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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4234   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Cloudy brown pour with a decent sized tan head that melted down to a thin layer that stayed on top of the beer while I was drinking it. Sweet malty, fruity smell and taste. The aroma didn’t capture all of the flavor, but it had a great fruitiness to it and a smooth finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Bottle. Pours a dark brown, with a huge beige head. Sweet smell, yeasty, caramel. Wow, now that is balanced, wheres the alcohol?? Flavors similar to the smells, and is quite fantastic. Crazy lacing on my glass, like a piece of art.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2006
Bottle. Pours a murky dark brown color, with a rocky beige colored head, huge lacing. Aroma is bread, caramel, dried fruit, brown sugar. Flavor is brown sugar, honey, caramel, bread dough, chocolate, dried cherries, prunes. Palate is medium bodied, very smooth, no hints of alcohol, surprising easy to drink, resinous, doughy finish. World class!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bergface (56) - madison, Alabama, USA - DEC 17, 2006
Head dissipated a little quickly but the lacing was phenomenal. The mouthfeel was velevetly smooth. A tatsy ale with a complex yet well balanced flover profile. Sweet yet hoppy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrandonB (86) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2006
Bottle. Pours a nice dark brown with an off white lasting head. Lots of carbonation, sweet smelling of fruits, sugar, caramel. Taste is sharp from carbonation, with hints of honey, sugar, caramel, fruits. Easily drinkable, filling, and quite satisfying.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2009 11.2 oz bottle-Date code 12 07 11. Poured a murky brownish cream color w/a moderate foamy head. Floral, fruity nose, very fragarent. Sweet fruity flavor w/ a bit of spice-very complex, very hard to describe, & very good. Lots of carbination & lacing. Incredibly smooth, don’t taste the alcohol at all, very long finish-Excellent beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BenDover (219) - Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2006
Very dark brown, huge dense tan foam. with little brown specks in it, looks like nutmeg. Good job hiding the alcohol. Has just a very faint tinny taste and just a tad sour, otherwise it would have been perfect. Fruity, sugary, a touch of hops, great stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tcfishler (65) - USA - DEC 16, 2006
Dark, dull brown with a large tan head, which is notable for its very fine texture. However, the head is not very sticky. Sweet but fresh nose of fruit (including banana) and spice. Heavy carbonation enlivens the moderately heavy, round mouthfeel. Clove is more apparent on the palate than the nose. Alcohol is there to be sensed but not sharp by any means. Rich but not astoundingly complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2006
Pours a dark brown with a real fluffy and long lasting head. Aroma of grape honey and bread. Sweet flavors stand out first, with some brown sugar, honey, caramel, milk chocolate, grapes, and plums. Fades to vanilla as I swirl and swallow. Finishes surprisingly dry for such sweetness, and the light hops make their presence known quite wonderfully. The yeast continues to dry things out, but then my mouth tastes like choclate. Hmm! This beer is mildly thick and VERY creamy feeling. NO alcohol presence to be found anywhere in the drinking experience. I should revisit this when I’m not in a smoky bar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeinDahlem (1437) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 15, 2006
UPDATED: APR 7, 2008 33 cl bottle at Moeder Lambic after a not-so-hard day’s work. I get cheddar and apples in the aroma--wish I had some sausage. Takes time to contemplate this one. Flavor for me is appleskin, grapeskin, faint malt, tart cider, with moderate layer of bitterness over all. Fruitier than I expected. Finish is dry hops, dark chocolate, faint cider. It was worth the hype for me, and I’m grateful.

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