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


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RATINGS: 4111   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 ’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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Doghair (306) - Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Poured into a Chimay chalice. Dark brown with a thick inch of foam that seems to last forever. When I first put the glass to my nose all I could smell was green apple, wonderful. The taste is just amazing. Carmel, dark fruit some green apple. Had to describe. Mouthfeel is medium with lots of carbonation. Halfway through the glass and there’s still a quarter inch of foam. This may be one of the best beers I’ve ever had. Simply amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hamilton_w (20) - - NOV 28, 2015
Aroma caramel, chocolate. Very fine and long head. Taste is spicy, balanced between sweet and bitter, with a little hoppy aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
punkdad (7) - NORTHERN IRELAND - NOV 27, 2015 does not count
From a bottle bought at the Vineyard, Belfast. Not a lot of aroma, looks fantastically thick and dark with a mild head but it has a lovely molasses-like taste (but not sweet) and it has a lingering finish. This is a really good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kanaclane (163) - - NOV 27, 2015
Nez: Réglisse, raisin, épicé Bouche: Caramel, réglisse, fruits secs, raisin, épicée, vineuse Une de mes quad préférées.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cristobal37 (463) - Budapest, HUNGARY - NOV 27, 2015
On tap in Budapest. Fig and sweet cinnamon bread. Light caramel sugary sticky molasses very light and mischievious because I know it?s 10%. Creamy finish sweet and light crisp snap. Really nice quad kinda light and friendly, but that should mean that it?s bomb as fuck, right?

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tysongillmore (355) - 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 (149) - 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 I’ve had their Christmas Ale, this is my first ever try of their ABT 12. My expectations were fairly high, and I don’t 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 isn’t punching in the same weight class as Westvleteren 12 and Rochefort 10, but once you get your mind wrapped around that, it’s a pretty decent beer. Might fall into the one-time enjoyment category however, as I doubt I’d reach for it again when beer shopping.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ippopodio (49) - 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.

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