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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4064   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   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 íQuadrupelí style of Belgiumís 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. Itís 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 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8593) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2004
#1200! Thanks to npdempse for this one. This is the first top 50 beer Iíve had for awhile. Pours very turbid orangish amber. Aroma of malt, fruit, hops, spice, barnyard. Slightly more intense aroma than the St. Berny 8. Tastes very fruity, creamy, smooth, with finishing figs, spice, fruit, and bandaid. Very nice complexity. Iíd love to do a side-by-side with this and Westy 12. Are monks allowed to get laid? If so, maybe Iíll join up. I think Iíd make a great Dalai Lama.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2004
dark brown with creamy beige head that lasts. Dark fruits, spice,..smooth finish. excellent palate.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SpockTheater (49) - Louisiana, USA - DEC 10, 2004
It poured a dark brown color and a really nice thick and creamy head. Also had a sweet aroma that reminds me a bit of brown sugar. From the first few sips I could tell that it had not quite warmed up enough even though I let it sit for several minutes. Then when it warmed the flavor was tremendous. It had the usual Belgian spicy taste, but with a faint smokey or roasted flavor. This "smokey" flavor is not something Iíve tasted in any other Quadrupels and gave it a very original character. Iíll definitely say that this one ranks up there with the Trappistes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2004
Complex and lighter tasting than expected. 10%? Doesnít feel like it. Huge head that dissipates fairly quickly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zeswaft (1480) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2006 I donít remember much of drinking this beer but i remember it being super malty. i have to admit i dont understand these belgiun beers so sorry for wasting your time. (Rerate) I had this on tap and it is a pretty damn good quad. nutty, sweet, woody, yeasty. excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 7, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2006 A delicious beer with a full body and just the right amount of carbonation. There are hints of fruit and blended spices in just the right balance. This is one of my favorite beers available to me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 6, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2005 Cloudy brown with a considerable off white head. Very lively aromas of prunes, raisins and maybe even a hint of cherries. It is creamy with the dark fruits in the taste as well. I also taste chocolate and butter. This is great!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shoeshineboy (81) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2004
smooth, fruity, and complex... Its belgium in a bottle.... Probably the finest defination fo a quad I have had so far.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Loddeer (171) - USA - DEC 4, 2004
Again, this one was not as good as I thought it would be. Not as smooth or as flavorful as most, average compared to others of the genre. The sweet malt and spiced tastes are there, on my palate they never lingered enough or materialized into an enjoyable flavor. I am not sure why it seemed stagnant from start to finish. A bad bottle perhaps? The dude on the bottle hyped me up too much I guess, should have been better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2004
This poured out a dark thick opaque brown color with a good sized beige head that has great retention. This also left a wonderful coating of lace around the glass as it was consumed. Big complex aroma here with dark sweet fruit malts standing out the most with notes of alcohol, some spice and yeast. There is more going on than that but I am unable to tell exactly what the wonderful scents are, I will defiantly need to get a few more of these to enjoy and analyze. Up front with the taste is sweet fruity malt flavors mingling with a bit of spice. The taste is very smooth and it defiantly warms you up a good deal. Mouthfeel is full and creamy with excellent carbonation and a dry finish, basically perfect. Drinkability is only hindered by ones tolerance for 10% beers besides that its so smooth and delicious I could try and drink this all day. Excellent beer that is recommended to everyone.

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