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

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RATINGS: 3815   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrewTom (277) - - OCT 11, 2014
Smells of strawberries & cognac. starts off fruity (apricots, peaches) then there is pause before a sweet, raisin finish. This beer should be more famous than it is (maybe the dates packaging doesn't help...), a Belgium classic. Rated by BrewTom

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (2712) - Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2014
750 ml bottle into signature chalice, best before 6/1/2017. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, and reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, date, cherry, toast, toffee, brown bread, brown sugar, clove, pepper, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, date, cherry, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, clove, pepper, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, date, cherry, toast, toffee, brown bread, brown sugar, clove, pepper, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great crisp malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and lightly slick/creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible Quadrupel style. All around fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. An insanely delicious offering as expected.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sjorsvdg (77) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 10, 2014
Een rijk, warm en uitgebalanceerd bier. De smaken zijn in harmonie. Het ’zusje’ van de Westvleteren 12.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pacool (39) - - OCT 10, 2014
Ciemny kolor, przyjemny lekko słodkawy smak. Z każdym łykiem bardziej do siebie przekonuje. Warto spóbować, warto.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
stetroi (1) - ITALY - OCT 10, 2014 does not count
coffee, smoke, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, creamy, caramel, black, soft carbonation,

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Carlisle (62) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2014
Bottle. Dark, opaque brown in color; creamy, tan head. Grape, plum aroma. Grape, plum, and alcohol up front; slight hints of chocolate. Long, fruity finish. Excellent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
adamnowek (146) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2014
Easily one of the best beers I’ve ever put in my mouth and certainly a lot more affordable and accessible than the Westvleteren 12. A mix of sour and sweet, slightly dry at the end. Wonderfully balanced.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gandalf39 (48) - - OCT 7, 2014
Beaucoup trop l’arôme et le gout de sucre rapadura. La bouche est floteuse et rien d’exeptionelle se dégage de cette bière. Sa réputation est très surfaite. Elle n’a rien à voir avec la Westvleten.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leini (848) - SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2014
Sample @ a tasting event. Brown body with a medium head. Dried dark fruits, sugar, caramel and spices. Nice one.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
melush (895) - SPAIN - OCT 5, 2014
Botella de 33 cl, adquirida en Cerveceria Internacional. Color marron. Sabor a levadura, a malta, ligeramente a caramelo, alcohol, muy ligeramente a chocolate.


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