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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4297   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ogivlado (7215) - Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 1, 2006
Bottled(330ml). –Dark reddish brown coloured, medium beige head. Malty and fruity (raisins, plums, cherries, etc.) aroma with notes of caramel and yeast. Few alcohol hints with a touch of licorice in the finish. Not my favorite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 1, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2007 Dark ruby color. Nice sedimentation helps to cloud the color, but aids in the mouthfeel. Head is creamy and produces a nice lacing in my glass. Yeasty aroma like an artisan bakery. Small amount of alcohol detected, but leaves a smooth warming sensation in the back of the mouth. A bit more carbonation than I would’ve liked, but still well within standards and a compliment to the style. Complex body with the use of dark candi syrup, malt and delicate European hops. Outstanding and a great representation of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2007 25.4 oz. bottle. Pours a nearly opaque auburn with a thick, creamy light tan head that lasted through the entire glass. I thought the aroma was pleasant but bit on the light side. Dates, raisins and sweet malt in the aroma. Extremely flavorful with plenty of plums, raisins, dates, caramel, and malt. Very smooth with the 10.5% alcohol very well hidden. Well crafted and delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tranquillity (1858) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2006
Small bottle. Aroma of soap and fresh fruits. Almost black body with extremely thick head. A bit stale like old books, but full taste of oak and plums. No alcohol in the taste, which is a small minus for this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
henryalvz (32) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2006
Very deep cloudy amber, thick head that last and last. Smooth taste not to bitter.fruit tastethat fills the mouth and palate. Listen to the monks and try one today.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 25, 2006
Bottle at the Chapitre in Namur (Belgium), cloudy dark cola-like colour with a filmy beige head (also served in its superb cognac-style glass). A rich and complex aroma - vinuous and malty, with stewed fruits and sultanas. Gentle carbonation all the way through, with strong molasses flavours. The finish was dry and bitter with a touch of licorice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
asmithbeer (71) - California, USA - OCT 24, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2007 Very deep amber pour with decent head(fizzled out fairly quick), sour smell. Very nice flavor, mild bitter & slightly buttery sweet. More carbonated than I expected. Pretty good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
StueyD (1566) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2006
I acquired a crate of these from a work colleague at the Fox & Hounds, after she had been away to Bruges for a dirty weekend! A dark, reddish brown coloured beer with a thick white head. A musty nose of dar, ripened and dried fruits, plums, cherries, raisins and candied peel. The taste is slightly sour, sherry-like fruitiness, again dark fruit, plums and raisins, along with molasses and bitter chocolate. Very drinkable! (Bottle - purchased from the Bier Palais, Bruges, Belgium courtesy of Jackie at the Fox & Hounds).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomthompson89 (1977) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2006
nice... so nice.... some fruit flavour and aroma, dark, lotsa head, slight fruit, lovely belgian dessert beer as i like to call em

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dragonfly1 (500) - Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2007 11.2 oz bottle Wow, so very good. Round, heavy mouthfeel; made this one last 30 minutes- head & lacing remained the entire time. I don’t think it was as fruity as previous reviewers indicated (made it sound like a lambic or something) See Grovlam’s review on 9/29- well said.

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