If you were a fan of Budweiser's "anti-craft beer" commercial shown at the Super Bowl (Fortune), Perhaps you shouldn't read any further. But, if you don't mind a complex, sensory inhibiting, finely crafted "slow" beer, then read on.
St. Bernardus Watou Brewery has a long and interesting back history. From a remote corner of West Flanders, in the middle of "Le Plat Pays", in the heart of the hop area in West Flanders, this Belgian Quad is often rated as one of the best beers out there. (RB 100 / BA 99)
Getting its start from two Trappist monasteries, one with a history in cheese making and the other in beer. It originated in one of the great Trappist brewers, The Trappist Monastery St. Sixtus in Westvleteren. They were looking for someone to commercialize their beers so they enlisted The Cheese Factory - Trappist monks of Mont des Cats in Godewaersvelde, France to do this.
Over time the license ran out and St. Bernardus became it's own separate brewery, but brewing with the same recipe, ingredients and styles as they had in the past. Using only their own barley, yeast and hops grown onsite.
The St. Bernardus ABT 12 is a Quadrupel style Belgium beer. A Quadrupel style ale of great strength with bolder flavor compared to its Dubbel and Tripel sister styles. Typically a dark brew that ranges within the deep red, brown and garnet hues. Full bodied with a rich malty palate. Sweet as a typical Belgium beer and with a low bitterness.
From their website:
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 Belgium's best Abbey Ales. Dark with a full, ivory-colored head. It has a fruity aroma, full of complex flavours and excells because of its long bittersweet finish with a hoppy bite. (10,0% ABV) Worldwide seen as one of the best beers in the world. It's 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
This is a great beer to share with friends through a beer flight night or to cozy up to a loved one and sip. 22oz. Bottle - $13.99
Here's a video about the company