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


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RATINGS: 3911   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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlainG (1356) - Montréal, Quebec, - DEC 2, 2012
Brune aux reflets rougeâtres, où une mousse flotte à sa surface tout en s’agrippant au verre en y laissant une belle dentelle. Des arômes de cannelle et de levure dès les premiers instant. Ensuite, les fruits secs, mêlés à des odeurs florales. En bouche, c’est intense, c’est rempli de saveurs qui ne font pas mentir le nez. C’est, encore ici, épicé, c’est floral, c’est fruité, alors qu’une douce amertume se défait lentement du goût pour s’installer tranquillement en arrière-goût. Belle corpulence. Y’a du savoir-faire derrière cette bière. Très satisfaisant. (472-301112)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Robv (53) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - FEB 1, 2015
In the aroma some hints of coffee and chocolate. Subtile and malty. It’s taste is, kinda exotic, warm, little sweet and rich in alcohol. Some hints of nuts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stoned99 (230) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2015
750ml bottle from saq shared with friends. Drank on January 30th. Aroma :Dark fruits, spices, sugar . App: brown murky with small beige head. Taste and palate :full body, medium sweetness, sweet finish. Overall : not my first time, not my last time that I drink this amazing beer. A perfect strong ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chimpgibbon (342) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2015
Bottle. A Belgian told me once this is as good as Westy 12, and indeed is pretty much the same recipe. Given I can buy 5 of these for 1 Westy it’s no competition. Smooth ripe dark fruits, malts, esters, velvet body. Touch foamy but a little thing only. A good winter’s day comfort.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Scipio (727) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2015
Pours a reddish copper in color with a full, bubbly looking darker beige head. The aroma is potent and more tart, with cherry, apple, raisin, caramel, Belgian yeast, and some spices. The taste retains the detected tartness while adding a more mild bitterness to it. Cherry, plum, and spices are found initially. This is followed up with some caramel, figs, and earthy malts. Belgian yeast remains throughout. The aftertaste is cherry and lesser caramel, with a slight sourness lingering for awhile. Medium to full in body, a bubbly, sticky texture, and lots of fizzy carbonation in here. I would never have guessed that this one is 10% without the label telling me. It is very drinkable, as the lingering sourness encourages more drinking. Complex and delicious, everyone needs to try this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrianWillum (215) - 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 (14) - 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 (500) - 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 (4140) - 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 (676) - 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

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