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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4229   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
imzugzug (103) - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2006
All I’m wondering is why it took me so long to find this one?!? Totaly outstanding in every way! Dark amber pour with a nice tanish head. Aroma was over the top rich in fruit and alcohol. If I didn’t konw better, I’d swear I was sniffing a liquor. Taste was hugely fruity, plums, raisins and maybe figs. Alcohol was present and warming but nicely balanced. Left an oily, sweet mouthfeel. Highly drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - FEB 15, 2006
Poured a nice deep reddish brown with a light frothy head. The aroma is misleading with that of ethanol and caramel, but the flavors are primarily of fruit. Dark cherry, fig, raison, prune, and dates all coated with a smooth malty, caramel topping. A light hopping to balance it makes this a glass of beer I do not want to end. As the beer warms up it takes on new dimensions and flavor profiles, extremely complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - FEB 12, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2007 Bottle. Pours burnt red with a bubbly beige head. The aroma is very nuanced. Lots of yeast, corriander, dark fruits, malty sweetness, and a little bit of alcohol blend in the nose. The flavor is nearly perfectly balanced: lots of yeast and raw grain at first, then a pleasant vinous quality with plums, unsweet grapes, and spices (corriander, a little clove, rose petal). The finish goes back to yeast, with mild banana and earth notes, and finally a hint of some bitter hops to bring things full circle. There is some alcohol warmth throughout; how could there not be at 10.5%abv? This is a superb brew. The mouthfeel is sharp from the carbonation, and some carbonic acidity comes through, as well. Thumbs up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2006
Bottle: Pours a dark brown with reddish tones and a frothy tan head that is fully lasting. Aroma is malty and sweet in a caramel apple kind of way. In the flavor I get apple, plum, caramel and chocolate which hides the alcohol fairly well. Finishes with a mild sweet bitterness that is warming. Well balanced and very well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pjyielder (9) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2006 does not count
Boy, oh boy. I wish I had a trappist glass to pour this delicious beer into, but alas, all I had on hand was a pint glass. The aroma fooled me; it’s quite hoppy, almost lagerish to the nose at first. It pours a nice deep rouge/brown, and the head lasts until the very end. Very thick feel, and the lacing is incredible! The taste is very well-balanced, a good blend of dark, powerful malt and hop bitterness. A little yeasty, with some plum, caramel, and alcohol thrown in for good measure. My first abt, so this might be a little biased/inexperienced, but I’m in love nevertheless. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2006
#100 for me. Pours into my St. Bernardus trappist glass brown with a medium, fluffy tan head that eventually becomes thin, but lasts. Good lacing. Slightly dark fruit aroma, some yeast, caramel and marshmellows. Flavor of fruit, apples, plums, more caramel. Lots going on, but it is well balanced. Full bodied, very carbonated. Finishes with a toasted marshmellow taste. A little woodsy and dry at the end and the alcohol comes through. Good choice for #100.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2006
Bottle. Earthy, phenolic aroma. Clear red brown with huge tan head. Flavor is sweet and rich, malty with more caramel than "dried fruits". Gets a bit port like as you get further down the glass. The alcohol is evident. Hard to drink because the excessive carbonation. Ends with good bitterness and a warming feeling from the alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blatantdream (78) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2006
On Tap at the Begian Room, NYC. This is a rich, flavorful beer. It pours a deep red color with a nice lingering head. Tastes of heavy malts and deep caramelized fruits and spices. This is good on tap and even better when a little aged.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2006
Pours brown red with good head. Aroma is malty, spicy, with dark fruits. Flavor is of dark fruits and a little chocolate, along with some caramel and cherries. Complex enough it might take a couple of tastings to get everything. Damn good beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2007 This beer pours a very dark red or purple that is nearly opaque. The head is offwhite and fine, dissipating slowly. The nose strongly consists of plumbs and blackberries and a surprisingly light hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is entirely smooth and the carbonation serves to lighten the thickness overall. The malts are lightly grainy, but the plumb hints and light chocolate presence rule the palate. The alcohol is relatively hidden. The finish is lightly dry, but not particularly impressionistic.

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