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


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RATINGS: 3871   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.

UNCCTF's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UNCCTF (495) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - OCT 2, 2005
Sampled at Charlotte Oktoberfest ’05; my first quadrupel. I’d been waiting for awhile to get my hands on this one and was delighted to finally find it. Ruby red coloring, almost brown, with a light off-white head. This had a very sweet flavor with hints of raisins, maybe plums... finish was also sweet with some hops to back it up. Very complex and very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Yumzies (19) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2014
I had been dying ti try this beer and I finally got my hands on a bottle. It was poured into a Trappist glass and had a thick creamy head that dissipated slowly but left lots of lacing. The smell was malty but not overpowering. The aromas kind of disappears. I could hardly smell the alcohol though. The taste was malts and complex fruits and somewhat sweet like caramel or brown sugar but not too sweet either. Really nice to drink this beer as it warms. There’s a definite bitterness in the back, like a mild aftertaste but it only makes me want to drink it more. Hard to describe but reminds me of a Tannin taste from a wine, but not bad.. This quad feels smooth and slightly bubbly. It’s actually really nice to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deepeary (173) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2014
330 ml bottle from LCBO mix pack. Sweet brown sugar, herbal, dark fruit, esters, yeast, wood, heavy and smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Westchesterco (1112) - mclean, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Poured from a bottle it is a cloudy dark amber color with a slight head. The aroma is fruity and the taste is hoppy with a bittersweet finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
matbli (26) - POLAND - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle 0,75l, brown color with fast falling head. Aroma of raisins, soy sauce and alcohol. It has a nice balance of sweetness bitterness and some sourness, but still the beer is quite heavy and oily. Alcohol could be hidden better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ruuurd (39) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2014
Thick, brown, rich pour. Rich flavours of yeast and caramel, this is tremendous beer!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
artyom (529) - Osijek, CROATIA - DEC 23, 2014
0.33l bottle. Dark brown color with beige head. Aroma is malt, raisins, dark fruits, caramel, spices, candy sugar and yeast. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and medium bitter with fruity notes. Full body. Overall it’s great beer with wonderful aroma and complex taste. One of the best I’ve tried so far.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Syfher (115) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 22, 2014
Bottle of 33cl, in a Trappist glass; room temperature. Very very good beer, not as good as the Westvleteren XII, but very good. Great appearance, but most of all, great taste of trappist yeast. Go get it !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bennetporter (57) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Pours from a bottle a turbid rich brown with a thick off-white head. Aroma is a yeasty, banana. Flavor is a rich caramel with a nice, even bitterness hiding in the back, balanced by an earthy sweetness. Palate is perfect. Extremely good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ffaoe (251) - York, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2014
rich malty slight raison aroma. dark brown in color with a long lasting foamy head. taste is very complex. rich dark carmel malts, candi sugars, raison, and good mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Batavi (6) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2014 does not count
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2014 Sint Bernardus Abt 12, uitgeschonken in originele Sint Bernardus bokaal. Mooie beige schuimkraag, die terug valt tot een kring die tot het einde blijft, fraaie donkerbruine kleur. Geur: Aan de geur merk je al dat dit bier tot de Belgische top behoort. Gedroogd fruit, pruimen en specerijen top! Smaak: dit bier is echt heerlijk en lijkt inderdaad erg op West-Vleteren 12. Toch een keer de proef op de som nemen met een vergelijkende smaak test. Onze lokale slijterij verkoopt deze ook. Je proeft Belgische gist, brood/deeg, pruimen en rozijnen, kruiden als kardemom, kruidnagel en kaneel. De zoetheid is precies in balans zeer goed gedaan van de brouwerij in Watou. Een bier met een zeer complexe smaakbeleving dus. Afdronk: lang en zacht met een kleine bittere toets. Ja dit bier hoort zeker tot de beste van België, een aanrader voor bierliefhebbers die van Quadrupel stijl houden, qua prijs en verkrijgbaarheid een uitstekend alternatief voor de West-Vleteren 12.

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