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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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2,646 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,646
Hads: 8,745
Avg: 4.42
pDev: 17.42%
Wants: 670
Gots: 2,060 | FT: 49
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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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle to chalice, a clear, mahogany with garnet highlights and a bubbly whitish head. This settle quickly and as you drink mild lacing is left on the glass. Aroma of dried plums, dark fruit, tobacco, toffee, and figs with a spicy yeast that has a load of fruit esters. The aroma is my favorite part of this beer. Taste is sweet and complex with layers of dark fruit esters, toffee and light tobacco and a brown bready base. Yeast imparts a mild spicy kick as well as the hops. Mouthfeel is medium to full body with crisp bubbly carbonation and a burn of alcohol in the finish. This beer is a very good Belgian classic quad that should be consumed cool not cold.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle served in a tulip glass. Best before 16 01 19. Slow pour to keep the sediment in.

Appearance: Cloudy coppery brown. Thin off white head. Fine strands of lacing.

Smell: Dark fruit, hint of phenol, bready, candi sugar, caramel. Very nice.

Taste: Quite sweet with lots of malt and candi sugar flavors. Caramel, hints of phenol, hints of cherries, some dark fruits, and a noble hop mild bitter finish that perfectly accents all the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation that is quite plentiful and scrubs the palate. A tiny bit warming. Sticky on the teeth and once the carbonation subsides, the beer comes across as nicely thick and a little bit chewy.

Overall / Drinkability: A fine sipping beer, and I think it would go well with a wide range of foods. I had it with mushroom meatballs over rice and it complimented it well - the sweet countering the savory from the dish. Dangerously drinkable and the alcohol is well hidden. I will have to pick up a 750mL bottle next time I have an evening I can stay in and not go anywhere the next morning as this is a potent savoring beer to have over the course of an evening.

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Photo of jeffm13
4.84/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely my favorite beer. Of any type. It doesn't have a strong taste, just enough malt and a flavor almost like roasted nuts. Exceptionally smooth. Low bitterness, not sour. Relatively high alcohol content, but it doesn't affect the flavor. Just an outstanding beer.

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Photo of hman43
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It is dark amber in color with ruby highlights. The head is an off white, almost tan. There is plenty of lacing as the head disappears.

The initials aromas of malt and dark fruits. There are also aromas of grass and some yeast.

It has a vinous flavor with dark fruits, grass, floral elements, yeast, and bready malts,

It is moderate as a body, with a dry finish and pleasant alcohol warming. It has a finish that is sweet, but also complimented by the bitterness as well. It is moderate high in carbonation.

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Photo of wisebier
4.84/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I really enjoyed this beer it is certainly world class

L: nice dark color with ruby tints in the light, long lasting creamy sticky head

S: malty caramel and toasty with little hop.

T: Full bodied with a rich malty palate. Sweet with a low bitterness yet a well perceived alcohol. Does not taste like a 10%. nice caramel , malty, complex flavors from yeast. extremely smooth and well balanced. Nothing funky at all going on. just great flavor.

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Photo of Sercoli
4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Awesome! Creamy dark, rich full foaming head. Sweet, nutty, bread taste. Very smooth on the buds considering it has 10% alcohol content. Doesn't taste strong at all. Now consider one of my top 3 three beers of all time. Recommend to all.

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Photo of do_ob
3.97/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a Duvel glass. Medium brown on the pour and settles a hazy ruby red in the glass. Outstanding carbonation which produced a 4 finger head of foam. Toasted malt, figs, raisins, leather, and dark fruit on the nose. A little funky, and not in a good way. The taste follows only with a fairly intense sweetness added. Has a bit of a red wine character up front. Nice mouthfeel. Not as good as Rochefort 10 in my opinion, but still a solid quad.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Large, moderately coarse tan head crowns a mahogany brown body. The head retention is excellent, the lacing thick and glass wail coating.

Aroma: Rich dark bread notes and sweet, spicy alcohol dominate the aroma, there are slight dark dark fruit notes, but the malts and alcohol dominate.

