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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: 4475   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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4.3
jake65 (3695) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Bottle: A true brown pour with lots of bubbles and a large, creamy beige head. Nose is fruity with yeast, malt, and some breadiness. Taste is light with fruit notes, little yeast, plenty of malty sweetness, and some hints of more fruit in the tail. A very creamy (at the same time silky) mouthful and warming in the end. Excellent.

3.9
rotoguru (126) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2007
Dark brown pour with light tan head that lasts. Aroma and flavor were similar; malty, bready and light fruit. Very smooth/creamy beer that masks the high alcohol content well.

4.3
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - FEB 19, 2007
Beautiful pour, on tap, nice ruby colored with a fluffy white head. Aroma and flavor are both somewhat fruity, yeasty, and with mild alcohol. The mouthfeel was amazing though. Very silky . . . Nice beer. I’m usually an All-American guy, but those Belgians sure get it together sometimes.

4.2
anders37 (26641) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2007
Bottle. Pours a hazy dark brown color with a longlasting off-white head. Sweet malty fruity aroma with lots of dark fruit. Sweet malty yeasty flavor with lots of dark fruits. Malty yeasty finish with some hints of alcohol.

4
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - FEB 19, 2007
Draft. Brown in the glass with a creamy off-white head that slowly settles but renews with a twirl of the glass. Leaves light lacing rings after each sip. Nice fruity aroma. Sweet flavor of fruits with a malt background and hints of wood and spices. Medium body and a creamy texture. Very enjoyable as an after dinner treat.

4
bebop329 (27) - USA - FEB 17, 2007
Thoroughly enjoyed this quad with Skibumphishead. Pours with a frothy one inch head that never fully dissapears. Nice lacing and warm brunette color. The aroma is intriguing with citrus undertones. The taste is slightly citrusy, but has a richer more robust flavor. Hints of raisin, brown sugar, cinnamon and chocolate with a burst of grapefruit aftertaste. mmmmmm....me likey.

4.2
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2007
OK, I simply LOVE my American micro breweries. BUT, I have purposely waited to have this particular beer due to its high rating and hype. So here I am....Pours out dark red/brown, dark ruby like. Aroma is heavenly, sweet malts (somewhat typical of other abbey ales that I’ve tried) Formed a white foamy head. Flavor is of a smooth malty taste that says "take another drink". Very good beer. Does taste similar to some other Belgium ales, but much smoother and refined. I would love to try this on tap or cask. Yes, I still adore my American brews, but this Belgium beer is pretty damn great.

3.5
duffman462 (175) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - FEB 14, 2007
Poured dark red/brown. The aroma was mostly fruit, overripe pears Body was very rich with malts, with even more fruit, caramel, and sweet candy. Some woody overtones linger. The finish is a bit strong on alcohol. I"m a bit surprised to see this beer rated so high. The balance is not exceptional, and the sweet, alcoholic finish was not great. I think the Rochefort Trappistes 8 and 10 are both far better than this beer.

4.1
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 13, 2007
Pours caramel brown with fairly large off-white head. Strong aroma of fig, plum, raisin, port, and caramel malts with a slight alcohol pungency. Extremely smooth for 10.5 abv with great malt character. A little bitter in the finish makes this an extremely well rounded beer.

4.4
motelpogo (7704) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 13, 2007
rbesg, bottle at haket. very deep shade of brown with a lingering beige head. i always figured this beer must be over-rated and never sought it out before but it blew me away. big salty aroma of bbq shapes, vegemite (the first time i’ve liked the smell of vegemite), salted licorice. heady alcohol bite but plenty of other flavours to save it - spiced liqueur, marzipan, hazelnut, brown sugar, whipped cream, vanilla cake dough. anyways.


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