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


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RATINGS: 4400   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 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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2002
Very much like the Westvleteren 12, the same great taste, flavor and malt. Until 1992 St Bernardus brewed for Westvleteren.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinator63 (24) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chadski (116) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
stefgrig (12) - kalamaria, GREECE - MAR 14, 2017
Pours dark brown color with beige medium head. Taste of caramel, molasses, toffee, roasted malts. Taste of caramel, biscuit, raisin, dark fruits, blackcurrant, fig. Full body with low carbonation, sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HeadyDE (792) - Delaware, USA - MAR 13, 2017
Bomber pours a medium dark brown with minimal head as expected, nose is laden with dark fruit n sweet malt, getting some toffee n brown sugar, mouthfeel follows suit with figs and a pleasing estery feel, quite light to medium bodied at first, brings on some alcohol legs that warms the palate and leaves a perfectly balanced fig n raisin action, a well crafted quad that is a nice warmer for sure for an impending noreaster?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maracuja05 (1023) - Mainz, GERMANY - MAR 13, 2017
08-03-17 // bottle at home. Bottled: 2014 Gushing! Pours a dark brown beer with a small light beige head. Coffee, chocolate, plum, dried fruits, sweet malty, caramel. Texture was very silky, light soapy, dont know if this is intended. Definitely need to retry this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
78samh (275) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2017
11.2 oz bottle pours dark hazy brown with a sudsy, off white head. Aroma is fruity with some yeast esters, brown sugar. Taste is very complex and interesting. Notes of figs, raisins, rum, bananas, chocolate and caramel malts. This has a slight hop aftertaste. Awesome Belgian quad!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidf93 (62) - Stellenbosch, SOUTH AFRICA - MAR 12, 2017
Murkish brown colour. Smell of figs and brandy soaked raisin and ripe bananas. Quite complex, medium body. Also, taste of taste and hints of alcohol. Not so sugary which is quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavyK (18) - East Kilbride, SCOTLAND - MAR 11, 2017
Medium to low lacing. Faint sweetness & cocoa gives way to a slight overpowering booziness and a hint of soap. Tried this alongside Westvleteren 12 and they are markedly different.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fullpintofbeer (277) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2017
Bottle at Strawberry Thief, Bristol. Small, off-white head, dark red/copper colour, clear. Aroma: cherries, berries, alcohol. Dry/alcohol taste. Full body, long finish, lively. Heavy, strong, quite good, however too much alcohol as for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
buki (152) - Otwock, POLAND - MAR 9, 2017
Ponoć klasyk, przyszła pora i na mnie żeby sprbować :)
Zapach bardzo bogaty, rodzynki, daktyle, cukier, muscovado, praliny. Bardzo przyjemny i sporo się dzieje
Wygląd: Kolor coca-coli, nieprzejrzysty. Piana wzbudza się duża, wysoka, acz bardzo brzydka. Pęcherzyki tworzą się niregularne jak w domowym piwie
Smak: Sporo cukowej słodyczy, rodzynki, ciemne winogrona. Dużo alkoholu. Całkiem wodniste i "niepełne"
Odczucie w ustach: sporo gazu, goryczki brak, alkohol zbytnio wyczuwalny i przeszkadzający, zalega w przełyku
Oglnie: Piwo dobre, ale nie pozbawione wad. Jak na dosyć dostępnego abt warto sprbować.

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