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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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6,985 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,985
Reviews: 2,469
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 380
Gots: 930 | FT: 34
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001)
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

05-27-2013 20:41:25 | More by TimHitchings
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

12-26-2012 00:05:18 | More by laxer8811
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

03-16-2012 00:27:36 | More by Goobastic
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drank this out of a goblet.

a. Beautiful Amber/Brown with a nice generous
head that laces the glass throughout the drink.

s. Fantastic smell. Spice/fruits/sweet ripe figs.

t. Out of this world. Sweet sublte spicey flavors all over the palate with bit of bitterness toward the end. Nothing is overpowering. Balanced and just delicious.

m. Light but smooth with a really good amount of carbonation.

d. Good lord.. Drinkable? Just an all around fantastic combonation of taste/smell/feel/appearence. A beer to savor.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 16:03:39 | More by BBri
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North Dakota

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

05-27-2013 14:59:58 | More by 701beer
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

06-13-2014 00:00:02 | More by Danilo_SP
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

09-29-2013 22:31:00 | More by TwoTrees
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

11-22-2012 22:52:36 | More by SGToliver
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

04-21-2013 20:49:46 | More by JDD419
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

08-25-2013 20:30:42 | More by VACraftBeerLover
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

05-02-2014 22:19:21 | More by winobot
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

01-09-2013 16:15:18 | More by roblund
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Rhode Island

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

02-15-2014 19:11:48 | More by Rhody1
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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

07-20-2014 23:40:58 | More by ExtraStout
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4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

**Purchased in Bruges, Belgium

Appearance: pours a murky, coppery-brown, thick off-white head, sticky head,

Aroma: nutty, dark fruit (fig, raisin, date), brown banana, sweet caramel malt, dark Munich malt

Taste: complex, malt hits first with a caramel/nutty smoothness, followed by notes of raisin, fig, and date, slight brown banana taste, and then finishes with a slight noble hop bitterness; can detect the heightened alcoholic percentage on the finish, but not more than you should be able to in a Quad

Mouthfeel: full bodied, slight prickle from carbonation, pleasantly mouth coating

Overall Impression: World Class ale, stays true to Quad style but reaches higher than most when it comes to overall complexity of taste and inviting aroma. As soon as I cracked the top off the bottle, the complex aroma hit me. Truly a joy to sift through the many flavors and depth of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 21:15:30 | More by dwren89
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4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Head is a nice cream color
Body is almond-ish

S: TONS of banana and lots of bready malt. Banana bread? A little residual sweetness. Some floral notes.

T: Nice full body and very round mouth feel. Super smoothe. Hardly any heat (if any.) A lot of banana still along with malts and a tiny bit of apricot. Really great.

O: Really fantastic beer. So glad to have it on tap and enjoy the full fruity esters.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2013 06:40:59 | More by nick_asian
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4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I put this brew off for too long, finally decided to pop open my 750ml on a beautiful Saturday afternoon with no distractions and music-a-pumpin'.

Pour is beautiful, dark blood red with huge 3-finger off-white head on each pour. Head shrinks over time but never comes close to disappearing and leaves great, thick lacing. A bit of sediment.

Smells more fruity than I expected, I'm getting apple, plum, brown sugar, some booze. Smell is much more potent once the head dies down a bit.

Taste is so excellent, dark fruits aplenty mix wonderfully with a generous amount of brown sugar/caramel richness. If I had to pick other particulars, I'd say raisin, plum and sugar cookie. With the flavors I've listed here, you might think this is overly sweet, but it definitely is not. Everything is balanced wonderfully here. Every sip gets better and better. The booze taste is surprisingly VERY well-hidden, it is slight but only adds to the overall taste and leaves a great warming feeling in your face and stomach. The aftertaste is amazing, the yeast really starts to show through and the brown sugar/caramel element is to die for.

The mouthfeel is quite carbonated, but extremely luscious and creamy. Swishing this in around in my mouth is pure bliss. I have a glass of water standing by and I haven't taken one sip, I want this taste to cover my tongue forever.

I personally think this drinks extremely easy, especially compared to other quads I have tried. This is definitely an entirely different beast than the Rochefort 10, more fruity, I have to say I prefer this. Easily the best Belgian I've had so far. A beer that, like most rich Belgians, definitely deserves to be drank respectfully and to be drank in the right mood and environment. If it's true that this is the closest beer to Westy 12, than that has been hyped about 20 times more in my mind. I will be buying a 4-pack of this to age for sure.

*** edit -- 5/4/13

Opened up a 2010 bottle that is a little over 3 years old at this point. Huge dark fruit (red grape & raisin) overtakes other flavors a little bit but still quite excellent and opens more with warmth. Mouthfeel maybe has thinned out a little too but still amply carbonated. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 20:27:18 | More by Chico1985
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4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, thick brown with lots of yeasty sediment. Faint lace.

