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


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4271   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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
patrick767 (3951) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 7, 2006
draft at the Publick House in Boston - Pours dark reddish-brown with a thin, lingering head. There’s a wonderful aroma of dark fruits and yeasty malt. There are more dark fruits in the robust, well-balanced flavor complemented by a lightly bubbly, full bodied mouthfeel. The finish is silky and lingers pleasantly. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - AUG 7, 2006
On tap at local brewpub offered as one of their guest beers. Very good. Totally opaque but clear, deep red around the edges. Small head diminishing. Sweet roasted flavor. Not as complex as I expected but very good nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSstout (5) - Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2006 does not count
Poured from bottle rich mahogany red. Fresh, fruity aroma. Taste of sweet malt vanilla, dark fruits, caramel and slightly bitter hops. Light and slightly spicy in the mouth. Not as smooth and creamy as other favorite Abbeys.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DarkMagus (499) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 3, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2007 Thick and foamy light brown head... deep, hazy reddish-brown color. Really nice aroma of fresh apples and pears, some dried dark fruits (cherries, plums, raisins), some malt and some woody smokiness. Flavors were predominantly fruity, malty, and slightly alcoholic. Very silky smooth, creamy, yet crisp mouthfeel with a clean dry finish. Awesome overall, considering how widely available (and relatively inexpensive) this one is. I never pass up an opportunity to drink this beer... it is truly special to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dolemite31 (4) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2006 does not count
Bought this bottle at a new liquor store in town. Color is reddish-brown with a medium head. Aroma is strong: malt, banana, cider, and alcohol notes. The flavor is malty with underlying notes of fruit and raw dough. Alcohol is a little stronger than I expected, and I detected a hint of butyric acid notes. Good, but not as good as I hoped.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (43243) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2006
Draught. Pours dark brown/black with a lasting white head. Aroma of dark fruits, malt, yeast, and a bit of alcohol. Taste is very well balanced, with similar components. Most notably, there is an underlying but not overpowering tart fruit flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - AUG 1, 2006
Drought on tap. Pours dark brown with a begie creamy head. The aroma is so coplex! Dark fruits such as plums and raisin. Also aroma from chocolate and strawberries. The taste is bready and has a sweet mild aroma that makes my heart go away...The palate is so mild and soft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
snowden719 (130) - USA - AUG 1, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2006 Pours dark red, almost purple with a medium off white head. Aroma is a bit yeasty, dark fruits, vanilla, some bread. Flavor is caramely, dark fruits, alcohol. Nice warmth to it. Very smooth, a bit velvty on the palate. Not as good as I was expecting, but still quite nice. Flavor and aroma could be bigger.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
estarrio (19) - Rhode Island, USA - JUL 29, 2006
Poured a dark blood red with an off-white, medium frothy head. Retention is moderate, giving way to full, yet watery lacings. Aroma is malt, flowers and esters. The smells are not as intense as I had anticipated. Well-carbonated, full-bodied brew. Taste is of sweet malt caramel, toffee, vanilla, dark fruits, slightly bitter hops and distinct alcohol presence throughout. The flavors are complex, as a quad should be. I found that it fell slightly short of my high expectations, based on the Trappiste quads.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (12113) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2006
750ml bottle-pours a big fizzy, foamy tan head that laces with hazy red-brown color and effervescence. Aroma is fruit-cherry, sour esters, malt. Taste is medium malt, fruit, sweet, alcohol-in line with 10%abv. Nutty, secondary hops. Good effervescence. Good sipping beer.

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