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St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

St. Bernardus Abt 12St. Bernardus Abt 12

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

6,338 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6338
Reviews: 2442
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%


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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Reviews by ralree:
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ralree

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brownish red, whitish head with very small bubbles, easily 2 fingers. Great retention and lacing!

S: Fruity but clean, with a nice dose of alcohol. Hops come out a bit to finish up the smell.

T: Nice alcoholic fruity flavor, with a good hoppy bite to it. Has a slight metallic taste to it that doesn't interrupt the other flavors. Rich flavor makes this a beer for serious Belgian lovers only. It's a bit sugary, but not cloying, which is rare for this style in my opinion.

M: Very syrupy, thick, good carbonation. Non-astringent. Medium-heavy body.

D: Goes down very well for the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 23:02:33 | More by ralree
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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04-15-2014 01:21:22 | More by Gunch52
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Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

04-14-2014 18:34:27 | More by sammy806
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sillygirl8

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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mkrass

Colorado

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raulazzer

California

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hillvt4me

Vermont

3.63/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours amber brown with a yellow-brown colored head. Good lacing.

S - ripe fruit, perhaps banana, clove and sugar.

Taste - Sugar and etoh notes, clove and over-ripe banana

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied and velvety with moderate carbonation.

Overall - Good belgian; though not my style. Too much sugar and alcohol undertone to feel balanced.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 02:49:13 | More by hillvt4me
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Macko

Belgium

4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Dark with ruby highlights. Creamy head with good lacing which lasted well.

Smell: Fruits, but somehow apples dominates for me.

Taste: Sweet to start. The more I drank, the more I thought of bananas.
Syrupy with hint of cherries. Working to a more caramel finish which can even be a little tart.
No hint of the strong alcohol in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Creamy but with good carbonation throughout. Takes a little while to feel a pleasant mild burning in the throat.

Overall: Compared to the Westy 12, it has a little more life to it. Sometimes I like to drink this with a few cherries and/or taste of brown chocolate between sips. When I look at the smiling monk on the bottle waving his finger at me, I'm generally smiling back at him.

A joy to drink. Reminds me how good it is to be alive.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 22:31:40 | More by Macko
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MattNidiffer

South Carolina

4.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a flared, oversized Tulip with a full two-finger head. (As a footnote, I would recommend this beer to be enjoyed at a bit warmer than standard refrigerator temps; it tastes way better once it's settled and slightly chilled.)

Appearance - Very dark, almost ebony with deep ruby highlights. Not very much light. Creamy beige head is fluffy, foamy, and lingering. Lacing is consistently thick throughout.

Smell - Fruity and spicy esters are very prevalent up front. Very slight caramel and toasted nut aromas near the finish, with a sweet overtone.

Taste - Surprisingly sweet. Banana and clove esters right up front, with an almost syrupy aftertaste. If left in the mouth for a moment, and then swallowed, the banana flavour is far more prevalent. Minor toasty and caramelly hints throughout. Surprisingly low alcohol taste, considering its high ABV; almost as if it is masked by the fruity spiciness.

Mouthfeel - Almost seems to expand on the palate; perfect amount of carbonation. Very smooth drinking, and almost leaves the mouth with a mildly oily feeling after swallowing. Leaves the lips feeling almost syrupy.

Overall - This beer is one of the best beers I've had the pleasure of reviewing. From the full and fluffy head, all the way down to the last drop, the Abt 12 is astounding. This beer has more than earned it's place on BA's Top Beers on Planet Earth list, and it has definitely earned it's place on my shelves. Very highly recommended paired with food, friends, or even just to sip on.

Serving type: bottle

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djbrown13

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 6,338 ratings.