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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: 4477   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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4.4
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!

4.7
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.

5
collins73 (4) - USA - DEC 11, 2007 does not count
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2007 I’ve 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.

4.4
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 !!!

4
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.

3.5
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 I’d 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.

4.2
TrefwoordPunk (1214) - 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!

3.8
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 4, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2009 33cl bottle at De Wildeman, Amsterdam. Dark, murky brown with a big tan head that lasts a good bit. Aroma is really malty with ripe fruit, brown sugar sweetness and some alcohol. The flavor is very sweet - the sweetest of the quads that I’ve had. It’s a nice sweetness though; not cloying. Very good as a dessert drink. I think that the sweetness does suppress other flavor qualities though. Thick with smooth carbonation and a slightly sticky finish. Very nice, but not as elegant as Rochefort, or a drinkable as Westy. Had it a just below room temp at De Wildeman, and tried it the next day on draught at Gollem, which served it much colder, and I have to say that it was much better warmer. (8,4,8,4,17=4.1)

Rerate: 33cl bottle. Murky brown with lots of yeast chunks and a bigger off-white head. lots of dried fruit in the aroma: raisins, figs, dates, just a touch of floral honey and bread. Very smooth flavor that almost just comes across as sweet without much else, until you start concentrating on it, then the complexities start to show, with some spiced cookies and dried fruit. Medium bodied with medium carbonation despite a gushing pop to the cap. Still good stuff, but just seems to sweet and a little too smooth to the point of lacking some character.

4.5
keithw (15) - USA - DEC 3, 2007
750ml Bottle. Quality all around. Sweet , dark and flavorful with terrific complexity. Dark fruit, brown sugar and caramel flavors predominate. Nice mouthfeel , with just the right amount of carbonation. I enjoyed this with friends who could not believe the depth of flavor in this beer. That is what great Belgians do, and this is a great one!

3.9
tagz (337) - Alabama, USA - NOV 28, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2008 750 bottle. pours cloudy brown/orange with a thick cakey head. nice musty yeast aroma. taste begins with some barnyard funk and rounds out with a sweet brown sugar flavoring that reminded me of ginger snaps. warm alcohol bite at the end that imparts some taste but is not unpleasant. despite the sugar the palate is crisp with subtle carbonation. i really enjoyed sipping this one, but over time the sweetness wore on me. although if they toned it down at all the alcohol might be too much. would be a good after dinner drink to cap off a nice meal. don’t think i’d want to do the 750 on my own though. recently tried this on draft and it was much less sweet than the bottle. helped accentuate the yeast. bumping this up a bit and planning to give it another rate in the future to see which taste prevails.


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