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

bottled
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on tap
common

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RATINGS: 4229   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.


Psytron's rating

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Psytron (1723) - Turku, - NOV 16, 2012
Bottle at ’t Antwaerps Bierhuiske. Malty, sugary smell. Very dark brown, brown head. Very sweet. Oily texture and lively carbonation. Some coffee, licorice, syrup, a faint of pepper.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gespuccian (63) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 26, 2016
Wow. This is just great. Even my non-beer-drinking wife thinks so. Dark brown amber in color. Dried fruits on the aroma. A full flavor palate - there’s so much going on here - date, fig, raisin, candy sugar, malt. Yet so balanced. Smooth, sweet, crisp. Very little bite from the high ABV. Really, really good.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mabuzzer (459) - Hamilton, SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2016
33cl bottle at home. Dark reddish brown colour with a fizzy off white head. Aroma of Christmas cake and alcohol. Taste is banana, bread, yeast, dried fruit. Lovely

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
chrisnmn (9) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 23, 2016 does not count
You can read all the other comments regarding the smells, looks, etc, im only going to say, this beer is excellent, you simply can't go wrong with this one. Some of the best examples of what a Belgium beer is. Highly recommended.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Duracell (28) - Montreal, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2016
330-mL bottle bought in Belgium, poured into a wine glass. Deep brown color with orange hues. Beige bubbly head which fades off rather quickly leaving nothing behind. Aromas of plums, raisins, biscuits, Belgian yeast, a hint of alcohol, and a nice herbal hoppiness in the back. Brilliant nose! On the palate, fresh hops upfront, followed by caramel, dark fruits and yeast. Bittersweet finish with herbal hops. Smooth, with no traces of alcohol. An amazing beer, but I still prefer the hoppier profile of the Westvleteren 12.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopverdju (338) - BELGIUM - APR 16, 2016
Donkerbruin bier met beige schuimkraag. Geur: moutzoetig, brood, kandij, pruimen, alcoholisch en zelfs wat anijs. Smaak: zoetig, dadels, wat anijs en vleugje zout. Mooie balans. Medium koolzuurprikkel. Redelijk volmondig. Afdronk: warm alcoholisch en zoetig, karamel.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Powerage71 (14) - SPAIN - APR 12, 2016
Cerveza oscura deliciosa, muy similar a Westlvteren XII, personalmente me gusta mas la autentica pero es una cerveza fantástica!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChadPoole (100) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2016
Shared a bottle with a friend, pours milky brown with a tan head and fairly high carbination level. Definitely has complex nose and taste, with a blend of bitter, sweet, and sour all in one. Great beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fellebag (1299) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 7, 2016
Bottle 33cl. Big rippling light brown head. Dark clear color, numerous small bubbles. Aroma is grapes, wood, leaves, hops, caramel, banana. Full body, but not too heavy. Sweet taste of herbs.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
AlfSt (6) - - APR 2, 2016 does not count
Really excellent abbey style beer. Similar to Westvletern 12, but more widely available.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LinuxSam (4) - SWEDEN - MAR 29, 2016 does not count
Nice colour, slightly sugary on the nose, tastes of raisins and vanilla and some warmth from alcohol. A little to thin on the palate for my taste.


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