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100
style
Brewed by St. Bernardus Brouwerij
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Watou, Belgium

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4210   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 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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3.5
ChetLemmons (87) - orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2008
nice thick brown with slight amber undertones. nice frothy head. fruity aroma, hints of banana, but nothing too special. a little thick. smooth until it hits the back of the throat, then the thickness gets a little sticky. slightly carbonated. malt flavor with a nice fruity balance, of which i cannot put a finger on. imho, not worth the price for this one. would definitely drink again, but it’s a little too rich for my blood. i had really high hopes with this one....

4.6
BartC (727) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - JAN 8, 2008
Dark red-brown beer with a small white head. Soft carbonation. Slightly spicy aroma. Nice balanced flavor. Notes of roasted malts, caramel, overripe banana and prums. At the end more spicy and also the alcohol is noticable. One of my favourite dark beers.

4.5
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2008
Brown in color this poured a fine thick head that slowly dissipated. The nose was filled with sweet raisesn, ripe cherries, plum and a great spiciness. In the mouth it was medium to full-bodied with a denisity and weight that was full bet extremely well-balanced by the effervecance. In fact the effervecance keeps this very light on its feet for such a high alcohol and powerful beer. There is a tightness to the beer that makes me think aging will bring out a complexity and hedonistic quality that is hiding today. Age this one and see what happens.

4.3
BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 7, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2015 The beer pours a rusty brown with the largest head I’ve ever seen!!! With a non-aggressive pour, expect half a glass of beer and a half glass foam. Aroma is similar to a cabernet...cherries, raisins, and plum. There is plenty of malty sweetness here; chewy. The alcohol is not disguised but is instead, celebrated!!!

4.1
keith0718 (434) - Kansas, USA - JAN 7, 2008
The St. Bernardus Abt 12 just might be the beer that wins my vote for favorite quadrupel.

4.1
popkow (308) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Moster head out of this 1PT 9.4 FL OZ bottle. The result of the exellent lacing is a "dubbel" that is one of Belguim’s best abby ales. Toasted malts, a nice balance of hops, yeast is a bit of leather. Finish is a nice moderate acidic, with a touch of bitterness and look out for the sediment lurking about.

3.7
Maria (10211) - Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2008
Dark brown with a beautiful, sliky smooth head. The aroma has notes of ripe fruit, port wine and rum. The mouthfeel is oily. The flavour is sweet with notes of plum, raisin, banana, caramel, roasted malt and a weak acidity in the long finish. Even if it’s this strong, the alcohols is subdued. Nice.

3.7
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 6, 2008
It’s good. Really. I thought it was more flavorful than Rochefort 10, less ’flour’ and more subtle spice. But although livelier quads could be called inauthentic or... I guess girlie?... I prefer them.

4.2
robforbes (2257) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2008
purchased at 99 bottles in federal way, washington. pour is a clear brown with a large creamy off white head, excellent lacing. smell of caramel, sweet malt, some nuts. taste is warm, smooth, prunes, raisins, roasted nuts, malt. overall a really good beer, not overpowering, nicely done. oh to be a monk.

4
thooper41 (556) - BELGIUM - JAN 3, 2008
33cl bottle: pours a dark brown almost black color with a nice off white head. aroma is almost nonexistent but from what is there is not all that appealing but also not bad. flavor is very complex its a roated malt flavor and a chocolate flavor stand out the most while some spice tastes follow. im breaking my rules where flavor counts as half the overall rating and the rest counts for the other half because i feel this beer should be a 4/5 but the aroma just isnt there to back it up. solid beer very good but there is better.


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