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

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RATINGS: 4273   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.14/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hansvf (679) - - DEC 10, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2015 Niet echt sterke geur. M Heep donker troebel. rood. Heep zoet. Lekker. Van de tap. U. Grote schuimbellen, wel snel weg. G. Zwaar zoet, zuurtje. S. Zoet. Te? Kruidig! M. Teveel koolzuur. T. Hm.. Te veel op ondertussen. Weer herzien naar 3.0 na blind proeven. Wel goed dat het quadrupel was.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DiogoMCampos (3) - Porto, PORTUGAL - JUL 28, 2016 does not count
Pours a dark color and a beige head that fades quickly. Excellent fruity aroma, really complex. Intense malty taste, but hides the alcohol really well. Very drinkable and perfect for a winter night. Ages very well. One of the finest beers out there!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mambossa (276) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2016
Burgundy pour, rupturing head falling to a small film. Bogglingly complex nose. Sweet dried cherries and fig, cola, caramel, red apple, baking spice, dark bread, floral, estery fruits, very delicate clove (thank god). Seemingly an enigma. Complex yet simple. Flavor is sweet ripe black cherries, whole grain bread, raisin and date, slight illusion of cocoa, estery spice strategically appears to contrast sweet notes, an utterance of earthiness. As of less than a week ago, I’ve been a non-believer in Belgians. Delirium Nocturnum opened my eyes. Now I tried this. My mind, soul, and palate are satisfied and illuminated to the world of Belgian ales. Sincere complexity, sweet, but not cloying, a true testament to the ale. At $10.99, I’ll be keeping some in my fridge at all times.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Inoven (231) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUL 23, 2016
Flesje thuis gedronken. Donkerbruin, helder bier met stevig schuim. Weinig aroma, ietsje fruitig en hoppig. Smaak van koffie en donker fruit. Nasmaak is licht bitter.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AaronTDubs (295) - - JUL 19, 2016
Dark brown with ruby notes. Highish carbonation. Beautiful lacing. Aromas of caramel, phenols, rum, and lightly roasted nuts. Very smooth, surprisingly light bodied (Well not actually light bodied, but for its abv) It is a very sweet beer, but nicely balanced by the phenols and roasted flavors. Finishes with a touch of caramel on the tongue, before opening up into a spice clove-like finish. There just the slightest touch of acidity, which helps give this some dried fruit flavors. This is simply, an incredibly beer, very drinkable. One of the best beers in the world.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DavidAust (183) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 14, 2016
I am going to have to buy another from a different retailer to compare as this was sub par. Bottle at 12 degrees Celsius. Aroma was a little funky, and the flavour was also strange. And I love big malty quads. Head was off white and fluffy, but didn’t last. Will edit review after having another.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OminouSC2 (402) - SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2016
Dark brown color. Fruit aromas, spices, alcohol, brown sugar. Taste of fruits, caramel, sugar, spices, yeast and alcohol. Alcohol a bit too dominant. Really good Abt/Quad.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pillan (3) - Colina, Santiago, CHILE - JUL 9, 2016 does not count
What have I been doing all of this fucking time I haven’t learnt of this great beer? Very balanced taste; strong and bittersweet finish...from now on, it’ll be one of my faves

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nutjes (90) - Heestert-Zwevegem, BELGIUM - JUL 9, 2016
33cl-fles van bij Tabac&Co - Palais des bičres te Dottenijs (in Famiflora) U: donkerbruin met beige schuimkraag G: typische Bernardus-gist en karamel S: zoetig, kruidig, chocolade met karamel in de afdronk

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fules (670) - Gyöngyös, HUNGARY - JUL 9, 2016
Határozott karamellás, gyümölcsös illat, kitöltéskor nagy hab, de gyorsan eltűnik, és csak 2 milliméter marad tartósan. Intenzív karamellás ízzel indít, erős gyümölcsössel folytatódik, majd édességgel és komlós keserűséggel cseng le, ami utóízében is megmarad. Érezni az erejét, ennek megfelelően igen testes sör. Ez bizony fincsi.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
goofy34 (76) - Saint jean de vedas, FRANCE - JUL 7, 2016
Couleur marron plutôt triste mais sinon pas grand chose de négatif ŕ dire..de trčs bon arôme de pain, caramel et biscuit...t’es bonne bičre dans son genre «trappiste»


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