St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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99
world-class

8,362 Ratings
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99
world-class

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Ratings: 8,362
Reviews: 2,636
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 593
Gots: 1,752 | FT: 49
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

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Ratings: 8,362 | Reviews: 2,636
Photo of toronadotornado
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Gift - San Francisco, CA - Bomber poured into a snifter

Photo of DevAJ
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After having Gulden Draak 9000 I was actually somewhat surprised at how dark it was. I was expecting a more golden color and this was more of a deep dark brown (the color of regular Gulden Draak). It was still really good and it had a very large head, but now I'm not sure of the true style standard as this was much closer to classic Gulden Draak in both look and taste. I suppose I'll just have to try more Quads to get it all figured out.

Photo of souvenirs
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Biercraft.

Smells of raisin. Tastes sweet, not really boozy. Raisin, dried figs and plums. Finishes dry.

Photo of Solk777
4.29/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells like dry parchy moose meat, lime, raw dough

Photo of PfBeerMan
4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

That was a very nice Belgian! Looked great and tasted even better!

Photo of ttp86
3.2/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was disappointed in the flavor and complexity

Photo of 50marathons
4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Excellent flavor. Sweet alcohol feel.

Photo of Apcooper777
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It is pretty strong yo

Photo of MattMorin
3.5/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I need to buy another one to try again

Photo of martinimike82
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great example of a sweet/boozy quad. Readily available and tasty.

Photo of JohnnyForeign
3.5/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hate to be a Philistine, but I didn't care for it. Too sweet, with none of the tangy bitterness I associate with my favorite ales.

Photo of josanguapo
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Compra: www.cervezasespeciales.com

Opinión: Lo unico malo de esta cerveza es que al tener tanta graduacion no se pueden beber muchas seguidas

Photo of TheVillageIdiot
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This has suddenly become my favorite of these brews. Very nice stuff, would drink it any time. Seem like it would go well with a meat and potatoes meal. AVV according to the label is 10%.

Photo of PorterPro125
4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Serving Type: 33 cL (330 mL) Bottle

A- Reddish-Brown hue topped by a bubbly tan 3 finger head that fades fairly quickly to a thin skim.

S- Fruity and Malty. Pear and apple up front along with some darker fruitiness (raisins mostly). Slight hint of alcohol at the end.

T- Follows the nose without as much malt. Pear, apple, raisins, bubblegum, and maybe a hint of molasses. Incredibly crisp taste for a 10% brew.

M- Dense mouth feel. Big body on this brew. Fairly low carbonation that is standard with Belgian Tripels/Quadrupels.

O- As my first Quad, I have to say that I am impressed with what the style has to offer. Even with a giant body, this beer is incredibly easy drinking,even at 10%. Lots of favour to boot.

Photo of farrago
4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crests close to a finger, nice frothy head which settles into an even coating across the surface, tan in color, the lacing acts like a coat of mail and just shimmers down the glass sides. Cloudy amber to light brown colored liquid, more yellow near the surface, very difficult to visually inspect the carbonation level. The nose has a regal compactness to it, molasses, rum raisin ice cream, spiced oranges, cola, clove and bubblegum, green apple, apricot and red cherry fruit interwoven, there is also an element of cigar ash and earthiness, definitely does not overplay sweetness. In the mouth it’s medium-bodied and, again, more dense than fluid and expansive. This said allowing for the big foaminess and softly round carbonated mouth feel. Caramel, bubblegum, banana, clove, anise and a slight pie crust doughiness. The cherry, blackberry, plum fruit takes on a darker complexion here without undue sugariness, hint of fig or date. Mild metallic to earthy qualities, mostly as residue. Given its subtlety, few flavors leap out at you to jot down, what you are most struck by is its balance for the category and its confident persistence without raising its voice. You notice it without it having to work hard for you to do so.

Photo of Bhagwan
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Might be the best beer I have ever had. Extremely smooth. I compare it to Chimay Blue and Trappist Rochefort.

Photo of BrownAleMale
3.5/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent but not a style I love

Photo of ordybill
4.99/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 355 ML bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- big malt and fruit smell, really good
Appearance- Pours a dark brown with a big tan head. Has a lot of sediment and I let that settle before tasting.
Taste- Incredible flavor, malt, hops and maybe some fruit
Palate- A medium bodied beer with mild carbonation. Excellent creamy texture.
Overall- A world class beer, outstanding.

Photo of 400thecat
2.3/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I sampled this beer in a blind taste test. My buddies asked me to try to guess the brewery. I guessed Union Carbide.

Photo of jazzbass92
4.98/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Absolutely wonderful. This secular brew surpasses even the most pious Trappist quad.

Photo of ds47uk
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Why mess about trying to find Westvleteren 12 when you can have this - brewed by the brewery who used to brew WV12. To my taste it is virtually as good and a hell of a lot easier to find!!

Photo of laurencejacksoniii
3.88/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light, sweet and pretty delicious.

Photo of madelfonatree
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look – Creamy, thick head. Unfiltered dirt clay color.

Smell – Like a sweet lager.

Taste – Toned down alcohol throughout but smooth. Malty.

Feel – Expands in the mouth. Has volume. Sticks around on the tongue.

Overall – The look and feel of this beer make it one of the best. It's a flavorful quad but isn't too sweet. I'm glad I had it on draft.

Photo of dukeandduke
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

3/31/15 (Bottle) - Very dark brown pour, generous thick tan head. Aromas included malts, fruits, raisins and spices. Incredibly smooth to drink, light carbonation, beer went down easy despite the heavy ABV, though you did feel it later.Well balanced taste of malts, hops and flavor. Right amount of "wrong", sweet and firm. Overall an excellent beer, one of the best I ever had.

Photo of LyJK
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First of my big three, definitely worth a try. It has light notes on the nose and goes down smooth winter or summer. Not quite as full bodied as the Rochefort, but still a complex taste for the feel.

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 8,362 ratings.