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


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RATINGS: 3837   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2013
Originally reviewed: 11/27/12. Spent the holiday weekend down in Greenville, SC with some friends and had to go the Trappe Door for my Belgian fix. I really wanted a Quad, but alas, there were none on draft. This is one I’ve wanted to try for quite some time, but keep passing up. Not this time. This was the small 11.2oz bottle, poured into a St. Bernardus chalice. Pours a dark ruby-mahogany garnet with a small sheet of lace on top. Rich aroma of plum, grape, stawberry, alcohol, all washed in a pleasant floral scent. Carbonated well. Good heft to this makes this a great sipper. Holds up the richness of this beer quite well. The flavors mirror the aroma making this one a nice decadent treat. Fig, raisin, plum, molasses, syrup, and just a touch of booze on the finish. There’s a lot going on here, and I’m not sure this bottle was big enough for me to capture all of the nuances. I guess that’s what the 750s are for. This was a treat, and one I would gladly have again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CharlyBeer (100) - Bruxelles, BELGIUM - NOV 25, 2014
Molto buona, complessa, praticamente completa. Un piccolo meno sull’aspetto e il colore.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boxereddy (68) - BELGIUM - NOV 24, 2014
Donkerbruin bier met snelzakkende schuimkraag. Neus geeft veel alcohol met zoet karameltoets. Mondgevoel is vol met zoetige afdronk en fruitige toets. Een topper!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PauloAG (12) - BELGIUM - NOV 22, 2014
330cc bottle. Smells caramel, cocoa and hop. The taste is like the nose also fruity. Very "trappist" like. A fantastic beer with a very soft and friendly alcohol . It is not the flavor explosion felt with a Westvleteren XII or even a Rocheford 10 but outstanding drink also!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Matt_Foran (41) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 18, 2014
Very nice Belgian quad. Nice dark color with some sweetness from the fruit and yeast. Nice and smooth for a quad. Finishes subtlety on the palate, fades after a minute or so.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shaynsawchuk (537) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2014
330 mL bottle. Pours deep walnut with a thick pale head. Big, dark fruity nose, applesauce, fig, toasted dark bread. Some leathery, earthy, spicy hop presence. Cocoa and yeasty esters. Full bodied with high carbonation. Light malty sweetness balanced with gentle hopping and a hint of alcohol. Creamy texture, with great length. Exceptional.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Optimatorjoe (5) - - NOV 16, 2014 does not count
St. Bernardus 12 is a great alternative to Westvleteren 12, and much more available. I couldn't really even notice difference in taste. Great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
xXbaptisteXx (61) - - NOV 15, 2014
Bu en pression. Couleur brun très claire; la mousse est de couleur blanc cassé et tien peu. Et bouche elle est très douce pour sont tot d'alcool vraiment sympa !!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sokuzs1 (23) - - NOV 15, 2014
Aroma: dried fruits, bread, caramel, noble alcohol, esthers and earthy hop. Taste: sweet; caramel, dried fruits, fruity, belgian yeast esthers. Fantastic beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kustie (198) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 15, 2014
Tap@Tuulensuu.Red color and white head. Aroma has yeast, caramel. Taste is malty with long aftertaste. Flavors of ripe fruits, malt, chocolate. Warmth in the end.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
medfordmh (25) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 12, 2014
Drank from bottle. A: musty, earthy, spicy, fig, toffee. A: hazy dark brown. Fluffy white head with good retention, foam lingered to the side. T: pepper,igh minerals, fig, caramel, slight clove . P: viscous but clean finish. Sl

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