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


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RATINGS: 4362   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Proteus (98) - FINLAND - DEC 17, 2007
0,33 cl bottle. Dark color, slightly reddish with a thick and lasting white head. Very fruity aroma with hints of yeasts and some malty deepness. Carbonation at its right level to give it a fresh touch, fruity overall and quite close to Westvleteren 12 all in all. An excellent beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Bottle. A gentle pours produces a creamy dark red, mahogany beer with a lasting thick head that refuses to go away. Sticky lacing all the way down the glass. Fruity, yeasty and malty aroma. Raisins, cherries, toffee, wet oak, and peppery, dusty yeast. Intense carbonation almost overwhelms the palate initially. As time passes, the zesty carbonation is tempered allowing the beer to more fully express itself. Dusty yeast, dry oak, prunes and raisins, alcohol. Mostly full bodied and quite firm on the tongue. Finishes quite dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
redgold07 (308) - Irving, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2007
So good, even though the cork hit me in the head when I opened it. Smooth and fruity, quite dark brown with a large frothy head. Aroma is big and of fruit and is quite sweet. 1 pt. 9.4 oz. bottle, caged and corked.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
airforce1 (61) - Atascosa, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2007
I love this beer! Dark, rich and smooth. Has a nice malt overtone, and soft gentle hops. Highly recommended!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MatchesForHire (25) - Westborough, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 12, 2007
I could not be happier with this beer. The flavor and aroma are sweet and balanced, fruity in some respects but mildly so. What gets me is the mouthfeel. Served chilled, this is like drinking a delicate champagne. An extremely well executed brew from a brewery that does not make a bad beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
collins73 (4) - USA - DEC 11, 2007 does not count
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2007 Ive been fortunate to have this beer both on draft and in bottle. What a beautiful beer. Blows some of the other 6 Trappist beers out of the water. I taste a hint of chocolate in this fine beer. Overall, a damn good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eladerman (82) - Newburgh, Indiana, USA - DEC 9, 2007
This stuff is quite good. Reminds me of Chimay Blue ( Grand Reserve) only this brew is a little more fruity. II think I like the Chimay a little better, but this stuff will do !!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - DEC 8, 2007
Deep brown pour with an off white head. Sweet nose, bready and yeast overall. Caramel and roast flavor. Warm alcohol at the end . Nice quad.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mvcramer (243) - Lexington, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 6, 2007
Pours a beautiful chocolate brown wiith a tan head. I was a bit disappointed in the aroma. Very faint and not what I expect in a finer Belgian. There were some faint candy/caramel notes, but not what I thought Id find in this quad. Nowhere near a Westvleteren 12 or even a Roch 10. The flavor far exceeded the aroma. Nice subtle roasted flavor with fruity notes (plum or prunes). A very good beer... but short of my expectations.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TrefwoordPunk (1015) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 6, 2007
Bottle 33 cl. Pours a dark amberish brown with a medium but fading tannish head. Smell is sweet, caramel and candy come to mind. Taste begins sweet, caramel, ripe prunes, honey, corn syrup. After that it has a bite, coffee, alcohol and roasted malts. An excellent beer!

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