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

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RATINGS: 4297   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.14/5   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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopheadsbrew (142) - Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2013
Well rounded flavor. Caramel sweet and noticeable wild yeast flavor. No hops that are noticed.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biir (779) - Berlin, - SEP 24, 2016
Bottle - clear dark brown color, small but stable slightly brown head. Aroma is coffee, toffee, dark malts. Very high carbo on the tongue. Medium sweet. Finish is Sherry, alcohol.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pilsnertest (55) - SWEDEN - SEP 24, 2016
Magnum bottle 2013 vintage. Lots of carbonation. Yeasty, caramel, fudge and roasted bread. Very nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Booga (74) - Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2016
Older bottle getting near the drink by date into Duvel tulip. Tastes very old and monastic. One of the best monk’s brews. Hard to tell the difference between this and a Westie XII. Good nutty aroma. Pours cloudy brown. Nutty aroma and tastes that way too. Great mouthfeel. Not much head but every time you disturb the glass creates tons of champagne-like bubbles. Boozy big beer but the taste is well hidden. A great beer that is much easier to find and cheaper than it’s counterparts. Great stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jacobarts (75) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2016
Bottle. Dark brown with fizzy off white head. Aroma: sweet, banana, dark dried fruits, hints of apricot. Complex taste. Bread and bread malty bread. And I like the balance between sweet and bitter in the end. Very fine beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lkowalkowski (80) - POLAND - SEP 13, 2016
Gęsta, drobno pęcherzykowata piana, beżowa. Barwa ciemna, herbaciana. Aromat owocowy, wyczuwalne pieczywo. Bardzo dobre i godne polecenia piwo. Dense, finely vesicular foam, brown. The color of dark tea. Fruitiness, felt bread. Very good and recommendable beer.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jesper86 (35) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 12, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2016 Subtle smell with banana and yeast. Taste is considerably drier than some strong Belgian beers, which is nice. Banana, figs, creaminess from the wheat, subtle dark fruits, hint of coffee. Long finish. Balanced. Nice balance between serious and creamy smoothness. Always a good choice. Don’t serve too cold.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rei00 (55) - CHILE - SEP 8, 2016
Una abt de color marrón con toques naranjos y alta carbonatación. Su aroma es a toffee, caramelo, frutos oscuros como ciruelas . Su sabor es de un dulzor suave a toffee y caramelo con un final elegante de ciruelas y dátiles. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
andniz (152) - POLAND - SEP 5, 2016
From the bottle there’s weak fruity and bready aroma, after pouring into glass walnuts are dominant. Rather sweet, pretty nutty in the taste. Feels pretty light for such a high abv%. Not bad, but definitely not what i was expecting. Maybe i just got a faulty bottle.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AntonyWilson (128) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - SEP 3, 2016
330ml bottle: Pours a cloudy dark brown with fizzy off white head the dissipates. Aroma of caramel, dark fruits and malt. Tastes of dried prunes, caramel and some dark chocolate. Low bitterness, big bodied and low carbonation. Overall the flavours are bright, and well balanced.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Perun (82) - Rostov-on-Don, RUSSIA - SEP 2, 2016
Аромат диких луговых трав и спирта, вкус спирта и светлог& ячменно& хлеба


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