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


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RATINGS: 3640   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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The absolute top quality in the hierarchy of the St. Bernardus beers. It is also the beer with the highest alcohol content (10.50 %). A dark ivory coloured beer with a high fermentation. The show piece of the brewery. Thanks to its soft and unconditionally genuine aroma, the beer can be smoothly tasted. The Abt has a very fruity flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rutzicka (102) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 22, 2001
Beautiful head, cloudy brown colour. Aroma of apple and blackcurrant. The taste does not live up to the aroma: it is fruity with a slightly disgusting sweetness. The finish is long with a touch of acidity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (4349) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2004 Strong complex aroma of malts, sweet fruits and hints of spices. Cloudy darkbrown coloured, thick head. Good so far. Taste is complex; nuts, sweet, fruits and hints of spices. Alcohol is well hidden. palate is good; moderate bitter; moderate sweet and fruity. Thick mouthfeel. Great!
rerate feb, 8th 2004. Very unbalanced beer. I'm interested in this one after some aging.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 6, 2003
browner than westy with more stringent alcohol aroma and watery malt, lots of raisins, I can’t help but compare this "generic westy" to the real thing I drank at the same time

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3295) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2003
Gorgeous deep scotch colored, red tinged, with a fine head. This had an august malt backbone with a fluttering of aromatic sweetness in the wings. Slight yeastiness in the bouquet reminiscent of a german wheat. Fairly smooth and luscious, rolls over the mouth with a fair yeasty flavor as well. Alcohol is incorporated well into this beer--no spikes. The tongue has a delightfully macerated numbness. A slight sourness. A solid beligian brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2401) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - AUG 2, 2003
Big, rocky, tan head. Hazey dark brown color with some gold highlights. Fruity, yeasty, bready nose, banannas too. Medium body, real effervescent, prickly on the tongue, burps good! Sweet, fruity, spicey(cinnamon like), some oxydation, earthy. Finish is medium sweet with more fruits, apples and nanners. A pleasent 10%er.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thedm (4889) - Fort Wayne, USA - AUG 24, 2003
This brew poured a large head of mostly lasting light brown colored bubbles that left an excellent lacing and a uncarbonated hazy brown colored body behind. Its aroma is nicely malted and its mouthfeel is vinuous due to the high alcohol content for which no attempt to hide it has been made yet it is still smooth considering how high it is. Its flavor is that of malt and caramel which are well hidden my the vinuous alcohol flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rickgordon (3841) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2004 Draught at The Bishops Arms, Göteborg, Sweden. Color: Hazy brownish. Aroma: Rich, complex, sweetish, fruity. Flavour: Same as aroma but not as rich. Palate: Pleasant, lasting fruity sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5080) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 2, 2004
UPDATED: APR 1, 2004 This will definitely warm you up. I had a hard time getting past the strong alcohol taste. A dark murky hue compliments the long last lacing and head. A strong bready aroma hit me right away. The scent also has apples and alcohol. The flavor has apple, bread and decent malt. It also has a sweet candy, slighty caramel hint. While this is a very good Belgian ale, I don't find it overly smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 13, 2004
Very dark red color. Bready nose. Blast of flavors, including mineral, bread, yeast, plums, and a touch of chocolate with a zing from carbonation. Hopped appropriately for a strong abbey ale. Long finish with mineral and yeast. A touch dry on the finish, with yeasty notes carrying on for quite a while.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - MAR 30, 2004
Dark brown with a large head... overly sweet flavor, while not bad, doesn't hold a candle to the rochefort 10 I had the other day...

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