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

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RATINGS: 4446   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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4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
HV (4) - Utrecht, - JUL 31, 2009
Beautiful layered flavours superbly balanced. Theres dark fruit in the forefront (prunes, cherries), and bright, slightly bitter notes in the back (orange peel, hints of clove and coriander seed) Great mouthfeel. Its syrupy, but not overly sweet. This is an almost perfect quad, quite probably my favourite.


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
19Michi38 (147) - Cracow, POLAND - MAY 23, 2017
Ciemno-bordowe, nieprzejrzyste. Piana biała, drobna, obfita, zostaje na tafli, lacingu brak. W aromacie figi, rodzynki, trochę ciemnych owocw, karmel. W smaku już owoce mocniejsze, na początku kwaśno, potem wchodzą figi z rodzynkami, karmel w tle. Jest mniej wyraźnie, niż sugerował to zapach. Wysycenie wysokie, goryczka niska, posmak suszonych fig i rodzynek.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
matoss (68) - Warszawa Ursus, POLAND - MAY 21, 2017
Kolor ciemny, lekka piana, wyrzucenie dość spore. W zapachu nuty winne, wiśnie i trochę karmelu. Smak mocno owocowy, rodzynki, wiśnie, troche karmelu, drewna, alkohol ukryty. Super piwo.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
regli22 (3) - Sanlcar de Barrameda, SPAIN - MAY 21, 2017 does not count
Cerveza muy consistente, de malta tostada, tiene notas a frutos negros, en general me parece muy buena.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jprenaud (1) - - MAY 20, 2017 does not count
Biere ambrée 10% légère convient pour les apéritifs peu d'amertume je la recommande ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BarrelDoctor80 (3) - Rodenbach, Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - MAY 20, 2017 does not count
Great beer! One of our favorites smooth going down light aroma and beautiful color, we like it better than Westvletern!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
paulcliff (7) - - MAY 18, 2017 does not count
A delicious beer! Fruity aroma, deep brown color with a creamy head, perfectly balanced flavour with an aftertaste that forces you to savor each mouthful and anticipate the next. When you want to indulge...this is what you reach for. Supposedly, it's based on one of the oldest recipes used by Trappist monks, so no surprise that for this fan of Trappist ales this one ranks among the best! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JuanCC (91) - Valencia, SPAIN - MAY 18, 2017
Botella en 99Cervezas. Vierte en color castao ms bien oscuro y aspecto transparente y casi brillante una vez que la espuma desaparece y la cerveza se "calma". Espuma generosa de color vainilla, burbuja grande y persistencia media. De intensidad media en nariz, casi con seguridad debido a que la saqu demasiado tarde del frigo. Notas de dtiles, florales y algunas frescas con un punto como de colonia francamente agradable. A continuacin salen notas leosas y de pltano muy maduro. Hay un punto alcohlico muy suave, aunque nada para lo que cabra esperar de una cerveza de 10. Compleja en nariz. De entre los sabores bsicos destaca el dulce, acompaado de un amargo ligeramente astringente y de un punto salado. Un conjunto muy equilibrado. Gran cuerpo y textura espumosa y aterciopelada. Tampoco aqu se perciben los 10 de alcohol (tan slo se dejan sentir muy al fondo y de una forma ms fresca que clida). Buena persistencia en boca, manteniendo siempre el equilibrio comentado antes y la preponderancia del dulce y sin llegar jams a hacerse pesada. Una cerveza de trago medio en cuanto a sensaciones y corto en cuanto a alcohol. El dulzor est muy bien equilibrado por la astringencia suave del amargo, aportndole una gran bebestibilidad para ser una cerveza de 10. Perfecta para sobremesa y como copa, aunque puede maridar tambin muy bien con carnes estofadas y me atrevera decir que hasta con pescado (eso tengo que probarlo).

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jandorris (642) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAY 16, 2017
W zapachu suszone czerwone owoce, rodzynki, spalony spd ciasta, skrka chlebowa. W smaku raczej wytrawne, choć pojawia się i słodycz, karmel, suszone czerwone owoce, biszkopt.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Onesimus (70) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2017
Milk and Sugar cafe Ypres I gently pour dark red brown I did include the yeast in so it's a little cloudy, there's a one finger faun tight head - considering it is a 10% ABV it certainly lasted the course Nose a little yeasty and dark fruit and nodding towards a burnt caramel Mouthfeel is luxuriantly lush with a slow and easy liveliness The flavours are surprisingly understated to begin with so I decide to let the beer breath a little. This wasn't an exercise in futility and the flavours flourished. Those plumb, raisins and caramel are beautifully balanced with a little bitterness, maybe it's just ambiance of the evening but is that apple pie and cinnamon? As I look across the market square I hear the chimes from church bells, the chatter of Flemish couples and await the last post ceremony at the city gates this slow sizzler is very warming and settles you into that relaxed holiday mood.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
basjansen14 (304) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 13, 2017
Bruin/rood kleurig bier met een creme kleurige schuimkraag. Aroma: pruimen, donker fruit, moutig, bruine suiker. Smaak: pruimen, rozijnen, bruine suiker, klein beetje geroosterd en een bittertje. Veel koolzuur en een medium mondgevoel.


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