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

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RATINGS: 3766   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (35066) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2006
Draught. Pours dark brown/black with a lasting white head. Aroma of dark fruits, malt, yeast, and a bit of alcohol. Taste is very well balanced, with similar components. Most notably, there is an underlying but not overpowering tart fruit flavor.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (31178) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 4, 2007
33c cL bottle. Pours deep brown with small sediments floating around. Off-white creamy head. Aroma of dried fruit, slight caramel and roasted notes. Flavour is chocolate, dried fruit, caramel sweet and slight bitter. Doesn’t hit the same smooth balance as Westie 12. Nice but not perfect.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (29287) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2006 A very dark red almost brown beer with a good head. The aroma is of over ripe fruit and malt sweetness. The flavor is very powerful of a great malt blend with strong notes of caramel as well as hints of the alcohol, which also tickles the tongue. It ends with a good bitterness - all in all a really great flavor and therefore a really good beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2006 (Bottle 33 cl) Very dark with a beautiful and stable head. Lots of malty flavours, caramel, dried fruits - all the best to find in a top-Belgian. Very full-bodied with awarming alcohol. Amazing average of this beer through no less than 541 ratings.... 260993

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (20742) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 22, 2005
Cloudy brown colour with an off-white head. Sweet aroma dominated by yeast and dried fruit with notes of alcohol and spices. Sweet aroma of yeast, chocolate, liquorice and dried fruit. Nice, but not the best quadrupel I’ve had.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oh6gdx (20322) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 19, 2006
Bottled. Dark brown colour, big brown creamy head. Plum, alcohol, yeast and berries in aroma. Flavour is strong cream and toffee with a sting of alcohol. Also malts and yeast make their way through. Lovely product with a nice long roasted aftertaste in the throat as well as creamy toffee in the mouth. I bet this beerages very well!

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (19374) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2003 Dark reddish brown. Fruity aroma, with hints of banana and apples. Very sweet, raisin flavour. Some toffee. When it warms up it reveals a a deep, complex malt character with notes of salty licorice, and a finish which is reminiscent of a madeira wood single malt whiskey.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
anders37 (16691) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2007
Bottle. Pours a hazy dark brown color with a longlasting off-white head. Sweet malty fruity aroma with lots of dark fruit. Sweet malty yeasty flavor with lots of dark fruits. Malty yeasty finish with some hints of alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (15073) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2011
June 2007
Warning! Early amateur rating! Complex beer with multiple dark flavours of caramel, toffee and other mysterious things! Very tasty.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (14549) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 9, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2012
2012-05-15, bottle at La Cervezateca, Torremolinos, bb 25.10.16, 7-5-8-3-15=38
Malt and caramel aroma, sweet but with austerity. Full bodied, with good malt and caramel flavor, but also a metallic character. Too young.

2012-04-01, draught at Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen, 7-5-8-3-15=38
Cloudy dark amber color, with generous creamy head. Moderate malt aroma, with very light dark fruit, honey and smoke. Full bodied, with good malt flavor, caramel, hint of dark fruits and chocolate, ordinary bitterness; there is a warm alcohol feeling; solid, but overall not exciting, and weak in the final. Good, but seemingly young.

2003-07-08, bottle, 7-5-9-4-15
Deep amber color; huge rocky head. Strange spicy aroma, alcohol, light liquorice, carbonation. Very good malty body, a pleasant sweet liquorice. Quite long final, but not enough bitter/aromatic.


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