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


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RATINGS: 4363   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Doghair (312) - Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Poured into a Chimay chalice. Dark brown with a thick inch of foam that seems to last forever. When I first put the glass to my nose all I could smell was green apple, wonderful. The taste is just amazing. Carmel, dark fruit some green apple. Had to describe. Mouthfeel is medium with lots of carbonation. Halfway through the glass and theres still a quarter inch of foam. This may be one of the best beers Ive ever had. Simply amazing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DraftProfessor4 (15) - Portreath, Cornwall, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2017
Dark, full bodied, intense, creamy head, malty and caramel aroma, simply delicious

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
nybol (1666) - DENMARK - JAN 15, 2017
En klassiker. Stor smag af mrke malte det passe perfekt til sdmen. Alkoholen giver en fin varme oveni.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
woodychevy (866) - - JAN 7, 2017
Shared bottle at Addys. Honestly dont remember much except that the beer was exceptional- dark, delicious, well- balanced and somewhat mysterious. I need to find another one and pay more attention.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tanel025 (22) - ESTONIA - JAN 20, 2017
Legendary beer but I wouldnt say its best in its class. Maybe in TOP3. Nice aroma, nothing special in it though, pretty modest aroma. Taste is medium sweet. Honey and candy sugar. Lacks a bit of bitterness at the end, aftertaste is too sweet for my taste. Didnt find that hoppy bite. Certainly a very good beer and alcohol well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pencheff (11) - Burgas, BULGARIA - JAN 18, 2017
Intense brown colour with white head. Aroma of malt, caramel. High carbonation with medium body ant taste of brown sugar, malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shreddermx (65) - POLAND - JAN 10, 2017
Barwa ciemna, cola. Piana sycząca, szybko znika. Wysycenie wysokie. Aromatjest wysokiej jakośći: ciemne suszone owoce, rodzynki, figi. Szlachetny alkohol. W smaku sporo słodyczy, cukier kandyzowany, ciemne owoce, jak w aromacie. Bardzo dobre piwo.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brianza_ale (209) - ITALY - JAN 19, 2017
Probably had this one 20-30 times during the years, also had the occasion to try it on tap. Wanted to review this so many times, and finally writing some notes at home from the PC, with a 33 cl in St. Bernardus glass. ------ Pours a medium to abundant, off-white-gray to light beige, creamy head, which keeps an extremely long lasting layer; typical deep and dark mahogany brown appearance. Smells straight off raisins and ripe fruit, sweet spiced, leathery, huge and top quality belgian yeast background. Tastes all sorts of dried fruits and nuts, brown sugar, figs, creme caramel, blended all together by that yeast character; medium plus , very nice and smooth sweetness, almost medium bitterness; very complex and balanced. Medium carbonation, full bodied and quite creamy. Rich and refined. With the Rochefort 8/10 (Westvleteren...) this is the belgian dark ale reference brew; both of which are slightly better than the already awesome chimay blue. Its the benchmark, it defines the style, strong ales in general rarely (never) get better than this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeorgePratt (39) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2017
Bottle from Beer Hawk. Aromas of caramel and raisin. Incredibly carbonated, almost stings the tongue. Tastes of caramel with a bitter biting finish. Certainly not "seen as one of the best beers in the world". Very drinkable but nothing exceptional.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TorbenJensen (1472) - Valby, DENMARK - JAN 19, 2017
Abt 12 is an absolute winner. It has a splendid beige and persistent foam. Aroma of Belgian yeast, spices and sweet ripe fruit. The taste is incredible. It contains both dark caramel, raisins, prunes, some cherries and an elegant spicy finish which otherwise found only in oak aged beer. Carbonation is low as hop bitterness as well, and it is hard to taste the alcohol strength at 10%. It is definitely a beer to be enjoyed temperate to retain all tastes. Room temperature must be perfect. This beer is from this moment become one of my favorites.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Milter (733) - Nyborg, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2017
Virkelig en god og spmndende l, der absolut kan anbefales. Tilpas med sdme i smagen. Alkoholen er ikke for gennemtrngende. Ok udseeende.

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