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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

7,028 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 7,028
Reviews: 2,470
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 383
Gots: 953 | 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)
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

4.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I originally bought this after qualifying for the Boston marathon. My plan was to drink it after I ran the race but ended up getting injured. C'est la vie. Drank while baking Coca-cola cupcakes.

Muddy diarhea colored light brown. Large, bubbly tan head exhausts itself down to a decent bubbly tophat and remains that way for the duration of the beer.

Aroma is, to quote Black Rob, "like whoa." Earthy dark fruit, pumpernickel bread crust, steely caramel, molasses. I can smell figs and grapes but it's also like a can smell the dirt they were grown in, the sun and the water that fed them.

Taste is again earthy dark fruit. Chocolate covered black cherry, bread crust and burn toffee. Taste lingers warms and loves. My palette is not worthy. Snappy carbonation. I never would have thought something so complex with such a high abv would be at the same time so accessible and demand sip after sip.

My girlfriend has got me hooked on the show Trueblood and in it 2 people get high on vampire blood and dance around, feel one with nature, themselves, and the world. This beer is vampire blood.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 14:02:48 | More by donkeyrunner
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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 7,028 ratings.