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St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

6,964 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,964
Reviews: 2,469
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 379
Gots: 918 | 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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babyhobbes

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So, I just had this earlier this evening on-tap and thought I'd have a bottle tonight to compare. Why? Because I can. My bottle was generously given to me by my bro, he is the man! I so wish he had been here for the on-tap experience. Ah, there will be other times.

Appearance is wonderful. This beer is dark amber,a kind of ruby brown with a hugh light cream colored head in the St. Bernardus chalice. Maybe the head is a bit larger than normal...as I was excited and pouring a bit fast. Head is sticking around...and leaving loads of lacing along the glass. Every sip reminds me of the missing beer.

Taste is not nearly as good as the on-tap version. I taste alcohol. Bitter alcohol. If I hadn't just had this in the bar I definitely wouldn't be as put off by it. Other than that, there is a malty sweetness, with cherry and raisins obvious.

Smell is the best part of the bottled version. The fruity qualities are apparent from a mile away. There is a slight sweet odor of bananas, cherries and raisins. (I really get a raisin feeling from this beer.) There is a malt odor and a very, very slight tinge of alcohol. The smell is vital for this beer and I think the tap version suffers somewhat in retrospect.

Mouthfeel is creamy and thick. There is a buring sensation down the throught and the experience is reminiscent of a decent port.

Drinkability is okay. The buring alcohol is wearing me down as drink this but the smell is so fantastic I just want more. It looks so good in the glass, I want another sip. Yet, each sip brings the burning edge of alcohol. It's so sad and yet so wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2006 01:29:01 | More by babyhobbes
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tmm313

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Hazy reddish brown in the glass. 2 finger, soapy head. Pretty good lacing.

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.

Serving type: bottle

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4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this from a 22oz. bottle at Madame Janette's in Aruba.

WOW! what a find. Succulent dark and sticky fruits and yeasty spice explode from the goblet. It is a symphony of luscious malty sweets and warming alcohol goodness. Very promising.

One sip and I'm addicted to this beer for life! There are layers of fruits to pull apart; plum, green melon, figs, banana, dark cherries, and more. It's delightfully yeasty, with raw dough and all the accompanying spice. There's a nibble of artfully added hops toward the end. It's sweet and fruity while maintaining it's dignity.

The mouthfeel is medium big, with a very creamy, full texture. It's ever so gently carbonated and really feels like velvet in my mouth. I lick my goblet clean when I am finished, it's that good!

Serving type: bottle

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 6,964 ratings.