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St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus Abt 12St. Bernardus Abt 12

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BA SCORE
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: 371
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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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

For my 200th review, I wanted to drink something special that I've had before, but hadn't gotten around to reviewing yet. I picked up two large 750mL corked and caged bottles of this on a recent trek into Ohio. The cork eagerly came out of the bottle with a deafening pop, after which is was poured into a Chimay goblet. The appearance is very dark, clear, reddish brown (like a cola) with a big coarse head that has excellent retention. It never completely left the beer and a lacing of foam remained the entire evening. I expected the nose to be assertive, but it is very faint and delicate. What I can detect is bready and yeasty, like a pastry, with some subtle dark fruit notes (currants?).

This beer drinks like a meal. It truly feels nourishing and sustaining. The flavor is simply off-the-scale. It is full-bodied with a lively mouthfeel from high carbonation. On the front of my tongue I get sweet, bready, yeasty flavors which develop at mid-palate into dark dried fruits like raisins and figs. I also get molasses, brown sugar, cloves, and gingerbread. It has this wonderful sweetness but is never cloying or syrupy or difficult to drink. The only knock I have on it is that the carbonation, while delightful on the tongue, may be a bit too high. I actually thought the beer tasted even better after it had rested a while, degassed, and got a little flat.

This beer has forced me to re-evaluate the need to attend release parties or fight for hard-to-get special releases. Why bother when this stuff is so damn good and so easy to get? It is easily one of the most complex and best-tasting beers I have ever had. I deeply regret buying two big bottles of it. I should have bought a case.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 23:43:08 | More by deadonhisfeet
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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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