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

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RATINGS: 4178   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.


FatTony's rating

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatTony (185) - 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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dynamiteninja (1713) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2016
Bottle. Large off white head. Dark oak body. Wheat oak alcohol nail varnish remover malt. Bittersweet, some sourness. Dry finish. Full bodied and warming.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
artemb (348) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - FEB 10, 2016
Look: dark brown slightly hazy almost no head. Aroma: fruity sourness with prominent alcohol notes. Taste: sweet balanced with fruity sourness and some bitterness. Flavour: caramel, rum, fruits, spicy hops, plume wine. Slightly harsh alcohol in the aftertaste. Good but not as complex as expected.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
phfyysik (171) - Tartu, ESTONIA - FEB 7, 2016
Dark brown colour with tan head. Nose is little bit fruity, some caramel, candy sugar, malt. Mouth is caramel, some bitter notes, plum, candies. Very good!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UjoKlobasa (239) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 7, 2016
Bottle. Dark chestnut color, tan head. Aroma of cognac, banana, cookies, cherries. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Very good.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuchessOfIowa (145) - Iowa, USA - FEB 3, 2016
Poured from a bottle. Dark walnut hue with thin tan\ white head with medium lacing. Plum, fig, raisin, with hints of cherry in nose & taste. Malt sweetness has caramel and molasses in its candied profile. A slight flash of alcohol in the nose and finish.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
h0ppingmad (16) - Barcelona, SPAIN - FEB 3, 2016
Pours dark brown with an off white head. Fruity aroma with hints of malts. Strong flavor but smooth, some caramel with a sweet finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
likeatrainwreck (315) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2016
Classic quad stuff going on... plums, sweet malts, bread... cherries... bit more of a hoppy bite to this than with some of the other renowned quads, which makes for a fresher beer. Slips down far too easily.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wiedrzensky (562) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 1, 2016
Bottle. Pours is dark with medium off-white head. Intense aroma of malts, fruity, dark dried fruits, plums, figues, candized brown sugar. Taste is light to moderate sweet with a little hoppy bitter kick, malty based, dark fruity mouthfeel. Medium to heavy body, medium dry, creamy texture, lively carbonation, light alcohol warmth in finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tometclo (163) - FRANCE - JAN 30, 2016
Mousse blanche qui disparaît très vite, bière de couleur brune, belle carbonisation, arôme de levures belges, caramel, goût malt, caramel, c’est doux mais fort en alcool. Aucune amertume, l’alcool se ressent jusqu’au final. 33Cl Paris Saint-Bière

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
David_Deas (15) - - JAN 29, 2016
One of the best examples of a belgian quad. Its also a great gateway beer into the craft scene, which is what the beer was for me. Often compared to the Westy 12, recently thats somewhat valid. The Westy 12, as it is brewed recently, is a more hoppy, far more drinkable, and seemingly more alcoholic version of this.


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