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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: 4257   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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4.2
jmm1 (132) - Andorra la Vella, ANDORRA - JAN 14, 2008
From 330ml bottle. Dark brown foggy body with a beige creamy and lasting head. Aromas of dried plums, dried raisins, roasted almonds overpowering you from the glass. Surprising in mouth with more subtle flavors but that are mixed in a wonderfully complex harmony. One can find reminiscences of plum, caramel, cinammon at first with a slightly acid finish similar to an apple. Extremely smooth body with an undisguised alcoholic content and a weak carbonation. A top of the class beer that makes you want for more.

4.9
bweezy (53) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 12, 2008
Had this in Toronto last October at the Bier Markt. I just found my rating notes in my suitcase today. Poured a dark brown - really nice head. Very strong yet pleasant aroma. Very full flavour, but well balanced and very drinkable. In a word: YUM!

4.4
SuperDave (2555) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 11, 2008
Wow. Poured a dark hazy brown from the smaller bottle, forming a thick, creamy, long-lasting head. Aroma is fantastic, like toasted raisin bread. Taste is more of the same, lots of fruit and yeast, with the alcohol present but not obnoxiously so. Would definately enjoy again. Outstanding.

4.2
phantomtwister (19) - BELGIUM - JAN 11, 2008
St Bernardus is the old recepy of west-vleteren. West Vleteren sold/give there old recepy, to go commercial with it. (west-vleteren has some secret addings now) It is a very good tastefull beer. Rater sweet for my part. if you like west vleteren, you will like this one also.

4.4
tympanic (168) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2008
bubblegum beautiful dustcoloured froth cotton candy rootbeer hue medium mouthfeel little spice!

4.3
AmEricanbrew (7011) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 9, 2008
75 cl. bottle. Pours an opaque dark brown with a decent two finger head. Pretty strong sweet alcohol smell of plum jam, black cherries. Taste is dark fruit; plums, raisions, dates with a slightly yeasty sweet bread flavor. Rich, full bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Finishes faintly bitter with a warming alcohol on the breath. 2002

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 (3127) - 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!!!


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