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 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 (3664) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2007 Brown with a medium, fluffy tan head. Laces during poor. Dark aroma, with yeast and caramel nose. Flavor of fruit and caramel. Full bodied, with carbonation. Finishes nicely with toasted alcohol flavors. Tasted on tap and in bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
32clowns (19) - USA - JUL 18, 2007
Dark, high alcohol content, bitter beer. Smooth, and tasty like no other. Not fot the light at heart!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
joohefner (380) - Isla Vista, California, USA - JUL 18, 2007
orange and brown color with medium beautifully symmetric bubbles. intoxicating aroma of alcohol, tart plums, and a light sweet malt. medium slick body. tastes of caramel orange, dark fruits, malt, lightly bitter, and a slight metallic alcohol finish

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GandGKevin (934) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 14, 2007
Bottle. Pours dark with a frothy "ice cream" like head that lasts forever. Sweet malty aromas and a caramel toffe flavor. Well integrated alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
scottlandk (3) - USA - JUL 13, 2007 does not count
a rich and strong carmel smell combined with roasted hops gives this a unique bite to the nose at first. it has a rich roasted flavor with a slight honey taste toward the middle. followed by a strong kick at the end that is not overpowering. overall a well rounded beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
T3llLAllDE (100) - USA - JUL 13, 2007
a little strong for my taste but still a nice beer . maybe not all its cracked up to be but very good

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