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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4362   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 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CMUBEERMAN (427) - - DEC 23, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2006 This shit kicks ass. You can find it all over the place. Taste the alcohol, taste the light, taste the fame...Abt 12.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blackburn99 (7) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2005 does not count
It has a nice thick off-white head to it. For a darker beer, it is relatively light. It seems to have a bit of a bitter aftertaste. I much prefer the St. Bernardus Tripel. But, I really havent met a Belgium beer I didnt drink. Cheers !!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - DEC 20, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2006 This is right on style. Aroma is light bread, with a moderately yeasty smell. There is also a hint of cherry. I think the draft verion, which I had two night ago has more cherry. There was a rocky head, but definitely not as much as on draft. Not a whole lot of head, but it doesnt fully diminish. Initial flavor is moderately sweet that lessens somewhat. More cherry and bread than the aroma indicated. The finish is long. This was lively on th etongue, more so than the draft version. There is a moderate alcohol feel. While this is one of my favorite quads, I think its even better with a year on it. When I think of what a quad should be like, I think of ABT 12.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
darsan (15) - South Central, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2005
pours out dark ruby with some cloudyness, like appelcider. lots of fizz. Big light brown head. a raisin aroma, alchohol apparent to nose.taste slightly sweet and salty,spicy . very complex,smooth creamy finish.medium body, fizzy, highly carbonated in mouth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HenrikSoegaard (13557) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2005
Bottle o.75 L. Creamy off-white fully lasting head. Wonderfull dark orange colour. Powerfull aroma and taste, a very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2005
Very dark cloudy brown colour with very little head. The nose is candyish and sweet smelling with hints of alcohol, raisin, malt and some yeast. The body is alcoholic (as have all the St. Bernardus beers been) with hints of tobacco, malt and yeast. A bit sweet sweet for me, but a nice complex quadrupel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Indy (87) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2005
Every Friday is Belgian night for me (when possible)...and I finally made it around to a bottle of this gem. Typical "fizzy Belgian" pour...with a slightly oily look. Lingering off-white head. Dark brown, ruby in the light, amber around the edges. Actually a very beautiful ale. Aroma is nearly wine like...with an aged, earthy dankness...oaky too with strong yeast quality. Effervescent, yet very smooth...it seems to melt in your mouth. Flavor is fuity, well-balanced and slightly astringent. Hints of woodiness and malt. Thouroughly enjoyable, but since this my first try from St. Bern, will I be disappointed in their other offerings? Find out in next my next Belgian review!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
walleye (1094) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2005
from the bottle. pored brown with light tan head some real nice lacing. aroma, citrus, yeast, malts, chocolte, molasses, dark cherries, and other dark fruits and alcohol. flavor, wow the balance of chocolate, cherries, grape, and malts were right on the the way the alcohol came out was nice. and had a nice dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wolfenstein (96) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Bottle: Dark reddish-brown color. Dirty white thick head. Has a banana aroma. Malty mouthfeel. Somewhat bitter and dry in the end. Alcohol is there in the beginning but tapers off after each taste. This is a "Showpiece" beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2005
Umm very nice. Dark brown with brown head. Caramel and brown sugar. A touch of cloves I think and some raisin. Strong alcohol taste as well. Well worth a try.

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