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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4402   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.14/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tedovertu (296) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - JUN 6, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2008 Bottle, tastes of earth fruitcake with over ripe plum finish. The balance is a little off, a little too much alcohol for the flavor. A decent head that does not last very long with little to no lacing. Huge particles floating in the mix. Dark reddish brown beer. Moderately sweet flavor. Soft carbonation that has a great palate feel. This is an excellent beer but not the best value for the money.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2008
11.2 fl oz, best buy? 12/07/12 pours a deep dark brown full of dark fruit and yeasty flavor... not my favorite but easy to sip on.. alcohol listed as 10% as opposed to 10.5%, A huge head formed when i poured this... not a bad beer, easy to drink and typical of the style.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
pieterke (4) - Geel, BELGIUM - JUN 4, 2008 does not count
When i poor my drink a strong "heavy" aroma off fruit and something i cant put my finger on (i mean that in a good way) while drinking it i taste the fruit that i initialy smelled with a strong feeling in the back off my mouth. a bit off a dry end-taste. This is most defo family off the other barley type beers (i mean rochforts 10 and westvleteren 12) and it scores high at my personal top 20

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
v64 (134) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2010 Pours very dark red with a thick, full head. Fruity aroma. Tastes of banana and dark fruit, very fruity. The alcohol really comes through on this one, which I think detracts from the taste a little bit. Good beer, very strong.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with full white head, with fizzy lacing on the glass. The aroma is of dark fruits, caramel, bananas, vanilla, and spices. The flavor is full of dark fruits, roasted malts, figs, spice, and an alcoholic touch at the finish. Very well made beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dmac (5958) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 31, 2008
11.2 oz bottle from a gift pack which included the official St. Bernardus chalice. Pours a solid mahoganey with a large fluffy off white head that leaves some impressive lace in its wake. Complex aroma with lots of hidden nuiances, banana, dark fruit, dough, alcohol, vanilla, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, some winey notes as well. Medium to slightly full bodied with average carbonation that finishes with a good amount of alcohol warming on the back the throat and only the slightest hint of dryness in your mouth. Flavor of rotting banana, vanilla extract, some dark fruit, red wine and sherry from the alcohol. As nice and enjoyable as this was the alcohol was still very up front and needs some time to mellow. Oh well I guess I should grab a case of the 750 ml bottles and drink one every six to twelve months till I find out what the perfect age for this quad is.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 30, 2008
On tap @ stardust. Brown with a tan head, leaves nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Very complex. On the nose caramel, bananas, doughy yeasts, dark fruits, a hint of alcohol, vanilla, spiciness. Huge toasted malts, sweet, doughy, touch of alcohol mid-palate, dark fruits, dried figs, touch of spiciness. As it warms, it stays well-bodied. Smooth and drying at the end. Even at almost room-temperature alcohol doesnt dominate or become overbearing. Greatly enjoyed this.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mdipaolo (1) - Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2008 does not count
Best beer in the world! Full flavor which gets more pronounced as the beer warms up.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerGestapo (754) - Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2008 (Belgium) This was the winner at the last Knights of the Devonshire tasting. The color was a warm brown with a med tan head. The aroma was wonderful, spices, caramel, dark fruit, with a fruity / vanilla / zesty taste. Great carbonation here !!! This brew was a delight, Do yourself a favor and get some .

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
donteatpoop (127) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2008
Poured a nice nut brown with little to no head. Smelled of caramel malts, fruits, and nuts. Tasted of caramel malts, nuts, fig, and some underlying fruityness. Really a marvelous taste. It was a little dry in the mouth, but otherwise splendid; great carbonation balance and everything. Very drinkable, I want to have many many more of these. Serving type: on-tap


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