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

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RATINGS: 3868   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 íQuadrupelí style of Belgiumís 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. Itís 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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatTony (175) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - NOV 4, 2012
11.2 ounce bottle- Poured out a hazy auburn brown with a fairly thick and lasting head. Aroma was hazelnut, apple and cinnamon. First impression was that this ale was just too sweet. The cloying sweetness and floral notes overshadowed an enjoyable subtlety. Too sweet for my taste, but I understand the higher rating on this one.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
matbli (24) - POLAND - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle 0,75l, brown color with fast falling head. Aroma of raisins, soy sauce and alcohol. It has a nice balance of sweetness bitterness and some sourness, but still the beer is quite heavy and oily. Alcohol could be hidden better.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ruuurd (39) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2014
Thick, brown, rich pour. Rich flavours of yeast and caramel, this is tremendous beer!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
artyom (524) - Osijek, CROATIA - DEC 23, 2014
0.33l bottle. Dark brown color with beige head. Aroma is malt, raisins, dark fruits, caramel, spices, candy sugar and yeast. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and medium bitter with fruity notes. Full body. Overall itís great beer with wonderful aroma and complex taste. One of the best Iíve tried so far.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Syfher (115) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 22, 2014
Bottle of 33cl, in a Trappist glass; room temperature. Very very good beer, not as good as the Westvleteren XII, but very good. Great appearance, but most of all, great taste of trappist yeast. Go get it !

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bennetporter (56) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Pours from a bottle a turbid rich brown with a thick off-white head. Aroma is a yeasty, banana. Flavor is a rich caramel with a nice, even bitterness hiding in the back, balanced by an earthy sweetness. Palate is perfect. Extremely good beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ffaoe (251) - York, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2014
rich malty slight raison aroma. dark brown in color with a long lasting foamy head. taste is very complex. rich dark carmel malts, candi sugars, raison, and good mouthfeel.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Batavi (6) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2014 does not count
Sint Bernardus Abt 12, uitgeschonken in originele Sint Bernardus bokaal. Mooie beige schuimkraag, die terug valt tot een kring die tot het einde blijft, fraaie donkerbruine kleur. Geur: Aan de geur merk je al dat dit bier tot de Belgische top behoort. Gedroogd fruit, vijgen, pruimen en specerijen top! Smaak: dit bier is echt heerlijk en lijkt inderdaad erg op West-Vleteren 12. Toch een keer de proef op de som nemen met een vergelijkende smaak test. Onze lokale slijterij verkoopt deze ook. Je proeft Belgische gist, brood/deeg, pruimen en rozijnen, kruiden als kardemom, kruidnagel en kaneel. De zoetheid is precies in balans zeer goed gedaan van de brouwerij in Watou. Een bier met een behoorlijk complexe smaakbeleving dus. Afdronk: lang en zacht met een kleine bittere toets. Ja dit bier hoort zeker tot de beste van BelgiŽ, een aanrader voor bierliefhebbers die van Quadrupel stijl houden, qua prijs en verkrijgbaarheid een uitstekend alternatief voor de West-Vleteren 12.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mecafilo (102) - Perugia, ITALY - DEC 19, 2014
Bottle @ home. Pours with a brown colour, big medium lasting off-white rocky head. Aroma is rich: medium malty, with notes of fruit; medium hoppy, with notes of herbs; medium yeasty, with notes of basement aromas. Taste is medium sweet, medium bitter, slightly sour. Medium body, creamy texture, average carbonation.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
cobellig (31) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2014
Not sure if this is a Beer or a heaven cookie, is soooo full in every aspects! It is a Dark brown beer not too sweet, is like, the best bock beer i haver had, but without the coffee bitterness...and not too sweet. Got this instead of the westvleteren 12. By the way it is 12% not 10!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tonypreto (126) - Akron, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2014
11.2 oz bottle poured into chalice. Could review, but honestly the description depicted it perfectly. Alcohol is masked well, hops, yeast and melt ell present in the taste and nose with a hint of fruit notes as well. A great beer.


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