overall
100
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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4.2
Bontus (800) - Flanders, BELGIUM - NOV 22, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2009 Bottles from Colruyt and several rerates: Appears dark brown with a fast fading beige head. Already incredibly smelling. Aroma’s include: chocolate, coffee, caramel, banana, cough drop, yeast, bread. Especially sweet flavor but has some bitterness in the first sips and gets more alcohol warming in the second half of the glass. Palate: creamy, thick velvety feel, soft carbonation. Overall one of my favourite beers and compares perfectly with trappists.

4
DrZao (128) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Dark brown with weak head. Taste of dark fruit and brown sugar. High alcohol. Wonderful.

4
undsioux7 (876) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Pours light brown with a big off white head. Aroma of sweet sugar, dark fruit, alchohol. Taste of raisins, dates, fig, candy sugar, alchohol, yeast. Good stuff.

4.2
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - NOV 17, 2007
Small Bottle. Brown pour, opaque, with an off-white head. Aroma of dark fruit, sugar, bubblegum / banana, and a little alcohol. Initial mouthfeel is creamy. The flavor is very sweet; candy sugar (like cottoncandy), dark fruit, bananas, and some spice lingers. Pretty tasty beer with good body.

4.2
barncatmatt (2287) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2007
330 ml bottle from a trade with hogtownharry. pours dark brown with a big tan head that dissapears quickly. aromas are fruity with yeasty notes and some spice. flavours are winey with fruit dominating but underlying levels of yeast and a tinge of spice. not overly complex but very drinkable and enjoyable.

4.2
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 10, 2007
33 cl. bottle. #600 rating. Murky brown with a ruby tinge and lasting almond colored head, leaving spots of lacing. Aroma marked by a mix of brown sugar and sweet dried fruit, seemingly black cherry and raisin, with some underlying spice. As it warms, the banana/bubblegum yeast notes start coming through. Rich dried fruit flavors-cherry, raisin, currant, plum-with brown sugar malts. Nice black pepper bite on the finish. Fine carbonation in the body. One of those beers that seems to get better and better with every sip, provided you sip slowly and infrequently. Seems like I stumbled upon one of the better bottles.

3.9
Blom (844) - Sorø, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2007
Vintage 2005 - tasted fall 2007. Pours a dark brown with a minimal head. Aroma of spice, liquorice and caramel. The palate is fat and creamy, and the flavour immense of malt sweetness.

4.3
yngwie (17109) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 6, 2007
Bottle, 33cl. Hazy, brown pour with a good dash of floaties, and a big, lasting, creamy, beige head. The aroma left a slightly oxidized impression that vanished after some seconds, being replaced by a nice, vinous blend of dried fruits, sugar, alcohol, a little spicy touch, ripe red plums, some yeast and some berries. The flavor started with caramel, chocolate and roasted malt, soon to have company by dried fruits, sugar, a little alcohol burn that got more evident towards the end, a nice bitterness and a yeasty note. To follow the alcohol in the finish, there’s bitterness and sweetness, dried fruits and a little spicyness, as well as some caramel. It is, as mentioned, warming in the mouth, but it feels a bit thin for an abt. Of course it’s not thin, but I would like it to be fuller, the fullness sort of disappeares rather quickly, leaving an empty feeling in the mouth, even though the carbonation is still there, and the finish is doing what it should. There’s also some cellar notes in the flavor, and nice lacings paint the side of the glass. A fine brew, but a bit disappointing on the mouthfeel. (071106)

2.7
pintsize (1041) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2007
10-30-07 bottle. Earthy smell with hints of raisins. Cloudy appearance. High alcohol taste (hence my lower than average score). Highly bubbly on the palate - very carbonated - almost like a heavy spritzer.

4.1
StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2007
11 oz bottle from Holiday in Escondido. Pours an unfiltered cloudy bark brown color. The head is cream colored with plenty of lacing evident. The aroma is moderate in strength with raisins, plums and chocolate. The flavor is complex and highlights toffee, raisins, caramel and dark breads. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy. The finish was long and bittersweet with just a touch of alcohol showing up near the end. Overall: this is a very fine quad. Recommended.


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