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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4314   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.14/5   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnfryd (14181) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 2, 2008
Bottle. Brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is fruit, malt, yeast, spices. Flavour is fruit, malt, yeast, spices, dried fruit, alcohol. World class beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14162) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 22, 2007
Aroma of dark fruits backed by roasted caramel malt. Deep ruby tinged dark amber color with a beige head that quickly flattened. Medium bodied; moderate, nearly creamy, carbonation. The flavor is prune, molasses, raisin, brown sugar, wheat?, caramel malt. Smoothly fruity, sort of. The finish is sweet around the edges, with some bitter at the back of the mouth. It is to die for. Fortunately, only the bank account has to pass over. Got to get more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (14021) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 23, 2008
330ml bottle - Birthday gift from Anna and mirjukka
Blind tasting (alongside Westvleteren 12, Rochefort 8 and 10, and Chimay Blue)
Deep reddy brown, creamy beige head. Marzipan is the dominant component in the aroma, almond too, and some perfume which sweetens it. Walnut too. Soft carbonation, very velvetty palate. Maybe some alcohol showing. In the mouth, there is loads of almonds rising up retronasally, but less come through in the taste. Simple roasty graininess, and a touch of glue. With yeast, there is more roastiness, and without yeast there is more fruitiness and esters, which are beautifully heady. I think I prefer it with the yeast though, as the roast maltiness is well worth emphasising.
3.9 is good, but it came equal 4th out of the 5 (equal with Westy 12).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tmoney99 (13590) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2005
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a large frothy off-white head that was lasting and produced good lacing. Heavy complex fruity aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture. Heavy bitter sweet flavor with a long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (13404) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 1, 2006
11.2 oz bottle poured a cloudyreddish brown with a large rocky amber head. Aromas of dark fruit, spices, brown sugar and a hint of bubblegum. Palate was full bodied and smooth. Flavors of dates, raisins, brown sugar and spices with a sweet lingering finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
imdownthepub (13372) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2003
Draught at De Zolder, Brugge. Magnificent dark red brown hued with a doughy thick head. I found the draught to more flavoursome than previous bottles, there was whiskey like malt, oak, late tobacco and some banana. Luckily it wasn't carbonated and when it had warmed somewhat it gave out a delightful alcohol glow. Great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (13314) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 21, 2002
Dark brown with a medium beige head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma is rich, raisin and rum, with a hint of banana. Flavor is fruity (mostly raisin, perhaps date &/or plum), malty and quite sweet (near bubble gum), with significant alcohol presence (though it’s hard to guess it’s at 10%). Altogether a very enjoyable beer, though I’d appreciate it even more if it weren’t quite as sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HenrikSoegaard (13276) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2005
Bottle o.75 L. Creamy off-white fully lasting head. Wonderfull dark orange colour. Powerfull aroma and taste, a very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (12940) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 5, 2005
Ruby red in colour with a thick light moka head. Sweet candy sugar aroma with notes of licorice, orange and alcohol. Rich spiced sweet malt, with notes of citrus, and aniseed. Nice hops in background. Rich and complex in mouth...a wonderful abt!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Christian (12921) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 21, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2010 2006 rating: Dark ruby-brown with a big and lively off-white head. My initial impression of the aroma is champagne. That’s the closest I can come to describe that combination of earth, alcohol and fruit. The flavour is quite sweet, with a dry note of wood and licorice.

BB July 2010, bought 2006. Seems like the character has shifted to darker fruits and some walnuts. Flavour is much the same though.

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