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

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RATINGS: 3835   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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VoodooBear (48) - San Juan, - FEB 28, 2014
Presentation: 330mL brown bottle, served in an oversized wine glass. Appearance: It has a very dark brown color and develops a tan, two finger head. It has good retention, so it stays for a while and leaves some nice lacing. Smell: The sweet malty smell is right up front with a strong alcohol note in the background. Taste: Just as with the nose, there’s a very dominant malt sweetness at the front, with some ripe fruit notes and a warming alcohol feel throughout that wraps things up very nicely. Mouthfeel: It’s full bodied, with average carbonation. Very smooth and creamy, it just feels balanced. Overall: An incredible beer. This is a must-have.


4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PauloAG (10) - BELGIUM - NOV 22, 2014
330cc bottle. Smells caramel, cocoa and hop. The taste is like the nose also fruity. Very "trappist" like. A fantastic beer with a very soft and friendly alcohol . It is not the flavor explosion felt with a Westvleteren XII or even a Rocheford 10 but outstanding drink also!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Matt_Foran (41) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 18, 2014
Very nice Belgian quad. Nice dark color with some sweetness from the fruit and yeast. Nice and smooth for a quad. Finishes subtlety on the palate, fades after a minute or so.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shaynsawchuk (536) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2014
330 mL bottle. Pours deep walnut with a thick pale head. Big, dark fruity nose, applesauce, fig, toasted dark bread. Some leathery, earthy, spicy hop presence. Cocoa and yeasty esters. Full bodied with high carbonation. Light malty sweetness balanced with gentle hopping and a hint of alcohol. Creamy texture, with great length. Exceptional.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Optimatorjoe (5) - - NOV 16, 2014 does not count
St. Bernardus 12 is a great alternative to Westvleteren 12, and much more available. I couldn't really even notice difference in taste. Great beer!

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
xXbaptisteXx (59) - - NOV 15, 2014
Bu en pression. Couleur brun très claire; la mousse est de couleur blanc cassé et tien peu. Et bouche elle est très douce pour sont tot d'alcool vraiment sympa !!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sokuzs1 (15) - - NOV 15, 2014
Aroma: dried fruits, bread, caramel, noble alcohol, esthers and earthy hop. Taste: sweet; caramel, dried fruits, fruity, belgian yeast esthers. Fantastic beer!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kustie (198) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 15, 2014
Tap@Tuulensuu.Red color and white head. Aroma has yeast, caramel. Taste is malty with long aftertaste. Flavors of ripe fruits, malt, chocolate. Warmth in the end.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
medfordmh (25) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 12, 2014
Drank from bottle. A: musty, earthy, spicy, fig, toffee. A: hazy dark brown. Fluffy white head with good retention, foam lingered to the side. T: pepper,igh minerals, fig, caramel, slight clove . P: viscous but clean finish. Sl

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mjansen1310 (34) - Soest, NETHERLANDS - NOV 12, 2014
Brown coloured beer. Taste is real full and a perfect addition to the bernardus familie. Quite complex and interesting taste pallet. Good after taste!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Diabobale (225) - ITALY - NOV 11, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2014 Una quadruple in pieno stile belga d’abbazia. Di colore scuro con una buona cappella di schiuma avorio. Sentori di frutta e ben maltata (caramello e tostato). ottima peristenza nel retrogusto


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