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


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RATINGS: 3982   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2006 Pours very dark and very cloudy with a pale head. Aroma is quite nice and quite complex - interesting fruit (citrus, peach, banana), yeast, some spice (coriander), and some alcohol - in fact, the alcohol aroma grows substantially stronger as the beer warms. Flavor is very complex - it starts off sweet and tingly on the tongue (from alcohol and carbonation) with lots of caramel and toffee. Some bitterness, some yeast, and lots of fruitiness arrive at mid-taste. The finish is sweet with lots of alcohol, but also has some mild roasted flavors (toasted bread) and some hints of dark fruit. My original rating of it (had it at a restaurant this past August) was not as agreeable - though I still thought it was very nice (I scored it a 3.9). My taste of it tonight (12/09/2006) is immensely delicious!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (2908) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 17, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2008 Draught at the Maproom during my Great Lakes region brew tour. Wow. This is so black, especially for a quad. The opaque body sports a huge, lively white head. The aroma is rich, sweet, and complex. I detect pear, corriander, alcohol, licorice, cloves. The flavor is delicious. More notes of licorice, pear, pear stems, cloves, mild milk chocolate, raisins, cinnamon. Swirling leaves dense, full lacing on the snifter. Wonderful beer.
[August 9, 2007]
Bottle split with Tronraner and Muenster in a blind tasting among Allagash Four, Rochefort 10, and St. Bernardus 12. I’m very glad I revisited this one with a more analytical approach. I found this one to be the most similar to Westvletern’s quad in the tasting, though it didn’t quite match the intricate nuances of that offering. It does have a similar dry finish and bountiful complexity of its own. Joe selected this one over the Rochefort 10 in the blind and I couldn’t really argue with him. At this level of fine beer craftsmanship, it comes down to personal taste. St. Bernardus 12 has more tartness and floral character along with the notes of cloves, bubblegum, banana, earth, faint citrus, cinnamon, tobacco. This beer is the least expensive and most available out of the three in our tasting, but it can go toe to toe with any other beer in the style.
[August 19, 2008]
Tap into a plastic cup consumed on the streets of Savannah. This is a really nice looking beer, even in its quaint disposable vessel. It’s almost black with a very well formed and tall whitish head. The aroma sports heavy esters with a load of dark fruit and spices. A small sourness and dry spiced flavor hits the palate first then mellows out with sweeter, fruitier character. The alcohol is very well hidden. This is one of the finer examples of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
pinkzambia (1584) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 14, 2006
12 oz. Bottle: Yummy to the max! This brew is murky brown with a tan head and sticky lacing. It has high alcohol aromas along with yeast and raisins. Much of this is in the taste as well - prunes, raisins, tangy grape Kool-Aid - it’s almost wine-like. Along with the high carbonation, it leaves a great taste in your mouth beckoning you back for more. Thanks Secret Santa!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
waolsen (1369) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - AUG 13, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2006 bottle. mahogony pour with thick foamy head. quit a bit of sediment and rising bubbles. nice lacing throughout. Big spicy aroma, yeast, dark fruits and wine like in many ways. lively mouth, full and slightly creamy. Very pleasent carbonation. Figs and impessive malting compliment each other towards a slight dry bitter ending. Alcohol present but not overwhelming for 10.5%. Yeasts smooth the drink and a little banana present every once in a while. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AbsintheBleu (3) - USA - AUG 13, 2006 does not count
Really enjoyed this! Poured a rich red-brown with a head with staying power. Wonderful fruit on the nose with plenty of alcohol, but nothing overpowering. This is exactly what I want when drinking a Belgian beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
adamnfineman (53) - Springfield, Oregon, USA - AUG 13, 2006
A very strong flavor, almost a wine flavor. It was very flavorful and finished sweetly, but it wasn’t what I was expecting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2006
33cl bottle: pours a deep murky brown color, that just looks amazing in a trapist glass. The aroma was sublte, but displayed dark fruit and spice. Some clove, cinnamon, nutmeg. The taste was quite complex. Chocolate maltiness, clove, prune, raisin. Slightly acidic. What a mouthfeel! Full bubbly and just delightful to have in your mouth. It was definitly a good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Pours a rich redbrown with a fluffy ephemeral offwhite head. The nose is big and sweet with well rounded malt with hints of chocolate and caramel, alcohol, and that Belgian sourness. The palate is really outstanding. Thick and and mouthfilling in an amazing way. This is a beer I could imagine fasting on. The flavors are as robust as the aroma. Big round chocolatey malt over big alcohol and Belgian fruity sourness. There’s also some creaminess and a bit of almost american tasting floral hops. Also, a very minerally feel from this like a dry riesling. The lingering bitterness screams Belgium and alcohol. I wasn’t a huge fan of this beer, but I still enjoyed it quite a bit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Marroon brown with a large white fluffy head. Smells like dark fruits, alcohol, malty, cinammon, vanilla and even some chocolate. Taste is pretty different- very sweet, fruity, with a lot of alcohol. Smooth palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Draught at Old Capitol Brew Works and Public House. Opaque muddy brown color with off white head that left an impressive sheet of lace. Served in a big St Bernardus glass chalice. Smelled of apples and molasses with a touch of soy. Flavors of toasted bread, molasses and yeast. Tart and acidic with a warm splash of alcohol that moved all the way into my stomach. Thick, full bodied mouth feel.

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