disappoint, but fireworks weren’t shooting out my arse either. It is a rather nicely put together high alcohol brew. I really loved it and think you will too, but perhaps too much credit is given for its high alcohol content and dark color.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fro2218 (471) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 21, 2007
One of the top Quadrupels available in the US. The appearance of this beer with its dark leathery color and light tan head is quite a sight. The flavor does not detract from its appearence. The experience only gets better as the beer warms and the night goes on. (the 10.5% alcohol helps)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - SEP 18, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2009 Pours a dark red brown with a perfect creamy head that sticks around for the entire beer. Aroma is good, with plenty of dark ripe fruit, with some light notes of yeast and caramel. The flavour is awsome with some great malt flavours all the way through, lots of toffee, and caramel, some raisin sweetness in the middle, but the best is the licorice finish, top notch. Velvety smooth mouthfeel, the flavours wash over the tongue. Top notch, the finish really makes this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
pjf (9) - USA - SEP 17, 2007 does not count
bottle, this was a true pleasure from start to finnish, bold taste nice color and the best way to describe this in one word is "smooth"

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