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


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RATINGS: 4358   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2006 12/30: Rerated 11.2 oz bottle, BB date 26.08.10. Served in a trappist goblet. Color is a dark amber with a thick one-finger, lumpy tan head that diminishes slowly then constantly replenishes itself. Intense initial aroma of caramel, malts with a subtle fruitiness that quickly disperses. Each swallow results in a thick and foamy mouthfeel that has to be chewed through only to find a delicious coating on the tongue. The flavor is rich, malty and well blended, with a balanced, elegantly bitter finish. A slight warming is evident from the alcohol, which is otherwise hidden. Strong lacing left on the glass. Im not picking up the broader set of flavors described - could just be me. Bumping up appearance 1 point - a full glass and a single pour makes all the difference.

Paper notes from the Falls Tasting / 2006 YeHA!. Sampled next to the Westy 8 and 12. Minimal head. Clear maple color. Sweet malty start, balanced malt-bitterness in the body. Finish is creamily succulent, and lightly bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
nybol (1660) - DENMARK - JAN 15, 2017
En klassiker. Stor smag af mrke malte det passe perfekt til sdmen. Alkoholen giver en fin varme oveni.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeorgePratt (31) - 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 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Milter (727) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shreddermx (64) - 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 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
thengling (47) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - JAN 7, 2017
330 ml bottle from Co-op. Pour is deep reddish brown with small off white head. Lots of caramel and malt, some spice, a little barnyard. Taste is complex dried fruit, more malty grains, somewhat sweet but well balanced. Very smooth, medium body, good carbonation. Wonderful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoprider (508) - DENMARK - JAN 6, 2017
Pours a murky brown with a beige head. The nose has mineral, somewhat sweet caramel and lots of yeasty notes, phenols and esters, bread and a slight banana sensation. Again somewhat mineral flavourwise turning towards caramel malts, bready undertones, slight bitterness and finishes with sweet quad notes and hints of alcohol.. nice beer but no 4.1 beer in my book.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mishnok (157) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2017
From 330ml bottle. Pours very dark brown, almost black. Small off white head. Soft carbonation. Not a huge aroma. Fruity, malty taste with raisins, hops and sweet prune. Very good ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Itzjerm (2441) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - JAN 5, 2017
Aroma is dark sugars. Mouthfeel is overcarbonated. Nose has that also. Taste has some metallic elements. Sweet candy but still a bit thin. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NordicV (2100) - Malm, Sweden, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2017
Dimmig brun l med inslag av rtt. Doft av torkad frukt, banan och jstig kryddighet. I smaken tilkommer komplex maltighet, viss alkoholstma och karamell. Vlbalanserad.

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