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St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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99
world-class

6,877 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,877
Reviews: 2,465
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 371
Gots: 890 | FT: 35
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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MattChaos

North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The Abt. 12 is traditionally poured in a goblet or snifter-style glass. This allows its thick and rich head to make itself known, and not without good cause. The dark-to-light coloring of the pour is absolutely brilliant for a Belgian, and impressive to anyone familiar with the style.

Smell: Tough to get past the froth, but pleasant and suggestive. The smell is specific, and omits several key ingredients to the beer, leaving the aroma to be slightly misleading, but encouraging nevertheless.

Taste: A credit to its style. This 10% beer drinks almost like a 7%. Smooth, but pungent. A "sipper". Roasty and malty. Perfect trappist.

Mouthfeel: Sweet front-end, boasty back-end.

Drinkability: Be careful with this one! It's soothing taste and attractive appearance has been known to tempt one too many beer-geek into a quick intoxication. This is a quality beer, and should be enjoyed as such. It's a social beer, but one could easily spend an evening drinking nothing but the Abt. 12, and enjoying every last drop!

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2008 08:00:00 | More by MattChaos
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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 6,877 ratings.