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


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RATINGS: 4107   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15/5   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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GuamVice (72) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Pours amber brown. Not much carbonation. Looks fairly light bodied with little flecks of yeast or protein floating near the bottom. Smell is sweet and almost dr. Pepper in quality. No real hop presence. Mouthfeel is way thicker than the beer looked. Powerful complex taste. Very malty, fruity, with licorice, and a slightly earthy quality. Bitter finish with lingering spice. I'm not sure I would want to drink a while bottle myself. I give high praise for the complexity but I think I will need time to appreciate this beer more; as I appreciate but don't enjoy it as much. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tysongillmore (351) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Pretty damn good. Mellow but strong. Typical Belgian flavors. Nice overall. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BaBo (16) - Osijek, CROATIA - NOV 16, 2015
Bottle. Brown color, thick off-white head that stays there for a while. Rich sweet aroma, with some caramel and raisin. Complex full taste, sweet and spicy start with hoppy light bitter finish. just shut up, drink and enjoy this amazing beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ArtificialCyst (139) - Szczecin, POLAND - NOV 15, 2015
Aroma: Rich, sweet, malty, dried fruit, raisin, caramel. Appearance: Dark amber, head medium high, stiff and durable. Taste: Sweet, dried fruit, caramel, some spicy notes, raisin, plum, alcohol not feelable, bitterness very low at first with time gets bit stronger and turns to medium level, herbal hoppy notes. Palate: finish is semi-dry, carbonation is high, body is full, alcohol lightly warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Randy4Beer (399) - - NOV 14, 2015
While Iíve had their Christmas Ale, this is my first ever try of their ABT 12. My expectations were fairly high, and I donít think they were quite met. It looks the part, with its muddy brown body, with reddish hi-lights in the glass. The nose however is a letdown, with a hint of bready malts, and some dark fruit peels. The palate is surprisingly on the tingly crisp side, and not velvety smooth like I was expecting. Still interesting though. The tastes are concentrated more on the red fruit peels, and grapes side of the fence. There is a bit of the bready malts in the mix, but they are very subdued from what I was expecting. This isnít punching in the same weight class as Westvleteren 12 and Rochefort 10, but once you get your mind wrapped around that, itís a pretty decent beer. Might fall into the one-time enjoyment category however, as I doubt Iíd reach for it again when beer shopping.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ippopodio (43) - ITALY - NOV 14, 2015
Birra color mogano con riflessi ramati, schiuma compatta color crema. Al naso una complessità di sentori che vanno dalla nocciola, all'uvetta, fino al cioccolato e alla prugna. In bocca è un tripudio di bosco e banana matura, dolce, mai stucchevole sprigiona il suo calore già al primo sorso. Un corpo non ingombrante ed una discreta carbonazione fanno il resto. Grande bevuta.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jeffm13 (2) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 11, 2015 does not count
Pretty much the perfect Belgian. Sweet Belgian taste, just enough malt, although a relatively high ABV, the alcohol is anything but overpowering.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Myonlyvice (74) - DENMARK - NOV 11, 2015
Bottle poured into original glass. Very dark brown with a bit of light brown foam. Lots of lacing. Caramel, raisin and plum aroma. Sweet taste with a kick from the alcohol. Really great beer! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hman43 (738) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - NOV 10, 2015
It is dark amber in color with ruby highlights. The initials aromas of malt and dark fruits. There are also aromas of grass and some yeast. It has a vinous flavor with dark fruits, grass, floral elements, yeast, and bready malts, It is moderate as a body, with a dry finish and pleasant alcohol warming. It is moderate high in carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SkillsFactory (276) - ITALY - NOV 10, 2015
Rossa molto scura di buona limpidezza con riflessi rossastri, schiuma ocra non molto persistente che forma il classico anello in superficie lungo il bordo del bicchiere. Aroma di frutta matura: pera in evidenza, banana e frutti scuri, note vinose ed oleose, leggero tostato, caramello, speziatura da lievito belga. Al palato sempre note vinose ed oleose, pera e banana matura, nota etilica finale che rende "lievemente piccante" la bevuta mista ad un dolce di frutta a polpa gialla e zuccherino. Retrolfatto di pera ed etilico. Corpo pieno, mediamente carbonata, oleosa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pils70 (60) - - NOV 8, 2015
Color marrone scuro con leggera schiuma che sparisce quasi subito. Cioccolato, nocciola, frutta secca, amarene sciroppate. Meravigliosa.

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