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

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RATINGS: 4205   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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4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
john_henry (124) - - OCT 28, 2013
One of the few beers that I believe really lives up to it’s reputation. After trying numerous belgian beers both in Belgium and outside this still remains a clear stand out. Sure there are other beers that I would rate higher, but this really stands out as a consistent favourite. If you haven’t tried it, I would suggest you do.


4.6
donandres (590) - Makati, PHILIPPINES - SEP 19, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2017 From variety pack from Total wine . sight : nice appearance smell nice aroma, grains. Taste: Low Bitterness. Feel: nice follow through long finish. Overall excellent beer

4.2
rodenbachvintage (84) - Roeselare, BELGIUM - SEP 15, 2017
Terecht het broertje van WestVleteren 12 genoemd. Een van de beste bruine Belgische bieren. Mooi gebalanceerd.

4.4
dreamer (210) - PORTUGAL - SEP 15, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2017 25cl on tap, at BeerCascais. Reddish dark brown color with medium beige head. Medium and soft carbonation. Full bodied and creamy texture. Aroma is very complex with plums, chocolate, yeast, vanilla, spices, hops and dried fruits. Taste is also complex but very balanced, is low to medium sweet but also has some bitterness, also tastes chocolate, dried plums, pepper, cloves and many other flavours that I’m not capable do distinguish. Aftertaste is sweet and very long. Is indeed very similar to Westveleteren 12, but less sweet, little more bitter and not so full bodied, although we can notice very well they share the same roots.

4.2
stanislav_kh (4) - Kharkov, UKRAINE - SEP 13, 2017 does not count
Хороший и очень вкусный Квадрюпель. Достаточно длинное и мягкое послевкусие, хорошо сочетается с солеными орешками или фистахами и конечно компанией друзей. Соотношение цена-продукт -100 из 100. Советую к употреблению в большой компании и NFL

4.1
Piepenhenrich (589) - Steinbach, GERMANY - SEP 8, 2017
Very good dark Belgian Ale, rich and complex in taste. Quite strong, yet not too alcoholic in taste. A very enjoyable brew!

4.4
Lilarcor (1) - Valby, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2017 does not count
very close to westvleteren 12 indeed. a superbly heavy and complex belgian brown ale that will definitely get you there. Try to drink it in the same pose as the monk on the label is taking (right index finger pointing up and left hand drinking), the experience will be even better.

4
PhillyCraft (7582) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2017
Backlog, Bottle shared with Pat in June of 2010 but I've had this 10 or more times in my life. Pours a reddish brown color with medium head. Notes of plum, light banana, apple, belgian yeast, toffee, grapes, and figs. Medium to fuller body. Awesome sipper.

4.3
FinnIckler (757) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 4, 2017
Bottle from maruhn (?), this is one of the first bottles I bought a year ago. Nose is citrus, orange, candis sugar, plums, caramel. Palate mixes sweet plum, fruity citrus, and bitter chocolate. I was at a 4.0 at the first few sips, but it is crazy how many flavours it is able to pack in at once. Bittersweet finish. Truly amazing.

4.2
beermastersasho (87) - - SEP 4, 2017
Good beer, but not the best Quad at all. For me it is boozy, trappist beers are much more balanced and light. Aroma is same to Rochefort 10 and Westy 12. But it is much more boozy. Spicies, and reminds me a little bit of Schneider Aventinus tap 6.

4.3
monksmisery (20) - - AUG 30, 2017
a solid belgian brown, has the foundational characteristics of belgian beers - strong, malty, boozy - but finishes dry and slightly hoppy in comparison to some others (i.e westmalle). the label and design is too funny. street drink that bad boy.


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