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St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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99
world-class

6,869 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,869
Reviews: 2,465
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 369
Gots: 886 | 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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TechTriumph

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4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes on 03/25/12:
Best by: 03/22/2016; Poured in a snifter.

A - Over an inch of off-white carbonated head with decent retention; Very dark mahogany brown in color with a slight maroon hue; Though barely noticeable, there's lots of floating sediment within the glass; Very minimal lacing left behind

S - A light aroma overall, but well crafted with notes of tart dark fruits, grapes, sugar, caramel, cherries, clove, and light toast; Very faint alcohol presence here

T - Very enjoyable taste with lots of tart, crisp grapes up front accompanied by figs and dark rum-like fruits with a bit of buttered toast and caramel; There is some alcohol and warmth present, but they mesh with the other flavors very well; Peppery and lightly spicy flavors come after the initial wave of tart grapes

M - Carbonation is very zesty, providing a good bit of sting on the tongue in combination with the alcohol warmth; Goes down smooth, but the stinging is relentless on the tongue - a bit over-the-top at first, but I really start to enjoy it as the beer warms; Between medium and full bodied

O - I truly enjoyed having this Trappist ale as much as the monk depicted on the bottle. Along with Rochefort 10 and Westvleteren 12 (though I haven't yet had it), this brew easily fits in the top tier of Quads and does not disappoint at all with it's superb flavor and addictive mouthfeel. Sometimes, it's nice to just relax and sip on a complex beer to take the taste buds for an awesome ride. St. Bernardus Abt 12 is an excellent choice for such an occasion.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 15:17:43 | More by TechTriumph
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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 6,869 ratings.