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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4314   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2007
Awsome. Pours a dark brown with a white, fluffy, grwing head. Tons of fruit with stong rasins and figs. Sweet. A syrup like feel on the tounge with a strong finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2009 WOW, what a beer! 330ml bottle poured into a tulip. It poured a dark chestnut color completely opaque and very effervescent. The aroma was very complex of fruitcake and sweet malt. This was my first Abbey Ale and from the color I expected a Porter or a Stout. Boy was I wrong, the flavor is much lighter. The flavor is somewhat nutty with some dark fruits. It’s mildly hoppy with a sweet, creamy, malty taste. It is very smooth almost velvety in my mouth. It reminds me a great deal of Champagne What a treat this one was!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 5, 2007
330 mL bottle. Hazy brown with creamy white head. Aroma of raisin, dates, and yeast. Velvety slightly bright palate. Initial taste sweet and malty transitioning to a raisin bread taste and finishing slightly bitter with an alcoholic warmth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobBestwick (845) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 2, 2007
330ml bottle. Rich nutty and caramel aroma. Pours with a dark copper/brown hue and a good sized off white head. Well laced. Rich, fruity and nutty flavour. The finish is bitter and the beer leaves a warming sensation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 2, 2007
My review: wonderful fruity, chocolate aroma. Pours a dark opaque brown with an off-white head with good retention and some lace. Flavour of sweet milk chocolate with indiscernably complex fruit flavours. Minimal hops, nice fruity aftertaste, wonderful malt taste. Thick, creamy body. Astoundingly good beer

My wife’s review (beer-hater): Pours a swampy sewery brown, which reflects the flavour. Sharp cockroachy aftertaste. I spat it out! [ed: truly the sign of a good beer!]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2008 12 oz bottle. A classic beer. Pours dark brown, with a finger width of light fluffy beige head. Aroma is bountiful. Raisins, caramel, molasses, apples...you name it. This is the kind of beer that you can come back and smell every 10 minutes and get something unique and beautiful each time around. Flavor is exceptional, too: sweet candies, brown sugar, various spices (cinnamon? ginger? paprika??), ripe apples, raisins, pears...you name it. Complex. Very warming and very easy to drink. It’s remarkable to think that a beer this good and this special is so easily accessible as well.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
LONESTAR (9) - Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2007 does not count
Very nice dark beer with a hint of sweet malt flavor. One of my favorite beers of all time by far.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 30, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2007 Plenty of long lasting head and carbination in this brown colored ale. Very bold with a smooth nutty finish. Very Easy to drink this, alcohol is concealed well

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
leeburg (230) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAY 30, 2007
Bottle pictured, dark brown, fluffy lasting head, malty aroma, fruits and moderate alcohol presence at the end. Complex and balanced flavor. The best non-trappist beer for the trappist-lover.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
weeks (5) - USA - MAY 28, 2007 does not count
Great beer. Colour was brown/amber, but a bit cloudy. Aroma was malty. Head was full and tasty. Taste was extraordinary.

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