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

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RATINGS: 4408   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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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Doghair (312) - Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Poured into a Chimay chalice. Dark brown with a thick inch of foam that seems to last forever. When I first put the glass to my nose all I could smell was green apple, wonderful. The taste is just amazing. Carmel, dark fruit some green apple. Had to describe. Mouthfeel is medium with lots of carbonation. Halfway through the glass and theres still a quarter inch of foam. This may be one of the best beers Ive ever had. Simply amazing.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thomas_W1 (707) - Rastatt, GERMANY - MAR 29, 2017
Flasche 0,33l: Kastanienbraun, dunkles Mahagoni, deutliche Trbung, sehr krftiger stabiler grobporiger Schaum; in der Nase krftige dunkle Se, Malz, Malzzucker, Karamell, dunkle/eingelegte Frchte, Backpflaumen, Rosinen, leichte Hopfennoten, Rstaromen, Tannine, krftige slich-wrzige Bitterkeit; im Krper schne Se, dunkle Fruchtigkeit, Malz, Malzzucker, Karamell, dunkle/eingelegte Frchte, Backpflaumen, cremig, krftige Kohlensure, Rstaromen, angenehme dunkel-fruchtige BItterkeit, Tannine, zunehmend trockener; angenehmer fruchtig-wrziger Nachgang mit leichten Rstaromen

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Evilman (203) - Taverny, FRANCE - MAR 29, 2017
And now, for my 200th rating, what could be more appropriate than this splendid lady? Goddamn sweet and lovely, exactly what Im looking for when I drink strong beers. Sweet caramelized aroma, deep and complex taste, interesting abv and a delightful aftertaste. Very different from the Tripel variant, this one is definitely easier to drink despite its stronger abv. Well hidden alcohol. Ive gotta try the other ones, only tried the Tripel and Wit for now but I really want more! Superb! APPROVED BY TAVERNYS BLACK METAL CREW!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GoddamnNoise (104) - Pontevedra, SPAIN - MAR 27, 2017
33 cl. bottle @ Home. Aroma: not very intense. Toasted malts, fruits, spices. Hints of wine, grapes, alcohol, raisins. Appearance: dark caramel-brown color with very much above average head thickness. Off-white super creamy foam made of small bubbles. Its dark but it seems clear. Above average persistence. Low Brussels lacing. Taste: medium-high sweetness, low bitterness, no sourness. Flavors of malts and toasted malts, caramel, fruits, raisins, figs, with hints of grapes, wine. On the sweet side of flavors. Palate: medium body, dense oily-silky texture, low carbonation, very long bittersweet (much more sweet than bitter) finish of caramel, toasted malts, fruits, yeast, wood, wine overtones, grapes, spices, prunes, raisins, figs. Overall: very good appearance with not very intense aromas. Very pleasant and intense flavors of malts, toasted malts, caramel with hints of wine, grapes, spices,raisins, fruits, figs. Alcohol is very well hidden under those strong and sweet flavors. Very good mouthfeel. Very complex and good beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nephirem (414) - CROATIA - MAR 26, 2017
Bottle, 0.33l. Deep ruby pour, slightly cloudy. One finger creamy beige head. Excellent retention, thick lacing. Nose is hravy malt, yeasty, slightly woody with a touch of liquor. Nice. Medium body with slightly higher then average carbonation. Nice and lively on the tongue. Smooth texture. Bittersweet and slightly boozy, nicely balanced taste. Rich aroma, tasty and complex. Caramel malts, belgian yeast. Touch of chocolate and cocoa. Herbal liquor, a bit peppery. Subtle sugary molasses. Vanilla. Cake-like mouthfeel. Earthy hops in the aftertaste leading to a mildly bitter finish, slightly dry. Overall, excellent quad. Absolutely delicious.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
metalspice (849) - Jevnaker, NORWAY - MAR 25, 2017
Fin kastanjebrun med lyst beige skum. Karamell og trket frukt i smak og duft. Finner ikke den kompleksiteten som forventes.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pleispleis (58) - Maccagno, ITALY - MAR 24, 2017
bottiglia 33 cl, schiuma media grana beige media persistenza, color mogano, al naso banana pera e alcool, in bocca malto tostato caramello note speziate e alcool, lievemente oleosa, carbonatazione media, corpo strutturato, inizialmente dolce che svanisce con amaro nel finale. Non mi ha entusiasmato, la riprover.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mithe (1680) - Opava & Brno, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 23, 2017
(bottle 0,33l)
Aroma: Sweet, strong alcohol, dried fruits.
Appearance: Hazy brown color. Long lasting, creamy, beige head.
Taste: Chocolate, sweet, dried fruits, alcohol.
Palate: Medium-full body. Light sticky texture. Alcohol warm/spicy, light bitter finish.
Overall: Tasty, malty, fruity.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
shawnmurphy (107) - Plattsburgh, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2017
Corked and caged bottles dark brown, mostly clear, with a big dark tan head. Lots of lacing. Aroma: dark dried fruits, honey, apples, molasses, yeast. Taste: raisins, figs, dates, prunes, apples, molasses. Rich and savory. One of my favorite go-to Belgians.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinator63 (28) - California, USA - MAR 20, 2017
Most excellent quad, dark and dense, very fruity aroma, malty, slight bitterness and underlying sweetness throughout. Tastes like fruity alcohol, raisins, figs, a complex and very pleasing combination of flavors. From a bottle in my cellar, outstanding.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chadski (117) - California, USA - MAR 18, 2017
Fairly weak pour with very little head retention. Recovers with its aroma and flavors of plum and other red fruits. Crisp and wonderful.


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