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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4273   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rsistare (9) - Troy, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2007 does not count
Clean pour and smooth delivery to the palate. Very impressed with the boldness of the flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2007
Tasted during blind quad tasing 07 with Holdenn and Drewbeerme. Poured dark and murky. Aroma was toasted malt, raisin, some alc. Flavor is is pretty heavy sweet all the way through, with some of that alc that was in the nose in the finish. The only problem is that I really thought it was too thin and watery for my liking moderate alc burn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fattibobatti (246) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2007
carbonation must have been intense, pulling the cork gave loud pop even after standing still for at least a day. pouring revealed extermly dark red, maybe maroon. the foam was crazy. mountains no matter how slow and even i poured. not that it was bad being as it was entertaining in how creamy and thick it was. the aroma was sweet with spice and maybe some fruit. the flavor was so complex i don’t know how to explain it. not as sweet as it smelled rather some kind of spices and herbs that i couldnt name. maybe liquorice. the complex taste of fruit and spice hides the 10% alcohol completly. i fantastic beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2007
Bottle as pictured. Screenprinted label states "10% alc/vol" twice, and also describes the beer as a "classic dubbel." High carbonation... the cork levitates into my hand with hardly any prompting. Pours murky smoldering red, nearly opaque. The friggin huge ecru head resembles the jello blob in Sleeper. Rather tame aromas of anise, bubblegum, and faint spice. Flavor echos the nose- more spice with some cherry, metallic, and herbal notes. A combination of hoisin sauce and pomegranate juice comes to mind. Very short on fruit. Flash-bang fizzy palate. Dry, tingly finish. As the beer warms and carbonation subsides, flavors skew even more toward peppery and licoricey. The muddy bitterness of unsweetened chocolate competes with an alcoholic burn in the aftertaste. Just an okay beer... I thought it was pretty bland and timid overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2007
Robe brune foncée voilée surmontée d’une mousse beige épaisse qui persiste. Arômes de levures et de liège. Saveurs de fruits rouges, de caramel, de torréfié, de liège et de levures. À regouter...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2538) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2007
very nice in the style. complex...smooth and creamy, yet thin and just a bit foamy. bready with rindfruits of plum raisin and licorice. genuine and pure malt character. real cherry hint.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jdhunt76 (56) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2007
On tap. Pour is a rish dark brown. Flavor of toffee and chocolate covered raisins, with a touch of caramel emerging as the beer breathes. Nice lingering palate, nice floral element which blooms in the aftertone. Beautifully well balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cryotek (206) - Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 17, 2007
Grainy brown colour with an off-white head. Spicey-sweet aroma dominated by yeast and dried fruit with slight aroma of alcohol. Taste desciption i would say very much like the aroma. I enjoyed it, especially because of the 10.5% didn’t hurt the flavor IMO.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
futomara (1) - USA - MAY 16, 2007 does not count
This is by far my favorite Belgian style ale. Opaque, very deep reddish brown color, with a lasting, creamy head. The first taste revealed that it was not as sweet as I was expecting nor was the taste very high in alcohol either.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
smartlung (159) - Valrico, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2007
bottle from Le Bon in Miami Beach - dark brown pretty thick head - as someone said earlier the finish is what draws people in to this beer and I couldnt agree more - what a smoothie - excelent - i’m sure the atmosphere I drank it in helped as well. Man I cant get enough from this brewery

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