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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4285   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 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Pours a rich redbrown with a fluffy ephemeral offwhite head. The nose is big and sweet with well rounded malt with hints of chocolate and caramel, alcohol, and that Belgian sourness. The palate is really outstanding. Thick and and mouthfilling in an amazing way. This is a beer I could imagine fasting on. The flavors are as robust as the aroma. Big round chocolatey malt over big alcohol and Belgian fruity sourness. There’s also some creaminess and a bit of almost american tasting floral hops. Also, a very minerally feel from this like a dry riesling. The lingering bitterness screams Belgium and alcohol. I wasn’t a huge fan of this beer, but I still enjoyed it quite a bit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Marroon brown with a large white fluffy head. Smells like dark fruits, alcohol, malty, cinammon, vanilla and even some chocolate. Taste is pretty different- very sweet, fruity, with a lot of alcohol. Smooth palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Draught at Old Capitol Brew Works and Public House. Opaque muddy brown color with off white head that left an impressive sheet of lace. Served in a big St Bernardus glass chalice. Smelled of apples and molasses with a touch of soy. Flavors of toasted bread, molasses and yeast. Tart and acidic with a warm splash of alcohol that moved all the way into my stomach. Thick, full bodied mouth feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2007 Blind Quad 07 tasting. 330 ml bottle from drewbeerme. Dark rasin colored with a small fizzy off-white head that fades away with some lacing. Toasted grain aroma, bready, dark fruits, not as rasiny as i’ve had it before with alcohol and a little bit of phenols at first. Light to medium body and fizzy carbonation ... Lightly sweet flavors candi sugar, bakers chocolate, plums, rasins, belgian spices, leaving the mouth dry. A nice quad, that unanimously recieved third place out of nine abt/quads behind Roche 10 and Westy 12. --------&# 11.2 oz pours a dark reddish brown with a thick long lasting head, nice lacing and notes of raisins, yeast, and dough. The flavor is brown sugar, dried fruits, and carmel with good carbonation and medium body. Overall a good beer, but not as good as the other amazing abt quadrupels. 4.2

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
patrick767 (3985) - 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 (501) - 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 (43533) - 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.

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