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

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RATINGS: 4226   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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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
burilom (16) - USA - FEB 14, 2013
Bottle @ Alus Salons. Dark brown with small head. Malty, fruty - very complex taste. Great quad!!!


4.2
TH28 (474) - - OCT 21, 2017
330cl bottle. 5/2/21 bb date. Appearance: Cloudy dark brown with a touch of amber and a low lying offwhite head. Aroma: Toasted bread crust, brown sugar and a light raisin and plum Taste: Starts with a spiced, rich malt sweetness, some pear esters, then bread crusts and apple pop up on the swallow with a fairly high bitterness for the style Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a pleasant carbonation and a slowly warming alcohol Finish: Retronasal apple and pear aromas are strong on top of a lingering toasted maltiness. Overall: Incredibly smooth and easy drinking, with the complexity of a world class quad. Multi layered malt complexity and fruity Belgian esters, with a brisk carbonation that keeps it lively without being syrupy. High alcohol comes across as a pleasant warming and not harsh. Great beer

4
Bill Becker (1370) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 16, 2017
From Nov 2005 Poured a beautiful gold-brown with a rich head that settled down after a few minutes but remained throughout as a fine layer. The smell was fruity with plum notes taking center stage but it was more of a subtle aroma than I expected. The taste is a mix of fruit, more of the plum and some banana with a faint clove presence. Yum. This is wonderfully balanced brew that does a nice job of warming *and* doesn't let the alcohol interfere with the flavours' symphonic melody. Tis a fine example of a Belgian Quadrupel.

4.2
slire (3) - - OCT 15, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2017 Был слишком пьян чтоб запомнить подробности вкуса. каких-то ярких запоминающихся оттенков вроде не было. надо ещё раз попробовать

4.7
jaydangordon (4) - - OCT 14, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2017 Very flavourful and smooth, can definitely taste the alcohol compared to westy 12

4
coil (124) - Reading, Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2017
330ml bottle from The Grumpy Goat, Reading. Dark brown colour with beige head. Big Belgian yeast, raspberry marzipan, cherry yoghurt, big red fruit compote, strawberry jam, light sherry, light spices, light tartness, bread dough, biscuity malt, dark fruits esp. dates. A classic.

3.9
DavidSvinth (224) - DENMARK - OCT 11, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2017 Sød og karamelagtig aroma. Også gær og malt i næsen. Fuld krop - alkoholen blusser op i munden. Maltet, gæret og sød. Dejlig øl.

3.2
malushky (150) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2017
Bottle at Strawberry Thief, Bristol. Pours clear sherry in color with a short lived ivory head. Aroma is very fruity, cherry and strawberry compote plus alcohol. Taste is cherry, compote and alcohol. Full-bodied, heavy, very warming, alcohol is quite subtle for a 10% beer. Decent brew, but not for me.

4.6
GhostS (488) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - OCT 8, 2017
Aromă complexă și bogată, multe fructe uscate, smochine, caramelă și stafide, puțină dulceață de nuci verzi, puțin alcool pe fundal (mai mult o tinctură de ierburi medicinale și fructe uscate), drojdii belgiene și note de butoi de stejar; foarte plăcută, nobilă. Gust intens, complex și foarte plăcut, dulceață ”blândă” de fructe uscate, caramelă, puțin zahăr ars, diluată cu puțin alcool maturat, care dă puține note picante, ierburi de câmp lecuitoare, stafide, ușoară amăreală spre final, drojdii belgiene. Foarte bună, extraodinar de bine balansată, interesantă și atât de complexă...

4
Bachvarov (13) - BULGARIA - OCT 6, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2017 Dark color. When you pour the beer in the glass you can see the sludge. In the aroma there is a hop and honey. The taste is light. Aftertaste goes away very fast. La trappe quadrupel is better.

3.8
kamanova_boy (365) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 4, 2017
Bottle at La Putika. Dark brown colour with small soapy head, aroma of dark fruit, grapes. Taste of dark fruits, bit tart, alcoholic, with bitter finish.


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