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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gnoff (9594) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - SEP 14, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2008 First rating
(Bottle at Bishops Arms, Västra Hamngatan, Gothenburg on August 25, 2006)
Deep red color, tan head. Fresh Belgian scent. Great taste of sweets mixed with bitterness. Big mouth feel. Medium high bitterness.

Second rating
(33 cl bottle at The Rover, Göteborg)
Dark brownish color, fluffy tan to brown head. Sweet smooth spicy complex scent. Smooth sweet complex taste. Nice smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness. Just very very nice.

Third rating
(33 cl bottle at The Rover, Göteborg)
Labeled 10%
Clear dark red to brown color, lasting tan head. Sweet, lactic, fruity scent. Also alcohol and spices. Yeasty spicy taste, phenoles and medicine cabinet. Medium to smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness.

Fourth rating
(Draught at Bishops Arms, V Hamng, Göteborg)
February 21, 2008
Dark brown to black color, brown lasting head. A tad acidic and grape like off-taste at first, underneath is some roasted malt and chocolate. Raissin aftertaste. It didn’t display much scent at all. Either it’s bad or I’m having a bad beer day (this being the first and only beer this day, I shouldn’t be off) Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterenss. No real use in putting numbers on it. It does get better when it warms up more, bu tnot at all to the level I am used to with this beer. Perhaps the pub needs to clean the draught pipes better?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermouth (435) - Langeskov, DENMARK - SEP 12, 2006
cloudy dark brown with a thick tan head. Malty with a hint of brown sugar, caramel and honey. Slighly spiced and well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - SEP 11, 2006
poured a cloudy amber hue with a thin tan head. I think maybe i poured it wrong because it seems like head should have been better. Aroma had nice fruit quality to it with notes of alcohol. Flavor was intensly fruity notes of grapes mainly. This beer was served to me cold so some of the flavor notes may have been hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
POD (198) - USA - SEP 10, 2006
11.2 oz bottle. Huge light tan creamy head. Fruity aroma. Flavor was rich sherry with silky smooth mouthfeel. Decent lacing. This reminded me of a tame Mephistopheles without the strong aftertaste. The 10.5 abv was definitley noticable and appreciated. I’d drink this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blkitson (158) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2006
What a beautiful chocolately brown color as it’s being poured, creating a foaming head that poured over the edge of the glass. Not as storng tasting as other beer of this caliber but an excellent tasting ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2006
Bottles courtesy of Ross and Secret Santa. Pours murky brown with a large bubbly head. Aroma is sweet with loads of fruit, caramel and candy sugar. Flavor is also very sweet and fruity, the alcohol makes itself known (little stronger than I would have liked) with a yeasty spicy finish. Definatly a well made beer but i think i prefer the 8 over this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 4, 2006
Draft (@ The Publick House, Brookline, MA). Rootbeer-like coloring and inviting appearance. Brewery-tour wort aroma with fruity, sweet taste. Quite pleasing finish with sense of alcohol happily numbing my nostrils. Indisputably high quality - a better beer though than my palate can detect at this point. Will re-rate again after more experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
grandridge (224) - Port Clinton, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2006
24 oz bottle: poured dark amber with large off white head. mouthfeel nice and smooth. Starts off with some fruits and alcohol flavor (balanced but could be better) , then bitter taste but not overwhelming. Finish is spices and yeast. All and all a good beer but I have to agree with the others who feel that Rochefort puts this to shame (it’s not even close).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dubbercody (213) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2006
On tap at Concordia Ale House in Portland, OR. Poured into a Bernadus Chalice. Two fingered fluffy head that disapated into a nice layer of light fluff along top of beer. Thick lacing remained on side of glass. Beer looks very dark amber to brown. Smells spicy and malty. Taste follows nose beautifully. Great carbonation that leads to a spicy aftertaste that tickles the roof of mouth. Taste is smoother on draught than from bottle. It’s a bit heavy, more of a fall/winter beer in my eyes. Would be perfect with a sweater. Overall fantastic beer will have again especially when I can find it on tap.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cab (866) - DENMARK - AUG 29, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2007 Bottle. It is not a westvletern 12 but close, good taste but a bit too alcoholik , do think i like it.

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