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


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RATINGS: 3863   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.

Cakes' rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cakes (379) - New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2012
12 oz draft. Poured a deep brownish purple color with a nice tannish cap holding some lacing. Note the raisin and grapes,. More like a wine than a beer. Not to my tastes, this type of beer, but it is outstanding in it’s class.

   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Batavi (3) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2014 does not count
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, vijgen, 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 behoorlijk 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mecafilo (102) - Perugia, ITALY - DEC 19, 2014
Bottle @ home. Pours with a brown colour, big medium lasting off-white rocky head. Aroma is rich: medium malty, with notes of fruit; medium hoppy, with notes of herbs; medium yeasty, with notes of basement aromas. Taste is medium sweet, medium bitter, slightly sour. Medium body, creamy texture, average carbonation.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
cobellig (12) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2014
Not sure if this is a Beer or a heaven cookie, is soooo full in every aspects! It is a Dark brown beer not too sweet, is like, the best bock beer i haver had, but without the coffee bitterness...and not too sweet. Got this instead of the westvleteren 12. By the way it is 12% not 10!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tonypreto (118) - Akron, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2014
11.2 oz bottle poured into chalice. Could review, but honestly the description depicted it perfectly. Alcohol is masked well, hops, yeast and melt ell present in the taste and nose with a hint of fruit notes as well. A great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Mackeon (57) - - DEC 17, 2014
One of the very best abbey beers. Great palate, fantastic aroma, and beautiful in the glass, this is among the greatest in the world. Not so sure about that label, though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CharlieFields (5) - Barcelona, SPAIN - DEC 15, 2014 does not count
Bottle (33 cl.) from 2D2Dspuma (Barcelona). Aroma: Roasted malts, hops, fruits, alcohol. Appearance: Dark brown color, cloudy liquid, frothy and tan head. Taste: Heavy bitterness, light sweetness. Palate: Full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, long finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AGCostaNeves (12) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - DEC 15, 2014
It has a good perfume, but does not appear so easily to our sense. Dark brown beer, moderately cloudy, with a thick beige foam, forming high and lowered just to keep for a long time, a low to medium height. With a high alcohol content, this beautiful beer remains smooth and balanced. Very complex and intense. Aroma and flavor are levemento burned caramel, brown sugar and cocoa. A fruity touch, black fruits, complements the range of attributes. Its flavor explodes with ease. Your Aftertaste is super persistent and maintains the exact characteristics of flavor that will prolong the striking rustic for nice rustic. The creaminess of the foam, mouthfeel, smoothness even 10% alcohol impresses this drink. The aroma and taste, I would say that there are beers that are more complex than this, but the hard thing is to have this balance, respect a perfect drinkability which lets you take sips and gulps without even going near seasick. A true relative of Westvleteren 12.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bootlegger007 (69) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 15, 2014
Pours a dark tawny with heavy particulates with a small off white head, earthy aroma very complex beer, grain, hay, spice and fruits had a soft carbonation but very lively in the mouth, sweat across the palate excellent example of a trappist

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tnkw01 (1181) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Bottle. This was a really tasty beer. One of the better ales I’ve ever tasted definitely in my top beers. Amber in color with a really nice head. Aroma is dried fruit, with a complex whiff. Taste was complex but pleasant.

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