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


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RATINGS: 4030   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (7823) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 18, 2006
Dark murky brown with a towering rocky head that lasts forever and leaves ropes of lace down the glass. Yeast, earth, caramel, raisins, and sweet spices. Loads of flavours to sort through: toffee, bready yeast, caramelized banana, apples, molasses, and nutmeg are all in there. Big alcohol backbone, but well balanced ; warming but not harsh. Normally I’m not a fan of the triple, but this was perfect on a cold wintery evening. Thoroughly enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjg74 (2787) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 16, 2006
Bottled from Keg & Bottle 2. Pours a somewhat murky brownish color. Strong dark fruit aroma along with a bit of yeastiness. Some vinous qualities. Rich roasted dark fruity flavors. Very thick and creamy mouthfeel. Smooth as well. Alcohol is very well hidden. Very rich and full bodied. My bottle is 10%.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
reakt (949) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 Bottle from Utobeer. Dark brown with an off white head. Great lacing. Aroma of brown sugar, fruits and wheat. Tastes of maple syrup, toffee,dried fruits. Complex, full bodied and delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SudsMcDuff (6761) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2006
pours a cloudy brown colour, with a healthy tan head..good lacing here, smells of a musky fruit sherry, warms u indeed..very complex and very pleasing,expensive but quality...smile on you happy monk!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Phil (180) - Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2006
Watou - t’hommelhof - most recently - has anyone else noted the changes? Or is it me?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 12, 2006
12oz bottle. Medium-dark brown appearance; off-white head with decent lacing. Pleasant nose showing dried fruits and cherry cola. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: belgian sugar, maple syrup / toffee backdrop, plenty of yeast and spice. Much less carbonated than out of the 750s (more palatable). Sweet, yeasty finish of medium length; warming.

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