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


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RATINGS: 3641   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.

tipsytoad's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tipsytoad (85) - - NOV 19, 2009
Quite simply my favourite Belgium beer in this style, blows Westy away and thankfully lacks the absurd hype. Beautiful condition with good lacing, always best left for a while to allow it to breath, aroma of candy and rich fruit cake. Warming but unabtrusive alcohol compliments the massive fruit and pear drop complexities, just rich and beauiful. I may not be able to describe flavours that well, but i know a great beer, and this one of the greats.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mindwarp (17) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 24, 2014
Bottle poured into a tulip glass---Pours a dark amber with a red tint. Big head, lots of bubbles. Nice sweet smell. Taste has kind of a plummy grapey thing going on, nice. Typical body and carbonation for this style of ale. Over all I like this beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
RumorsSteve (8) - Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2014 does not count
While similar the Trappest 10 its not quiet there. I prefer Sierra Nevada Olivia Quad at a fraction on the price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
John25 (205) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2014
Bottle. Pours brown caramel with active carb and a fluffy light tan head. The aroma is yeast, dark dried fruit, and burnt sugar. The taste adds malted barley, chocolate, raisin, plum, and maple syrup. The palate has a rich feel and high carb. Complex, balanced, Really awesome overall. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kleurplaatje (2) - - APR 23, 2014 does not count
The Abt 12 is possibly the best beer within its niche. Fruity at the beginning, followed by a mild roasty taste in the middle. The finish is lightly bitter and sweet and evolves into a warm aftertaste which strengthens the complex flavours that this beer encompasses. Enjoy this beer slowly. Sip it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
samzim (104) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2014
Scent of caramel, yeast, dates, and malt. Opaque, near black colour. Flavours f chocolate, dried fruit, coffee, burnt sugar, and coffee. Sweetness with light bitterness and mild carbonation. Quite delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rdb84 (11) - NETHERLANDS - APR 22, 2014
Heerlijk trappistenbier zoals hij hoort: een echt donker speciaalbier met een toets van karamel (in tegenstelling tot vele anderen waarbij het zoet overheerst). Robuust en vol, maar toch relatief licht op de maag. Aanrader!

   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 (99) - 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 (129) - 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.

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