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

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RATINGS: 3744   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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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Doghair (257) - Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Poured into a Chimay chalice. Dark brown with a thick inch of foam that seems to last forever. When I first put the glass to my nose all I could smell was green apple, wonderful. The taste is just amazing. Carmel, dark fruit some green apple. Had to describe. Mouthfeel is medium with lots of carbonation. Halfway through the glass and there’s still a quarter inch of foam. This may be one of the best beers I’ve ever had. Simply amazing.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adasko (245) - Poznan, POLAND - AUG 17, 2014
Has aroma of dark malts and brown sugar. The color is dark copper, it’s hazy, with small head and awesome lacing. In taste it’s also quite sweet with malty notes. It’s very smooth because of low carbonation. The alcohol is covered quite well, but it’s warm the throat so quickly. After few seconds it’s starting to pinch the esophagus and warm you quite nicely. Then you can feel the alcohol much clearer. In the end in the aftertaste and aroma the notes of sweet fruits (dehydrated plums, raisins) appear. The bouquet is so rich.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
damzz (253) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Pours a dark mahogany with an off white head. The nose is hint of raisins and malt. The palate is full bodied with malt sweetness, slight caramel, and a slight bitter hop aftertaste.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikske79 (1096) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 16, 2014
Een heel lekker donker bier zoals het hoort te zijn. Zonder twijfel de beste van deze brouwerij

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mvalence (1) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 16, 2014 does not count
* 27/01/2011 - Importation Bièropholie - Bouteille - N:4,9 - ABV:10,5% * Arôme: Note malté très riche avec levure belge. Caramel enveloppé par des fruits mûres et raisin. Alcool, épice et sucre d'orge. Saveur: Malt très riche et présent, moelleux et onctueux, caramel toffee. Très fruité, raisin et figue. Alcool présent mais très agréable, il balance le tout. Final en douceur qui est vite enveloppé par un alcool qui réchauffe avec finesse. Tout simplement divin!!! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LearninBeer (373) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2014
The aroma is malt, caramel a touch of raisin/fig and a slight floral. Pours a cloudy copper/amber brown with mostly diminishing big light brown head and excellent lacing. The taste is a light bitter. The body is medium, the texture creamy, the carbonation lively and the finish light bitter. Overall not as good as I remember but I have another aging and we’ll see how that goes.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
mandaritto (56) - LATVIA - AUG 13, 2014
Nice caramel aroma, spicey, a bit hoppy, alcohol at the ending, medium carbonisation, sweet beer with medium notes of bitterness. Better when cooled. Really great brew!

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lisowczyk (45) - POLAND - AUG 13, 2014
Butelka 0,33l Nr . warki A 21 03 18. Barwa rubinowo herbaciana. Piana niska, musująca jak w napoju gazowanym - pojawia się i błyskawicznie znika. W aromacie karmel, śliwki, wiśnie, mokry karton. Alkohol lekko wyczuwalny, ma w sobie coś z rozpuszczalnika. W smaku silny i dominujący karmel, w tle nieco śliwek, rodzynek. Alkohol wyczuwalny, lekko gryzący. Obecny mokry karton. Goryczka niska. Płaskie, nudne z wadami - spore rozczarowanie.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Excalibur123 (126) - Soria, SPAIN - AUG 12, 2014
Color castaño claro un tanto turbio, media cabeza de espuma beige permaneciendo una fina capa en la copa; en nariz aromas a malta tostada, caramelo y frutos del bosque; en boca entrada suave con bastante carbónico, notas a especias y algo de naranja, amargor equilibrado con alcohol bien integrado, pos gusto algo picante; esperaba una cerveza un poco más compleja.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
milo91hd (86) - Parabita, ITALY - AUG 12, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2014 Bottiglia da 75. quadrupel favolosa con un bel colore marrone scuro e una schiuma abbondante e abbastanza persistente, all’arome risalta caramello e frutta scura, corpo bello rotondo e consistente con una buona carbonazione, i 10 gradi non si fanno sentire

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anfractuosity (125) - - AUG 10, 2014
Lovely beer, doesn’t taste like 10% :) ............................................


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