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


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RATINGS: 4446   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
deSixtus (3) - BELGIUM - JAN 16, 2007 does not count
Its a nice beer I drink it often because its even hard to get the Westvleteren in Belgium and this one is available in lots of local shops It has a sharp flavor a bit sweet in the beginning, a black clear appearance with a nice brown head

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drazil91 (41) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2007
I bought this since I cant get the Westvleteren here in the US. 16 bucks for a four pack? Worth it. It is everything an amber should be- too bad its an Abt. Drank it right from the bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Fruit, figs, citrus, caramel, metal, brown sugar in the aroma. Pours dark brown with a thick tan head. Sharp flavor, sweet upfront, caramel, brown sugar, some fruit, with a spicy character i cant place, and i can taste the alcohol. very nice though.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Pours a dark brown color with an overabundance of thick creamy tan foam. The head dies down to a more normal 2" in several minutes. Excellent, stick-to-the-glass lacing throughout the glass. I first get the aroma when the cap is lifted, and it is very prominent while pouring the beer. I smell this wonderful, still-rising bread dough aroma. Very yeasty. This is followed by a very potent alcohol scent. The beer is sweet for sure, but absolutely not cloying. It is full of brown sugar and dried dark fruit, and there is a thick caramel maltiness to it, followed by a touch of raisin and rum. Faint spice in the finish - cloves or herbal/spicy hops, maybe. Fantastic full body, gently carbonated

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Pours dark brown with a fairly thick, foamy, tan head. Banana, yeast, lightly sweet malt, and mild hop aroma. Flavor matches the aroma with a little more bitterness in the finish than expected. Palate is medium, a bit creamy, and bitter-sweet. A little unbalanced, but the flavors present are enjoyable none the less.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBiker (1415) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2007
[Tasted in 2004, DK-ITA: 0-0 with Troels.] A truely very strong beer with alcoholic presence. Therefore it is a hardkicker for many. Sometimes its good, othertimes its less good. But lots of ingredients such as notes of fruit, sweetness, caramel. Heavy stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
xmarcnolanx (937) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JAN 12, 2007
A very good belgian beer. It lacks a lot of the estery quality of some belgian beers, which is actually a plus to me. I am not a fan of the banana taste in my beer. That said, it is very resiny, dark fruit and candy and complex with a nice finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 10, 2007
Brown-amber pour with a off-white head that lingers. Aroma was sweet and fruity...figs I would say. Flavor is also sweet and complex, with fruit and a almost bubble gum character. An overall good but not great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
robinvboyer (4473) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2007
wow.......if you cant get westy 12, this is just as good. excellent! aroma of dried fruit, and caramel. nice big fat frothy head. absolutely a piece of heaven.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2007
Bottle. Poured into a St. Bernardus Tulip. My favorite Belgium which makes it my favorite beer. A wonderful pour, Frothy white head. Dark amber in color. Fruity smell. Wonderful complex taste. I like this better than the Westvlederin because I think it tastes "cleaner", and is much more available. That being said, the Westi is the original.(for those who do not know the story, westvlederin used to sale its recipe to St. Bernardus for mass production, in 1992 the trappists started selling for themselves (to retain the trappist "logo) and St. Bernardus carried on the "formula" note it is not a trappist, but the same basic stuff as a Westvlederin Abt. 12)

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