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


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RATINGS: 4474   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.14/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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   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. I’m 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.

Zilverenmaan (194) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUL 21, 2017
Dark red brown, decent head never completely disappearing. Taste complex but not overwhelming: slightly sweet, fruity malts at first, then dried plums, softly burnt caramels, some alcohol. Very good.

pieddethym (15) - Amiens, FRANCE - JUL 19, 2017
Bière sombre au goût amer. Une bière à goûter au moins une fois mais pas à recommencer si vous voyez ce que je veux dire.

ghendrix (153) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 9, 2017
Bottle at home. Pours medium brown, frothy off-white head, a little hazy. Aromas of spice, stone fruits, raisins/prunes, herbs, booze, and lots of yeasty funk. Taste is light-medium sweet, medium bitter. The yeastiness/herbal spice is really potent in this, much more than expected, and not in a good way. Body is medium and it’s quite light and lively in the mouth. This is very complex but just tastes off. Honestly disappointed. I’ve had this beer before and don’t remember it being so bad. Maybe a bad batch.

weordie (1184) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2017
Pours dark brown with a thin cappuccino head. The aroma is mainly vanilla and salt. Some of that recognisable Belgian yeast flavours, some dark stone fruits, raisins and a little vanilla. I perhaps expected more from this tbf.

xavras (21) - - JUL 2, 2017
Świetny quadrupel (notabene mój ulubiony styl piwa). Ciemna barwa, spora piana, ale dość szybko osiada. Świetny zapach, da się wyczuć wszystkie nutki. Smakuje świetnie, naprawdę tak, jak tego oczekuję. Mogę polecić każdemu, w Polsce jest stosunkowo łatwo dostepny i w niezłej cenie, więc to naprawdę dobre piwo do zdegustowania/wypicia :)

neontb (68) - - JUL 2, 2017
Bottle pour into snifter in Brussels. Pours dark brown. Nose is heavy earthy/fruit belgian yeast. Hoppier than others in the category, but still dark fruit/dark malt forward. Complex flavor profile. Pleasant lingering finish, nice balance between biterness of the hops and malt backbone. Excellent.

KmMat (112) - - JUN 30, 2017
Kolor brunatny, obfita, ale szybko dziurawiąca się piana. W aromacie słodkie suszone owoce, figi, miód. W smaku dosyć słodkie. Całość naprawdę niezła

evannell (1138) - Kraków, POLAND - JUN 25, 2017
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2017 W aromacie susz owocowy, alkohol, przyprawowe nuty z drożdży. Kolor brunatny z wiśniowym odcieniem. W smaku susz owocowy, ale taki na kwaśno. Wysoko odfermentowane, zgubiło dużo tej belgijskiej słodyczy, za którą nie do końca przepadam. Wciąż jednak w miarę słodko. Bardzo dobre.

mjmoen (534) - - JUN 22, 2017
B-. Pours a black color with khaki head. Full of flavor and notes of dark fruit

Beamer (62) - - JUN 21, 2017
Lekkere donkere quadripel, zoet en fruitig met een licht zure afdronk, zeker niet bitter. Romig en mooi gebalanceerd. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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