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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4286   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 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 (3916) - 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 (6489) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3530) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JAN 17, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2007 Poured a reddish amber; medium head. Aroma of yeast, alcohol, plum, pit fruit, light malt. Creamy palate, slight warming at the end. Slightly sweet; alcohol fairly present. Flavor of pit fruit, brown sugar, yeast, caramel, alcohol. Complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
psauer (2) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 17, 2007 does not count
Good trappist brew. Deep red with a tan hear. Alcohol very evident but a very drinkable beer. For me the brown sugar tones stood out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bigcat03 (263) - Columbus, Nebraska, USA - JAN 16, 2007
Bottle from Wilburs poured into trappist glass @ 58 degrees - Pours a beautiful deep red with a 1 finger tan head; a very beautiful beer to look at; plums, alcohol, malt, a little yeast, red wine, and tart grapes to the nose; alcohol, plums, apples, raisins, malt, bread, faint chocolate and brown sugar on the initial taste; Sweet malts, grapes, and a light bitterness of barley in the aftertaste; a smooth, full body; Nice carbonation with alight sharpness; A nice warming feeling when it goes down. This was an absolute pleasure to taste. Easily the most complex beer I’ve tasted to date. I just wish I could get my hands on it more easily!

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