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


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RATINGS: 3811   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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
whitecap (289) - Toronto, Ontario, - DEC 2, 2011
Bottle at BarVolo. aroma of dark fruits and malt. flavour of malt caramel and some fruits. Only complaint is the flavour/aroma could be more pronounced?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ej (752) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - OCT 25, 2014
Pours a murky dark brownish with a tan head that leaves plenty of lacings. Aroma of fruity banana esters, sweet candy and lightly toasted malts. Hints of vanilla, and dried fruits. Taste is sweet but not overly, lots of fruityness here, some candy and finishes with an ever so lightly bitter note. Full bodied with a thick and somewhat fizzy feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
remice2 (24) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2014
Première critique depuis l’échec total de la perte de mots de passe, tout recommencer à zéro! Grosse quadruple de st bernardus toujours aussi délicieuse! Arômes de dates,prunes..mures sauvages fruits rouge confits, quelques traces de caramel suivis de vanille timide mais présente. Au gouts c’est extrêmement bien balancé,belle chaleur d’alcool pétillement délicats, soyeuse légèrement liquoreuse mais pas trop sucré,arrière gouts terreux et joliment boisé.Se boit très facilement et c’est tant mieux.(a faire des réserves pour l’automne-hiver). Trop bonne!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Inbreak (2194) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - OCT 25, 2014
Old rating rertated 22.10.2014, 0,33l bottle shared with a colleague @ hotel room in Ulsteinvik:
Nice slightly fizzy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly sweet, candied sugar, dried dark fruits, yeast, grass, caramel malts, flowers, alcohol, banana. Taste is slightly harsh boozy, grass, sugar, alcohol, burnt caramel, harsh yeast, almond essence, caramel malts, paper, dried dark fruits. Medium bitterness, slightly dry and harsh mouthfeel. Fair enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mjik83 (169) - - OCT 24, 2014
33cl flesje via Jumbo, Maastricht Alcoholpercentage van 10% Uitgeschonken in Grimbergen glas Uiterlijk: donkerbruin met dikke witte schuimkraag Aroma en smaak: rozijnen, donker fruit, caramel, zoetbitter Conclusie: bekend abdijbier, lekker in de donkere dagen van het jaar, warm ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerkenstock (49) - - OCT 24, 2014
Drink cool, 10-12°C Eye: Pours a dark brown colour with a slwly dissipating white to beige head. low carbonation though. Nose: dark malts chocolate, sweets. Mouth: reminds me a bit of a straffe hendrik at first. lots of dark chocolate malts, not so much coffee, sweets, dark fruit, sweet but not too much. Palate: chocolate and dark dried fruit. Overall: nice belgian beer but definitely not the most complex.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
gregorymconway (91) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2014
750ml bottle from the LCBO. Huge foamy off-white head on top of a deep-dark ruby red/brown brown that’s almost black and opaque. Aromas are really what sets this beer apart as one of the 100 percentile: it has some wine-like qualities, some alcohol is present on the nose, black licorice, cherry, wet wood, plum, cocoa, raisin and some vanilla. It has an elevated alcohol presence, however it is well integrated to seem lesser than what is actually there. It is smooth and almost creamy for it’s full-bodied nature.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (5983) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
"one of the better early Belgians. The mouthfeel and flavor would maybe get a higher score, but the yeast takes the carbonation too high for me, and really gives it a flavor common to many Belgians...not a bad thing, but not completely unique either. Good, but a little overrated? 3/09 - had with the Rochefort line-up and while it wasn’t as good in my mind as the 10, it did ok. the abv is more noticeable and takes away from the feel and flavor, compared to the 10-not as smooth and a little more harsh and spicy, but still good. same scores."

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
UrbanCaveman (16) - Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2014
On tap at Beer House in Lombard, IL. A: Arrived in the snifter as a deep, hazy cherrywood hue, with a lovely thick head that fell quickly into a white cap and left crazy lacing on the snifter. S: Malt candy, for lack of a better term. Sweet bready caramel sugars, wreathed through with raisin and plum notes, and something that reminds me of an oaken single malt scotch barrel. T: Oh, that is glorious. Malt candy, indeed - yeasty caramel sweetness right up front, uncut by any hoppy notes. Raisin, plum, cherry, and fig notes writhe through this delicious beer, with some faint woody-oaky echoes. The finish is pure Belgian yeast, with a boozy warmth and some echoes of fruit and sugar. M: Liquid silk, coating and clinging to every surface of mouth and throat, like drinking molten butter with more flavor. O: Just a fantastic and wonderful experience, and a beer I go back to again and again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zakoon (62) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2014
Draught @ Fermentoren Cph. Pours dark amber/reddish brown with a thick off-white head. Aroma is malty, yeast, herbs, dark fruits and brown sugar. Flavour is sweet, alcohol, dark fruits and caramel. It’s well-balanced. Not too sweet, full bodied, medium carbonation. Finish is light and soft, a little fruity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DW78715816 (63) - Kansas, USA - OCT 18, 2014
This beer is an experience. Truly an excellent beer. Beautiful dark brown appearance with a thick foamy head. Incredible malty aroma. Smells a little sweet and citrus as well. Taste is malty, sweet, slight citrus and bitterness. Finishes dry with little after taste. Wonderful and complex. Too much going on for me to properly describe. It is delicious. This is a game changer to my definition of a great beer. Many of my old favorites just don't stand up to this. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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