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


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RATINGS: 4178   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
motelpogo (7706) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 13, 2007
rbesg, bottle at haket. very deep shade of brown with a lingering beige head. i always figured this beer must be over-rated and never sought it out before but it blew me away. big salty aroma of bbq shapes, vegemite (the first time i’ve liked the smell of vegemite), salted licorice. heady alcohol bite but plenty of other flavours to save it - spiced liqueur, marzipan, hazelnut, brown sugar, whipped cream, vanilla cake dough. anyways.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2007
A dark brown pour with a lot of off white head. This beer had a sweet malty flavor with hints of molasses.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TaktikMTL (6749) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 12, 2007
Bouteille de 750 ml avec bouchon de liège obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de cassonade, d’épices et de petits fruits foncés. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée brunâtre avec une moyenne densité de bulle. Présence d’un moyen col crémeux beige avec une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de malt rôtis, de caramel et de petits fruits foncées avec une pointe d’alcool. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est plein avec une texture crémeuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de caramel légèrement alcoolisé en arrière goût. (Rating #868)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 11, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2007 Dark murky brown body, full creamy beige head, nutty aroma with lots of dark fruits. Rich creamy smooth palate with medium carbonation. Taste is quite sweet: plums, figs, candi sugar, and a little Dr. Pepper? Very expressive in its flavors, unlike Rochefort’s 8 and 10 which I find more reserved (but that’s not to say they are any less big). Spiciness kicks in halfway through, strong alcohol presence though I’m not sure I would guess 10.5%. Has a lot of good stuff going on, a really enjoyable beer. For what it is, and not what it might be compared to, this definitely lives up to its reputation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Willin8 (55) - Massapequa, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2007
[Bottle, February 2007] Deep ruby pour with medium stagnant bubbly head. Aroma is fruity with berries. Flavor is fruity with apples and some banana. Mouthfeel is wet yet crisp. Finish has medium alcohol burn and more berries. Great beer but it lacks a little something that jumps out at me and grabs my attention.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cornhusker01 (76) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 11, 2007
I’ve always been a fan of the Trappist-style beers and this beer reinforces that opinion. It was dark and sweet (brown sugar or molasses) with fruit essences.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CheersMate (1325) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - FEB 10, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2007 I love the fact that you can age this beer. If you were to age a beer such as Heineken you would go blind after drinking it. Anyways, the first taste I had of this I knew I had tasted a special beer. The smell of old raisins was present throughout the entire experience. The color was awesome, a Coca-Cola appearance if you will. The taste was a mouthful. This beer was thick and also smooth at the same time. The monk on on the label looks happy to be drinking it. Thank God for Belgium!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - FEB 10, 2007
pours dark brown with some tints of red and it has about an inch off-white head. Nose of dark fruit, with some sweet banana like malt and a bit of spicy yeast character. The taste is very sweet, just like it smells but with some brown sugar along with the malt and dark fruit. Mouthfeel is nice and full and creamy with a good amount of carbonation. It’s nice and smooth, and very drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndreasJaeger (505) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2007
A great beer, fruity, sweet, nutty, herbal, and malty aroma. Taste is roasted malt, herbs, liqorich, toffee, coffee, caramell, fruits and hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
n1pmao (2) - Aars, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2007 does not count
Meget god (og billig) stærk belgisk ale. Dog kraftig smagbar alkoholstyrke, men dejlig karamel-, rosin-, ?-noter. Duft og eftersmag ikke så varieret som smag

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