1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Not Rated.
St. Bernardus Abt 12St. Bernardus Abt 12

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
99
world-class

7,026 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 7,026
Reviews: 2,470
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 383
Gots: 952 | FT: 36
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)
View: Beers (12) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 7,026 | Reviews: 2,470 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by MattNidiffer:
Photo of MattNidiffer
MattNidiffer

South Carolina

4.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a flared, oversized Tulip with a full two-finger head. (As a footnote, I would recommend this beer to be enjoyed at a bit warmer than standard refrigerator temps; it tastes way better once it's settled and slightly chilled.)

Appearance - Very dark, almost ebony with deep ruby highlights. Not very much light. Creamy beige head is fluffy, foamy, and lingering. Lacing is consistently thick throughout.

Smell - Fruity and spicy esters are very prevalent up front. Very slight caramel and toasted nut aromas near the finish, with a sweet overtone.

Taste - Surprisingly sweet. Banana and clove esters right up front, with an almost syrupy aftertaste. If left in the mouth for a moment, and then swallowed, the banana flavour is far more prevalent. Minor toasty and caramelly hints throughout. Surprisingly low alcohol taste, considering its high ABV; almost as if it is masked by the fruity spiciness.

Mouthfeel - Almost seems to expand on the palate; perfect amount of carbonation. Very smooth drinking, and almost leaves the mouth with a mildly oily feeling after swallowing. Leaves the lips feeling almost syrupy.

Overall - This beer is one of the best beers I've had the pleasure of reviewing. From the full and fluffy head, all the way down to the last drop, the Abt 12 is astounding. This beer has more than earned it's place on BA's Top Beers on Planet Earth list, and it has definitely earned it's place on my shelves. Very highly recommended paired with food, friends, or even just to sip on.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 21:10:33 | More by MattNidiffer
More User Reviews:
Photo of Westyn
Westyn

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

07-31-2014 15:38:55 | More by Westyn
Photo of jeswanson86
jeswanson86


5/5  rDev +11.9%

07-31-2014 08:27:45 | More by jeswanson86
Photo of tastesogood
tastesogood

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

07-31-2014 08:03:34 | More by tastesogood
Photo of kgncfl
kgncfl

Ohio

4/5  rDev -10.5%

07-31-2014 03:08:48 | More by kgncfl
Photo of Matt_G956
Matt_G956


5/5  rDev +11.9%

07-31-2014 02:51:39 | More by Matt_G956
Photo of BrunoPettipas
BrunoPettipas

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

07-31-2014 00:24:31 | More by BrunoPettipas
Photo of tkdchampxi
tkdchampxi

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

07-30-2014 13:19:17 | More by tkdchampxi
Photo of Danimal25
Danimal25

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

07-30-2014 04:01:34 | More by Danimal25
Photo of CK319
CK319

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

07-30-2014 02:02:59 | More by CK319
Photo of Thefrap
Thefrap

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

07-30-2014 00:44:23 | More by Thefrap
Photo of jsausley
jsausley

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a glass into a Belgian Ale stemmed glass.

A: Dark, cloudy brown with tinges of deep red and orange. Thick head, some sediment (in bottle) can sneak out in an aggressive pour.

S: Big roasted malt body with strong notes of caramel, honey, molasses and peat. Some spicy and hoppy finish.

T: Primarily dark roasted malt body with spice and sweet on top. Big caramel notes and hints of clove and candy. Some cherry nose and a somewhat hoppy finish. Fairly boozy but very balanced considering its ABV and OG.

M: Smooth and silky, somewhat carbonated, not overly sweet or bitter. No unfortunate aftertastes. Very balanced and enjoyable to drink.

O: Another fine Belgian. Not quite as good as the Trappistes beers, specifically the Rochefort 10, but nonetheless an excellent beer. I enjoyed the malty body and tinges of cherry candy in the finish. Nice color, a bit more sediment than I was expecting (got a little in my glass, oops!).

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2014 22:58:57 | More by jsausley
Photo of dahonam
dahonam

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

07-29-2014 16:31:48 | More by dahonam
Photo of Wchen
Wchen

Taiwan

5/5  rDev +11.9%

07-29-2014 14:25:48 | More by Wchen
Photo of meperson
meperson

New York

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

07-29-2014 10:37:51 | More by meperson
Photo of prisoner1572
prisoner1572

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.5%

07-29-2014 01:27:42 | More by prisoner1572
Photo of Ljnickodemus
Ljnickodemus

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

07-29-2014 00:19:09 | More by Ljnickodemus
Photo of Jcru33
Jcru33

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

07-29-2014 00:17:25 | More by Jcru33
Photo of Hesscabob
Hesscabob

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

07-28-2014 19:53:22 | More by Hesscabob
Photo of the-gobbler
the-gobbler

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

07-28-2014 16:05:24 | More by the-gobbler
Photo of Treysmith1387
Treysmith1387


3/5  rDev -32.9%

07-28-2014 04:58:30 | More by Treysmith1387
Photo of Tunic
Tunic

Washington

5/5  rDev +11.9%

07-28-2014 04:25:31 | More by Tunic
Photo of BeerBilly82
BeerBilly82


5/5  rDev +11.9%

07-28-2014 00:13:59 | More by BeerBilly82
Photo of Bill235
Bill235

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

07-27-2014 19:19:22 | More by Bill235
Photo of KrisDLSmith
KrisDLSmith

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -10.5%

07-27-2014 16:50:57 | More by KrisDLSmith
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 7,026 ratings.