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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4176   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thornecb (5126) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 15, 2006
Bottle says 20 07 09. Poured into a Watou glass with yeast. Murky brown with active carbonation. Small bubbles with plenty of lacing. Very spicy nose - citrus and bread with an alcohol burn. Very sweet, caramel taste. Fizzy. Very creamy and delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2006
This beer pours a very messy copper colored beer with a thick viscous head that was slightly pearlish and good lacing. The aroma is a smack in the face with a downdraft of banana, yeast, alcohol, wood and brown sugar. The flavor is full-bodied and long-developing with a significant alcohol burn and warming toward the finish. Flavors of brown sugar, vanilla, banana, bourbon, caramel, twigs and sticks. Heavy pepperminty aftertaste with maybe a hint of orange peel. Pretty active carbonation and a load of floaties in this beer...a mine field of them! Did I mention quite an alcohol aftertaste that warms the belly? Perfect winter beer to celebrate the 27th consecutive day of rain in Seattle.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ezra456 (39) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 14, 2006
poured a hazy brown color with a huge white head that left very nice lacing. nose consisted of licorice, yeast, raisins, caramel, and clove. flavors consisted of yeast, coffee, caramel, vanilla, and burnt sugar. AMAZING! very well rounded.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2006 (12.30.05) 11.2 fl oz (330 mL) brown bottle purchased from DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. 10% ABV. Bottle label states that it is best consumed before 030310. Clear brown abbey ale having a small diminishing head with spare lacing. Soft carbonation. Sweet, yeasty, bread dough aroma. Full bodied that starts with creamy, rich, smooth malt sweetness and toffee/vanilla/fruity flavors. Finishes with light sweet malt aftertaste. Delicious, smooth and rich tasting. Best as a digestif. In a side-by-side comparison with St. Bernadus prior 8, the ales have a similar flavor but the abt 12 ale is sweeter and creamier. Much better tasting than the Westvleteren 12. UPDATE (04.14.06) On tap at Firkins, Libertyville, IL. Poured hazy amber with large white head. No discernable carbonation. Full bodied ale that starts with moderate sweetness and raisin/caramel flavors. Finished with light malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Excellent sipping beer. Rating stays the same.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badinplaid (106) - USA - JAN 10, 2006
Excellent brew...goes well with food....rich creamy head. Excellent bouquet and appearance

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wineandbrew (40) - Steilacoom, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2006
Bought @ Steilacoom Wine and Brew. Bottle pours heady, and nose is breaddough, lots of yeast in the nose, sweetness, alcohol, dark fruits. Mouthfeel is very concentrated, smooth, with alcohol. This beer shows very dark and thick for a Belgian, maybe not with as many layers as some but dark and thick. I like the flavors, and can feel the alcohol as I settle back... Mmmmmm...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 8, 2006
BBD 120809: Licorice dominates the nose, with moldy bread and date notes; spicey nutty maltiness with brown sugar, molassas, and dark fruit highlights; I don’t detect any hoppiness or hop aromas/flavors, let alone any bittering balance; moderate to full body with a slick palate, lively carbonation and very well hidden alcohol; not quite as complex as expected, but still a very nice (x)trappist.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - JAN 7, 2006
Aroma of dried apple, raisin, bread, yeast. Appears a murky brown color with a thick creamy off-white head. Flavor is toffee at the start, followed by spiciness, and an alcoholic heat at the finish. Palate is thick and creamy, but with a very dry finish. Overall, this beer is slightly greater than the sum of its parts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 5, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2007 Aroma is quite fruity with notes of fruit spiced cake and spices. Dark brown, but very slightly reddish color. Head is two and half fingers, lasting and mostly creamy though there are some bubbles. Fore is again quite fruity with pear, apple, cherry and plum coming out. There is a very bready malt feel to it and some candy sugar sweetness. Almost tastes like a spiced apple liquor. It does lack in some areas. The flavor intensity isn’t quit as strong as I’d like. You can pick out quite a bit, but it doesn’t dazzle the palate as much as some others.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 5, 2006
"Wow this can be arguabley the best beer i have had so far. Pour a dark brown color with nice head that lasted long time and had nice lacing. Had a nice smotth mouthfeel. Smooth and a little creamy with a taste of dark fruits and nice spicies "

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