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St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

6,965 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,965
Reviews: 2,469
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 380
Gots: 917 | FT: 34
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001)
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle poured into a goblet. Initial pour yielded a massive amount of creamy beige foam, which will eventually settle into a murky yeasty light cola brown colored liquid with a rich buttery aroma of dried dark fruits (dates, figs, raisins), cocoa powder, faint red berries, toffee, and an earthy tobacco-like note that also shows up on the palate. This is another fairly legendary Belgian and certainly the taste stands up well to intense scrutiny. Rich, dark, sweet, and a little roasty, with a warming but not overpowering alcohol presence and tons of dark fruit and woody, earthy notes yet quite drinkable just the same. Dark chocolate cake and dates yield to some medicinal licorice or anise notes at the back end, along with some spicier potpourri-style cinnamon and nutmeg. Moderate body (not super thick) and a similar mid-range degree of carbonation do not surprise me, although the finish is VERY interesting ... Almost a barrel-aged coconut/sulfur note that lingers and lingers along with faint gooseberry-like hops. The candy bar sweetness becomes more pronounced as the roasted bitterness subsides and I am digging the evolving complexity after the initial blast of chocolate, yeast, and booze. Supposedly this is the same basic recipe as Westvleteren 12 and I am eager to do the comparison (soon). In the meantime, the last few drops are going down and I am feeling little pain. I might go on record and say that I prefer Rochefort 10 but that's no real insult. This manages to sustain a solid runner-up position.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2014 01:47:54 | More by CalgaryFMC
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S- Mainly dark fruits. Raisin, grape, and some cherry. I get a slight whif of banana from time to time. Reminds me of red wine.

T- Grape, dark cherry, dates, slight booze, and dark bread.

M- Medium body. Lightly creamy and not overly drying. very easy drinking.

O- I enjoyed this beer. Very easy drinking for a bigger beer. Nice flavors and aroma as well.

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 6,965 ratings.