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

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RATINGS: 4358   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.

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4.5
wilzwert (123) - Lille, FRANCE - AUG 16, 2018
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2018 Biere bouteille 75 cl trouvée chez Leclerc à Lille Fives. Brune trouble, belle mousse ivoire onctueuse. Nez superbe, arômes de pruneau, fruits secs, caramel, d'alcool de qualité, pas agressif. Goût caractéristique d'une brune parfaitement équilibree, aucun parfum ne prédomine ou écrase les autres. Goût de pruneau, raisin sec, porto, légère touche d'amertume, alcool majestueux. Carbonatation vive. Un pur plaisir !

4
ha1ag (1014) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2018
Bottled, Tnx to Marco's & Danny. Color is dark brown with a huge creamy head. Aroma is berries, dried plum, yeast, toffee and stingy alcohol. Flavour is sweet with stings of alcohol. Long roasted aftertaste. Alcohol is prevailing too much. At least we know what we are drinking.

4.3
DocuDrinks (53) - LATVIA - AUG 9, 2018
Well this is a wild ride, first ever beer what had exploded, literally. When opening bottle there was loud explosion like from champagne and I actually hurt my finger a bit. Guess it had quite a fermentation in here. Smell - medium strong, but lasting, some caramel, hop and sweetness tones, really nice must say feels complex. Foam - some carbonation at start, sweet bitterness for tongue, foam get huge, not creamy, by taste sweet and bitter. Taste in general - sweet and bitter, some alcohol tones, not too carbonated, some bittersweet aftertaste in mouth and around it, gives nice burps due to fact foam gets crazy, not bad at all, Will never forget this beer due to opening experience :D Just makes me want to offer it to other people and see their reaction.

4.5
jimd81 (6) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2018 does not count
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2018 Very complex even though it has a strong alcohol feel it has a great finish, the malty caramel, dark chocolate, spicy hops. excellent beer expecting great things from the my Westvleteren 12 in the cellar now

4
borowik (391) - Bytom, POLAND - JUL 31, 2018
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2018 Kolor brunatny, piana szybko redukuje się do obrączki wokół piwa. W aromacie mnóstwo fenoli, gałki muszkatołowej, dojrzałych brzoskwiń. W smaku figi, kandyzowane owoce, daktyle. Wysycenie średnie, dobrze je zostawić, aby się wygazowało.

5
rf0263 (47) - - JUL 27, 2018
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2018 Birra strepitosa. Scura, corposa, sentori di cioccolato. Insomma una strong Ale tipicamente belga. Voto personale 10/10

4
ian-drinks (30) - - JUL 27, 2018
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2018 From the bottle, thickish dark brown liquid. light perfume with hints of malt and caramel. taste very Belgian thick a little sweet and bitter chocolate and malt finish. very good beer.

4
Susan M (3) - - JUL 22, 2018 does not count
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2018 This beer was really tasty, but unfortunately, not as good as I had hoped. It had a bit of carbonation, like a champagne, and was not as smooth as other quads I have tried. Honestly, this is making me want to change my ratings on the others! I had bought 4 to sample, because I had tried a couple a Taco Mac, and wanted to figure out which brand would be the best. At least for me with my extremely limited beer palate! I certainly hope no one who really knows beer listens to anything I have to say. My ratings are for other notices only....

3.9
Flag08 (270) - - JUL 19, 2018
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2018 Bottle, 330 ml @ The Old Fishing Shack. I saw a tasting video with the Beerists tasting this one among others. This is definitely a big boy. Hazy dark brown with light beige head, it can be brought back anytime by swirling the glass. Aromas of forest fruits, plum, vanilla and a huge syrupy sweetness. After opening the bottle it smelled like champagne... of course, cz it'bottle conditioned, and Belgians are re-fermented in bottle with Champagne yeast. The cause is very obvious: they don't want anybody to steal the yeast. During the smelling the Champagne yeast aroma is still persistent. The palate is a bomb: actually it tastes less sweeter than it smells, but it's still heavy. Full bodied, high in alcohol, almost unbalanced - the alcohol is persostant after swallowing. It's hard to cover 10% ABV. Taste is dominated by caramel and dark forest fruits. Great concept, well made Quad, don't drink it alone, share with a friend... actually i got the clue that it's not the truly original one, it's the 'outsourced', so it's the 'fake' one of this...

4.2
Brokkie (465) - - JUL 18, 2018
Geweldige extra sterke gigant. Supersmaak, omdat er suiker in zit smaakt ie wat minder sterk dan ie lijkt misschien. Topper hoor! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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