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


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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 ’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.

Chrisco88's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Chrisco88 (9) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Appearance: Pours a murky deep brown (borderline black). An inch or so of off-white, foamy head lasts a good while, so long in fact that it was a bit annoying. The head is quite dense and frothy. Aroma: Not very aromatic due to the massive, thick head. With some swirling and settling I caught a little bit of the dark fruit notes. Smells a bit like dry champagne to me, maybe a touch of alcohol. Taste: What a complex beer we have here! First hit with dark fruit flavors, reminded me of red wine so I thought maybe grapes, currants, cherries or plums. I get a slight taste of some malts in there but the carbonation really brings out the fruit above all else. Not much bitterness if any. Aftertaste dominated by a dry alcoholic taste. Palate: Good effervescence makes for a crisp, dry finish but overall the beer goes down smooth and is perfectly balanced in the mouth. Overall: Definitely a new favorite, excellent Belgian ale in every way. The interesting esters and hints of malt combined with the ability to hide an ABV of 10% make this a deceptively drinkable brew. By all means grab a bottle and find out for yourself, a glass or two later and you’ll be damn satisfied- and DRUNK!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jultsu (594) - TAMPERE, FINLAND - JUN 25, 2016
BBE 14.06.17, säilytetty kellarissa vähintään 2 vuotta. 75cl pullo. Ruskea, sameahko, kotikaljamainen, olematon vaahto. Makea rusinainen alkoholin huumaava tuoksu. Liukas, alkoholin luumuinen, jälkiruokamaisen makea, poltteleva, suussasulava, aromaattinen suutuntuma. Kiva quadi, jää kuitenkin vähän yksinuottiseksi ja valjuksi suussa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kacperred (180) - Gdañsk, POLAND - JUN 20, 2016
Kran. Barwa ciemnobrązowa, prześwity pod światło, piana biała, niska, szybko opada. Aromat bogaty, przyprawowo-korzenny podparty karmelową podbudową słodową, lekkie aromaty chmielowe, lecz nie dominują. W smaku nuty razowego chleba, rodzynek i suszonych owoców. Ogólnie - bardzo złożone, lecz trochę mało wyraziste. Na plus świetnie ukryty alkohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Peb (34) - BELGIUM - JUN 16, 2016
Très bonne bière. Nez un peu fermé. Bouche ronde sucrée. Notes amères. Finale un peu courte. Complexe mais manque un peu de développement.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdolfoCC (130) - Veracruz, Veracruz, MEXICO - JUN 16, 2016
APARIENCIA: de color marrón intenso con algunos destellos rojizos a contraluz, media baja actividad de carbonatación; corona de espuma color beige, copiosa y mediana retención, con burbujas compactas y abiertas. AROMA: destacan las notas a azúcar no procesado, caramelo, ligeramente toffee, frutos oscuros muy maduros como ciruelas, dátiles, pasas, algunos frutos rojos, se percibe ligeramente lo especiado característico de la levadura belga, el alcohol se alcanza a percibir pero no es agresivo. SABOR: el paladar sigue al aroma; al tocar el líquido la bocadestaca el azúcar no procesado, caramelo y toffee ligeramente seguido de los frutos oscuros madura, destacan las ciruelas además de dátiles y pasas, frutos rojos y muy sutilmente algunas notas características especiadas de la levadura; el retrogusto un amargor medio a ligero casi seco y con persistencia ligera del dulzor, no astringente. SENSACIÓN: cuerpo medio ligero con mediana a baja carbonatación. Se siente el alcohol en boca ligeramente y en garganta sólo como una sensación calurosa al pasar el líquido. RESUMEN: una buena cerveza de acuerdo al estilo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PowY (99) - - JUN 11, 2016
330 ml bottle. Pours dark copper with a beige head. Mild aroma of breadish malt and yeast. Full oily body with very soft carbonation. The intense taste is rather sweet and long lasting with some alcohol in the finish. Moderately malty, some caramel and honey, dried fruits. Good beer but not exceptional.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Demens (160) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUN 9, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2016 0,33l bottle. Dark brown colour with quickly disappering beige head. Aroma: Chocolate, leather, nuts, caramel, notes of dark fruits. Taste: Oh my god! Sweet malty start but with dozen of taste. (toffee, wine, nuts, dark fruits) Almost no bitterness. Full bodied with surprisingly lively carbonation. Very warming feel. Very pleasent light sweet finish. I drunk it in a relatively cold temperature maybe a bit warmer would show more aroma and taste. Amazing quad anyway.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DirkHekele (11) - Stuttgart, GERMANY - JUN 4, 2016
The has been my go to Belgium beer. It is so complex but refreshing, that it makes you wants to go to the monastery brewery just to see what the process is that makes it so good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gwiazd0r (3) - sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 3, 2016 does not count
Great beer. Have it any day. Nice aroma ant great on palate. Taste just great hiding high alkohol well. Drink it anytime

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
miirab (7) - - JUN 1, 2016 does not count
Bottle at home. very smooth with nice foam, easy to drink considering its strength

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fkoolen (862) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 1, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2016 Bottle at home. Very dark brown colour, big foamy beige head that leaves a nice, stable lacing. Dried fruits like figs, raisins and dades, some red fruits, roasted malty burnt sugar, light coffee, clove, a little boozy, liquorice and quite a dry and bitter finish (distinguishing it from Westvleteren 12 for me). Complex, but balanced and smooth! Sweet, fruity aftertaste. Good body, medium carbonation.

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