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


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RATINGS: 3634   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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The absolute top quality in the hierarchy of the St. Bernardus beers. It is also the beer with the highest alcohol content (10.50 %). A dark ivory coloured beer with a high fermentation. The show piece of the brewery. Thanks to its soft and unconditionally genuine aroma, the beer can be smoothly tasted. The Abt has a very fruity flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (9036) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 1, 2006
11.2 oz bottle poured a cloudyreddish brown with a large rocky amber head. Aromas of dark fruit, spices, brown sugar and a hint of bubblegum. Palate was full bodied and smooth. Flavors of dates, raisins, brown sugar and spices with a sweet lingering finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2006
On tap at The Map Room. Pours dark brown with amber hues and an off-white head. Dark fruits such as plums, dates, raisins, etc. Some traces of banana also. Everything just seems to be dialed down. The high ABV shows itself a bit more as it warms.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mckstud2 (3) - USA - MAY 28, 2006 does not count
Excellent brew and I’m generally not one for darker beers. I would reccomend letting it warm after having it both chilled and room temp.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MagooinPA (100) - Warminster, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2006
Had this at Monk’s in Philly in the 11.2 bottle. Monks advertised this as being on draft but didn’t have it other than in the bottle. It was as good as advertised. The waitress advised that I let it sit for 15min and her advice paid off. Very complex beer and no harshness from the high alcohol. One of the best beers I ever had. I wish I could try it from the tap!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beaver (1221) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2006 11.2 oz bottle, best before 7/23/10. Pours a reddish brown with a big fizzy head that quickly dissipates.

The aroma is sweet dark fruits, fusel alcohol and some bitterness. It becomes a bit more pleasant as it warms.

The flavor is some sweet and sugary dark fruit with a lot of belly-warming strong alcohol. As it warms, more fruitiness and a slightly bitter, bready yeastiness comes out to balance the alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium with some harsh carbonation.

Overall, a bit of a disappointment. I let this sit for about 15-20 minutes before starting, but it was still a bit harsh at the beginning. As it warmed, it became much better. You can definitely tell all of this breweries’ beers are related. Decent stuff, but not all that in my book.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
restless7 (104) - Lenexa, Kansas, USA - MAY 27, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2008 I don’t know about fruity but this brew is spectacular! Rich head and body, extremely subtle alcohol flavor. Gorgeous brew. I’d marry it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 24, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2006 More malt and fruit aromas and flavors than you will know what to do with. This beer is superb. Go out and buy it. Now. Go. Leave your shoes. Just go.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GG (2019) - NorCal, California, USA - MAY 22, 2006
This is one of those beers that does live up to the hype. Extraordinary beer here (I know, not really a news flash). Nothing to be said that hasn’t already been stated. Very complex, hides the alcohol very well. It’s simply one of the best made beers out there and if you are lucky enough to land some then you should.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Lots of fruit with hints of spice. Super smooth, the ABV is not noticed at all but still leaves a nice warmth in the belly. I can see why this is one of the top beers, excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hobgoblin (163) - St-Épiphane, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2006
Bottle. at L’estaminet. Served too cold. Dark brown color and nice head and particules. Dark fruits aroma. Taste of dark fruits, nice mouthfell and nice caramel touch, alcohol is not overwhelming, very nice. Bière de couleur brun foncé avec un bon collet et des particules dans sa robe. Odeur de fruits sauvages. Gout de fruits sauvages, ronde en bouche avec un bon gout de caramel. Malheureusement, elle était beaucoup trop froides et je n’ai pu l’apprécier pleinement

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