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

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RATINGS: 4262   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALIBALI (360) - Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, GERMANY - JUN 30, 2016
LOVELY/HOT STUFF/RUND/MALZBOMBE/FRUCHT/FETT/ALLMÄCHTIG/MY BEER!!!!! 0,1 vom Fass für einen Jetson beim ZYTHOS BEER FESTIVAL 2016 in Leuven.

4.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Slautar (443) - Gdañsk, POLAND - JUN 29, 2016
Labeerynt 14.06.2016. W aromacie suszone owoce, karmel, wanilia a wszystko to na słodko z lekko winnym akcentem – ładnie ale mało, naprawdę mało, intensywnie. Natomiast smak to aromat do sześcianu, majstersztyk, arcydzieło – słodki, treściwy, aksamitny nektar z delikatną niemal niezauważalną goryczką. Niesamowicie dobre piwo.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alteregoo (752) - POLAND - JUN 28, 2016
Piana dość obfita, średnio i grubo pęcherzykowa, szybko opadająca do pierzynki. Barwa rubinowa, opalizująca. W aromacie słodko, przede wszystkim cała masa owoców kandyzowanych i suszonych, winogron, karmelu, przypraw, a nawet wanilii, porto, sherry... W smaku podobnie, spora słodycz o profilu rodzynek, daktyli, likieru waniliowego i miodu gryczanego. W posmaku lekka pikantność, fenolowość, do tego niska, ziołowa goryczka, delikatne rozgrzewanie od perfekcyjnie ukrytego alkoholu... Wysycenie średnie, drobniutkie, w odczuciu treściwe, wyklejające, może nie gęste, ale pełne i gładkie.
wietny Quadrupel, minimalnie może za słodki, tudzież odrobinę za niska goryczka, przez co sprawia wrażenie delikatnie niezbalansowanego, ale i tak jest klasa.
Ps.
Piwo leżakowało u mnie dokładnie rok - możliwe, że świeże jest mniej słodkie, bardziej estrowe (brzoskwinie, morele itp)...

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jultsu (594) - TAMPERE, FINLAND - JUN 25, 2016
BBE 14.06.17, säilytetty kellarissa vähintään 2 vuotta. 75cl pullo. Ruskea, sameahko, kotikaljamainen, olematon vaahto. Makea rusinainen alkoholin huumaava tuoksu. Liukas, alkoholin luumuinen, jälkiruokamaisen makea, poltteleva, suussasulava, aromaattinen suutuntuma. Kiva quadi, jää kuitenkin vähän yksinuottiseksi ja valjuksi suussa.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kacperred (184) - Gdañsk, POLAND - JUN 20, 2016
Kran. Barwa ciemnobrązowa, prześwity pod światło, piana biała, niska, szybko opada. Aromat bogaty, przyprawowo-korzenny podparty karmelową podbudową słodową, lekkie aromaty chmielowe, lecz nie dominują. W smaku nuty razowego chleba, rodzynek i suszonych owoców. Ogólnie - bardzo złożone, lecz trochę mało wyraziste. Na plus świetnie ukryty alkohol.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Peb (40) - BELGIUM - JUN 16, 2016
Très bonne bière. Nez un peu fermé. Bouche ronde sucrée. Notes amères. Finale un peu courte. Complexe mais manque un peu de développement.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdolfoCC (130) - Veracruz, Veracruz, MEXICO - JUN 16, 2016
APARIENCIA: de color marrón intenso con algunos destellos rojizos a contraluz, media baja actividad de carbonatación; corona de espuma color beige, copiosa y mediana retención, con burbujas compactas y abiertas. AROMA: destacan las notas a azúcar no procesado, caramelo, ligeramente toffee, frutos oscuros muy maduros como ciruelas, dátiles, pasas, algunos frutos rojos, se percibe ligeramente lo especiado característico de la levadura belga, el alcohol se alcanza a percibir pero no es agresivo. SABOR: el paladar sigue al aroma; al tocar el líquido la bocadestaca el azúcar no procesado, caramelo y toffee ligeramente seguido de los frutos oscuros madura, destacan las ciruelas además de dátiles y pasas, frutos rojos y muy sutilmente algunas notas características especiadas de la levadura; el retrogusto un amargor medio a ligero casi seco y con persistencia ligera del dulzor, no astringente. SENSACIÓN: cuerpo medio ligero con mediana a baja carbonatación. Se siente el alcohol en boca ligeramente y en garganta sólo como una sensación calurosa al pasar el líquido. RESUMEN: una buena cerveza de acuerdo al estilo.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PowY (99) - - JUN 11, 2016
330 ml bottle. Pours dark copper with a beige head. Mild aroma of breadish malt and yeast. Full oily body with very soft carbonation. The intense taste is rather sweet and long lasting with some alcohol in the finish. Moderately malty, some caramel and honey, dried fruits. Good beer but not exceptional.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Demens (161) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUN 9, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2016 0,33l bottle. Dark brown colour with quickly disappering beige head. Aroma: Chocolate, leather, nuts, caramel, notes of dark fruits. Taste: Oh my god! Sweet malty start but with dozen of taste. (toffee, wine, nuts, dark fruits) Almost no bitterness. Full bodied with surprisingly lively carbonation. Very warming feel. Very pleasent light sweet finish. I drunk it in a relatively cold temperature maybe a bit warmer would show more aroma and taste. Amazing quad anyway.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gwiazd0r (3) - sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 3, 2016 does not count
Great beer. Have it any day. Nice aroma ant great on palate. Taste just great hiding high alkohol well. Drink it anytime


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