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

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RATINGS: 3934   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 (49) - 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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yourilevesque (88) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 28, 2015
Très belle bière de type quadruple d’un brun profond. Mousse beige épaisse, onctueuse et persistante laissant beaucoup de dentelles sur le verre. Au nez, beaucoup d’épices et de cassonade. Nez fidèle au style bien que corsé. En bouche la bière dévoile beaucoup de sucres résiduels. Très ronde et corpulente. Bière très complexe de par les arômes de réglisse, de sucre d’orge, de fruits confits et d’épices. Longue en bouche, elle nous permet de profiter longuement de ses saveurs évolutives.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cool_Bond (1707) - Kung av Öl @ Facebook, SWEDEN - FEB 28, 2015
2014 Magnum Bottle 1500ml by my self. Scent of Mazarin and yeast. Good fragrance. Easier hopped with a little yeast and a little alcohol but still good. Okay bitterness in the aftertaste that fills the upper part of the mouth briefly. Okay beer but does not feel so special anyway. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sherm1016 (1186) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2015
33cl bottle from my cellar. Pours a deep, cola brown color with a big fan head. Aroma is dark fruit, cherry, raisin, vanilla. Medium on the palate with creamy carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, nutty, raisin, bread, caramel, with a sweet, dark fruit finish. Excellent.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
twistedtxb (42) - - FEB 27, 2015
Bouteille de 750ml. Arôme sucré et bonbon. Apparence bourgogne intense presque opaque. En bouche, c’est très miel et caramel sans trop tomber sur le coeur. Côté belge un peu trop subtil a mon goût. Bonne bière à partager.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Werckmeister (294) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - FEB 27, 2015
bottle at home. brown color, big tan hdead, smells yeasty, fruity, pears, apples, dried fruits, some sweetness. full body, bubbly, good carbonation, taste of dried fruits, alcoholic, light liqueurish, nice bubbly feel on tongue and throat, light astringency, good bitter / alcoholic / astringent finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChristianHR (204) - DENMARK - FEB 26, 2015
Has a very strong smell of caramel, burnt sugar and alcohol. Pours dark cloudy amber with a beige head. Tastes a lot of caramel and burnt sugar. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KW92 (130) - Warszawa, POLAND - FEB 22, 2015

WYGLĄD: Barwa ciemno miedziana, zamglone. Piana drobno i średnio pęcherzykowa, nietrwała, niska.
AROMAT: Na początku zapach warzyw strączkowych (fasolka szparagowa, groszek), belgijskie drożdże, bardzo dużo przypraw i ziół, nuty likierowe, kandyzowane owoce.
SMAK: Ponownie ziołowość oraz kandyzowane owoce. Słodowość i przypalony karmel. Wysycenie średnie.
OGÓLNIE: Jest zupełnie identyczne jak w opisie, czyli niesamowicie zbalansowane, pełne i zrównoważone pomiędzy goryczą, a słodyczą. Alkohol idealnie wkomponowany w aromat i smak.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
alex_alkis (383) - SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2015
Such a powerful beer. Extremely well made. Perhaps the best tasting beer I have ever drunk.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DominicGS (7) - Zonhoven, BELGIUM - FEB 21, 2015 does not count
Heerlijk donker bier, stevig schuim, volle smaak. Perfect alternatief voor Westvleteren...

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mintzmeet (280) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2015
Chestnut brown. Lighter than some root beers, head like soda. Smells strongly yeasty like one of my first wine brews. Nice light body and yeasty sourness.


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