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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4287   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 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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MuttyD (93) - Cambridge, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Love this beer. Brown and cloudy, huge head. Raisins, brown sugar, candied fruit, and bananas. Syrupy and smooth finish. One of the best I’ve ever tried.

Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 6, 2008
750 bottle. Very nice dark reddish/brown color. Smelled kind of metalic on first smell, then turned to sweet malty.Slightly acidic but not too bad. Was expecting more, kind of let down.

ManiBarfily (1) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 6, 2008 does not count
Great intro to the Belgium family of beers. Very interesting aroma and creamy flavor with a hint of licorice. So far one of the best beers I’ve ever had!

kaptnkrunch (2) - , Alabama, USA - JUL 5, 2008 does not count
Usually when I pay $10 per bottle for a beer, I expect to be let down. This beer was great though. They did a great job hiding the alcohol taste. Head that wouldn’t quit, and flavor that you’d sell your soul for. Definitely one of the best beers I’ve had.

HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2008
Pours a dark cloudy brown with a thick, frothy eggshell colored head. The nose is complex and alluring, caramel malt, belgian yeast, and dark fruits in the aroma, with a touch of spice and candi sugar. The flavor of this beer is amazing. Nuts, honey, cloves, cinnamon and other spices, fruit and belgian yeast. The mouthfeel is dense and creamy, the finish is well-balanced with both the sweet malts and candi sugar shining through. Hides the alcohol very well. Overall, a pleasure to drink, one of the best beers I’ve ever had.

kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 2, 2008
Bottle. Cloudy dark amber. Aroma of malt, yeast, candy and sweet fruit. Tastes of sweet fruit, cherries and almond. Slight dry finish makes it well balanced. Very nice and easy to find.

CH-303 (2407) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUL 1, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2016 Appearance: Cloudy, dark brown. Lots of thick, darkish head.
Aroma: Dark fruit and malt. Alcohol, metallic. Biscuits.
Taste: Quite alcoholic. Malty, some bitterness. Tongue-tingling.
Info: 330ml bottle, 10/6-2007, 17/300M

2016 re-rate (2.8->4.3):
Appearance: Dark brown, hint of red. Lots of light tan head. Lots of sediments, a bit too much to be honest.
Aroma: Malt, sweetness, some dark fruit. Raisins.
Taste: Malt, dark fruit, sweet, toasted. Hides alcohol well. Prunes. Hides alcohol very well.
Bought: Saveur-Biere.com, 330 ml, €2.80
Info: 27/2-2016, BB: 14/12-2018

dchmela (3088) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2008
On tap at Redlight and poured in a snifter. Deep amber pour with a thin white head. Big malty sweet, orange candy sugar aroma. Nice medium body. Malty sweet, candy sugar and a nice spiciness that make this such a beautifully tasting beer. Finishes very clean and hides its strength very well. This beer just blends everything together so well and is a real joy to drink.

Headbanger (4022) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2008
750 ml bottle-Pours a hazy brown body with a huge head and a cork that popped out of the bottle and started overflowing. Aroma of belgian yeast, candy, and sweetness. Taste of belgian yeast, malt, caramel, sweetness, and some fruits. This full bodied brew is really smooth and drinkable. Nice job.

Panzerfaust (877) - Hanga Roa, Easter Island, CHILE - JUN 28, 2008
Bottled at El Irlandés, Valparaiso
Pours a deep dark cloudy brown color with orange hues. Head is perfect, medium to big, cream colored. It lasts for long and leaves a film of 1 cm thick. Aroma shows dense malty layers with pleasant alcoholic nuances. Spicy touches come when it warms a little. Hazelnuts, nougat, caramel, dark honey, palm syrup, brown sugar and tons of molasses. Cognac, clove, christmas cookies. I could keep listing all day. Amazing. Flavor is sweet with nutty bitterness. Extremely intense, complex and layered tastes. Liquorish, whiskey, cognac, molasses, all kinds of nuts. Hints of belgian chocolate, ’dulce de leche’ and choclate covered orange peel. It finishes with orgasmic mousse texture and a touch of Kahlúa and Whiskey or Amarula Cream. Absolutely incredible. Dense, thick, creamy mouthfeel. Warming alcoholic punch. Medium carbonation. Complex and overwhelming aftertaste that lasts for hours. This is definitely a world-class beer worthy of all the praise it gets.

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