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


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RATINGS: 4045   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 ’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.

Jonathan3584's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 5, 2005
Exceptinally similar to Westy 12. Dried fruits aren’t as distinct in the flavor -- there’s quite a bit of malt in front of the yeast esters, but they’re still immense. The aroma is fruity esters and alcohol with some sweet malt behind it. The flavor is very similar: yeast esters, caramel malt, some bittering hops in the background and a little alcohol -- not as much alcohol flavor as Westy 12, though. Very very good, especially for the price and availability.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhenning (7) - Indiana, USA - JUL 22, 2015 does not count
This is by far one of my favorites. Excellent taste. Aroma is wonderful. Definitely an "oh yeah..." ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emincems (8) - izmir, TURKEY - JUL 22, 2015 does not count
it has powerful, balanced and delicious taste, but i think it’s overrated a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
beermaris (155) - LATVIA - JUL 21, 2015
On tap at Little Delirium in Brussels. Thick cap, balanced taste with bitter and fruity nuance

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mtnw (16) - POLAND - JUL 20, 2015
Small bottle. Medium bodied, creamy. Huge head. Full of strong aromas - plum, raisins, caramel, bread, yeast. Sweet, with gentle bitter finish. Average carbonation which softly bites tongue. Perfect in every sip. One of the most memorable beers to which, due to availability, I like do come back.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
peyto567 (30) - London, - JUL 17, 2015
dense quad: sticky cane sugar, toasty roasted malts, pungent hops, black truffle, leather, clove, black pepper, stewed beef, vinous heat. no component outweighing the other. like a tight young claret, with everything in the right place, i think my bottle would have loosened with time. one to stick away.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
anstei (319) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JUL 17, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark ruby, low head, a bit of lacing. Lots of ripe sweet fruits in the aroma, port wine taste, but not as heavy. Dark and complex, sweet and still refreshing. What an excellent beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
paintedmaple (534) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 16, 2015
750ml bottle...purple brown pour with a head that settles to a Petri dish colony. The nose is Port wine and the taste is a very complex mix of ripe dark fruit, weathered leather, tobacco, and primo weed. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
romolime (86) - - JUL 16, 2015
Birra favolosa, è corposa, ha un bel colore scuro, lascia un retrogusto amarognolo ma non forte

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Florya (857) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 15, 2015
How: Bottle Appearance: deep brown with a medium to large off-white head. Aroma: dried fruits, citrus, caramel, stone fruits, grapes, pepper and ginger. Palate: full body, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sccp1910 (61) - BRAZIL - JUL 12, 2015
Aroma intenso e muito agradável, com notas de chocolate. Bem escura, quase totalmente preta. Sabor bem balanceado entre amargor, frutado e teor alcoólico. Enfim, umas das melhores!

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