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


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RATINGS: 4383   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bailz316 (256) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 28, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2006 Pours a murky amber with foamy off-white head. Fruit aroma with cherries and bananas. Malty. Notes of candy, toffee, brown sugar, caramel, licorice. Finish is dry and bitter, then sweet. Pretty strong beer that really delivers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Capa (3020) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2015 Very tasty brew. Poures a dark red/brown with medium head. Aroma of fruit, malts and alcohol. Tastes of fruit, spices and alcohol, though for ten and a half percent its really well hidden. Flavor is complex with the spices coming through at the finish. Very enjoyable

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Wow, this is my second time having this beer and it was just as I remembered so delicious so smooth. This quad pours a dark ruby brown and leaves a thin tan lace that sticks to the glass and stays with the brew. The aromas is fruity esters, alcohal soaked dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar, very complex and literally makes you salivate. The taste is so complex, it starts dry and tangy with a slight vinos presence but more actually to rum or brandy. It then sweetens on your palate with a carmal malt feeling that then again brings you to more of a dark plum feel on the palate. Fantastic brew I would pair this beer with a fresh fruit plate to compliment the fruit in the beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
auderale (605) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - JAN 24, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2007 Bottle, 33cl. Dark amber pour with a small head. Slight fruity aroma. Keeps getting better and better after each one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2006
Bottle (from Bitter Virtue, BBE Aug 09). Rich soft and creamy with bready malts and some fruit. Fairly noticeable alcohol. Good but seems to lack depth plus seems stronger than it should be.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 23, 2006
Dark amber in colour with big thick creamy head. Ok so its Belgian, but is typical of style, not really outstanding to make this different.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LesStewart (11) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2006
I was expecting a lot with this beer and it came through! Very complex to the palate, sorta bready in texture... utterly a pleasure to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2006
Nice deep reddish brown body with a medium white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma reminded me of a good red wine. Flavor has wine, vanilla, fruits raisin, prune, peach. Hides the alcohol well. Complex, sweet yet subtle. Palate is smooth with a hint of carbonation. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Christian (13256) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 21, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2010 2006 rating: Dark ruby-brown with a big and lively off-white head. My initial impression of the aroma is champagne. Thats the closest I can come to describe that combination of earth, alcohol and fruit. The flavour is quite sweet, with a dry note of wood and licorice.

BB July 2010, bought 2006. Seems like the character has shifted to darker fruits and some walnuts. Flavour is much the same though.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JAN 20, 2006
Near and dear to my heart. One of my first favorite Belgians. Its hard to rate b/c every time I have one its a different experience. The head, the body, everything is perfect. The aroma is seductive and the flavors all are tempted to change on short notice. Seamless, the flavors shift from plums and brittle sugar, to vanilla and smoky soil. The finish is impeccably crisp with a subtle hoppiness that chimes in right on que. Ages well too. IF you see this guy it is worth your time. I never give pefect ratings across the board but this one will have it. I think this beer puts most Trappist to shame.

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