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


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RATINGS: 3982   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hoplover66 (40) - SPAIN - MAR 21, 2015
Color marrón oscuro, espuma compacta y persistente. Aroma de maltas, levadura, frutas maduras. Sabor maltoso dulce, licor y fruta madura. Cuerpo y carbonatación medios. Final dulce. Muy buena Abt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KoNrRiI (683) - Århus, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2015
0.33 bottle. Very dark, brown color and a large, off-white head. Aroma of malts, yeasts, overripe fruits, some ash, raisins, and delicate alcohol. Sweet taste of malts, caramel, fruity bitterness, and spices. Medium to full body, slick texture, and average carbonation. Finish is more roasted though generally follows the taste - a molasses-like bitterness lingers. Overall a good beer but has perceptible flaws.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 5/20
turbidwater (3) - - MAR 20, 2015 does not count
This came off rather sweet, but with a sickly sour second note. The beer is smooth and pretty, but has a slightly off taste. I tried downing a handful of dried cranberries to adjust my tastebuds, which improved the flavor of the beer, taking out the unpleasant sickly sweet. Afterwards it tasted like a good quad, but without much complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StilleStorm (1001) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAR 19, 2015
DWF; MAR 14. Bottle, Magnum Edition 2014, 1,5 L. corked. A unique collector’s item.. hmm. Pours large, dark brown with a large frothy to creamy, lacing, moderate lasting tan head. Aroma is heavy malt, caramel, yeast and nuts, moderate overripe fruit, light ash, grass, alchol and spice. Taste is moderate to heavy sweet, light to moderate bitter with a lasting, warming, roasted finish. Body is medium, texture is oily to silky, carbonation is avarage.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MadRobin (2260) - Silver Spring, USA - MAR 18, 2015
Poured from 330ml bottle after cellaring for four years. Clear, dark reddish brown with significant suspended dark sediment. Even more sediment was left in the bottom of the bottle. It had a 1-finger pastel yellow head and very good lacing. Intense raisin aroma with other dark fruit, toffee, apple, pear, vanilla and yeast. Taste of dates, raisins, black figs, apples, cloves, spices, vanilla, toffee and dark malt. The sediment does not seem to have hurt the flavor or the mouthfeel. Medium body and high carbonization. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mikkvoika (125) - ESTONIA - MAR 14, 2015
Bottle 0,33l. Pours hazy brown color with frothy beige head. Aroma raisins, fruity, sweet. Taste light toast, caramel, almonds. Medium body, oily feel, creamy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mr_Pink_152 (1554) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2015
330ml bottle from beer gonzo. Typical Belgian beer aroma. Taste stewed fruit and malty yeastiness. Great beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nordic (134) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAR 13, 2015
Bottle @ Koht, Tallinn. Dark amber color, medium head. Well balanced taste. Caramel, bread and yeasty aroma. Drinks like a good wine. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonotono (74) - torino, ITALY - MAR 10, 2015
Colore marrone, schiuma molto abbondante, marroncina. Odore molto ricco, dolce, caramello, frutta matura, fichi, banana, fruttatissimo e alcoolico. Sapore dolce, fruttato, maltoso e caramelloso. Finale aspro, piuttosto che amaro, e ancora fruttato. Alcool abbastanza nascosto. Sapori dolci predominanti.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
taunusmies (335) - FINLAND - MAR 8, 2015
Dark brown colour, thick creamy head. Strong full-bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Taste is a combination of sweetness and bitterness. Caramelly malts with notes of raisin, licorice, spices, cherries.

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