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St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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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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augustgarage

California

4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before November 26, 2013 (making this an '08 vintage I think). Poured from a caged-and-corked 750mL bottle into my Westvleteren goblet. Served lightly chilled.

Something of a slow-gusher, requiring frequent re-fills (not that I'm complaining). The liquid is a rosewood/carmine body with crimson highlights, suffused by dark tiny particles of sediment and capped by a thin persistent beige head. Superior retention; ornate delicate arcs of lacing swim in a sea of viscous tears.

Delicate but complex and lovely aroma reveals some oxidation with pleasing notes of port, demerara sugar, leather, tobacco, and deep bready malt and yeast elements. Very low floral notes (roses, violets), treacle, and toast.

Time has married all the flavors into something greater than the sum of their parts, but teasing apart the different tastes is difficult. Perfect integration of stewed fruits, leaf litter, biscuit dough, breakfast tea, fresh cream, and on and on. Alcohol is toned down and contributes additional body and flavor, but the heat is completely tamed now. Medium-finish with enough dryness to draw you back for another sip. Pretty close to perfection.

Creamy, soft, slighly oily mouth-feel. Still fully carbonated...you could probably cellar this for a decade without it going completely flat.

A superb ale; while not my very favorite quad per-se, it is more widely available than the very few examples I might prefer.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 21:44:37 | More by augustgarage
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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 6,869 ratings.