Taste: Opens with an abundance of toasted malts, dark fruit, and slight sweet alcohol. As the taste progresses, earthy yeast flavors present, and there is a moderate caramel sweetness, although throughout, there is a toasted dark bread presence. The alcohol is extremely well concealed, presenting only subtly. Finishes with a lingering presence of toasted malts and caramel.

Mouth feel: Smooth,rich and full, with soft carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Simply excellent, no wonder its one of the highest rated beers on BeerAdvocate.

Presentation: Packaged in an eleven-point-two ounce Euro-style brown glass bottle sealed with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours dark deep red to point of being close to brown. thick creamy head as well.

smell is similar to most Belgians due to the candy yeast. smells sweet.

tastes sweet and roasted. pleasing taste; nothing over-the-top flavor wise but good. would not expect this to be 10%.

goes down smooth, very easy drinking (which is a deadly combination with 10% alcohol)

overall this is pretty damn good. it's my first quad so i'm very new to the style but this is good. sweeter than brown ales and still has the signature Belgian smell/taste.

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Photo of ntalexan
2.46/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

-Color: Medium Brown. Not quite as dark as a porter or stout. A very slight red tint, almost makes it a maroon color. Has a fizzy head that persists throughout the entire session.

-Nose: Definitely get the sweeter Belgian yeast notes on the aroma. Bananas and milk chocolate.

-Flavor: Immediately you get the malt and yeast backbone of this beer. You get the bananas as the nose suggested you would, and what I surmised would be the case given my past experience with Belgians. Also get some nuttyness from the malt, hazelnuts which kinda lends it to the chocolate I got on the bouquet. Toasty bread and Allspice notes in there as well. Finishing with a slight bitterness from the hops. My favorite part of this brew is its super smooth mouth-feel.

-Rating: 2.5/5: Not as boozy as I expected from a beer with a 10% ABV. Especially with my past experience with high ABV Belgians. Still has the fruitiness that I’m pretty sure comes with the Belgian yeast and I’m still not a fan. All in all it’s a pretty balanced beer. A quality that I value above almost anything and I wouldn’t steer anyone away from it.


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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle, Dark brown, medium beige head. Friuty, spicy and yeasty aroma. Fruitiness in taste. Raisins, sour cherries, very balanced and drinkable. No trace of alcohol. Medium bodied, crisp, fruity aftertaste. Very easy drinking.

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.99/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Poured into a Chimay chalice. Dark brown body and a finger width tan head.

S: Dark fruits, malt, caramel, toasty bread. Also present are some undertones of Belgian yeast.

T: Dark fruits such as cherry and plum are very apparent. Caramelized malts and bread follow suit, with a bit of sticky booziness.

F: Creamy and full bodied.

O: Another amazing Quad.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Belgian style chalice. Dark brown with a thick fluffy off white and brown head that lasts and leaves a thick lacing on the glass. High abv can definitely sneak up on you as this tasty Belgian goes down so smoothly. The malt and cocco undertones are key to masking the alcohol and the carbonation helps dance on your palette

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.28/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Light brown color with a sizeable head featuring a lot of small lively bubbles.

Taste is of sweet malts and white grapes. The grape-like flavor added a sour element which was quite unappealing to me. Carbonation is surprisingly high, and the mouthfeel dry. There is definitely substance to this, but the high carbonation really turned me off this beer. I was very disappointed by this.

With that said, I'm not sure if its because the 10% alcohol content, but Abt 12 definitely grew on me the further into it I got, and as the temperature increased. I don't want to deter anyone from trying this (or any other) beer, but I'll probably not return to it in the foreseeable future.

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Photo of Svingjo
3.94/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown colour with a two finger thick beige head. The nose leads with dark fruit, dark malt, dark sugars and sweet bread. The taste has much of the same with the dark fruit coming to the forefront, but a lot of the other flavours are hidden behind the strong alcohol flavour and burn. The carbonation is quite strong and biting.

