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

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RATINGS: 4065   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Chrisco88 (9) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Appearance: Pours a murky deep brown (borderline black). An inch or so of off-white, foamy head lasts a good while, so long in fact that it was a bit annoying. The head is quite dense and frothy. Aroma: Not very aromatic due to the massive, thick head. With some swirling and settling I caught a little bit of the dark fruit notes. Smells a bit like dry champagne to me, maybe a touch of alcohol. Taste: What a complex beer we have here! First hit with dark fruit flavors, reminded me of red wine so I thought maybe grapes, currants, cherries or plums. I get a slight taste of some malts in there but the carbonation really brings out the fruit above all else. Not much bitterness if any. Aftertaste dominated by a dry alcoholic taste. Palate: Good effervescence makes for a crisp, dry finish but overall the beer goes down smooth and is perfectly balanced in the mouth. Overall: Definitely a new favorite, excellent Belgian ale in every way. The interesting esters and hints of malt combined with the ability to hide an ABV of 10% make this a deceptively drinkable brew. By all means grab a bottle and find out for yourself, a glass or two later and you’ll be damn satisfied- and DRUNK!


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RafeAU (423) - Kingston, AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2015
750 ml cork bottle from Plonk. Pour dark deep red almost black, lasting head. Dried fruit aroma, malt, some yeast ester fruitiness, all classic for the belgian dark strongs. Mild sweetness and dry moderately bitter finish. High carbonation, medium body. Mild warming alcohol finish. Excellent.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gonzin (24) - ARGENTINA - AUG 27, 2015
Comprada en botella 330ml. en Whole Foods, Union Square, NY. Cuadrupel belga, tono amarronado, mucho cuerpo, poca espuma. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
punkska101 (1253) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 27, 2015
Bottle from saq A: licorice, caramel, raisins, dark fruits, brown sugar dates app: hazy brown orange small white head some lacing. T/p: full body with moderate long sweet finish. Moderate high carbonation. O: a thing of beauty. All the different levels of sugars/aromas makes for an awesome brew.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
klm1 (508) - - AUG 22, 2015
This quad is a "little brother of the most famous Westvletern 12, with the same hops, same yeast and the same malts, but with much different character: Pours dark purple haze colour, with tiny creamy, unstable of-white head. Aroma with mild-low notice of an alcohol, and with strong presence of caramel, candy sugar, grape (muscat), port wine and cloves. Flavor is similar: alcohol is medium noticable, with taste like port wine. Also are detectable malt notes of caramel, candy sugar, with hints of grape, dried fruits, especially plums, and with some spices, like coriander and cloves. Malt sweetnees is high, hop bitterness is low, body is soft, and sticky, finish is also sticky. Very good quad, but still not in the same rang as Westvleteren 12 and Rochefort 10.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Echon (62) - Århus, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2015 Beertasting. Bottle, 75 cl. Dark amber body with a frothy head. Sweet and fruity aroma. Sweet taste. Wonderful quadrupel.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrjez (86) - Osaka, JAPAN - AUG 18, 2015
Fresh bottle from Craft Beer Base. L: pours a very dark red, mahogany, with a huge fluffy tan head that takes ages to settle and leaves nice lacing. S: a champagne whiff, with dark fruits and citrus beneath. T: Rich and complex, slightly boozy. Made to be sipped. F: awesome mouthfeel, creamy at the start, full-bodied, nicely carbonated, and a lovely warmth running long. O: World-class, delicious, a wonderful quad.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cokolwiek11 (142) - - AUG 16, 2015
brown cloudy beer, minimal creamy head Aroma: sweet fruits, biscuits, hint of chocolate, this specific quadrupel esters, almost like a bubble gum. taste: medium to high sweetness. Flavours similiar as in aroma. Palate: medium to full body, dry alcohol on finish. Low to medium saturation. Overall: good, sweet, really pleasant beer. Altough Rochefort 10 was way better, St Bernardus 12 is flatter in aroma and taste, and lower carbonated. Also seems to be way more sweet.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Paladares (102) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 10, 2015
Botella. Color café. Casi opaca. No demasiada espuma No mucho aroma. Pasas y caramelo principalmente En boca, mucho cuerpo. Muy equilibrada en todos los sentidos. El alcohol disimulado, sólo se nota más al final. De cualquier modo esperaba más matices para su fama.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shoulderbroken (2832) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 9, 2015
Bottle from 2011. Can’t believe I’ve never rated this! Maybe not the most representative drinking though. Aroma is a bit more boozy than a fresh one. Rich and fruity. Taste is similar but also has that yeasty malty ovaltine thing that I’d expect. Very easy drinking with a little spritziness at the start then a long fading finish. Little booze burn but very nice stuff.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NateH10s (33) - BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2015
33cl bottle in chalice A: ruddy dark Amber brown with thick very fine cream head A: sweet malty, caramel, banana, grass T: lightly sweet, nutty, medium bitter, salty P: medium body, quick short flavor, creamy almost oily, warming, lively carbonation O: pleasant and similar to a Westy but not as full bodied. Still a mighty fine Abbey ale


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