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


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RATINGS: 4317   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.14/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mtlasley (39) - Anna, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2012
light shows a deep reddish mahogany coloring that is beautiful. And incredibly frothy, four-finger head takes it’s sweet time dissipating. Lacing is prevalent and thick. Wow. Figs, raisins, cherries hit on the very tip of the nose but quickly becomes a strong rum soaked scent. There’s a sweet bread character lurking in the background. Very sweet overall and almost wine like. Phenols are blossoming left and right. Extremely complex and heavy on the nose. The sweet raisin and fig notes carry well on the front of the tongue and they dominate the top of the palate. The a strong sweet bread character on the center of the tongue that starts to blossom in warming alcohol at the end. The sugar shines on the center but doesn’t carry to powerfully to not let the bread character shine. I’m impressed by the alcohol lightness. Very, very carbonated and I think that helps the flavors move better than the would otherwise. Things could be quite strong without the powerful carbonation and it makes sense here. A wonderful example of the Quad as a style and a new favorite. The complex flavors here are wonderful and this is something I could sip on many nights.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenkiGonzo (1079) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 27, 2016
Draught at Fran Well Oktoberfest. Clear chestnut brown with little head. Sweet malt with a slightly sour finish. Not much hop taste. Very smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
castor010 (174) - Kraków, POLAND - OCT 23, 2016
Aromat - czerwone jabłko, toffi, rodzynki, lekko cherry i melasa. Piana - średnia, ale obfita. Szybko się dziurawi. nie zdobi szkła. Wysoka słodycz, i takież wysycenie. nuty porto w smaku, delikatny karmel, lekkie praliny, coś na kształt ciasteczek . Alkohol nieobecny. Goryczka niska.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Laskicks (8) - FINLAND - OCT 22, 2016 does not count
Pours with moderate head. Dark copper in color. Aroma has Pear. Feels oily in the mouth. Taste has cider and dark chocolate, with a bitter bite. Aftertaste of salty vodka. Quite dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
creppyiceman (489) - POLAND - OCT 21, 2016
(Bottle) Aroma:sweet toased malt,dark fruits,bread and caramel. Appearance:dark copper color,medium-sized yellowish head. Taste:sweet flavour of toased malt,bread dark fruits (mainly prunes) ,sweet spicy finish,dry boozy and malty aftertaste Palate:medium.body,slightly oily texture,strong carbonation, quite boozy. Overall:Ok-ish but it lacks darker malty flavours.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Salwal (355) - GERMANY - OCT 19, 2016
From the bottle poured into Trappist glass pours dark brown with off white head that lasts some time. Nose is roasted malt liquorice and some faint booze. Taste is slightly hoppyy roasty and some dry liquorice... Finish is quite some hoppy bitterness for a Quad...

---Rated via Beer Buddy for Android

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
drjoeng (935) - SINGAPORE - OCT 18, 2016
10%ABV. Abbey quad. Poured out dark red brown. 30ºSRM. Nose has stone dust, old dry wood, sawdust, nutty roasted aromas as well. Sweet. There are toast and black bread flavors. Mouthfeel is carbonated. Palate is sweet toasted malt with caramel, southern praline, toasted pecans and hazelnuts. Noble hops and alcohol at the end. There is a hint of wormwood and sandalwood in the finish that is perfumed and woody. Adds some layers to the bitter flavor that you get at the tail end. Finish is beery and noble hop bitter. Very pleasant and demonstrating the classic palate of an abbey quad. Goes on Favorites List!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lupuLust (102) - Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - OCT 18, 2016
Dark dried fruits in aroma and taste paired with caramel and alcoholic smooth bitter sweet dark malty finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Zarrach76 (33) - FRANCE - OCT 17, 2016
Brune trouble surmontée d’une belle mousse ivoire onctueuse. Le nez est superbe, avec des arômes de fruits rouges : cassis, griotte, fraise des bois, mûre, framboise, myrtille; de fruits secs : figue, raisin, pruneau; de sucre candi, de sirop d’érable, de pain d’épice, de vanille... Derrière, le cacao et le café, signe d’un malt magnifiquement torréfié. On ne sent pas l’alcool, et les houblons sont subtils car on devine l’amertume avec des pointes de citron/citron vert, tel un tonic. Juste sublime d’arômes, de complexité et d’équilibre, la perfection... Carbonatation soutenue. En bouche, très belle attaque avec une amertume marqué et l’alcool qui se révèle sur des arômes de kirsch, de mirabelle, de prune. La seconde bouche est toute aussi ferme, mais va s’orienter sur le malt et le sucre. Les suivantes sont toutes aussi jouissives, avec le houblon, le malt et le fruit, omniprésents et à parts égales. On atteint ici des sommets d’équilibre. Les levures s’affirment en fin de bouche. Au palet après une longue gorgée, on a l’impression d’avoir mangé une bonne pâtisserie arrosée d’un alcool noble. Sur la toute fin, on découvre des arômes de pomme et de poire... Surprenant et inespéré ! Une bière unique, qui n’a d’égale que la Trappiste Rochefort 10 dans le style. Le summum tout simplement, et un plaisir à chaque fois renouvelé. Bouteille 33cl, V&B Grenoble.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sirzekel (60) - Georgia, USA - OCT 16, 2016
Incredible! 10abv. Malty with loud alcohol flavor. Who cares, b/c it's so damned good. Abt means "highest rank" as an Abbey beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SimonBlok (311) - GRONINGEN, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2016
33cl bottle at home, paired with a stew made with this same beer. Appearance: dark reddish brown with medium ivory-white head. Aroma: red fruits, burnt sugar, belgian yeast, plums. apricot. Taste: high sweetness and medium bitterness. Quite boozy. Notes of red fruits, brown sugar, raisins, bread and yeast. Palate: full bodied, oily texture and lively carbonation.

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