Nose is intensely fruity -- berries, plums, licorice, cinnamon and spice. Impressive and quite complex.

Taste is again comprised of the aforementioned fruit, including some raisin. The alcohol warming presence is muted and subtle, despite the high 10% ABV. Wow. This is a delightful and nuanced beer that transcends the norm. Beautiful!

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 03:35:41 | More by secondtooth
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4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

First, the bottle fizzed up everywhere when I opened it. That super sucked. Then I spilled some on my rug. That won't suck until my wife finds out.

Poured the bottle into my WestyXII chalice.

A -- Amber brown. Cloudy as all get out. Very thin, continuous head with a tan tinge. Lots of tiny, tiny bubbles.

N -- Yeasts... delicious, delicious yeasts. Dried fruits and such. Sweet.

T -- Oh so good. Cellar temperature. Nice and sweet. Eminently drinkable. Again with the dried fruits... raisins, apricots, dates... whatever you like. So good.

M -- Smooth and drinkable. Strong. Beautiful.

O -- I would drink this all day (for about an hour until I was passed out). I really like it.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 02:18:06 | More by tkelley
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New Jersey

4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown with notes of amber around the edges. Full poofy head on the pour that calms down but still leaves a perfect few cm thick head and lacing as you drink.

S: Complex blends of sweet caramel, cereal grains, dried fruit, brown sugar.

T: Sweet yet complex. Sweet carmel, cereal grains, dried fruit (apricot?), brown sugar and toffee. Some nice peppery spice and mellow hops charachter. After sampling multiple times in the last few months, this may be the best tasting beer i have ever had.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy mouthfeel. Perfect carbonation levels - prickly without being too bubbly.

D: Exceptionally drinkable for a beer of its ABV profile. Would have multiple if that wouldnt get in the way, but like a good meal, the smaller portion works best.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 15:27:26 | More by rfgetz
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4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark brown hue with a frothy 3-finger, off-white head that slowly dissipates into a solid persistent lace leaving a nice trail down the glass.

S: Dark fruit and candi aroma with hints of chocolate.

T: Sweet ale with the same dark fruit and Belgian candi flavor as the smell. Hints of banana and chocolate.

M: Heavy body and high carbonation

O: Excellent Quad – I could sip on this all night.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 01:47:12 | More by ckollias
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Ontario (Canada)

4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle from LCBO for $8.95 CDN

Appearance - Moderate pour into an over sized wined glass yields just over one finger of head that recedes quickly, leaving a nice white cap in the center. In the current lighting conditions the head seems to sparkle as carbonation bubbles rise to the top. Beer is dark brown with red hues thrown in for good measure. Glorious.

Smell - Yeasty scents dominate up front with some dark fruits following. A bit of a caramel maltiness on the back end.

Taste - Very complex, lots of different flavors going on. Cloves and bready flavors up front transitioning quickly but not too quickly to fruits and brown sugar flavors. Every sip seems to alternate the emphasis between bread and cloves followed by fruits and sugar on the next sip and vice versa. All of this while being able to taste each the transition of each profile in every sip.

Mouthfeel - Thick rich creamy texture. Dry finish a given considering the booziness. After the first few sips a considerable warmness in the back of your throat. Perfect for a rainy fall day.

Overall - Truly one of the best in the world, and a beer that only gets better as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 00:29:38 | More by DenisKolkin
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4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this both on tap and then, to confirm, from bottle. I can only say, Wow! The smell and taste was all banana & spice a'la banana bread. The mouthfeel was superb: smooth and velvety with possibly slightly more alcohol than I would have ordered. But, nonetheless, that doesn't detract from the overall experience which is fantastic.

I would drink this everyday, but,--like eating chocolate for dinner-- only refrain so as to retain its superiority by experiencing other lesser examples of the genre. I'm still looking for a better Belgian but I haven't found one yet.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2013 03:57:15 | More by Doe_A_Beer
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4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark ruby-brown color, caught me off guard a little mainly because I was going through the pre-drinking picture-taking motions. Caramel and figs and raisins, enjoyable aroma. Excellent flavors and an exceptionally creamy texture. Figs and raisins and cherries, nice depth and richness while also letting you know they've been sipping the 10% alcohol. Molasses, caramel and brown sugar add more interest, this time a bit sweet.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 05:01:02 | More by capnamerica
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4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured into a tall chalice, a dark mahogany brown. Small but sturdy head, dissipates fairly quickly but maintains nice lacing.

S - Smells a bit musty and boozey. Dark fruit and sweet bread.

T - Tastes sweet, mildly tanic like a fine red. Candy, citrus, and plum. No one aspect stands out, but the sum is greater than the parts.

O - A fine brew, goes down smooth and seems to reveal a different aspect with every sip. Would be in the running for my last beer ever if I had to choose.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 01:02:51 | More by CurtFromHershey
St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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