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


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RATINGS: 4259   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.14/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2006 12/30: Rerated 11.2 oz bottle, BB date 26.08.10. Served in a trappist goblet. Color is a dark amber with a thick one-finger, lumpy tan head that diminishes slowly then constantly replenishes itself. Intense initial aroma of caramel, malts with a subtle fruitiness that quickly disperses. Each swallow results in a thick and foamy mouthfeel that has to be chewed through only to find a delicious coating on the tongue. The flavor is rich, malty and well blended, with a balanced, elegantly bitter finish. A slight warming is evident from the alcohol, which is otherwise hidden. Strong lacing left on the glass. I’m not picking up the broader set of flavors described - could just be me. Bumping up appearance 1 point - a full glass and a single pour makes all the difference.

Paper notes from the Falls Tasting / 2006 YeHA!. Sampled next to the Westy 8 and 12. Minimal head. Clear maple color. Sweet malty start, balanced malt-bitterness in the body. Finish is creamily succulent, and lightly bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jultsu (594) - TAMPERE, FINLAND - JUN 25, 2016
BBE 14.06.17, säilytetty kellarissa vähintään 2 vuotta. 75cl pullo. Ruskea, sameahko, kotikaljamainen, olematon vaahto. Makea rusinainen alkoholin huumaava tuoksu. Liukas, alkoholin luumuinen, jälkiruokamaisen makea, poltteleva, suussasulava, aromaattinen suutuntuma. Kiva quadi, jää kuitenkin vähän yksinuottiseksi ja valjuksi suussa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kacperred (181) - Gdañsk, POLAND - JUN 20, 2016
Kran. Barwa ciemnobrązowa, prześwity pod światło, piana biała, niska, szybko opada. Aromat bogaty, przyprawowo-korzenny podparty karmelową podbudową słodową, lekkie aromaty chmielowe, lecz nie dominują. W smaku nuty razowego chleba, rodzynek i suszonych owoców. Ogólnie - bardzo złożone, lecz trochę mało wyraziste. Na plus świetnie ukryty alkohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Peb (35) - BELGIUM - JUN 16, 2016
Très bonne bière. Nez un peu fermé. Bouche ronde sucrée. Notes amères. Finale un peu courte. Complexe mais manque un peu de développement.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdolfoCC (130) - Veracruz, Veracruz, MEXICO - JUN 16, 2016
APARIENCIA: de color marrón intenso con algunos destellos rojizos a contraluz, media baja actividad de carbonatación; corona de espuma color beige, copiosa y mediana retención, con burbujas compactas y abiertas. AROMA: destacan las notas a azúcar no procesado, caramelo, ligeramente toffee, frutos oscuros muy maduros como ciruelas, dátiles, pasas, algunos frutos rojos, se percibe ligeramente lo especiado característico de la levadura belga, el alcohol se alcanza a percibir pero no es agresivo. SABOR: el paladar sigue al aroma; al tocar el líquido la bocadestaca el azúcar no procesado, caramelo y toffee ligeramente seguido de los frutos oscuros madura, destacan las ciruelas además de dátiles y pasas, frutos rojos y muy sutilmente algunas notas características especiadas de la levadura; el retrogusto un amargor medio a ligero casi seco y con persistencia ligera del dulzor, no astringente. SENSACIÓN: cuerpo medio ligero con mediana a baja carbonatación. Se siente el alcohol en boca ligeramente y en garganta sólo como una sensación calurosa al pasar el líquido. RESUMEN: una buena cerveza de acuerdo al estilo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PowY (99) - - JUN 11, 2016
330 ml bottle. Pours dark copper with a beige head. Mild aroma of breadish malt and yeast. Full oily body with very soft carbonation. The intense taste is rather sweet and long lasting with some alcohol in the finish. Moderately malty, some caramel and honey, dried fruits. Good beer but not exceptional.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Demens (160) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUN 9, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2016 0,33l bottle. Dark brown colour with quickly disappering beige head. Aroma: Chocolate, leather, nuts, caramel, notes of dark fruits. Taste: Oh my god! Sweet malty start but with dozen of taste. (toffee, wine, nuts, dark fruits) Almost no bitterness. Full bodied with surprisingly lively carbonation. Very warming feel. Very pleasent light sweet finish. I drunk it in a relatively cold temperature maybe a bit warmer would show more aroma and taste. Amazing quad anyway.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gwiazd0r (3) - sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 3, 2016 does not count
Great beer. Have it any day. Nice aroma ant great on palate. Taste just great hiding high alkohol well. Drink it anytime

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
miirab (7) - - JUN 1, 2016 does not count
Bottle at home. very smooth with nice foam, easy to drink considering its strength

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fkoolen (865) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 1, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2016 Bottle at home. Very dark brown colour, big foamy beige head that leaves a nice, stable lacing. Dried fruits like figs, raisins and dades, some red fruits, roasted malty burnt sugar, light coffee, clove, a little boozy, liquorice and quite a dry and bitter finish (distinguishing it from Westvleteren 12 for me). Complex, but balanced and smooth! Sweet, fruity aftertaste. Good body, medium carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
knasputte78 (428) - SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2016
Brun i färgen. Stall och jäst i smaken. Lite frissig och lite för kolsyrad. En liten besvikelse lite för lätt smak ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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