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


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RATINGS: 4235   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.

Rando7's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rando7 (777) - Iowa, USA - MAR 12, 2010
Bottle pours dark reddish slightly cloudy brown with nice two finger head that hangs around a while. Aroma fruity with slight alcohol. Tastes plums, raisins,currants, berries. Palate very smooth and gentle. Aftertaste of berries and fruits, very pleasant and not overwhelming. Overall great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Towey1989 (1457) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2016
Bottle from The Bottle Lab, Leek. Pours a deep ruby brown colour with a thin off white head. Aroma of chocolate, raisin, plum, prune, some brown sugar, slight cherry, a little Belgian yeast, subtle marzipan, a hint of caramel and tons of spice. Taste of raisin, plum, prune, some marzipan, caramel, slight brown sugar, a little Belgian yeast, clove, spice and subtle herbal hops. Full bodied, slick texture and moderate carbonation. A long, fruity, spicy bitterness in the finish. A perfectly balanced, complex quad. Tons of fruit and spice and only a hint of alcohol which is surprising. A great quality Belgian beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
djoeye (3080) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 3, 2016
Look; beige head, dark mahogany-ruby misty body. Aroma; soft n juicy caramels, yeast, leaves, floral meadow. Taste; big fruit bowl, prunes, caramel malts, yeasty juicy plums, finishes malty, juicy, with confectionery n caramels. Palate; good, soft. Overall; solid n tasty. [33cl btl 10%abv, BB030220 B@Vinmonopolet]

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Patersoi (128) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 1, 2016
Pours golden amber with a highly aggressive head. The usual caramel, malt and hints of honey. Strong alcohol presence is nice on a cold day and lingers through to a warm glow at the finish.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HippyHop (578) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 30, 2016
750ml bottle aged 2 years. Beautiful mahogany pour with a big creamy tan cap that lasts FOREVER and leaves beautiful lace. Lots of Belgian yeast and spice on the nose; banana bread, steeped plums and prunes and grapes. This stuff is smoother than me talking to a pretty girl. Taste is sweet and dry, boozy but balanced. Next to Rochefort this is probably the best Abt I’ve tried, and worthy of all the hype it’s gotten.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zasavc (11) - - APR 29, 2016
Belgians are true masters. Nice color, fantastic aroma and great taste. Top notch!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RickFifty (947) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - APR 29, 2016
Mahogany brown color, creamy beige head. Belgian yeast nose, candi sugar, raisins, malty, hints of coffee and cloves. Rich malty taste, candi sugar, anise, Belgian yeast, hints of alcohol and marzipan. Full body, soft to average carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gespuccian (71) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 26, 2016
Wow. This is just great. Even my non-beer-drinking wife thinks so. Dark brown amber in color. Dried fruits on the aroma. A full flavor palate - there’s so much going on here - date, fig, raisin, candy sugar, malt. Yet so balanced. Smooth, sweet, crisp. Very little bite from the high ABV. Really, really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mabuzzer (465) - Hamilton, SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2016
33cl bottle at home. Dark reddish brown colour with a fizzy off white head. Aroma of Christmas cake and alcohol. Taste is banana, bread, yeast, dried fruit. Lovely

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
chrisnmn (9) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 23, 2016 does not count
You can read all the other comments regarding the smells, looks, etc, im only going to say, this beer is excellent, you simply can't go wrong with this one. Some of the best examples of what a Belgium beer is. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Duracell (28) - Montreal, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2016
330-mL bottle bought in Belgium, poured into a wine glass. Deep brown color with orange hues. Beige bubbly head which fades off rather quickly leaving nothing behind. Aromas of plums, raisins, biscuits, Belgian yeast, a hint of alcohol, and a nice herbal hoppiness in the back. Brilliant nose! On the palate, fresh hops upfront, followed by caramel, dark fruits and yeast. Bittersweet finish with herbal hops. Smooth, with no traces of alcohol. An amazing beer, but I still prefer the hoppier profile of the Westvleteren 12.

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