St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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99
world-class

8,428 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 8,428
Reviews: 2,659
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 614
Gots: 1,813 | FT: 49
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

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Ratings: 8,428 | Reviews: 2,659
Photo of _cr1992_
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is the best!!!!! Loved everything about it. From the way it was presented to me down to swallowing this beer. It is very delicious and would highly recommend it to everyone. Glad my awesome bartender showed me it.

Photo of DudeSMB
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smooth, delicious. Like a liqueur. This is a phenomenal quadrupel… particularly on tap.

Photo of jackb112
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The perfect beer. You don't have to wait for an occasion to drink this beer because it's an occasion every time you open a bottle.

Photo of Bhagwan
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Might be the best beer I have ever had. Extremely smooth. I compare it to Chimay Blue and Trappist Rochefort.

Photo of josanguapo
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From www.cervezasespeciales.com The only bad thing about this beer is that you cant drink a lot of them in a row because of its high ABV

Photo of Schiller-
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I took a nice vacation to Belgium and got to try a bunch of beers while I was there. I went to a small pub in Bruges and the bartender recommended this. I wasn't disappointed at all. Best beer I had the entire trip and contender for the best beer I've ever had. Amazing.

Photo of Mattygross44
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smooth and coats your mouth one of my favorites even if its pricey its well worth it best quad EVER!!

Photo of RobPete
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the only beer that I have ever considered to be truly perfect. I actually got chills during my first taste.

Photo of JohnDorsch
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredible beer and excellent BDSA.

Photo of Racinjoe
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

awesome beer. The standard for Belgian Strong ales.

Photo of SlapPalsPodcast
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can't think of a better beer. Intense, powerful, rich, creamy, and it imparts a profound sense of superiority. This one separates the boys from the men.

Photo of Arvin1236
5/5  rDev +11.9%

This should be what's comin outa our taps.... Cheers to a beer which everyone should love and will love....

Photo of bondra76
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Best Christmas beer I've had.

Photo of okono
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Hands down, the best beer I've ever had. It's the gold standard by which other beers should be measured...acknowledging, of course, that each beer needs to be appreciated and rated in the context of its style. St Bernardus 12 is the definitive 5.0 amongst Quads, with Rochefort 10 coming in a close second.

Photo of B-J-B
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Hard to imagine a better example of the style. Malty without being cloying, absolutely outstanding phenols from the yeast, and just the right amount of roast in the malt. Not much more to say - just can't believe that one of the very best gustatory experiences available costs less than a mediocre bottle of wine.

Photo of PostRockandCats
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful, cloudy dark amber with a fuffy, tan head. The lacing is spotty, but thick. There is a fair bit of carbonation still visible even after being poured for a while.

Smells almost bourbony up front with toffee malts, dried fruits all over and dry hops at the very end. Very balanced in the nose and not too boozy smelling despite the ABV.

Tastes surprisingly grapy at the start, with banana esters and spices. Brown bread and brown sugar at the end with a slight dryness punctuating the experience. Tastes like it should be boozy, but it doesn't taste as such.

Mouthfeel is unctuous and smooth; your mouth is coated. We are not in Pilsner country, here!

Overall, it's earned every word of it's reputation as one of the best Quads out there. It's balanced, smooth and drinkable while still allowing for complexity and depth. I think part of it's charm is the heavier carbonation; it lightens everything up. It's, without a doubt, one of the best beers I've had.

Photo of alex918
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Best beer I have ever tried. Had it on tap at tapwerks in OKC. Dark, smoky, amazing.

Photo of JackIndica
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Quite possibly the best beer I have ever tasted in my life along with, Tripel Karmeleit... A truly beautiful waterfall of flavours: fruity notes, wine like crisp, hoppy notes, chocolate malt, cinnamon, so much going on every taste unlocking new dimensions and flavours :3

Photo of RossMaxwellWAPL
5/5  rDev +11.9%

My absolute favorite beer.

Photo of Drmetal8
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Been wanting to try this one for a while based on its reputation. A dark ale brewed in the Trappist monk style in Belgium. Malty and sweet, but not too bitter. Very large head. Quite simply one of the best beers I've ever had

Photo of marycraig
5/5  rDev +11.9%

This beer was how I got into Belgian beers. It was my first quad and it was definitely a memorable experience that set the bar high.

Photo of kevinjsimonsen
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Absolutely outstanding. Can't be beat.

Photo of Joser8383
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can I say? It's my favorite quad and it remains to seem to be that way.

Photo of tony12hd
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer. Not sure if price makes me appreciate it more but it is a fenomenal beer. This coming from sworn ipa guy.

Photo of McMatt7
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Great

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 8,428 ratings.