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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4179   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 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
NJBeerman013 (1054) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2007
Draft at Eulogy. Dark brown, almost raisin in color. Creamy head that never faded. One of the best Abts. I have ever had. The aroma is almost as amazing as the taste,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2007
The color was grape/orange with brown hues. The head was off-white, creamy, and lasted forever. The aroma was not very pungent at first. There was a sour/yeasty smell. The alcohol and fruit were stronger after having had a bit to drink. The flavor was alcohol, yeast. It burned the nose slightly. The palate was alcohol and was a bit harsh. The finihs was warm and lingered in the back of the throat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4491) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2007
Finally tried this one, I feel like its a staple that I should have had a long time ago. Poured a murkey brown that showed some red in the light, bottle had sediment that remained stirred up after sitting. The head was profuse, tannish white, and frothy. The aroma was typical belgian, some spicy aromas, ripe fruit, alcohol, and musty notes. The flavor showed the alcohol but in a mature way (it wasn’t over the top but it let you know it was there), spicy, mature fruit, and a sweet caramely taste. Nice. The palate was very dry and had a small bubble carbonation feel to it. The finish was very warm and I noticed the alcohol very much. Not as great as I had expected, but still a good Belgian.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
steve/brandon (3) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2007 does not count
Great beer with which you can’t go wrong. I’m drinking one now. This is one of the twelve or so beers I currently have in rotation. It’s not overly sweet to me like Achel, it seems to be a good balance, hops are present so it has a good blend of hoppiness, malt and alcohol with chocolate & coffee overtones. The bottom line is you won’t regret giving it a try and there is a good chance it may become a regular for you if you do.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3915) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2007
UPDATED: APR 23, 2008 11.2oz bottle, part of our blind "Better Know a Style: Abt/Quadrupel" tasting, pours deep murky brown with nice white head. nose is molasses, prune, plum, toffee, brown sugar, maple syrup, and mostly raisin. taste is rather sweet with rainsin and plum notes. mouthfeel is slightly watery with alcohol and dry finish. finished #3 out of 9 quads.

2005 vintage, 33cl bottle. i wouldn’t say this improved, mellowed a bit. still tasty but not better.3.8.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sberk13 (5) - pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2007 does not count
as my co-worker put it tonight - "perfect" - this is what belgians should taste like - malty sweetness with hints of fruit - great color with a nice solid head

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ekstedt (6235) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 19, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2010 On tap at Ölrepubliken in Göteborg, Sweden. Pours a nice reddish brown colour with a generous beige head. Superbly balanced fruity and nutty aromas with dry yeasty and hoppy notes, and nicely integrated alcohol (is it really 10.5 abv?). Medium to full bodied, extremely smooth mouthfeel, with a vivid carbonation. Wonderful. Perfect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jiffypark (31) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2007
Pours a darkish brew with head that looks pretty carbonated, thank you very much. As things simmer down, the head becomes more delicate with every passing minute. Absolutely gorgeous. And fruity, so fruity and delicate all the way around. Very, very good thing this isn’t sold at my corner store. I can just imagine the damage that would wreak on my personal finances.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
southamptonsam (116) - New York, USA - JAN 18, 2007
Just had my second bottle of this beer. Had my first on Christmas eve as the fourth bottle of Westy 12, Westy 10 and Rochefort 10 sampling. It held up incredibly well that night and tastes great on its own. The monk is smiling for a good reason.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 18, 2007
Carbonation doesn’t seem overkill but this really makes you need to burp-- more than any beer I’ve tried. Still the best Belgian brew I’ve tried. Beautiful look and lacing. Nice nose, great finish and aftertaste. Pit fruits, grapes, carmel malt balanced with mild spice/herbs and hops.

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