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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4274   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 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JAN 20, 2006
Near and dear to my heart. One of my first favorite Belgians. It’s hard to rate b/c every time I have one it’s a different experience. The head, the body, everything is perfect. The aroma is seductive and the flavors all are tempted to change on short notice. Seamless, the flavors shift from plums and brittle sugar, to vanilla and smoky soil. The finish is impeccably crisp with a subtle hoppiness that chimes in right on que. Ages well too. IF you see this guy it is worth your time. I never give pefect ratings across the board but this one will have it. I think this beer puts most Trappist to shame.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (10378) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 20, 2006
Bottle. Plum, malt and alcohol aroma. Opaque brown with moderate head. Sweet peach and raisin flavor up front - light astringent and alcohol tastes. Very well blended - not quite like a Westie but still a pretty good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2006
25.4oz bottle: Pours a huge off-white head, good lacing. Brown-reddish in color. Sweet hoppy aroma, perfume, coffee? Light taste, hops, perfume, raisin, coffee, bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JAN 19, 2006
There have been a number of comments on this site about the quality of this beer and how it is stiff competition to the esteemed Westvleteren. The old padre on the label seems to be happy that he has one in his hand and even gives some indication what the high alcohol content does to your genitalia with the other. Well I would take this gesture to be how far it goes to challenging the big W. It looks fine in the glass and presents as expected, so far the comparison is clear. The nose is incredibly dull and boring however, not a hint of the dried fruit explosion nor deep rich promise of something special to come. The first taste is as disappointing, clearly alcoholic in mouthfeel and on the palate, but there is a real lack of complexity that is anticipated. Raisin and dried fruit notes are there but these are also joined by an unpleasant medicinal undertone. Combined with a high level of carbonation and a lack of balance that does not counter the high ABV I feel a bit cheated. Shame on you father.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lethe (177) - New York, USA - JAN 17, 2006
A dense, murky quad pour yields a frothy white head. Nose is malty sweet suggesting dark fruit and a fine bready background. Palate is slightly carbonated with a silky texture. Flavor is more of the same but with a fine depth that heightens the enjoyability. A nice quad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2006
Very dark with a big ol’ head. Very fruity aromas, with some yeasty and alcohol aromas. Flavor is mellow, balanced and with moderate alcohol warming. Quite carbonated on the tongue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vanvenlo (1712) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 16, 2006
17 Dec 05 - Big sweet fruit malt aroma. Dark brown colour, great head and good lacing. Fruity lightness of malt, caramel and light spices. Lovely light balance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (5498) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 16, 2006
Nice. Two for two with this company. Sweet and smoorth. But caramel and other thickness make it quite nice, but not that spicy. A nice reddish hue to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thornecb (5413) - 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.

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