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

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RATINGS: 3743   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hugi (352) - Waldkirch, GERMANY - JUN 5, 2012
Dark brown reddish with a small, but stable tanned head. Fruity smell, sweet, maybe banana. Tastes also fruity, malty, caramel, biscuit, banana and peach. Medium sweetness, little bitterness. Full body, very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DedicatedToFun (2400) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JUL 2, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2013 Sweet and refreshing nice undertones caramel and deliciousness. Bomber in LA bottle shop. smooth, loved this.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kosmokrator (471) - ITALY - JUL 7, 2012
Alla spina. Color bruno-rossiccio lievemente torbido con un fragile velo di schiuma bianco sporco non molto persistente. Aroma fruttato e lievemente pungente con sentori di spezie, lievito e albicocche; sapore mediamente dolce e maltoso con note di frutta cotta e un retrogusto amarognolo e speziato molto piacevole. Un po’ acquosa nella struttura e meno corposa di quanto ricordassi, forse un difetto della spillatura. Da riprovare un bottiglia, la ricordavo eccezionale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (2850) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JUL 14, 2012
Bottle at home, thanks daisy! Dark ruby tinged Brown with fine carbonation white head. Cherries, prunes and molasses nose. Rich chocolate malt, fruity yeast esters, long warming finish. Quite light bodied.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
zaf (239) - ITALY - SEP 25, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2012 25/9/2012 la bottiglia l’ho bevuta a metà,quindi diciamo che ho potuto testare poco la birra nel complesso..mi limito a giudicare almeno i parametri fondamentali,in attesa di un ulteriore degustazione,premettendo che dalle prime impressioni mi sembra inferiore alla Westvleteren 12 come complessità del gusto,ma allo stesso tempo più beverina e forse anche poco più buona della Rochefort 10..vedremo alla prossima! 18/10/2012 non so se sto prendendo brutti scherzi dalle birre in bottiglia conservate male ma questa mi pare totalmente diversa da quella assaggiata precedentemente..l’aroma non dice quasi nulla,è alcolico ma non paragonabile alle sue "sorelle" la rochefort 10 e la westvleteren 12,assolutamente più complesse..come gusto invece attira poco..corposo ma poco saporito,poco complesso,lievemente maltato e poco dolce,con un finale secco e amaro che non ricordavo..ora come ora la rochefort 10 e la westvleteren 12 la superano di gran lunga..rimando il tutto ad un terzo assaggio..ultima nota: l’ho bevuta praticamente dopo una rochefort 10..forse la superiorità della rochefort ha influito sui parametri degustativi?..

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Piero1987 (660) - Iglesias, ITALY - OCT 7, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2013 Caramel, burn and ripe friut aroma. Taste is sweet and full bodied with long smooth finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tybalt (206) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2012
On tap. Nice reddish copper color. Smells like the typical Belgian yeast. Potent apple flavor goes into a smooth yeastiness. Nice subtle spiciness. A little light bodied, but a solid beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
McZythos (35) - Nancy, FRANCE - NOV 17, 2012
The head is average and the body is quite clear. It has a dark/red colour. When I smell this beer I find hints of plum and prune like if it was a dark fruit eau-de-vie. How interesting ! We can feel its cholates and caramel malts and a slight taste of grapefruit, a bit too sweety in my opinion. But the flavour lasts and tastes great.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
barn0216 (397) - California, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Tasting this along with ’07 Westy 12. No comparison, very dissimilar in the aroma and flavor profiles. You would never convince me in a blind tasting that these are supposedly the same recipe. Clear reddish brown, very active carbonation, mild amount of lacing, better than Westy for sure. Banana on the nose, some alcohol, yeast, and mild nuttiness. Fruity body, nuts, alcohol, young. Somewhat yeasty in the finish. Not nearly as palatable as the Westy. Westy by TKO, but this is still a very good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jandd1983 (2533) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 9, 2012
It poured a dark amber color with an off-white head. The aroma was of dark fruit and candied sugar. The taste was similar with fruitiness and a little earthiness. Very good.


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