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

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4426   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 Belgiums 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. Its 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 bodys thickness is perfect. Theres 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 Ive ever had. Course, Ive never had Westy 12, but Hell, doesnt Westy 12 have a very, VERY similar recipe to this? Ah well, that doesnt matter, because its every bit as mindblowing as I hoped.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Westy1130 (35) - - APR 22, 2017
Purchased in a brick pack(12, 8, 6, Tripel and St.Bernardus chalice) some years ago. I must admit i prefer this over Rochefort 10. Definitely the closest thing to Westy 12.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
moldovan9807 (145) - Oradea, ROMANIA - APR 22, 2017
Dark brown,creamy head.Very complex on the nose, a lot of dark fruit, malt, little bit alcoholic. Taste is malty, some fruity sweetness, some sourness, caramel.. Really great stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ironcontra (50) - POLAND - APR 18, 2017
very much an Essential Beer. Struggling to think of something with similarly wide distribution and price that could compete. Definitely doesnt fall in the sugar zone with other quads and traps - drinkable as all heck. Perfect carbo, nice hoppiness.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sir__v (2571) - FRANCE - APR 18, 2017
Bottle (2015) @ Six Roses, Lille - FR. Color: deep dark brown beer with no carbonation and medium brown head. Smell: caramel with cherry notes. Candied and alcohol cherry notes. Roasted malt and small alcohol finish. Taste: full body with strong caramel roasted malt, cherry notes and full candied fruits bouquet. Great balance and quite drinkable. Aftertaste: alcohol and roasted caramel malt bouquet. Really great!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WillemsUrenkel (1733) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - APR 13, 2017
0,33 l bottle. Darkest brown in the glass, think its unclear, one finger head. Very complex on the nose, a lot of dark fruit, malt, little bit alcoholic. Taste is malty, some fruity sweetness, some sourness, kruiden as the dutch said.. Really great stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
k92488 (451) - KVERNALAND, NORWAY - APR 13, 2017
DWF mrk med flott skum. Aroma er balansert frukt caramel. Smak st balansert humle. Co2 mye. Fantastiskt god. Favorite

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
azzurro (144) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2017
Bought this beer as a christmas package for my family. When you drink this beer, it rekindles your lost love for the good abbey work.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BrewDoctor61 (1) - Jacksonville, - APR 9, 2017 does not count
Best overall beer Ive ever had. I typically do not drink ales, yet this is my favorite beer period.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
strelka (2) - Rzeszw, POLAND - APR 9, 2017 does not count
Great Price vs. Quality vs. Availability relation. Very stable, one of the best Belgian beers in this matter.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fujimo2000 (140) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - APR 8, 2017
Pours dark copper. Aroma is cherries, and sweet dark fruit. Taste is the same, had this years ago and its definitely a classic.


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