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

bottled
common

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common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4365   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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (12624) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2007
Big bottle as shown. Pours a dark amber color with a large light tan head. The aroma is a strong malty aroma with hints of hazlenut and vanilla. Very good lacing on this one. The taste is very sweet malt with vanilla and cream, hides the alcohol well. A special beer for my 100th rating.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RedCloud (129) - Rhode Island, USA - AUG 7, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2013 Pours a dark, clear, crimson-orange cola, with a finger-or-two of quickly dissipating, butter-colored head, of which leaves light lacing. Smell is heavy of fresh pizza dough, along with dark fruits, sugary fig, and some banana. Taste starts with rich caramel and buttery popcorn, then transitions into date, fig, and light spice. Finish is lightly fruity, and lightly bitter. Body is medium, with slightly chewy palate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2007
Horizontal tasting with westy 12 and rochefort 10- never opens up the way the others do. Not as complex at all, but arguably the most drinkable and refreshing of the three. A real wine like characteristic (grapes, dryness), dominates throughout even as it warms. Go with the Rochefort instead.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2007
12 oz bottle proved from Secret Santa 2006/2007. Pours mahogany and hazy with a solid white head. A bit chunky. The aroma has alcohol, Belgian candy, ginger bread and dark fruit. The flavor is fairly complex but nother that does it for me. I get dates or fig or something, Belgian candy, burnt caramel or fruit or some such thing. Theres some noticeable alcohol too. All and all this thing is an overpowering mess of flavors that I do not find enjoyable. I cant believe I like the special addition so much better than this but I did. Not a big fan of this one.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (41913) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 4, 2007
33c cL bottle. Pours deep brown with small sediments floating around. Off-white creamy head. Aroma of dried fruit, slight caramel and roasted notes. Flavour is chocolate, dried fruit, caramel sweet and slight bitter. Doesnt hit the same smooth balance as Westie 12. Nice but not perfect.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
norsedoc (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2007
On tap at Falling Rock. Pours dark brown with tan head that lingers. Medium body, not overpowered by alcohol. Toasted malt. Finish almost caramelizes on your tongue.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
daniele (8478) - ITALY - AUG 3, 2007
scura buona schiuma profumi torreffati luppolati corpo pieno retrogusto di caff

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bombardier (4) - USA - AUG 2, 2007 does not count
Very smooth aroma and taste, with the alcohol being very well hidden (which is why I personally rate this higher than Rochefort). Dark fruit (raisin, plum) and spicey flavors.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markwise (5316) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2009 This beer is sweet. The alcohol content has a tendency to sneak up on you. It starts smooth, delivers great flavor, and finishes with a great refined aftertaste.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
maltysfalcon (6) - Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2007 does not count
What can you say about this beer except "Terrific". It pours medium brown with moderate head. Floral and nutty on the nose, it has aromas of fruitcake and dates. Full bodied, balanced alcohol reveal a complex-tasting beer that is well refined and drinks easy. Vinous in texture and flavor, this beer delivers excellent flavor and mouthfeel. One of my favorites.


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