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


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RATINGS: 3808   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - OCT 23, 2008
10 months old bottle. Opaque ruby brown, beige foamy head. Alcoholic, herbal aroma with port wine, fruits, coconut, berries. Flavor is strong herbs, liquorice, cane sugar and berry wine. Lingering vinous and bitter finish. Medium bodied, strong fizzy carbonation. Clear alcohol burn, didn’t seem that diverse. I’ll try a further aged bottle sometime.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nagash (207) - Paris, FRANCE - OCT 27, 2008
Nice Head, strong carbonation, chocolate taste, alcohol well hiden, good brown strong beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nefarious (220) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - DEC 9, 2008
dark brown pour with lots of carbination and a big head....Dark fruits, brown sugar and slight malt. Flavor is of plums and bread. Slight medicinal and alcohol finish. I’m slighttly dissapointed, especially with the finish. But not bad by any means.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Plovmand (6514) - Helsinge, DENMARK - DEC 14, 2008
Bottle. Dark brown body with a long lasting light brown head. Raisins, prunes, lots of malt, spices and a bit alcohol in aroma. Flavour is fruity and complex with ripe fruit, chocolate, mollasses, caramel and an alcoholic touch in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zapprentice (314) - East Setauket, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2009
on tap at the publick house. well balance, incredible tasting beer. medium head, fruit and woody flavors. was a toss up between this and another and this was recommended to me and im glad i chose it

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerman6686 (4419) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2009
This poured murky brown color with an off white head. Aroma was Caramel, nuts, dark fruits and a little bit of alcohol. Flavor was very sweet, nutty, caramel,dark fruits, dark roasted malts a bit metallic, and a little bit of a boozy finish. This reminded me of Rochefort 10 but not as good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wkalle (263) - SWEDEN - APR 23, 2009
Pours deep reddish brown with large nicely lacing off-white head. Aroma is malty with hints of toffee and some earthiness. Flavor is full of bread and caramell nicely rounded off by a dry rather bitter and slightly sour aftertaste. Medium to full body and well carbonated. Yummy!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hallinghansen (2067) - Odense S, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2009
Bottle. Hazy brown body, with a medium off-white head. Aroma is candy sugar, yeast, dark fruits and spice. Flavor is candy sugar, darkfruits, alcohol and nuts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WVHouseofBeer (834) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2009 My original introduction to Quads and it didn’t disappoint. Though I must say recent ratings for other Quads have brought higher grades, I think it is my updated taste in various beers that is the reason. Anyhow, the smell of this beer is very special, dried fruits, particularly raisins with a rather strong hint of alcohol give this beer a heavy, yet smooth taste. A good example of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NomDeBeer (414) - Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2009
Pours a hazy, muddy brown with a frothy white head. Aroma is raisins, yeast, bread, and spice. The alcohol makes my nose tingle. Taste is remarkably smooth and subtle for a beer with such a high ABV - dark fruits dominate, plus caramel, and sugar. Soft, smooth mouth feel with moderate to high carbonation. Alcohol is barely noticeable in the flavor. Good beer.

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