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

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RATINGS: 4475   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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Reviewed 12/04/2012. About time I review this. 11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. A: Pours a very dark reddish brown color. The head is a four finger light tan color. Rather than recede in a generic manner, the head merely loses texture before only collapsing partially. There is a LOT of lacing on the glass - not the ringed lacing of a good IPA, but spotty with large clumps. S: Lots of caramel malts, stewed dark fruits (like fig, plum, and raisin), lighter fruit esters (pear, apple), and a hint of chocolate. Perhaps not as enchantingly nuanced as Rochefort 10, but still wondrously aromatic. Nicely bready. T: The very first sip is loaded with chocolate, caramel, and dark fruit. After a few more sips, a balanced sensation of pears and phenols pop up on the finish along side faint alcohol warmth. I can also pick up a touch of raspberry and leafy tobacco as well, and the aftertaste has a bit of a milky cream flavor that is immensely enjoyable. It takes a while, but eventually, a spiced sensation of subtle nutmeg and cinnamon on the palate will show itself a little more than half way down the glass. Quite complex, but a little less so than Rochefort 10 - which is a moot point at the end of the day. This still has top caliber balance and craftsmanship. M: Not perfectly delicate, but the body’s thickness is perfect. There’s just enough of a cleanliness to the finish to encourage one to drink this faster. The booze manifests as a slight warmth on the tongue and stomach - but because of its balance, it just works in concert with the whole experience. O: It might be one of the more drinkable and balanced quads I’ve ever had. ’Course, I’ve never had Westy 12, but Hell, doesn’t Westy 12 have a very, VERY similar recipe to this? Ah well, that doesn’t matter, because it’s every bit as mindblowing as I hoped.


4.1
Pallleon (362) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUL 25, 2017
Közepesen barna szín, kicsi bézs hab. Aszalt gyümölcsös, karamelles illat. Édeskés, karamelles, fuszeres, melaszos, virágos íz. Nagyon kiegyensúlyozott sör, melyben kiválóan rejtik el a nagy alkoholtartalmat.

4
Zilverenmaan (196) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUL 21, 2017
Dark red brown, decent head never completely disappearing. Taste complex but not overwhelming: slightly sweet, fruity malts at first, then dried plums, softly burnt caramels, some alcohol. Very good.

2.1
pieddethym (15) - Amiens, FRANCE - JUL 19, 2017
Bière sombre au goût amer. Une bière à goûter au moins une fois mais pas à recommencer si vous voyez ce que je veux dire.

2.6
ghendrix (153) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 9, 2017
Bottle at home. Pours medium brown, frothy off-white head, a little hazy. Aromas of spice, stone fruits, raisins/prunes, herbs, booze, and lots of yeasty funk. Taste is light-medium sweet, medium bitter. The yeastiness/herbal spice is really potent in this, much more than expected, and not in a good way. Body is medium and it’s quite light and lively in the mouth. This is very complex but just tastes off. Honestly disappointed. I’ve had this beer before and don’t remember it being so bad. Maybe a bad batch.

4
weordie (1184) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2017
Pours dark brown with a thin cappuccino head. The aroma is mainly vanilla and salt. Some of that recognisable Belgian yeast flavours, some dark stone fruits, raisins and a little vanilla. I perhaps expected more from this tbf.

4.4
xavras (25) - - JUL 2, 2017
Świetny quadrupel (notabene mój ulubiony styl piwa). Ciemna barwa, spora piana, ale dość szybko osiada. Świetny zapach, da się wyczuć wszystkie nutki. Smakuje świetnie, naprawdę tak, jak tego oczekuję. Mogę polecić każdemu, w Polsce jest stosunkowo łatwo dostepny i w niezłej cenie, więc to naprawdę dobre piwo do zdegustowania/wypicia :)

3.9
neontb (68) - - JUL 2, 2017
Bottle pour into snifter in Brussels. Pours dark brown. Nose is heavy earthy/fruit belgian yeast. Hoppier than others in the category, but still dark fruit/dark malt forward. Complex flavor profile. Pleasant lingering finish, nice balance between biterness of the hops and malt backbone. Excellent.

4.2
KmMat (112) - - JUN 30, 2017
Kolor brunatny, obfita, ale szybko dziurawiąca się piana. W aromacie słodkie suszone owoce, figi, miód. W smaku dosyć słodkie. Całość naprawdę niezła

3.7
evannell (1141) - Kraków, POLAND - JUN 25, 2017
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2017 W aromacie susz owocowy, alkohol, przyprawowe nuty z drożdży. Kolor brunatny z wiśniowym odcieniem. W smaku susz owocowy, ale taki na kwaśno. Wysoko odfermentowane, zgubiło dużo tej belgijskiej słodyczy, za którą nie do końca przepadam. Wciąż jednak w miarę słodko. Bardzo dobre.

4
mjmoen (536) - - JUN 22, 2017
B-. Pours a black color with khaki head. Full of flavor and notes of dark fruit


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