St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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8,441 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,441
Reviews: 2,661
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 616
Gots: 1,820 | FT: 49
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Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

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

This is better than Westy 12. Quads don't get any better than this.

Photo of Apellonious
4.08/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 bottle best by Jan 16 2019 poured into a tulip glass.

A - Murky, dark brown with ruby highlights. Two finger clear white head that moves to a half finger lace. Active carbonation on the pour, and visible sediment in the glass.

S - Grape, fig, booze, clove/spice

T - I must have a palate problem. Having a hard time picking things out at first. Clove, banana and grape qualities, toasted malt. Opens up more as it gets warm (I let it sit at 20m at room temp, maybe it should have been longer)

M - Almost has a champagne/white wine feel to it. Carbonation is high, sits medium light in the mouth, and finished dry.

O - Admittedly, I have not drank many quads to compare, and will probably come back to this one, but I was a touch underwhelmed based on the hype. Still a very tasty beer (maybe too young at 18 months?), and there is always a question of how/where it has been stored up until this point, but it's worth a go, just prepare for pricey.

Photo of gcrfire3
4.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is the best tasting beer I've had. I saw this on the shelf (4pk) and although it was relatively expensive ($20.99/4pk). The beer I had was bottled in 2013, so it had a couple years on it already. I had to see if the taste lived up to the hype. I was not disappointed at all! Highly recommend you go for it if you're on the fence about trying/buying this. The three I have left will be saved for sharing with friends! If Westy 12 is better than this (their supposedly the same recipe...right?) than I can't wait to try that as well.

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

Belgium and quad are not my usual kind if thing, but this is good.

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

Moving to Belgium now. See ya.

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 Chucker17
3.5/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My taste buds do not really like Belgium beers.

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from a growler from Eight Ball Brewing company via The Party Source.
This true treat on tap pours a lightly cloudy brownish red with a modest off white head of foam that fades to a thin ring and nice light lacing. The nose is of figs, raisins, heavy Belgian candy sugars, leather, tobacco, and moderately strong alcohol. Flavors surpass the nose with sweet candy sugars and caramel notes that fade to a raisin and fig flavor profile that is warming on the back, yet well hidden considering the ABV. Mouth feel is lively with carbonation, slick, and ends with a Belgian candy sugar note like a light molasses. Exceptional. Begs for a warm fire in exceptionally well in the air conditioning away from the heat of summer.

At 20 dollars a growler I feel privileged to enjoy such a wondrous treat considering the cost of a bottle.

A favorite to be certain, worthy of the praise that is heaped upon it.


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

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, deep, dark, mahogany color, with two full fingers of white-colored head that slowly dissolved away into a lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with lots of complex, rich, earthy, aromas of bready, toasted malt, which imparts aromas of freshly baked French baguettes. There are also notes of candied sugar, toffee, dark molasses, lots of dried stone fruit, such as raisins, prunes and dates. I also get notes of funky, spicy, Belgian yeast, which imparts notes of saddle leather, clove, and interestingly, a touch of dark chocolate. Smells awesome!

Taste: Wow! Just…wow! Delicious! Earthy, rich, amazing. Lots of bready, toasted malt up front, followed by some nuttiness and candied sugar, toffee and dark molasses-like sweetness. There are lots of deep, fruity flavors of dried stone fruit, such as raisins, prunes and dates. I also get notes of funky, spicy, Belgian yeast, which imparts notes of clove, and as stated earlier, a touch of dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy and smooth as there is very little carbonation. With an ABV of 10%, there is practically no alcohol on the palate. It’s amazing how well masked the alcohol is. This beer could be…no, check that, it is a dangerous beer in that its incredibly easy to drink, like three or four of them, and not taste or feel the alcohol…that is until you try to stand up and fall on your ass!

Overall: This is an outstanding beer! Malty, fruity, spicy, earthy, rich, complex and utterly amazing. As with all of the other beers from St. Bernardus, this is very, highly recommended!

Photo of -Rick
3.53/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I try and enjoy Quads, but they just do not do it for me. For what it's worth (not much since I am not a quad fan) this was one of the better ones I have tried.

Photo of sordyl
3.5/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a huge Quad drinker but this is not in the same class as Westy 12.

Photo of heytomcat
4.05/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Quads always seem a bit heavy for me. I'm more of a Tripel kind of guy. Nonetheless, this is a tasty beer if you just want a few. A little too sweet for me.

Photo of Adamanton
4.84/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a growler into a goblet with little to no head. Smells sweet. Dark fruit lots of plum. Tastes like it smells with rich malty goodness and zero bitterness. Then comes the boozy bunch off the backside. Sit down, sip, and enjoy every drop. Damn near a 5.

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 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 BeerAndGasMasks
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very fizzy pour into the glass. Dangerously easy to drink.

Photo of kchuskerrph
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amazing beer. Wonderful taste and feel. Always a winner with any pairing.

Photo of LaneMeyer
3.8/5  rDev -15%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer is just too pruny for me. I feel like I'm drinking prune juice spiked beer.

Photo of Dethmutt
3.49/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a fan of Belgians, but this one is drinkable. Clean flavor with little of the belgian yeast funk.

Photo of Darkman89
4.94/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Exceptional Belgian ale in all facets.

Photo of MA_hops
4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Another superb Quad…not as good as Westy 12, but still a very good beer!
A: Dark brown with perhaps a tint of a darkish shade of amber at the base of the glass. Has a thin, white, highly carbonated head. Carbonation is on par with a soda.
S: Grapes, faint raisin, white wine, a hint of sweetness.
T: Not as sweet as Westy 12…could taste grape, raisin, some caramel like sweetness.
M: Medium body, somewhat bitter, fairly carbonated overall.
O: A solid Quad! Very good!

Photo of toronadotornado
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Gift - San Francisco, CA - Bomber poured into a snifter

Photo of DevAJ
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After having Gulden Draak 9000 I was actually somewhat surprised at how dark it was. I was expecting a more golden color and this was more of a deep dark brown (the color of regular Gulden Draak). It was still really good and it had a very large head, but now I'm not sure of the true style standard as this was much closer to classic Gulden Draak in both look and taste. I suppose I'll just have to try more Quads to get it all figured out.

Photo of souvenirs
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Biercraft.

Smells of raisin. Tastes sweet, not really boozy. Raisin, dried figs and plums. Finishes dry.

Photo of Solk777
4.29/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells like dry parchy moose meat, lime, raw dough

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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