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

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RATINGS: 3717   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (10466) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2013
Bottle at home in London - picked up somewhere in Belgium. Aged between two to three years. Pours clear, red-brown with a staunch, beige cream head. Plenty of sugary, semi-dark malts in the nose, rich toffee, some faintly tangy fruits, dates, plums, figs. Big sweet flavor with an explosion of ripening fruits, caramel, rich bready malts, some alcohol kick, prune, fig, banana. Full bodied with lively, massaging carbonation. The finish carries a fair amount of boozy warmth, with lots of sugary, bready malts, toffee and caramel, more ripening fruits such as dates and figs, plums, berries, bruised bananas, some dark cherries. Yeah, absolutely a world-class quad. One of the most drinkable 10%+ ABV beers I’ve had in a long time.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tmoney99 (10409) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2005
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a large frothy off-white head that was lasting and produced good lacing. Heavy complex fruity aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture. Heavy bitter sweet flavor with a long finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HenrikSoegaard (10367) - 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.

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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
faroeviking (10293) - 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!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnfryd (10201) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 2, 2008
Bottle. Brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is fruit, malt, yeast, spices. Flavour is fruit, malt, yeast, spices, dried fruit, alcohol. World class beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maria (10124) - Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2008
Dark brown with a beautiful, sliky smooth head. The aroma has notes of ripe fruit, port wine and rum. The mouthfeel is oily. The flavour is sweet with notes of plum, raisin, banana, caramel, roasted malt and a weak acidity in the long finish. Even if it’s this strong, the alcohols is subdued. Nice.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (10111) - Søborg, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2003 Bottled. Deep amber/brown coloured. Light brown head. Might be something wrong with this bottle. Maybe excess yeast, because lots of foam burst out of the bottle. Nothing wrong with the aroma, though. Fruits, spices, malts and slightly notes of alcahol. Flavour is very fruity. Plums and raisins is present, an some vague alcahol burn. This is not as well balanced as other top-notch belgian strong ales. Has to give it another try. Rerate draught: Not much to add. Seemed a lot more balanced in the flavours, and more distinct in the aroma, why I uprate it by. Original rate 8-4-7-4-16-3,9.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rlgk (10061) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2006 RERATE 060624. I loved this beer the very first time I had it. Since then I have tried it several times on both bottle and tap. And I just like it more and more each time. Simply wonderful, I just cant get enough of it. (Old rating: 10/4/9/5/17) Dark amber, nice lasting offwhite head. Great malty aroma with hazelnuts and other nuts, along with vanilla and malt. Malty dry and nutty flavor with vanilla and cream. Very complex and with a great body. Alcohol is well hidden.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Top of the St Bernardus line. Multiple dried fruits in a subtle and complex combination. Improves with age. Tasted at the brewery in Watou


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