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

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RATINGS: 3717   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
legrosjf (43) - - DEC 2, 2011
Dégustée en bouteille de 750 ml achetée à la SAQ. Couleur brune opaque avec légère mousse en surface, bien que des bulles remontent en surface et viennent piquées la langue. Les arômes de caramel, de caramel au beurre, de sucre candie et d’alcool dominent cette bière très bien balancée. Plaisante au palais. Excellente bière.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
911lin (12) - - JUL 9, 2014
330cl bottled. I have only had Westvleteren12 for once so far. As another quadrupel, this beer is much easier to get and not bad though.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
chromeotaphor (20) - Grevenbicht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 8, 2014
Verfrissend luchtig aroma, mooie schuimkraag die langzaam wegtrekt. Ontwikkeld zich langzaam maar mooi in de mond en fel in de afdronk. Krachtig bruisend. Complexe smaak van donker fruit met hinten van chocolade.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ZacM612 (79) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Dark brown, tall off-white head. Aroma of yeast and some fruit. Flavor is complex, sweet, with some chocolate. High carbonation with medium body. Very good. Why did I pass this up for so long?

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ArmandoBR (1) - - JUL 7, 2014 does not count
On first taste, dark and chocolaty. Comforting. But palate has lighter notes: citrus and almonds. The bubbliness lightens the beer significantly. Pure delight.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TannerMidd (5) - jenks, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 7, 2014 does not count
Appearance: Dark red-ruby almost brown with a light tan head

Aroma: Dark fruits, plums, figs, sweet malts, along with the classic yeast smell for Belgian quads.

Taste: The dark fruits hit your tongue with a slight banana flavor likely from the yeast, spices are there as well. Decently sweet without being overwhelming and a ever so slight bitterness.

Palate: Medium-bodied that doesn’t seem to completely coat the mouth like some other quads I’ve had. There’s a sweetness that is there that doesn’t stick to the inside of the mouth like syrup, it’s almost a clean quad if there is such a thing.

Overall: Delicious quad! Perhaps my favorite quad ever.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Howlader (593) - - JUL 6, 2014
On draught, in bottles, and from a growler. Excellent beer, not quite as good as Westvleteren, but close.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Melnis (134) - LATVIA - JUL 6, 2014
Pav?js aroma prieks kvada. Garsa: gaidiita, alko arii jutams. Belgjiigs. Gazeets. Truuks fiicas. Tipisks aroma: xz :D

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nudiebear (29) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle at home, yeast in bottle consumed as part of drink. Dark brown liquid with overwhelming carbonation and a thin but persistent head. Aromas reminding me of fresh air and spring floral notes. Tastes sweet and slightly hiding the regular dark beer notes I expected from the memory of earlier bottles. Very enjoyable. I must find one which tastes like this except for the suspended yeast. Maybe the next Abt 12 bottle?

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ttoadee (609) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2014
Clear dark brown pour, decent tan head. Nose is cherries, figs and yeast. More bitter than sweet. Middle is currants, more cherries, dark roasted grain, and a hint of alcohol. Finish is coco and slightly bitter hops. very deft on it’s feet @ 10%. Complex, inviting, and soothing. Went great with a sirloin, mashers, and peas!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RussianDragon (284) - - JUN 29, 2014
On tap at Mekong, Richmond. Pours a dark hazy brown with lasting wisp of head and lacing. Aroma is subtle, biscuit, malt, dark fruits and yeast. Flavor is a delicious round malty brown quad. Always an event to have this beer, and to have on draft is amazing.


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