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

bottled
common

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common

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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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2006 12/30: Rerated 11.2 oz bottle, BB date 26.08.10. Served in a trappist goblet. Color is a dark amber with a thick one-finger, lumpy tan head that diminishes slowly then constantly replenishes itself. Intense initial aroma of caramel, malts with a subtle fruitiness that quickly disperses. Each swallow results in a thick and foamy mouthfeel that has to be chewed through only to find a delicious coating on the tongue. The flavor is rich, malty and well blended, with a balanced, elegantly bitter finish. A slight warming is evident from the alcohol, which is otherwise hidden. Strong lacing left on the glass. Im not picking up the broader set of flavors described - could just be me. Bumping up appearance 1 point - a full glass and a single pour makes all the difference.

Paper notes from the Falls Tasting / 2006 YeHA!. Sampled next to the Westy 8 and 12. Minimal head. Clear maple color. Sweet malty start, balanced malt-bitterness in the body. Finish is creamily succulent, and lightly bitter.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Westy1130 (37) - - 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 (146) - 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 (51) - 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 (145) - 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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