St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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world-class

8,370 Ratings
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Ratings: 8,370
Reviews: 2,642
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 598
Gots: 1,758 | 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: 8,370 | Reviews: 2,642
Photo of Darkman89
4.94/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Exceptional Belgian ale in all facets.

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

Another superb Quad…not as good as Westy 12, but still a very good beer!
A: Dark brown with perhaps a tint of a darkish shade of amber at the base of the glass. Has a thin, white, highly carbonated head. Carbonation is on par with a soda.
S: Grapes, faint raisin, white wine, a hint of sweetness.
T: Not as sweet as Westy 12…could taste grape, raisin, some caramel like sweetness.
M: Medium body, somewhat bitter, fairly carbonated overall.
O: A solid Quad! Very good!

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 Mll777
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Got the original glass now. Foam still not there to last unfortunately. A little high on carbonation, but a damn good beer still

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.

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 8,370 ratings.