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


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RATINGS: 3635   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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The absolute top quality in the hierarchy of the St. Bernardus beers. It is also the beer with the highest alcohol content (10.50 %). A dark ivory coloured beer with a high fermentation. The show piece of the brewery. Thanks to its soft and unconditionally genuine aroma, the beer can be smoothly tasted. The Abt has a very fruity flavour.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
spjensen (88) - Davis, California, USA - JUN 17, 2013
Very complex beer. Pours a deep reddish brown with tan lacing. Very full bodied, thick aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Deu (668) - Nantes, FRANCE - APR 20, 2014
Pours dark brown, with off-white head. Malt, yeast and slightly roasted. Very malty, caramel and chocolate flavour. With a nice bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SimonTja (97) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 19, 2014
Blind quad test against Pannepot, Pannepeut, Rochefort 10, Westvleteren 12, St Amatus 12, The Sixth Glass, & Chimay Blue My prefered order was; Pannepot, Rochefort 10, St Amatus 12, Westvleteren 12, St Bernardus, Pannepeut, Sixth Glass and last Chimay. - Aroma on this one is much more yeast then the others, also a bit more spicy, some licorice and a lot of raisin. Taste is not the general dark fruits, this is pure raisin, quite spicy, a lingering mouthfeel and drier compared to the others, yeast has a bigger role in general on this one, quite rough, but i can get how people like it, it’s quite different than the others.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kolymaTram (8) - brussels, BELGIUM - APR 18, 2014 does not count
no discussion for being a top beer - although less known than the Westvleteren12, it’s almost 100% similar. Nicer from cellar temp than fridge temp, much smoother & richer taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HKdIPA (124) - HONG KONG - APR 18, 2014
Bottle from Piccolo Parco in Taipei. Bready spicy yeasty aroma. Big bubbly taste. Spicy with very malty bready finish. Doesn't taste like 10%. Not bad for this style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CacheManyHose (110) - HONG KONG - APR 18, 2014
Had this many times but finally sat down to rate this at Piccolo Parco bar in Taipei. Bottle. Aroma of overripe fruit, plum, smoke, leather and a little liquorice - somehow with so much in the nose it still smells sweet and relatively light. Taste is spicy fruit with a long malty finish. Body is dry with loads of fluffy carbonation which, together with the spiciness and high alcohol, gives this a nice kick. A complex Trappist ale that's dry, fizzy, fruity and spicy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
slimspady (166) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - APR 16, 2014
4 year old bottle, marked 01.07.15. Plums, dark fruit and raisins. Complexity is out of control. Time has smoothed out any rough edges. One of the best beers you will ever have. Damn monks are solid.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
82Hokie (2) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2014 does not count
Malty, fig/plum nose. Hazy copper with perfect persistent head and Belgian lacing. Malty but not cloyingly sweet. Rich toffee, malt and dark fruit flavors completely mask any alcohol heat. Yeast flavors subtle but in perfect compliment. Low but perfect carbonation and just enough hop bitterness for a perfect balance. On tap at Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fabioanselmo (163) - Vila Velha, BRAZIL - APR 16, 2014
Aroma frutado com notas de cravo. Aparência marrom caramelado. Sabor com algo de banana e especiarias. No paladar, um leve amargor. No geral, uma bela trapista, muito parecida com quadrupel. Deliciosa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RevBFG (17) - - APR 15, 2014
On draft at Chelsea's Kitchen. Copper red with white head that dissipates quickly, but leaves nice lacing. Smells of cereal, yeast and a little caramel. Nice, bold brew that finishes dry. Wouldn't have guessed 10% abv. Highly endorse.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
veceo (229) - CROATIA - APR 14, 2014
Cloudy brown/orange color, average sized tan head. Full body, soft to average carbonation. Aroma is very fruity (dark fruits, maybe cherries), also caramel malts, raisins. It’s sweet but far from too sweet. Just the right amount of sweetness actually. Excellent beer.

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