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


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RATINGS: 4358   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
natejgood (493) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - JUN 23, 2007
This is a great sipping beer. It pours a rich dark coffee color with a light head that doesnt seem to go away. It smells malty and sweet with a hint of fruit. The beer is very smooth in the mouth, but has a rich texture to it. It is a malty sweet flavor, but has a slightly sour or acidic taste somewhere in the background. You can definitely taste the hints of fruit. A very complex beer that is worth a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2008 750 mL cork bottle conditioned. Pours dary ruby with big foamy head. Flowery and yeasty on the nose. Full bodied... there is a lot going on in this beer. Figs and raisins are evident and it graduates into a carmel/toffee sweetness, roasted sugars? There is a bit of medicinal warmness from the high Abv. A lot of depth and a good entry. The monk on the bottle certainly has something to smile about

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
ilovedarkbeer (2723) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 19, 2007
Pours a rich mahogony color with a bubbly tan head. Smells of fruit and yeast. Tastes extrelmy yeasty with a little bit of hops. Not very smooth, and has a very acidic mouthfeel. Not that great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 18, 2007
Bottle pour at Pier 32. Poured a beautiful, cloudy dark brown color with a sizable tan head. Aroma was of raisins, plums, malt, figs, and wood. Very smooth on the tongue. Tasted just like it smelled, with some candied sugary sweetness to round it out. Nice alcohol finish to it. One of my faves.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
graham515 (537) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2007
Pours a deep reddish brown into the glass with a nice off white head that has some lasting power. The aroma is very nice and has what I might call a banana runt aroma. The taste is big and deep with a sharp dry finish. The alcohol is pretty well hidden but this beer is definitely a sipper. This beer goes in big and coats the mouth with a really excellent flavor. Cheers St. Bernardus!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
clasley (153) - Arkansas, USA - JUN 17, 2007
750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy mahogany with a dense tan head. Figs and plum in the nose with a hint of alcohol. Wildly complex body with fruit and spice at the front. Highly carbonated sharp mouth with a slight alcohol burn at the finish. Wonderful.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2007
Pours a delicious looking hazy dark brown with a medium layer of froathy creamy looking offwhite head...a little wisp of dark yeast sediment too that almost gives it a cappuccino look on top. Aroma is perfect balance of sweet and spices, not too powerful, rather subdued yet all encompasing. smells of dates, burbon, earth, and a lot more, just so complex and beautiful. Mouthfeel is medium, slight abrasive finish. flavor is alcohol, berries, malt, pine, and figs. overall, deliicous.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2007
Second taste, first rating 6/15/07. Draft at Eola Wine Company in Winter Park, FL. Lucked out and got a massive double pour for $7! Very dark brownish cola color with a medium off-white head and excellent lacing. Aroma is rich dark fruit. Flavor is excellent....cherries, figs, raisons, dark fruit. Nice body with a very smooth finish. Alcohol comes through about 30 seconds into the finish. Outstanding beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yomintyfresh (53) - USA - JUN 13, 2007
Dark color, thick head that lingers and leaves a lot of lacing. Sweet flavor - cherry, fig, raisin - but not too sweet. High ABV more noticeable as the beer slowly warms.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
yanks2006 (2) - USA - JUN 11, 2007 does not count
bottled- very dark and malty flavor. with accents of fruit and raisins. the head was a thick light light brown color. by far the best mouth feel and rich tasting beer that i have experienced. will enjoy again soon

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