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

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RATINGS: 4405   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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4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hoplover (166) - Corpus Christi, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2008
Wow! THis is just outstanding. My friend told me this is one of the few beers he can find nothing wrong with, and now I know why. It was hard not giving this great beer a perfect score. It pours a murky redish light brown with an off white thick but dissapating head that leaves a mighty fine lace. The aroma is amazing. Bananas and prunes, and yet so much more that I can’t put my finger on. And the flavor...mmmmm...it’s fruity and balanced well with hops. Yeah, theyr’e there. The reasin that I gave a 9 for flavor is that the alcohol is quite detectable where I think it could be hidden a little more. The palate has a nice dry, lasting bitterness. With an alcohol sting. Overall I think it’s by far the best Abt ever.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nephirem (414) - CROATIA - MAR 26, 2017
Bottle, 0.33l. Deep ruby pour, slightly cloudy. One finger creamy beige head. Excellent retention, thick lacing. Nose is hravy malt, yeasty, slightly woody with a touch of liquor. Nice. Medium body with slightly higher then average carbonation. Nice and lively on the tongue. Smooth texture. Bittersweet and slightly boozy, nicely balanced taste. Rich aroma, tasty and complex. Caramel malts, belgian yeast. Touch of chocolate and cocoa. Herbal liquor, a bit peppery. Subtle sugary molasses. Vanilla. Cake-like mouthfeel. Earthy hops in the aftertaste leading to a mildly bitter finish, slightly dry. Overall, excellent quad. Absolutely delicious.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
metalspice (849) - Jevnaker, NORWAY - MAR 25, 2017
Fin kastanjebrun med lyst beige skum. Karamell og trket frukt i smak og duft. Finner ikke den kompleksiteten som forventes.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pleispleis (58) - Maccagno, ITALY - MAR 24, 2017
bottiglia 33 cl, schiuma media grana beige media persistenza, color mogano, al naso banana pera e alcool, in bocca malto tostato caramello note speziate e alcool, lievemente oleosa, carbonatazione media, corpo strutturato, inizialmente dolce che svanisce con amaro nel finale. Non mi ha entusiasmato, la riprover.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mithe (1677) - Opava & Brno, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 23, 2017
(bottle 0,33l)
Aroma: Sweet, strong alcohol, dried fruits.
Appearance: Hazy brown color. Long lasting, creamy, beige head.
Taste: Chocolate, sweet, dried fruits, alcohol.
Palate: Medium-full body. Light sticky texture. Alcohol warm/spicy, light bitter finish.
Overall: Tasty, malty, fruity.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
shawnmurphy (105) - Plattsburgh, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2017
Corked and caged bottles dark brown, mostly clear, with a big dark tan head. Lots of lacing. Aroma: dark dried fruits, honey, apples, molasses, yeast. Taste: raisins, figs, dates, prunes, apples, molasses. Rich and savory. One of my favorite go-to Belgians.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinator63 (26) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chadski (117) - 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.

4.8
   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.

4
   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?

3.6
   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.


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