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

bottled
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common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3633   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.


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
paul9639 (116) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 22, 2005
amazing beer. Pours dark amber with a nice staying head. The aroma is malty goodness, with a hint of banana. The alcohol is slightly present, but in a good way. The flavor is malts, chocolate/toffee, and fruit. Well crafted beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2005 Re-rate. My my i cant beleive i had this so low before, what a beer, appearance is something to watch forever. Aroma and flavour have the great dark fruit, yeasty, sweet, malty, general amazing goodness that i love about belgiun beers. I like this the way it is and ppl say its one to age so maybe if i can contol myself it is one to age for a while. But give me more first!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Bottle: Pours a deep amber color with a large rocky sustaining tan head. Aroma is all over the place with lots of dark dried fruits, earthiness, and some candy notes. Flavor is very big, chocolate and faint roasted malts, sweet sugary malts (caramel and toffee) and raisens. A lighter mouthfeel, and still the alcohol is barely recognizable.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HogTownHarry (5984) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2006 Bottle (330ml) At Volo. Very fine slightly mocha looking head - quite lively, dark specks like fine-ground cinnamon. Not much lacing. Light but very appealing aroma with cloves, some alcohol, sweet malt, bar chocolate. Colour is cloudy medium copper. Taste is ... mild but complex, follows the nose, but not at all alcohol-overwhelming - itís there, but under control. Refreshing and slightly sweet. One of the best ABT 12ís Iíve had - not quite to Westvlerteren 12 or the Rochefort 10, but close.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sregnar35 (951) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUN 16, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2005 Great, full bodied, fruity belgian beer. Lots of things all going on at once with this beer, very enjoyable. I have since had this on tap at Mahars. All I can say is wow, unbelievable.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kepano (245) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 14, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2006 Delicious but very complex and difficult to analyze. It poured a rich brown with reddish highlights and a large frothy head. The nose was spicy and floral but not nearly as powerful as its mouthfeel. The high alcohol content (10%) came through very clearly to me. The flavor was malty and tart with undertones of caramel and plums. The finish was amazing, starting with a harsh bitterness that slowly mellows out into a very smooth creamy and sweet taste on the back of your tongue. I took long breaks between each sip to really appreciate that final evolution.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
2philosophers (16) - Ridgewood, New York, USA - JUN 13, 2005
Nice dark brown color with a contrasting white head. It gives off a wonderful fruity aroma. Fruits and caramel are the flavors that come through. No alcohol flavor in this beer despite the hight alcohol content. One of my favorite Quads.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 13, 2005
Bottle. Pours dark caramel color with large off white head. Nose is sweet plums and caramel. Mouth is medium body, bitter, with an alcohol warmth delay.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUN 8, 2005
Bottle. Nice opaque brown/black pour with a think white head. Nice fruity spicy aroma, with some spicy yeast. Big mouth full of dark sweet malts and lots of dark druits - dates, plums, prunes, and surprisingly little peppery alcohol (well hidden). Very nice quad

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ceejmomeechmo (58) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2005
Bottle. Pours an opaque brown with a thick off white head. The head dissolved nicely leaving good lacing. I also picked up on a fair ammount of carbonation. Aromas were of yeast, floral notes and a hint of pineapple/ fruit. Flavor was malty and sweet up front, with fruity sugar flavors lingering on. I thought the mouthfeel was suprisingly full, and the alcohol was masked quite well. Overall very enjoyable.


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