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

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RATINGS: 3877   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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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2013
Originally reviewed: 11/27/12. Spent the holiday weekend down in Greenville, SC with some friends and had to go the Trappe Door for my Belgian fix. I really wanted a Quad, but alas, there were none on draft. This is one I’ve wanted to try for quite some time, but keep passing up. Not this time. This was the small 11.2oz bottle, poured into a St. Bernardus chalice. Pours a dark ruby-mahogany garnet with a small sheet of lace on top. Rich aroma of plum, grape, stawberry, alcohol, all washed in a pleasant floral scent. Carbonated well. Good heft to this makes this a great sipper. Holds up the richness of this beer quite well. The flavors mirror the aroma making this one a nice decadent treat. Fig, raisin, plum, molasses, syrup, and just a touch of booze on the finish. There’s a lot going on here, and I’m not sure this bottle was big enough for me to capture all of the nuances. I guess that’s what the 750s are for. This was a treat, and one I would gladly have again.


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
joopvandijk (3) - Kampen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2014 does not count
Heerlijk bier om lang van te genieten, donker bruin met een goede beige schuimkraag. Eerste smaak is zoet, wat overgaat in aangenaam licht bitter. Drinkt makkelijk weg, lijkt daardoor lichter dan het is. Pas op, het bier tikt flink aan. Een van mijn favorieten.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ulysse (139) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 26, 2014
Got some aniseed. Elegant beer after the first sip a tiny hint of spirit. Will definitely rate this again.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
florent.janssens (80) - - DEC 26, 2014
Bière au goût très prononcé et qui évolue. Arrière goût qui dure. Bière très agréable, mais assez lourde à boire.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ippopotamo36 (365) - Rome, ITALY - DEC 26, 2014
0,33 bottle purchased and consumed in Kosovo in its original glass. Pours a reddish dark brown (chestnut skin) color, some sediments in the end (I have not poured it all) and a nice dark ivory foamy head. Nose: round and pleasant attack of dry fruit (prunes dominate the nose), fresh juicy black figs, fruity overall feel, hidden but perceivable hoppy bitterness. Mouth: what a joy to drink it during a winter evening! Juicy and chewy maltiness, dry fruits, good carbonation, some after taste pleasant alcohol notes, soul warming feel. Great beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RW80 (808) - Hoogeveen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2014
1,5 L MAGNUM BOTTLE -SHARED. Appearance: Cloudy dark brown with a thick creamy offwhite head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing Aroma: dark bread ,yeast ,plums ,raisins,some spices. Taste:medium sweet, medium bitter, with dark bread, caramel, yeast,and some dark fruit and dried fruit. Good long aftertaste. Medium body,creamy texture, soft carbonation

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cluniac (15) - - DEC 26, 2014
Excellent quad, that is very bold in flavors and appearance without too much of an alcohol taste. I prefer however rochefort 10, which gives me a mire heavenly after feel

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Yumzies (19) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2014
I had been dying ti try this beer and I finally got my hands on a bottle. It was poured into a Trappist glass and had a thick creamy head that dissipated slowly but left lots of lacing. The smell was malty but not overpowering. The aromas kind of disappears. I could hardly smell the alcohol though. The taste was malts and complex fruits and somewhat sweet like caramel or brown sugar but not too sweet either. Really nice to drink this beer as it warms. There’s a definite bitterness in the back, like a mild aftertaste but it only makes me want to drink it more. Hard to describe but reminds me of a Tannin taste from a wine, but not bad.. This quad feels smooth and slightly bubbly. It’s actually really nice to drink.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deepeary (175) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2014
330 ml bottle from LCBO mix pack. Sweet brown sugar, herbal, dark fruit, esters, yeast, wood, heavy and smooth.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Westchesterco (1113) - mclean, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Poured from a bottle it is a cloudy dark amber color with a slight head. The aroma is fruity and the taste is hoppy with a bittersweet finish

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
matbli (26) - POLAND - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle 0,75l, brown color with fast falling head. Aroma of raisins, soy sauce and alcohol. It has a nice balance of sweetness bitterness and some sourness, but still the beer is quite heavy and oily. Alcohol could be hidden better.


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