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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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7,856 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,856
Reviews: 2,541
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 495
Gots: 1,306 | FT: 35
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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look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I had high expectations for this beer, I mean, it is one of the most lauded Quads.

What a worthless beer! Let's break down the stats on this guys:

It looks awesome! A deep garnet with a dishwater head that just won't quite! No matter how long you let it sit, the head just won't go away. No matter how much my moustache releases oils that cause lesser heads to fail. Too bad it's all downhill from there.

It smells like curacao oranges. Why in the world would I want beer to smell like oranges?

And the taste? Nasty yeast gets into a terrible trainwreck with curacao oranges, toffee, and chocolate. Terrible.

The mouthfeel is easily the worst part of this beer. The excessive use of sugar leads to a paper thin body -- so what do they do to compensate? Equally excessive use of crystal malts. Sticky sugars mingling with thinner-than-water body. Terrible.

Drinkability? I could barely finish choking down my 8 ounces of it. I'm just glad that my girlfriend was able to take care of the rest of the 750.


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A - Mocha brown with a small frothy head. Specks of lacing line the glass.

S - Dates and molasses malt, but alcohol dominants the nose.

T - Molasses malt with a slight diacetyl. As with the smell, the alcohol dominants the taste. It is lacking in depth, for a 10% abv, it really should have masked its alcohol better than this.

M - Best part of the beer, absurdly smooth and a little thin. Slightly drying, but tolerable.

D - If alcohol flavor doesn't bother you too much, than this is a drinkable beer. But it is very lacking all around. A big disappointment. Rocheforte 10 is much better, and I didn't even like that too much.

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look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Very underwhelmed by this. Smell was decent yet somewhat faint. Smells of light chocolately roastiness, a touch of belgium yeast and metal, and mostly of raisins. The second this hits my tongue the ridiculously high carbonation basically turns the beer into foam. Feels like champagne in the mouth. Taste is a touch dark fruit, roasty, raisiny, light but standard belgium yeast character and caramel. Honestly, the mouthfeel was the worst part of it. Fizziest beer I've had in nearly 500 beers. Alcohol is hidden well, but I'd be happy to never drink this again.

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look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A- pours a deep dark chestnut brown with some orange-ish gold highlights. many many chunks of yeast floating around in this one. bottle says best before 18 11 13. there are some specks of yeast in the floamy beige head as well, densely structured bubbles redece down to about 1/4in and hold firm. some nice waves of lace adhere to the glass. active carbonation doesn't allow those chunks of yeast to settle.

S- dark fruity and sweetly tart, prune, black plum, raisin, fig, date, clove, nutmeg, apple cider, milk chocolate, brown sugar, damp wood, pinneapple alcohol scent, cedar, and orange. spicy and acidic. alcohol vapors give this strong quad an intense bouquet and i'm feeling more at ease with the relatively off-putting appearance.

T- sweet, chocolatey, fruity, nutty... malty. some grassy hop flavor but this one tastes well, flat. as far as i know this bottle had been handled properly but i expected far more from the saint. i can't appreciate the richness of flavor i get from other quads so near to my heart. this one seems 2-dimensional. chocolate, brown sugar, some prune, date, and fig, a little black pepper and an earthy woody nutty flavor and a touch of smokiness. finishes a bit metallic and on the water side but with some floral alcohol taste. finishes neither dry nor cloying with an odd bitterness.

MF- again somewhat boring. carbonation is present but dissipates quickly. texture is nothing to rejoice over. i can feel chunks of yeast when i sip and they stick in my throat when i swallow making for an unpleasant experience. a bit sticky on the lips.

D- i'm convinced that this bottle has seen better days as the retialer that i purchased it from has a questionable reputation. i assumed that i couldn't go wrong with such a high abv brew but i guess i was mistaken. sadly i have to dump this one due to the yeast chunkys. i will be in pittsburgh next month and i WILL stop by the sharp edge, the best belgian beer bar i've ever heard of, and a reputable source, and try this one again hopefully on tap, and certainly re-review. sadness from watou to alliance. sincerely, james.

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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