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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4260   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 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 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 30, 2005
On tap at the Publick House. Dark brown with a large foamy head. Largely malty aroma, spiced brown bread, pears, raisins. Incedibly well-balanced, soft, rich and sweet, all kinds of fruits swirling around, some alcohol burn. A beautiful and delicious beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 24, 2005
bottle at ciroís. interesting aroma: large yeast component, pear among other fruits, rich complex maltiness, some tartness, and a bit of cheese funkiness. burgundy body, generous foamy tan head. big malty body, yeasty, fruity sweetness, warm alcohol. very complex. lively carbonation. very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (25604) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 22, 2005
Cloudy brown colour with an off-white head. Sweet aroma dominated by yeast and dried fruit with notes of alcohol and spices. Sweet aroma of yeast, chocolate, liquorice and dried fruit. Nice, but not the best quadrupel Iíve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2005
Dark nut brown with a thick tan/brown head that hangs around for a long time. Aroma is fruity like grape soda. Flavor is malty with hints of plums and raisins. The palate creamy and smooth with a strong alcohol warmth on the backside and a somewhat bitter yet sweet taste left in your mouth. Very complex and worthwhile to be in the top 50. The more I drank it the more I liked it... The head hangs around the whole way down the glass. My first Abt/Quadrupel.. And I think it was a good choice.. It wonít be my last!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (15708) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 19, 2005
Bottled (BB 10/2009)
My 1000th rating, also nice to reach place 50 in "the most ratings from Belgium RB TOP50 list" with this beer.
Dark hazy nut brown, tight brown head. Aroma of licorice, grapefruit, Pernod, sweet plums and apricot. Flavor has raisins, licorice, roasted malts and lots of alcohol - palate is more rude than in Westy12. Funny beer: same time creamy smooth mouthfeel and whiskey-like alcoholic burn. Very long alcoholic bitter aftertaste. Complex beer and worth of its fame but not par with Westy12.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
highlandlad (1463) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2006 Itís possible that this Belgian quadrupel improves with age, but this sample disappointed. Poured a dark chocolate brown colour with a huge rocky head that receded fairly quickly but barely laced. The aroma was phenolic, with an unusual gingery quality, hints of a raw leathery merlot and a splash of paint, whisky barrel and distant bitter chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel, medium-bodied rather than "full". Initial flavour profile includes raisins, dark malt and baked apples. The alcohol is well integrated but the finish has the phenolic quality of the aroma. Thereís a lot to like here but I donít think it bears comparison to the Rochefort 10. Bugger - I was really looking forward to this one.... (Bottle, best before 12/8/09) Rerate 1/2/05: had a couple of these since that have been far superior to the first. Itís fast becoming a favourite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2005
This beer is as brown as they come. Also has a head that lasts to the bottom of the glass -- not many beers other than Belgians can do this. Very fruity bubblegum aroma. Flavor is rather complex, with a strong malt element and a surprising amount of hops, of all things, showing through in a 10% beer in which the alcohol is so well hidden! Flavor also carries strong elements of walnut, ruby port and nutmeg. Nice beer .. courtesy of potbelly monks. Kings and Queens of the earth surely drink this in their vomitoria!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nick76 (4368) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2005
The aroma is sweet and has a definite cheese and roasted malt presence along with floral hops. It is an orange-brown color with a big fluffy white beautiful head that I have come to expect on a St. Bernardus. The Flavor is like toasted, sweet malt with a hint of plum and allspice. Medium bitterness and despite the 10% alcohol content it is not overly strong. Complex aftertaste that has all the elements of the drink itself.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - APR 16, 2005
Sampled at Brewtopia 2005. Poured light brown with a thick creamy off-white head. Strong dark fruit aroma. Tasted of dark fruits and alcohol. A good strong belgian, but I didnít find it to be as layered, sweet, or as complex as Westy 12. Thereís been a lot of debate as to whether this beer can be considered an inexpensive alternative to Westy, but I think thereís no replacing #1.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2005
Bottle. Very dark red, almost black in color. Glad I saved this one for last. It has a very sweet malty aroma and a taste that is smooth, warming and eqallly sweet. A real good drink.

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