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


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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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2006 12/30: Rerated 11.2 oz bottle, BB date 26.08.10. Served in a trappist goblet. Color is a dark amber with a thick one-finger, lumpy tan head that diminishes slowly then constantly replenishes itself. Intense initial aroma of caramel, malts with a subtle fruitiness that quickly disperses. Each swallow results in a thick and foamy mouthfeel that has to be chewed through only to find a delicious coating on the tongue. The flavor is rich, malty and well blended, with a balanced, elegantly bitter finish. A slight warming is evident from the alcohol, which is otherwise hidden. Strong lacing left on the glass. I’m not picking up the broader set of flavors described - could just be me. Bumping up appearance 1 point - a full glass and a single pour makes all the difference.

Paper notes from the Falls Tasting / 2006 YeHA!. Sampled next to the Westy 8 and 12. Minimal head. Clear maple color. Sweet malty start, balanced malt-bitterness in the body. Finish is creamily succulent, and lightly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fdomig (378) - München, GERMANY - SEP 29, 2014
330ml bottle. Aroma is malt, little alcoholic, light apple and yeast. Appearance is dark, chocolate brown with a brown-ish head. Taste is sour and sweet. A light dryness, winey, apple-ish aftertaste. A long finish. Very good and almost a Westvletern.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mike67 (796) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2014
750 ml bottle. Pours brown with foamy, long lasting, off-white head. Aroma is of Belgian yeast, piney hops, dark fruit, brown sugar and some port and bread crust. Body is full and smooth. Plums, yeast, good amount of spicy hops, bready and caramel malt fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. Delicious, complex brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Whatup14 (732) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 29, 2014
Bouteille 750ml. Couleur acajou foncée opaque, mousse beige aérienne laissant une montagne nuageuse au milieu du verre ainsi qu’une dentelle évasive. Arôme de levure, malt caramélisé, caramel foncé, sucre d’orge, noix de Grenoble, cassonade. Goût de malt caramélisé, alcool, noix, fruits foncés séchés (dattes, figues), léger côté épicé en arrière-goût. Carbonatation faible, corps moyen-dense.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gripweed57 (701) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2014
750 ml corked and crowned bottle. Pours a translucent reddish brown color. Finger high rocky beige head. Rich, earthy dark fruit malt nose. Redolent of black cherries, herbal hops, sweet cocoa and plum wine. Aroma reminds me of Red Velvet cake. Flavor is subtle and complex with notes of chocolate covered cherries, dark dried fruit, Madeira wine and earthy yeast. Smooth and silky mouthfeel. Complex sweet bready dark malt mid taste has some banana notes. Finishes with a spicy, yet subtle hop bitterness. Some stickiness in the aftertaste. There is a warming alcohol presence as well that comes with first sip.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Janroos (3) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 21, 2014 does not count
Stands on same level as Westvleteren 12, Westmalle and Rochefort 10. Smell urges to taste. Thick foam. Rich correct Abbey beer taste. Right hop and mix of bitter, sour, sweat and coffee. You are not aware that taste is 10.2% , caramel, koffie

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoaquimLuiz (21) - - 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 (216) - 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 (250) - 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 (1242) - 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.

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