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


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RATINGS: 3908   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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrianWillum (216) - København S., DENMARK - JAN 26, 2015
Gamle noter fra tidligere ølsmagning: Duft 2,8 ud af 5 Smag 4,2 ud af 5 Udseende 3,5 ud af 5 I alt: 6,3 ud af 10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Batavi (10) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - JAN 25, 2015
St. Bernardus abt 12 uitgeschonken in St. Bernardus bier bokaal. Diep donkerbruine kleur met beige schuimkraag. De geur is kruiden, rozijnen en Belgische gist. De smaak is zacht zoet en complex. Met tonen van kersen, pruimen, rozijnen, dadels, chocolade en specerijen als kaneel en kruidnagel. Verder smaken van karamel, brood en koekjes deeg. Echt lekker complexe smaak. De afdronk is kruidig en chocolade met een zacht bittere hop toets. De St. Bernardus abt 12 is geen echte Trappist, maar staat op hetzelfde hoge niveau als Rochefort 10 en Westvleteren 12. De gebruikte gist schijnt de originele Westvleteren gist te zijn. Een keer een smaaktest doen tussen deze 2 Belgische top Quadrupel bieren om de smaakverschillen te kunnen onderscheiden! De St. Bernardus abt behoort in elk geval tot de beste bieren van België in de Quadrupel stijl.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
shdougan (48) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - JAN 23, 2015
My my what a treat. Pours a dark opaque ruby with a large off-white foamy head, leaving behind a crazy amount of lacing. Aromas of Belgian yeast, cherry, plum, slight booze, caramel, and earth tease the nose, a sure sign of what is to come. Has a very full body with a fizzy carbonation along with a fairly oily/chewy mouthfeel. Almost a meal in a glass I reckon. This beer hides it’s booze very well, leaving just enough boozy flavor to make it nice and warming. Starts off with a light sweetness on the tongue followed by a dry cherry-like bitterness. Easily my favorite of the St. Bernardus line yet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrewGoblin (496) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - JAN 21, 2015
My kind of Saint, bringing a huge heavy hitting harbinger of happiness ahead! Little beastly yeasties floating within the ebb and flow of fine full flavours, this dark chesnut brown nectar holds a potent ivory skullcap. Plums, raisins, burnt toffee, leather, oak, basement, earth and red wine comprise the aroma and taste of this rich, sweet but well balanced dry finishing thoroughbred king. Very mildly tart notes of cherries and currants further pique my already appreciative interests. A silky smooth yet effervescent feel round this champion brew out to near perfection.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (4063) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 21, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours hazy dark brown, nose is dark fruit, sweet, caramel, taste is similar, rich.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiammanghilla (674) - Genova, ITALY - JAN 20, 2015
Bottiglia 33cl comprata da giangaspero e bevuta a casa. Marrone tonaca di frate con schiuma piuttosto persistente. Mio carbonata, amara, esce alcol. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhold

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rami_pl (120) - Warszawa, POLAND - JAN 20, 2015
Butelka, warka do 21.10.2018. Ciemno brunatne, lekko przeswitujace z rubinowymi przeblyskami piwo. Piana bardzo bujna i ladna, niemniej opada w nienajpiekniejszy sposob (zostaja grube, nierowne pecherzyki) i tylko lekko koronkuje na szkle. Aromat wyjatkowo intensywny, glownie ciemne owoce (sliwki, figi, winogrona, wisnie, banan) rowniez suszone (czytaj: rodzynki) a moze kandyzowane, gdyz czuc tez cukier trzcinowy. Do tego nieco slabszych, slodowych aromatow (tostowo-chlebowych). Smak dosc analogiczny, dominuja nuty slodkie, owocowe. Goryczka niewysoka. Raczej wytrawne. stosunkowo wysokie nasycenie. Alkohol ewidentnie rozroznialny przez ogrzewanie gardla, jednak w samym smaku czy aromacie ladnie zamaskowany i ledwo wyczuwalny - po niezbyt dlugim lezakowaniu pewnie by zniknal zupelnie. W ustach dosc lepkie, wrecz momentami oleiste. Jedno z tych piw, ktore same zachecaja do jak najszybszego siegniecia po kolejny lyk. Klasa.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheSilentSaint (12) - Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2015
Appearance: dark red Head: Medium, frothy Aroma: Strong aroma... Cinnamon, hops and little caramel Mouth: good carbonation, light. Taste: malt, spices, and caramel. Little hops. Overall: Complicated taste with a very distinctive aroma. Must try!! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HenriqueBraga (106) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - JAN 11, 2015
Marrom escura com boa formação e estabilidade de espuma. Aromas de toffe, caramelo, banana passas, ameixa, figos, caramelo. No sabor vem o brandy, mel, melaço. Corpo médio alto, quase licoroso. Amargor médio-baixo, Aftertaste alcoólico, aquecedor, adocicado e levemente frutado (vermelhas). Sensacional.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbomb65 (14) - Dunmore, County Galway, IRELAND - JAN 11, 2015
Deep brown in colour with a very good head and lacing. Dark fruits of plums, dates and raisins with a good caramel and malty sweetness. A nice smooth finish, excellent beer, one I could drink any time.

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