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

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RATINGS: 4176   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tekstr1der (289) - New Hampshire, USA - JAN 26, 2016
All-around fantastic stuff. Pours a clear garnet with lasting, clingy finger of foam - it’s purty. Aromas of yeast, bread, candi sugar, dark fruits abound. Flavor is similar with raisins and prunes in the foreground and mild spice and yeasty esters behind. While slightly sweet, it’s never cloying. Very balanced brew and finishes quite clean.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
demannu (281) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2016
Deep copper brown color with a slightly off white head, no lacing. Aims is fruity and has a wine like character to it. Wine character carries over to the flavor. Malty and sweet with some sour and bitter notes mixed. Very complex and delicious. Full body, good carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Saeglopur (1434) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - JAN 25, 2016
330 ml bottle bought 2014, bb 19.04.2018.
Copper-brown body, with a big, fluffy, a bit lacing, light beige head.
Aroma of brown sugar, milk chocolate, dried fruits, berries, apples, some toast, slight spices.
Taste follows this, but fuller, with subtle alcohol.
Medium, creamy mouthfeel, with a moderate carbonation.
Finishes smooth, warm, medium sweet, a bit dry, a bit fruity, slightly toasty, with some caramel.

Very nice, although I was expecting even a bit more. Drinks really smooth though, with a very well hidden alcohol and an interesting combination of the typical sugary and fruity notes, with some untypical toasty notes. Overall I was hoping for an equally good beer to the Westy 12, but independend of the hype I consider the latter quite superior to this, while this is also a really enjoyable beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
janubio (587) - SPAIN - JAN 23, 2016
Dark brown colour, with a two fingers off white head that fades leaving a ring and a great lace. Smell of dark fruits, raisins, prunes, spices. Medium to full body,, good carbonartion, thick palate. Taste of prunes, figs, raisins, spices, cinnamon, chocolate. Supposedly, they use the original Westvleteren yeast.and they have the recipe, since Westvletern was made at this abbey long ago. Just as good or almost as Westvleteren, and cheaper.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Percy0103 (360) - MEXICO - JAN 21, 2016
Bottle, 330ml. A dark reddish beer with a medium size head. Aroma is of belgian yeast, alcohol, spices, caramel and dried fruits. Very complex with a strong belgian character. Taste is bitter with some carbonation and considerable astringency. Double aftertaste full of spices and belgian yeast. Superb!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sdaniel90 (637) - Mexico City, MEXICO - JAN 21, 2016
Bottle, 33cl. Opaque dark brown with a frothy to minimal tan head. Aromas of dried fruits, caramel, brown sugar, spices, alcohol. Robust bodied with moderate to fizzy carbonation. Well balanced sweetness and bitterness, with a deep malty and fruity character and a complex bitter finish. Excellent.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Moebbels (613) - FINLAND - JAN 21, 2016
A clear dark amber body with a khaki-coloured foam that quickly settles down to rafts on the surface of the beer. Nose has sweet notes of caramel, butterscotch, spices and Taste is sweet with some coffee and cocoa bean-like notes and a lingering bitter finish. Lively carbonation and rich palate. Quite a nice warming beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nazbion (196) - Tübingen, GERMANY - JAN 20, 2016
Pours dark brown with persistent and creamy beige head. Aroma of grapes, dark fruits, yeast, spices, earth. Taste is wine-like, sweet, light sour, light bitter. Full bodied, average carbonation, alcohol well inserted. A great classic.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kingaugusta (157) - Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2016
Pours hazy copper with off white head. Nose is brown sugar and candy tempered with yeast and a little spice. Flavor is a delicious blend of the elements in the nose with a good bite of carbonation. Would love to try this aged. Great beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zenkis (747) - Ogre, LATVIA - JAN 18, 2016
Very fruity, red-dark berries estery in aroma, not so sharp mouthfeel as Belgian strongs might be. Mild, balanced flavor, if cold- no booze on nose. Beige soapy top, huge but disappears fast. Didn’t catch that peppery sharpness nor sugary sourness at the end. Thick bodied.


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