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


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RATINGS: 4113   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15/5   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2007
Poured from bottle. Dark reddish brown...Slight head, good lacing...VERY fruity, yeasty aroma...Taste was fruit fruit fruit...Apple, figs, plums...Very pleasing after taste...Very easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sojifio (11) - madison, Alabama, USA - JAN 3, 2007
Dark red pour, fruity aroma. flavor of caramel, malts and alcohol which combines for a nice flavor profile, though not extraordinarily complex. nice bitter finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 2, 2007
12 oz bottle . dark brown pour , beige head ,good lacing. yeasty,sweet malt , figs/pear aromas . Sweet , fruity flavors ,figs -plum -banana .. medium mouthfeel . alcohol shows up more as it warms .very dry finish . smooth , great abby

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BelgianBeerGal (3500) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2010 Bottles of various ages. Just a classic quad that’s accessible. Awesome how they produce the larger volume but keep such good quality. "Similar" to Westy 12 but maybe a touch thinner and the alcohol a little more raw.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
wholejustin (6) - USA - JAN 1, 2007 does not count
The best Abby ale I have ever had. Smooth, low tannin, slightly sweet caramel flavor due to the execptional hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HDane (82) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2006
12oz bottle. Pours a very dark, murky brown with a white head. Aroma is sweet, with brown sugar, hints of alcohol, figs, malts, and some yeast. Flavor is sweet malts, with dark fruits, yeast, and brown sugar. Mouthfeel smoothes out as you sip.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
YK23 (465) - Haifa, ISRAEL - DEC 31, 2006
From bottle: dark brown-red with large staying head, malty, fruity, yeasty, some chocolate, caramel, apples, some sour notes, the alcohol is pretty present in the flavor which is not too plesent, banana, dark dried fruits, some spicyness, weak bitterness, not as rich and full bodied as some of the better strong belgian ales, the finish is a bit sour and dry, overall a good beer to start the new year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - DEC 29, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2008 Pours a murky dark brown with lots of visible sediment despite a careful pour. Big, fluffy, inch-thick white head. Aroma of caramel, candy sugar, wood, figs. Flavor is sweet and lightly fruity: big malt up front, figs, plums, s fairly huge alcohol presence that fades into a mild dry finish. Full mouthfeel, lightly astringent. Great lacing. Very complex and earthy. A wonderful beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2006
Pours a dark brown with a nice brownish head. Aroma is a bit nutty, sweet, and very full. Taste is silky sweet, with some dark fruit and caramel/toffee undertones. Quite complex, the best of the brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
danimal34 (41) - Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2006
I love my belgiuns. This had a nice veggie and hoppy flavor with all the usual complexities. 2 Finger head - beuatiful.

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