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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4271   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 íQuadrupelí style of Belgiumís 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. Itís 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TexasPete148 (2) - USA - APR 19, 2007 does not count
Not much for repetition. If you ever get the chance, itís worth a taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - APR 17, 2007
11.2 oz bottle from Whole Foods in Hillcrest. I poured this one to fast and gave me a huge head. After that dissapated I was left with a nice greyish white head. Good lacing left on the glass after my first swallow. Tastes of raisin, sour grape, and mollasses. The alcohol is well hidden and I enjoyed this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EKGoldings (629) - Radford, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2007
What a tasty treat. Not up with the Trappists ... but if you like that style, youíll like this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2007
On draft at Isaac Newtonís in Newtown, PA. I was surprised to find this one on tap, poured into a Chimay glass. Deep brown with garnet red hues. Little to no head, just a perfect white ring encircling this beer. Aroma of dried fruits, molasses, plums, and malts. Flavor was a masterful blend of malts, mild spice, dark fruit, toffee, molasses and a mild hop presence. What a great blend of flavors to entice the taste buds. The alcohol was barely noticeable. Very delicious and paired well with my London broil. Excellent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
glennmastrange (2620) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2007
Bottle. Iíve had this beer on tap in the past but I waited till I tried it out of the big bottle before I rated it. After pouring two glasses I did notice sharper aromas from the second pour due to, I assumed, the sediments from the bottom. Smells of molasses, light coffee, milk chocolate, herbs and perfume, doughy yeast, and raisin, dates, brown sugar and a little alcohol. Head was rocky, white, fully lasting and had excellent lacing. Color was a hazy brown. Flavor was moderately sweet, lightly acidic and finished lightly bitter. On the palate it was a chewy, medium to full, creamy with lively carbonation. There is not a thing offensive about this beer and Iíd say the taste is just about perfect. A bit better from a bottle than a tap. More please.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 15, 2007
750 ml bottle. Cloudy brown with a red hue, big frothy head and high carbonation. Sweet fruity aroma with dark fruit flavors and rich malty taste. Nice long finish and literally no alochol burning sensational. Considering itís high rating, I thought it might be a bit more complex. Regardless, still a damn good beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - APR 13, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2009 1.59 pint bottle, $9.99. Solid malty aroma with moderate amount of sweat yeast. Big fruity champagne bouquet, OMG (very sexy aroma). Huge frothy off-white head that never fully diminished. Murky dark amber brew with an average amount of medium sized particles. Flavor starts off moderately sweet and salty and finishes the same but with a little bitterness. Duration is average. Palate is medium/light with a watery texture and lively carbonation. Loved it loved it loved it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 12, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2007 I really enjoyed this beer, one of my first true quads...looked forward to each sip and especially liked it as it warmed up revealing itís large complexity. Excellent from start to finish, def a favorite. This is what changed my impression of belgian beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
truebluehes (199) - Tipton, Iowa, USA - APR 11, 2007
Tap and Bottle... Tap a little smoother, but not that noticeably. Great color and head. Very easy to drink. Weirdly, always reminded me of a hint cotton candy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Driftwood6 (214) - USA - APR 10, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2007 On tap at Map Room in Chicago. One of the best Belgian quads Iíve tried. Amazingly smooth and easy to drink for the high alcohol content. I really enjoyed the dark color and head. Served in a nice big trappist glass-- it was a nice beer to finish off a nice Monday night with my buddies.

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