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

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RATINGS: 4045   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBHansen (405) - Køge, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2015
Draught @ taphouse w friends/ ancient DTU. Appearance: pours clear reddish brown with ok off-white creamy head and lacing. aroma/taste: caramel, brown sugar, spices (anise?), chocolate, banana hints and some dark fruits. palette: strong malty and fruity aroma, average carbonation, medium to full body, distinct sweetness, not quite balanced by a medium bitterness, medium to long duration and an oily texture. Overall: tasteful quardrupel

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Achel (175) - GREECE - JUL 11, 2015
Pours deep brown with small sediments floating around. Off-white creamy head. Aroma of dried fruit, slight caramel and roasted notes. Flavour is chocolate, dried fruit, caramel sweet and slight bitter. Doesn’t hit the same smooth balance as Westie 12. Nice but not perfect

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
karpik (240) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - JUL 11, 2015
Aroma of caramel, toffee, spices, raisins. Pours brown with beige head, unfortunately not stable. Taste is balanced between sweetness and sourness with caramel, spices, fruits and wine. Bitterness is low. Overall very nice quadrupel but not delightful. I think I drunk it too fresh, so I will keep a couple of bottles for aging.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryanhunter_4 (106) - La Crete, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 10, 2015
12 oz. bottle poured at my brother’s house in Methuen, MA. This is a complex beer with a lot going on (and it all seems to work) but i’ll do my best. Pours a cloudy reddish brown with some sediment. The beige head was pillowy but died quickly and left no lacing. I poured this beer when it was too cold so I didn’t get a lot of aroma at first but after I let it sit awhile I got cherries and red wine smells. Taste is hard to describe; good but hard to describe. There is an alcohol taste and some carbonation, along with cherries and spice of some sort. It has a hoppy, malty aftertaste and a nice slight bitter finish. This is a very drinkable beer; the more I taste it, the more I like it.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thekrzi (2) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 4, 2015 does not count
This is an overall great beer and enjoyed it thoroughly. It is quite hard to find in New York City however. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fidemaster (288) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2015
Smells like fruits and nuts. Has a dark ruby color. Has a taste of cherries, figs, plums, mixed with a port wine. Later you get a taste of oak, combined with some hops. It has a bitter finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bawelt (72) - Lyon, FRANCE - JUN 29, 2015
Un top du top. Très dure à définir. On est sur des notes épicées et typées genre Chimay bleue. L’alcool est très présent : ne pas hésiter à la laisser reposer une dizaine de minutes dans un verre calice pour que l’alcool se calme et les arômes se révèlent. Limiter la mousse : elle n’en a pas besoin. Déguster en mangeant quelque chose de fort en goût : bourguignon, gibier etc... Chaque gorgée a quelque chose à faire découvrir.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
llucmaduell (39) - barcelona, SPAIN - JUN 28, 2015
Maybe it’s the beer and good quality-adjusted price. Imprecindible beer, fantastic, balanced round that l’acabes you have a nice feeling fantastic. A cerversa to enjoy life in peace. All equal!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
degbert (1367) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2015
Bottle. Excuse me, could I have my beer back? Someone stole it and left me with a glass of head. Now, that said...Pours a clear red-brown with a very, very high light brown head; extremely creamy, extremely lacy, and very very solid. Looks like you could walk on it. On the palate, it’s a bakery gone wild; dark fruit. spice, vanilla, and yeasty notes. Finish is long and sweet. Darn Belgians. They’re too good at this.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
alex_leit (497) - Minsk, BELARUS - JUN 25, 2015
0,33 bottle. Muddy, brown beer with a noisy beige foam. Aroma: strong, wine, sweetness of caramel and toffee, dried fruits and higher esters.Taste: port wine mixed with toffee, caramel, dried fruits, spices, candy sugar, brandy. Great beer!


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