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Photo of Eeroomnhoj
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic Beer. Went to the Capital Ale House in Fredericksburg, Va this afternoon with my wife and thoroughly enjoyed this beer. This isn't something I would have everyday, but it was a delight to drink.

I'd drink this again!

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Photo of twillingthenoz
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very carbonated beverage but I like the amount of fizz. Light on the palate. Fruity in ways too but also hoppy. Extremely well balanced. I would guess this beer is 5% alcohol but wait no... ITS TEN! All and all this is one fine glass of beer.

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5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well balanced. So drinkable it's nuts. Feel was great. light not heavy crosses the boundaries of Belgian beer. Hoppy but not offensive. . Big big head. .dark gold lots going on in here. .but not to crazy. .

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Photo of SeanMNCraftBeerLover
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Way better than Rochefort 10, but not even close to as good as Westy 12. All in all a damn good dark beer. Really tough to top a Westy 12. But I will continue to buy this because it's cheaper and easy to get ahold of.

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Photo of EMH73
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to say that I was a little bit disappointed. I guess that all the rave reviews got my hopes up. The flavors really came out as the beer warmed up a little.

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Photo of JNPIII127
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown to amber color with excellent head. The beer leaves great lacing in the glass and goes down very smoothly. Hides the high alcohol content very well. Overall a great beer.

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Photo of D-Rock
4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a pint cork and cage bottle into a tall tulip style glass.

Look: First impression as I slosh the beer into the glass is the voluminous off white/tan head that foams up, taking up about a quarter of the glass. The beer itself is a deep tan to brown with ruby red tinge. Carbonation bubbles constantly stream towards the surface while flecks of lacing cling delicately to the sides of the glass as the head slowly settles, never going away completely. Skipping ahead, in the final pour of the bottle a lot of yeasty sediment clouds the brew making it nearly opaque.

Smell: The smell belies the look here with a dusty odor, slightly musty and somewhat leaning towards clove. A hint of booziness accompanies it all.

Taste: As soon as the beer hits the mouth the taste opens up with a dry-grain cracker flavor immediately melting into sweet sweet maltiness. Undercurrents of sweet honey mingle with the malt character. The finish is dry and smooth and fades back into dry cracker. The flavor is big and bold and the alcohol is present but resides in the background dancing about the very sweet malt. Each sip invites another and leaves me puzzling over the flavors.

Feel: The carbonation is high but the mouthfeel is silky smooth, velvety even. The high malt character and 10 % ABV makes for a heady ale with some real heft to it. There is something irresistible to the feel here and I cant help but take another sip and mull it over.

Overall: This is a big, bold and unapologetic brew, heavy, malty and sweet, there is a lot of complex scent and flavor going on here. The phenolic character plays a big role and forms the backbone of this powerful complex brew, the malt fills out the body of the beer in an exceptional synergy of flavor. This is one of the big ones, a classic Belgian ale and a timeless style.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L : dark brown with a good white head
S : Lots of fruits : pear and banana mainly
T : firstly the pear then raisin , really complex taste that wonders around for quite some time
F : really smooth eventhough it's really alcoholic
O: an incredible beer, really complex. One of the best in the world

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Photo of James954
3.69/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Nice Murky nut brown...there is a TON OF SEDIMENT that is suspended throughout the drink.
S: Nice apple/pear/light brown sugar
T: Rich malt and mix of dark and light fruit with a dry finish to boot!
F: good carbonation with a mouthfeel between syrupy and effervescent.

Overall: Sediment bugs me with beer. But this is still as good one and has a unique style that I haven't come across...Like a super nut-brown ale.

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Photo of Obbi
4.69/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look - mostly opaque, chocolatey.
Smell - A little musty and upfront with the threat of its malts, but overall a very appetizing classic aroma.
Taste - I'm not a huge fan of Abbey Ales, but this was delicious. Very flavorful.
Feel - Extremely smooth for a 10% ABV.
Overall - Recommended if you see it.

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
98 out of 100 based on 2,646 ratings.