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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4316   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 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - DEC 29, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2008 Pours a murky dark brown with lots of visible sediment despite a careful pour. Big, fluffy, inch-thick white head. Aroma of caramel, candy sugar, wood, figs. Flavor is sweet and lightly fruity: big malt up front, figs, plums, s fairly huge alcohol presence that fades into a mild dry finish. Full mouthfeel, lightly astringent. Great lacing. Very complex and earthy. A wonderful beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2006
Pours a dark brown with a nice brownish head. Aroma is a bit nutty, sweet, and very full. Taste is silky sweet, with some dark fruit and caramel/toffee undertones. Quite complex, the best of the brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
danimal34 (41) - Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2006
I love my belgiuns. This had a nice veggie and hoppy flavor with all the usual complexities. 2 Finger head - beuatiful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
orville (160) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 27, 2006
Aroma of apple that is unique and pleasing to the nose. Pours a big frothy head that mostly fades. Flavor is fruity and very easy going down. Its Definetly not my favorite thing to drink, but how refreshing! Quality is evident in every sip.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
breichow (17) - USA - DEC 25, 2006
Excellent beer. Out of 750 bottle into chalice. Nice head, retained throughout drinking. Medium amber color. Flavors abound.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stine (1761) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 25, 2006
Merry Christmas! Pours garnet brown with a very fizzy orangey head. Aroma is pears, caramel, and much malt. Dark fruity flavor with some banana. Very understated and soft on the palate. A velvet drink of subtle density and substance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2006 12/30: Rerated 11.2 oz bottle, BB date 26.08.10. Served in a trappist goblet. Color is a dark amber with a thick one-finger, lumpy tan head that diminishes slowly then constantly replenishes itself. Intense initial aroma of caramel, malts with a subtle fruitiness that quickly disperses. Each swallow results in a thick and foamy mouthfeel that has to be chewed through only to find a delicious coating on the tongue. The flavor is rich, malty and well blended, with a balanced, elegantly bitter finish. A slight warming is evident from the alcohol, which is otherwise hidden. Strong lacing left on the glass. I’m not picking up the broader set of flavors described - could just be me. Bumping up appearance 1 point - a full glass and a single pour makes all the difference.

Paper notes from the Falls Tasting / 2006 YeHA!. Sampled next to the Westy 8 and 12. Minimal head. Clear maple color. Sweet malty start, balanced malt-bitterness in the body. Finish is creamily succulent, and lightly bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
b33r (859) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2007 12/23/06: Cloudy caramel brown in color with good lasting head. Aroma is very sweet and strong. Flavor is amazing, sweet and fruity with a taste of apples and raisins. High alcohol but didn’t taste like it.

Re-Rate, Vintage July 2002 bottle, batch 467: Found two of these bottles at a local bottle shop for $3.50! Dark brown color with very small off-white head and no lacing. Extreme caramel flavor, taste like candy. Light fruit and slightly sweet. A little woody and roasty. It’s like a good strong cigar. Can’t taste the alcohol at all but still has a warm feeling. Aroma is all malty caramel. This is like nothing I’ve ever had before and truly unique from a fresh bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2006
Pours dark reddish brown with frothy tan head. Aroma of mashed oranges, caramel, spice, malt, yeast, dark fruits, fig, plum, prune and a hint of alcohol. Flavor is an outstanding combination of all of the above. Great palate and smooth as can be. Hmmm mmmm mmmm mmmm... fantastico!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bayerboy (1) - Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2006 does not count
a complex malty taste, a sweet aroma that give you a real idea of the taste, and a wonderful dark brown color. this is a wonderful beer but a serious palate is need to get the best out of it.

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