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


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RATINGS: 3768   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoaquimLuiz (17) - - SEP 18, 2014
Coloração marrom escura. Creme belga bege, fino porém muito persistente. Aroma de maltes torrados e caramelo, com frutas maduras ao final da taça. Sabor delicioso do álcool bem inserido (apesar dos 10%), com boa carbonatação e predomínio de maltes torrados, frutas escuras (principalmente ameixa) e chocolate amargo ao final. Retrogosto equilibrado, percebendo-se levemente o lúpulo. Excelente breja.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Yirg (21) - - SEP 18, 2014
330cc bottle poured (gushing) into glass. Color is dark brown with a lot of sediment. The off white head is initially large but doesn’t stay for long. Full body, medium-high carbonation. Sweet malty taste with caramel and ripe fruit aroma. Low bitterness. High ABV is very obvious. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Clownoisseur (212) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2014
Pours a dark amber, hints of purple, golden-brown and a nice 2 finger, off-white head. Some sediment in the glass, but typical of the style. Aromas are initially sweet with caramel, toffee, banana and dark fruit coupled with some clove, allspice and lingering alcohol. Taste is very rich and balanced. Much like the nose. No surprises here, just a great balance. Maybe some hints of tobacco and leather along with the well-hidden alcohol. Finishes with a moderate bitterness and nice interplay of the malt/yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElManana (248) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - SEP 17, 2014
Pours dark brown with small head that doesn't last very long. Smells like liquor, alcohol, medicine, siruppy. Taste is quite alcoholic, caramel, banana.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Foffern (1225) - Bodø, NORWAY - SEP 16, 2014
Bottle at home. 2 years old. Has a deep, nut brown colour with a big, light brown head. Nice aroma of dried fruit, chocolate, leather, cured meat, alcohol and beech. Has a malty and rich flavour with more chocolate, rye bread, sweet malt and some leather. The mouth feel is rich and soft, and has a light bitterness. A rich, sweet and wonderful quad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markoijelena (311) - SERBIA - SEP 15, 2014
Bottle 0.33l from Brewery Kazematten in Ypres Belgium.Pour it dark color with small white head.Taste terrific.Aroma of caramel, malt, coffee, Belgian yeast and spices.What to say perefection.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kvkx1 (8) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 14, 2014 does not count
This is something else, one of my favourites. Rich and soft taste, slightly sweet and floral. Mixes of many spices. You feel the alcohol in the end in a wonderful away. A truly great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DavidBe (26) - BELGIUM - SEP 13, 2014
After drinking more of them, I really have to change my opnion of it. It’s not the same as the westvleteren XII, but beers like these make drinking beer funny.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Armadill0 (276) - FINLAND - SEP 13, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown, foggy with a big frothy light brown head. Aroma has yeast, ripe fruit, raisin and wood. Taste has nut, orange, wood and malt. Surprisingly strong carbonation. Well-rounded light aftertaste. Very easy going dispite the high alcohol content. Characteristic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
goodleuven (7) - - SEP 6, 2014 does not count
33cl bottle in a st. Bernardus glass. I really enjoy this beer. It has a touch of champagne and alcohol and the yeast is great. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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