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


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RATINGS: 3639   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.

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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. Iím 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
John25 (205) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2014
Bottle. Pours brown caramel with active carb and a fluffy light tan head. The aroma is yeast, dark dried fruit, and burnt sugar. The taste adds malted barley, chocolate, raisin, plum, and maple syrup. The palate has a rich feel and high carb. Complex, balanced, Really awesome overall. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kleurplaatje (2) - - APR 23, 2014 does not count
The Abt 12 is possibly the best beer within its niche. Fruity at the beginning, followed by a mild roasty taste in the middle. The finish is lightly bitter and sweet and evolves into a warm aftertaste which strengthens the complex flavours that this beer encompasses. Enjoy this beer slowly. Sip it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
samzim (102) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2014
Scent of caramel, yeast, dates, and malt. Opaque, near black colour. Flavours f chocolate, dried fruit, coffee, burnt sugar, and coffee. Sweetness with light bitterness and mild carbonation. Quite delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rdb84 (11) - NETHERLANDS - APR 22, 2014
Heerlijk trappistenbier zoals hij hoort: een echt donker speciaalbier met een toets van karamel (in tegenstelling tot vele anderen waarbij het zoet overheerst). Robuust en vol, maar toch relatief licht op de maag. Aanrader!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Deu (668) - Nantes, FRANCE - APR 20, 2014
Pours dark brown, with off-white head. Malt, yeast and slightly roasted. Very malty, caramel and chocolate flavour. With a nice bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SimonTja (99) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 19, 2014
Blind quad test against Pannepot, Pannepeut, Rochefort 10, Westvleteren 12, St Amatus 12, The Sixth Glass, & Chimay Blue My prefered order was; Pannepot, Rochefort 10, St Amatus 12, Westvleteren 12, St Bernardus, Pannepeut, Sixth Glass and last Chimay. - Aroma on this one is much more yeast then the others, also a bit more spicy, some licorice and a lot of raisin. Taste is not the general dark fruits, this is pure raisin, quite spicy, a lingering mouthfeel and drier compared to the others, yeast has a bigger role in general on this one, quite rough, but i can get how people like it, itís quite different than the others.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kolymaTram (8) - brussels, BELGIUM - APR 18, 2014 does not count
no discussion for being a top beer - although less known than the Westvleteren12, itís almost 100% similar. Nicer from cellar temp than fridge temp, much smoother & richer taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HKdIPA (129) - HONG KONG - APR 18, 2014
Bottle from Piccolo Parco in Taipei. Bready spicy yeasty aroma. Big bubbly taste. Spicy with very malty bready finish. Doesn't taste like 10%. Not bad for this style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CacheManyHose (110) - HONG KONG - APR 18, 2014
Had this many times but finally sat down to rate this at Piccolo Parco bar in Taipei. Bottle. Aroma of overripe fruit, plum, smoke, leather and a little liquorice - somehow with so much in the nose it still smells sweet and relatively light. Taste is spicy fruit with a long malty finish. Body is dry with loads of fluffy carbonation which, together with the spiciness and high alcohol, gives this a nice kick. A complex Trappist ale that's dry, fizzy, fruity and spicy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
slimspady (167) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - APR 16, 2014
4 year old bottle, marked 01.07.15. Plums, dark fruit and raisins. Complexity is out of control. Time has smoothed out any rough edges. One of the best beers you will ever have. Damn monks are solid.

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