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

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RATINGS: 4284   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.14/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 excels because of its long bittersweet finish with a hoppy bite. 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.


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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Reviewed 12/04/2012. About time I review this. 11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. A: Pours a very dark reddish brown color. The head is a four finger light tan color. Rather than recede in a generic manner, the head merely loses texture before only collapsing partially. There is a LOT of lacing on the glass - not the ringed lacing of a good IPA, but spotty with large clumps. S: Lots of caramel malts, stewed dark fruits (like fig, plum, and raisin), lighter fruit esters (pear, apple), and a hint of chocolate. Perhaps not as enchantingly nuanced as Rochefort 10, but still wondrously aromatic. Nicely bready. T: The very first sip is loaded with chocolate, caramel, and dark fruit. After a few more sips, a balanced sensation of pears and phenols pop up on the finish along side faint alcohol warmth. I can also pick up a touch of raspberry and leafy tobacco as well, and the aftertaste has a bit of a milky cream flavor that is immensely enjoyable. It takes a while, but eventually, a spiced sensation of subtle nutmeg and cinnamon on the palate will show itself a little more than half way down the glass. Quite complex, but a little less so than Rochefort 10 - which is a moot point at the end of the day. This still has top caliber balance and craftsmanship. M: Not perfectly delicate, but the body’s thickness is perfect. There’s just enough of a cleanliness to the finish to encourage one to drink this faster. The booze manifests as a slight warmth on the tongue and stomach - but because of its balance, it just works in concert with the whole experience. O: It might be one of the more drinkable and balanced quads I’ve ever had. ’Course, I’ve never had Westy 12, but Hell, doesn’t Westy 12 have a very, VERY similar recipe to this? Ah well, that doesn’t matter, because it’s every bit as mindblowing as I hoped.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dervock (939) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 26, 2016
Bottle - pours brown with a small head. Aroma is sugary, rhubarb tartness, bit of yeast and dried fruit. Taste is sweet with a slight tartness. Palate is velvet smooth.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gr_pa (365) - siemianowice, POLAND - AUG 20, 2016
Gushing, Browm, nice head, high carbonation. Aroma: some strange tart notes, caramel, dark fruits. Heavy sweetness, full body. Taste: dark fruits, bread, esters, even some chocolate. Some bitterness at finish and lots of alcohol. Quite balanced.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jodesch (2) - - AUG 19, 2016 does not count
Not really my kind of beer at the first taste, but became more pleasant after a few more. Mildly bitter taste. I also believe I’ve tasted a nuance of vanilla. On the contrary to what every says, I think the alcohol taste is quite prominent. However, it is a pleasant level. Be sure to try it out ;)

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Woc (102) - BELGIUM - AUG 19, 2016
Fruity aroma, dark brown color, nice beige head. I like it, it is very strong but you cannot sense the alcohol. But I got drunk after one.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fakebeersnob (320) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - AUG 15, 2016
I will have to try this one again, and get better tasting notes. I was out with family in a crowded small bar when I got this. I just remember it was one of my all time favorite beers.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
xik (12) - FRANCE - AUG 14, 2016
Tout d’abord l’apparence est superbe, mousse dense et ambrée et une couleur de caramel avec des magnifiques reflets rouges. Des arômes subtils et équilibrés avec un note de fruits trop murs très agréable. légère pointe de réglisse à l’attaque mais qui heureusement disparait très vite. Très onctueuse en bouche avec un goût est équilibré, tirant tout de même plus sur l’amer que le sucré, amateur de bière "bubblegum" s’abstenir. Bref une bière magnifique, seul reproche, son coté tellement parfait qui lui fait perdre un poil de personnalité.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Billisonvacation (2) - Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2016 does not count
This is a favorite beer. It just works. It is on the expensive side but well worth a try. It’s considered one of the best and it is the best.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FireGlider (430) - Zagreb, CROATIA - AUG 9, 2016
Pours fizzy amber/dark brown with big forthy brownish head. Malty aroma, raisins, dried fruits. Sweet taste with light malty bitter aftertaste. Nice quadrupel, balanced and not too strong flavours.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
puredelusion (256) - Lviv, UKRAINE - AUG 5, 2016
0.33 bottle, Pours dark brown color with high, mostly lasting off-white head. Aroma of fruits, flowers, yeast. Flavor is medium sweet, medium bitter, fruity, alcoholic. Finish is medium long and decent alcoholic warmth. Medium body, average carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
buddybutch (50) - Nantes, FRANCE - AUG 5, 2016
Bottle. I have to tell that this review is reflecting the fact that I think the bottle had a problem, cause it was flat, tasteless, like sour water, some kind of alcoholic water. Some flavour. Funny thing is that this bad bottle was better than most good conditioned other brand beers! ^^


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