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

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RATINGS: 3934   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lello4ever (103) - ITALY - FEB 13, 2015
Questa celebre quadrupel non stecca mai, al top della sua categoria. Si presenta marrone scuro con buona schiuma bianca e di media persistenza. Al naso dolce e profumata, malto evidentissimo. Risplende al palato con i suoi sapori di caramello e frutta, con un finale alcolico grazie al corpo deciso dato dai 10%. Abbastanza frizzante per il suo stile, la bottiglia in esame in particolare aveva una notevole quantità di lievito sospeso come si vede. Eccellente e immancabile tra le grandi birre d’abbazia belghe.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DarkSong (315) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - FEB 8, 2015
It pours a brown color with a massive long lasting off white head. It has the aroma of dried fruit. bread, nuts, leather and earth. It tastes like bread, raisins, leather, barnyard flavors and Belgian yeast. This beer is absolutely wonderful. Sinful and divine at the same time. I’m so glad I bought this beer. I could drink this over and over again.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lowysthename (3) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 17, 2015 does not count
A personal favourite of mine. Pours dark brown with a creamy head. Heavy dark fruit aroma with a hint of malt. Complex flavours of caramel, figs and earthy malts. Very full and rich body, nicely balanced with a smooth finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thorongil2 (1432) - , Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2015
(bottle) clear, deep amber colour with a medium tall, beige head; aroma of cereal, then honey; balaced, intense flavour with a long, light bitter finish

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FunkyF (215) - Örebro, SWEDEN - FEB 14, 2015
Flaska från Saveur-biere. Mörkt brun med beige skum. Söt doft med inslag av jord och frukt. Söt med lite choklad och en del beska.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pedrens (64) - SPAIN - FEB 13, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2015 Color marrón rojizo oscuro. Espuma beige jabonosa poco persistente. Aromas a frutas maduras, levadura malta. En boca es dulce y amarga a partes iguales, sabores frutales y a levadura con final mas afrutado...a cerezas kizas termina mas amarga con matices mas malteados y a levadura. Redonda en textura y aceitosa..carbonatacion media.el alcohol no se nota nada. Buena Birras...muy redonda.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wixie (90) - BELGIUM - FEB 15, 2015
Dark, large head. Aroma of hops. Full body, average carbonation. Taste is sweet and bitter.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lukasmh (284) - Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2015
Bottle. Pours a clear deep amber with loads of big yeast sediment, bvdr, and big creamy thick dense head. Aroma is kind of malty, not really sweet but some candied sugar. Only slight belgian yeast and esteres. Some booze. Taste is raisins, caramel, malty finish. A bit one dimensional. And candied sugar with big creamy body and relative high carbonation. Some warming alcohol. Think this one was off.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
growler6 (23) - USA - FEB 11, 2015
Dried fruit right is spot on, some chocolate and caramel with just enough yeastiness and bitterness to compliment. Alcohol (hard to believe it’s 10%) is faint but warming. Bubbly throughout, surprising light and clean finish for a brown ale. One of my favorites and also a great winter warmer.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rotaman14 (235) - Potsdam, GERMANY - FEB 19, 2015
Dark amber colour, beige head diminishes fast. Sweet aroma of malts, dark fruit. Taste is sweet, spicy, notes of plums and bubblegum. Aftertaste has this bubblegum note again. Almost no bitterness. Full, creamy, rich body. I can see why this is so famous.


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