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

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3630   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The absolute top quality in the hierarchy of the St. Bernardus beers. It is also the beer with the highest alcohol content (10.50 %). A dark ivory coloured beer with a high fermentation. The show piece of the brewery. Thanks to its soft and unconditionally genuine aroma, the beer can be smoothly tasted. The Abt has a very fruity flavour.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 21, 2002
Dark brown with a medium beige head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma is rich, raisin and rum, with a hint of banana. Flavor is fruity (mostly raisin, perhaps date &/or plum), malty and quite sweet (near bubble gum), with significant alcohol presence (though it’s hard to guess it’s at 10%). Altogether a very enjoyable beer, though I’d appreciate it even more if it weren’t quite as sweet.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (11004) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2006
750ml bottle-pours a big fizzy, foamy tan head that laces with hazy red-brown color and effervescence. Aroma is fruit-cherry, sour esters, malt. Taste is medium malt, fruit, sweet, alcohol-in line with 10%abv. Nutty, secondary hops. Good effervescence. Good sipping beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009
Name: Abt 12
Date: March 05, 2005
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick store
Appearance: dark brown, healthy tan head
Aroma: sweet tart aroma
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich malt flavor, fruity character starts to show up about halfway through and gets nice and rich

Name: Abt 12
Date: April 03, 2005
Mode: bottle
Appearance: pours dark with a big white head
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma
Body: body has lots of carbonation
Flavor: rich dry malt flavor, lots of ripe fruit character, a bit fumey after a while

Name: Abt 12
Date: May 17, 2005
Mode: draft
Source: brick
rich ripe fruit character from the start

Name: Abt 12
Date: July 09, 2005
Mode: draft
Source: brick
no sign of alcohol, just rich fruity malt

Name: Abt 12
Date: March 11, 2006
Mode: bottle
Appearance: dark with ruby highlights
Aroma: the fruitiest aroma of all the bernies, and the richest ripe fruit flavor, definate alcohol in the bottle, not offensive but present
Overall: still pales to Crawford’s Quint at the 5 today

Name: Abt 12
Date: October 31, 2006
Mode: draft
Source: brick store
great rich ripe fruit, touch of sweetness, a bit thin,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Christian (10778) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 21, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2010 2006 rating: Dark ruby-brown with a big and lively off-white head. My initial impression of the aroma is champagne. That’s the closest I can come to describe that combination of earth, alcohol and fruit. The flavour is quite sweet, with a dry note of wood and licorice.

BB July 2010, bought 2006. Seems like the character has shifted to darker fruits and some walnuts. Flavour is much the same though.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (10770) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2006
Really splendid beer. Cloudy brown with limited head. Very sophisticated taste with hints of caramel, wood, vanilla, citrus. Wonderful palate that feels great in your mouth.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pinball (10606) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 11, 2008
nice aroma, dark brown with some black debris in it, flavor is suiper balanced sweet built by lots of components.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2007
Pours brown with medium head. Aroma has overripe fruit, malt and hints of banana. Flavor is sweet with toffee and overripe fruits. Great complexity.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10345) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 22, 2007
Aroma of dark fruits backed by roasted caramel malt. Deep ruby tinged dark amber color with a beige head that quickly flattened. Medium bodied; moderate, nearly creamy, carbonation. The flavor is prune, molasses, raisin, brown sugar, wheat?, caramel malt. Smoothly fruity, sort of. The finish is sweet around the edges, with some bitter at the back of the mouth. It is to die for. Fortunately, only the bank account has to pass over. Got to get more.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
faroeviking (10294) - FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 26, 2007
Big bottle. Lovely hazy dark brown colour with a long lasting light brown creamy head. Nice round sweet spiced malty, nutty and fruity flavour with some yeast to it. Great complex mouthfeel! Yummy spicy, sweet and bit bitter long lasting aftertaste. A very very great tasting Belgian abt!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HenrikSoegaard (10090) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2005
Bottle o.75 L. Creamy off-white fully lasting head. Wonderfull dark orange colour. Powerfull aroma and taste, a very good beer.


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