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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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7,732 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,732
Reviews: 2,535
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 475
Gots: 1,243 | FT: 35
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

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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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the Back Abbey in Claremont, CA. Poured into a Moinette Chalice and served around 50 degrees. It was 110 out for most of the day, and this beer disappeared rapidly.

Appearance: Dark brown with a nice tan-ish white head that laced very nicely as it went down. Carbonation is dense and tight, like a champagne by the looks of it, but the head dissaptes rapidly.

Smell: Dark fruits, like plum, raisin, and almost a bit of sweetness from an apricot like ester. Slight anise, not too licorice like, with hints of herbal, medicinal notes as well. Marty presence is balanced out by the Belgian yeast, which is sweet and fruity as always, and very sweet for a 10.5%.

Taste: Wow, very very refreshing and tasty. The dark fruits are up front, followed by the bite of the bitterness from the sharp carbonation and slightest rum-like booziness. The alcohol though is in no way harsh or off-putting, but rather just flavorful. Some beers over 10% just get too alcoholic, whereas this beer only had the delicious notes of a rum-raisin style. Medicinal scent from the nose translates slightly here as well, but in no way negative. Just smooth, tasty, and delicious. As it opened up, I could tell from some increasing sweetness that this beer could use a little time to age and take some of the sharper corners off, but what a great beer. Just fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated sharply, but it aids the taste and gives the heavy beer some much-needed body. Fruity aftertaste that has little burn and only slightly syrupy. Yum.

Drinkability: I could've drank cold cat-piss yesterday and have cooled off, but this beer was everything I could've asked for and more. Smooth, tasty, complex, and delicious. I'm definitely grabbing a few bottles to age, this beer deserves to be known as one of the best. And here's to hoping the Westy 12 I've got aging is even more fantastic!

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a thick caramel brown with tints of fluorescent purple. Sits in the glass a rich dark ruby brown that actually glows. Poured aggressively to reveal a two fingered rich almond sugar head. The head appears so rich and delicious you could pass it off as dessert. A mural of lacing all around the glass. Frame it and put it in the Louvre.

S: The sweetness of dark fruits soaked in rum and plush candy licorice is immediate. Toasted ripe grapes mashed together with sweet apples, dipped in chocolate, and then scorched with peppered flames. Sugar malts with hints of plum and the slightest outline of alcohol to finish it off. I smelled this one repeatedly.

T: If you could candy coat the ripest fruits with the finest wine, cinnamon, vanilla, chocolate, peppermint, nutmeg, and endless spices then you would be just hitting the tip of the iceberg in describing this flavor. Smoked, candied, flowered, malted, roasted, and smooth. This swirls and bleeds all sorts of interesting tastes.

M: Chewy and full bodied. Like cemented molasses yet it goes down smoothly and delicately. To top it off a warm alcohol pulse at the end.

D: I am still very new to this genre of beer but to say the least I was impressed. You would hope your last MRE in late 2012 would taste this good. For now, throw on your favorite music and enjoy. This could easily become one of my favorite beers.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tasting glass, shared with many as this beer should be shared.

Appearance is dark amber with surprisingly little head.

Aroma is faint banana , fig, yeast.

Taste is sooo easy.

Palate is slick and soft.
What more can you want?

Efeswasmy1st, Mar 08, 2012
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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 7,732 ratings.