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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4426   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
leeburg (230) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAY 30, 2007
Bottle pictured, dark brown, fluffy lasting head, malty aroma, fruits and moderate alcohol presence at the end. Complex and balanced flavor. The best non-trappist beer for the trappist-lover.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
weeks (5) - USA - MAY 28, 2007 does not count
Great beer. Colour was brown/amber, but a bit cloudy. Aroma was malty. Head was full and tasty. Taste was extraordinary.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rictus (126) - Dothan, Alabama, USA - MAY 28, 2007
Maltyness in the aroma (alergies so I cant smell much). Dark brown/red with big tan rootbeer head. Wow, that was complex. I cant name half the shit I tasted there. Some reason I tasted sweetness on the back of my tongue. It was bittersweet, slightly icecreamish (?). Ill stop before I embarrass myself further. It was alittle sweet for me but the rush of flavors more than made up for it. Thick heavy mouth feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rsistare (9) - Troy, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2007 does not count
Clean pour and smooth delivery to the palate. Very impressed with the boldness of the flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2007
Tasted during blind quad tasing 07 with Holdenn and Drewbeerme. Poured dark and murky. Aroma was toasted malt, raisin, some alc. Flavor is is pretty heavy sweet all the way through, with some of that alc that was in the nose in the finish. The only problem is that I really thought it was too thin and watery for my liking moderate alc burn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fattibobatti (246) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2007
carbonation must have been intense, pulling the cork gave loud pop even after standing still for at least a day. pouring revealed extermly dark red, maybe maroon. the foam was crazy. mountains no matter how slow and even i poured. not that it was bad being as it was entertaining in how creamy and thick it was. the aroma was sweet with spice and maybe some fruit. the flavor was so complex i dont know how to explain it. not as sweet as it smelled rather some kind of spices and herbs that i couldnt name. maybe liquorice. the complex taste of fruit and spice hides the 10% alcohol completly. i fantastic beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2007
Bottle as pictured. Screenprinted label states "10% alc/vol" twice, and also describes the beer as a "classic dubbel." High carbonation... the cork levitates into my hand with hardly any prompting. Pours murky smoldering red, nearly opaque. The friggin huge ecru head resembles the jello blob in Sleeper. Rather tame aromas of anise, bubblegum, and faint spice. Flavor echos the nose- more spice with some cherry, metallic, and herbal notes. A combination of hoisin sauce and pomegranate juice comes to mind. Very short on fruit. Flash-bang fizzy palate. Dry, tingly finish. As the beer warms and carbonation subsides, flavors skew even more toward peppery and licoricey. The muddy bitterness of unsweetened chocolate competes with an alcoholic burn in the aftertaste. Just an okay beer... I thought it was pretty bland and timid overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2007
Robe brune fonce voile surmonte dune mousse beige paisse qui persiste. Armes de levures et de lige. Saveurs de fruits rouges, de caramel, de torrfi, de lige et de levures. regouter...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2646) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2007
very nice in the style. complex...smooth and creamy, yet thin and just a bit foamy. bready with rindfruits of plum raisin and licorice. genuine and pure malt character. real cherry hint.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jdhunt76 (56) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2007
On tap. Pour is a rish dark brown. Flavor of toffee and chocolate covered raisins, with a touch of caramel emerging as the beer breathes. Nice lingering palate, nice floral element which blooms in the aftertone. Beautifully well balanced.

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