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


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RATINGS: 4365   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.14/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 Belgiums 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. Its 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Reviewed 12/04/2012. About time I review this. 11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. A: Pours a very dark reddish brown color. The head is a four finger light tan color. Rather than recede in a generic manner, the head merely loses texture before only collapsing partially. There is a LOT of lacing on the glass - not the ringed lacing of a good IPA, but spotty with large clumps. S: Lots of caramel malts, stewed dark fruits (like fig, plum, and raisin), lighter fruit esters (pear, apple), and a hint of chocolate. Perhaps not as enchantingly nuanced as Rochefort 10, but still wondrously aromatic. Nicely bready. T: The very first sip is loaded with chocolate, caramel, and dark fruit. After a few more sips, a balanced sensation of pears and phenols pop up on the finish along side faint alcohol warmth. I can also pick up a touch of raspberry and leafy tobacco as well, and the aftertaste has a bit of a milky cream flavor that is immensely enjoyable. It takes a while, but eventually, a spiced sensation of subtle nutmeg and cinnamon on the palate will show itself a little more than half way down the glass. Quite complex, but a little less so than Rochefort 10 - which is a moot point at the end of the day. This still has top caliber balance and craftsmanship. M: Not perfectly delicate, but the bodys thickness is perfect. Theres just enough of a cleanliness to the finish to encourage one to drink this faster. The booze manifests as a slight warmth on the tongue and stomach - but because of its balance, it just works in concert with the whole experience. O: It might be one of the more drinkable and balanced quads Ive ever had. Course, Ive never had Westy 12, but Hell, doesnt Westy 12 have a very, VERY similar recipe to this? Ah well, that doesnt matter, because its every bit as mindblowing as I hoped.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
meccahh69lol (3) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - JAN 22, 2017 does not count
We were so excited to try this Belgian quadrupel, having seen it around for $7/bottle or $24/4-pack and miraculously catching a single bottle for $4.50. It is darker than many Belgians-- a red-brown color-- with a caramel, molasses aroma, some bitterness and light sweetness, and a long finish. You cant smell the 10% alcohol but you can definitely taste it- it contributes to the overall taste and length of the finish. Very yummy and deserves the great reputation!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EvNa (191) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 22, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2017 Bottle. Color: Dark ruby, frothy beige head. Taste: Dark roasted malts, very ripe red fruit, plum, raisins and caramel. Earthy and fruity, lightly bitter finish. Medium body. Pretty much carbonation. A little bit too harsh in my opinion. Overall a nice beer, but not one of the best for me...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tanel025 (24) - ESTONIA - JAN 20, 2017
Legendary beer but I wouldnt say its best in its class. Maybe in TOP3. Nice aroma, nothing special in it though, pretty modest aroma. Taste is medium sweet. Honey and candy sugar. Lacks a bit of bitterness at the end, aftertaste is too sweet for my taste. Didnt find that hoppy bite. Certainly a very good beer and alcohol well hidden.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DraftProfessor4 (15) - Portreath, Cornwall, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2017
Dark, full bodied, intense, creamy head, malty and caramel aroma, simply delicious

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brianza_ale (209) - ITALY - JAN 19, 2017
Probably had this one 20-30 times during the years, also had the occasion to try it on tap. Wanted to review this so many times, and finally writing some notes at home from the PC, with a 33 cl in St. Bernardus glass. ------ Pours a medium to abundant, off-white-gray to light beige, creamy head, which keeps an extremely long lasting layer; typical deep and dark mahogany brown appearance. Smells straight off raisins and ripe fruit, sweet spiced, leathery, huge and top quality belgian yeast background. Tastes all sorts of dried fruits and nuts, brown sugar, figs, creme caramel, blended all together by that yeast character; medium plus , very nice and smooth sweetness, almost medium bitterness; very complex and balanced. Medium carbonation, full bodied and quite creamy. Rich and refined. With the Rochefort 8/10 (Westvleteren...) this is the belgian dark ale reference brew; both of which are slightly better than the already awesome chimay blue. Its the benchmark, it defines the style, strong ales in general rarely (never) get better than this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TorbenJensen (1472) - Valby, DENMARK - JAN 19, 2017
Abt 12 is an absolute winner. It has a splendid beige and persistent foam. Aroma of Belgian yeast, spices and sweet ripe fruit. The taste is incredible. It contains both dark caramel, raisins, prunes, some cherries and an elegant spicy finish which otherwise found only in oak aged beer. Carbonation is low as hop bitterness as well, and it is hard to taste the alcohol strength at 10%. It is definitely a beer to be enjoyed temperate to retain all tastes. Room temperature must be perfect. This beer is from this moment become one of my favorites.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pencheff (11) - Burgas, BULGARIA - JAN 18, 2017
Intense brown colour with white head. Aroma of malt, caramel. High carbonation with medium body ant taste of brown sugar, malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
nybol (1666) - DENMARK - JAN 15, 2017
En klassiker. Stor smag af mrke malte det passe perfekt til sdmen. Alkoholen giver en fin varme oveni.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeorgePratt (41) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2017
Bottle from Beer Hawk. Aromas of caramel and raisin. Incredibly carbonated, almost stings the tongue. Tastes of caramel with a bitter biting finish. Certainly not "seen as one of the best beers in the world". Very drinkable but nothing exceptional.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Milter (735) - Nyborg, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2017
Virkelig en god og spmndende l, der absolut kan anbefales. Tilpas med sdme i smagen. Alkoholen er ikke for gennemtrngende. Ok udseeende.

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