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


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RATINGS: 4245   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 26, 2007
Big bottle. Lovely hazy dark brown colour with a long lasting light brown creamy head. Nice round sweet spiced malty, nutty and fruity flavour with some yeast to it. Great complex mouthfeel! Yummy spicy, sweet and bit bitter long lasting aftertaste. A very very great tasting Belgian abt!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jalichio999 (502) - BRAZIL - FEB 26, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2007 Garrafa, em Utrecht (HOL), em novembro de 2007. Coloração marrom turva, com creme bege. Carbonatação alta. Amarga e seca. Notas de frutas vermelhas, torrefação e nozes. Harmônica.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mnurda (1233) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 24, 2007
Wow. Unreal beer. Matly, Fruity, Caramel. A cornucopia of flavours. Nice head that lasts. Drink at a warmer temperature. Thanks to Piscator

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cajun (226) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - FEB 24, 2007
Bottle - Dark red/brown. Malty, fruity nose. Carmel, wine-like alcohol, hints of fruit, raisin rum maybe, strong. Drink all of it’s own. For any food pairings I’m all ears - message me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ScoWRee (408) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2007
Pours dark brown with a thick foamy tan head. As soon as I openned the bottle the aroma was present. Malty and fruity. Tastes sweet, maybe banania, caramel. malt. Very very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2008 10% ABV 330ml bottle. Dark brown pour swimming with sediment. Thin off-white head resolving into a slick of swirling clumps. Headily orange-fruity snout with boozy suggestions of port and licorice. Caramel-smooth maltiness with a hint of medicinal woody spice and a generous slug of licorice-yeasty bitterness in the finish. (Re-rate) Aroma distinctly oaky, soapy, sweet but hopped. Garden herb/ noble hints in there. Would never have picked that up before I went to Munich. Almost pitch and creamily collared. BLOOD, liquorice, soap and sugar in the mouth with a nibble of roasted barley. Herbally hops apparent. Smoke and alcohol aftertaste. It’s a decent enough big dark Belgian ale no doubt, but excessively sugared and too boozy for my liking, and lacks the elegance and complexity of it’s Trappist brothers. Digging those delicate noble hop notes, however.(8/4/7/4/15) (Re-rate) Wildly incongruous waft of noble hops- herbal, unfiltered helles germanic, chick pea. Singular, pure, uncomplicated, un-’Quad’- like. Apparently v.dark ruby tints. Liquorice black but copper vs lightbulb. Immovable narrow cappccino collar like a floating layer of cream. Herbal Hop-driven without bitterness. Chick pea, kidney bean notes merging into soft whispering booze, sweet peppery coriander-like spice never tasted in a beer this dark and big. Drifting towards the numbing caramel silk of Chimay. Saved by those hops, but standard liquorice finish.. mixed bean salad dowsed in marzipan/palinka alcohol. Tasty slick sessions but nowhere near worthy of Trappist comparisons. No yeast, roast, edge or bite. Just mellow caramel and hops. 15 is too generous.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 23, 2007
Pours dark brown with a thin head. Aroma is very malty with some fruity notes as well. Taste is malty, sweet, and with some fruity tastes as well as a small alcohol warming. Very nice to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MNovak (32) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2007
Brown pour with thick creamy head. Fruity, malty, and sweet with a creamy yeasty finish. Warming and very plesant. A favorite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jake65 (3244) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Bottle: A true brown pour with lots of bubbles and a large, creamy beige head. Nose is fruity with yeast, malt, and some breadiness. Taste is light with fruit notes, little yeast, plenty of malty sweetness, and some hints of more fruit in the tail. A very creamy (at the same time silky) mouthful and warming in the end. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rotoguru (126) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2007
Dark brown pour with light tan head that lasts. Aroma and flavor were similar; malty, bready and light fruit. Very smooth/creamy beer that masks the high alcohol content well.

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