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St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

8,196 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 8,196
Reviews: 2,608
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 559
Gots: 1,624 | FT: 48
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky caramel brown with a generous frothy white head with oily lacing.

The malty aroma is full of dark caramelized orchard fruit and bready yeast.

A dark caramel malt base leads of with supporting rolls from the dark orchard fruits noted in the aroma, ripe pear, dark plums, raisins and figs. Bready yeasts back up the flavors as well while the considerable alcohol being perfectly invisible with just a gentle warmth on the palate.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy and well carbonated.

Drinkability? Like most quality Belgians this beer is too drinkable for the alcohol level, you can easily sit and drink a bottle of this brew. Earns an easy recommendation from me!

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A - Finger of off-white, dense head. Hazy, light red-brown body. Head dissipates to a thin film, but doesn't completely disappear.

S - Yeast. Bready malt. Leather. Dried, dark fruit. Brown sugar.

T - Brown sugar, molasses, dried dark fruit. Touch of roasted malt and wood.

M - More carbonation than I expected, but quickly dries out with a mild coffee-like bitterness.

O - I'm new to the style, but I really enjoyed this and intend to try more quads. Pretty easy to drink for such a high abv. brew.

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Upon opening the bottle, it started to overflow almost immediately with carbonation. I'm not sure if this is a sign of a ruined beer or not, and I have nothing to compare it to as this is the first time I've had St. Bernardus 12.

In any case, it, for the most part, fits the description of the majority of the reviews here; I'm no longer concerned as much about this bottle being "ruined."

Poured into my Westmalle chalice, it's a deep brown with a small tan head. Good lacing. I'm getting all the fruity, sweet smells, and there's a good balance sweetness and spice in the taste. The alcohol is well-hidden, and despite the incredibly complex taste profile, it's so balanced that it's very easy to drink.

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 8,196 ratings.