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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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8,006 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,006
Reviews: 2,568
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 522
Gots: 1,458 | FT: 39
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

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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4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.89/5  rDev +9.4%

A really great quad. One of my absolute favorites. I would say that outside of the Trappist made quad's, this is the best.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of fourstringer
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Brewers Art goblet. Moderate hand. 29.04.13 stamped on the top.

A: Hazy, dark iced-tea brown with 1/2 finger of sudsy off white head. Ok retention. Minimal lacing.

S: Fruity and inviting Belgian yeast with notes of grape, light banana, berry. Sweet vinous quality. Port wine. Raisin & toffee make an appearance. Slight spice.

T: Sweet malty fruit and slight spice kick it off with a gradual transition to a light European hop bitterness and tasty roasted malt notes. Finishes semi-dry with elements of dark chocolate, mocha, dried dark fruit. Cherry and raisin feature more predominantly as it warms. Caramel and toffee. Rum cake. Alcohol is present, but light - especially for 10% ABV.

M: Moderate carbonation with very smooth effervescence and moderate body. Nice texture on the palate.

O: Expertly crafted. Flavors and scents are cohesive and well integrated, yet individual characteristics take turns jumping to the forefront. Complex for sure. Each sip seems to reveal new layers. Highly drinkable. Watch yourself with this one - definitely got on top of me...


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5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Axnjxn
4.16/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

draft at beer study in chapel hill. into a snifter.

pours a dark brown with a nice inch thick head. the smell is big on dark fruits - grapes, plums etc. the taste holds true and at first is dominated by figs/plums and then the booziness hits you on the back end. its very solid for the style..though this isnt one of my favorite styles by any means. medium bodied with mild carbonation.

overall its better than westy 12, but still not one of my favorite beers. above average!

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of krustster
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It's widely known that this is good so I'll keep my review brief.

Appearance is actually kind of gross. The head is a bunch of giant bubbles like a sink full of dish soap, which quickly pop and leave a sickly bit of swirling foam on the top. The beer itself is a cloudy dark brown. As a beer fan I know this is still probably going to be good, but I had a few moments of doubt as I was pouring it. A pretty large amount of chunky sediment on the bottom as well. I know it won't affect the taste, but it really does look kind of nasty overall.

Smell is where things turn around. Incredibly rich, bread/pastry aromas, toffee/caramel, with a hint of "dark fruits". Slightly present is a touch of alcohol heat. Amazingly sweet, almost candy-like aroma. I was a little grossed out on pouring this, but once I sniffed it I was hooked.

Taste is more of the same. Hearty bread and biscuit tastes, maple syrup, caramel, some fruit. It almost tastes like a cake donut in liquid form. There's a moderate burn which feels totally appropriate and balanced given the sweet, desert-like quality. I would give this a 5 but technically it was not quite as good as Rochefort 10, so I have to mark it down slightly. But really, this is an amazingly delicious treat.

Mouth feel is creamy, almost like a shake. Just enough carbonation to give a bit of bite on the entry. Again, super rich without being too thick, and dare I say it, decadent.

Overall this one is a classic for a reason. If you haven't tried it before, you're doing yourself a disservice. I waited years to buy it due to the price. It was worth every penny!

St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 8,006 ratings.