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St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

7,245 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 7,245
Reviews: 2,486
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 408
Gots: 1,046 | FT: 36
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

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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TOP

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

07-14-2013 00:38:13 | More by TOP
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Alextricity

Michigan

4.39/5  rDev -1.8%

Had on-tap at One-Eyed Betty's in Ferndale, Michigan as part of a paddle.

Appearance: Basically perfect. The 10% ABV seems impossible given the nice little head this beer showed off, and the wall of lace that this left through my whole sample glass. Wow. Abt 12 has a deep brown/red color, and doesn't seem to have much (any?) haze. Marvelous to look at.

Smell: I've never had a quadrupel... that's my disclaimer here. I didn't know what to expect going in, other than that this is one of the very best beers in the world, according to a lot of people. I got a lot of doughy bread and dark fruits. The cracker aromas sort of came through in the initial whiff, and the fruits were in the "after smell". Very good smelling stuff.

Taste: 10%? Really? Initially I didn't think I really loved this beer all that much, but then I noticed that I was sipping it more often than the other beers I had in my sampler. There's just a lot going on with this beer. The cracker/dough flavors are there in a pretty big way, then the non-descript "dark fruits" come in a little bit, and then there's just an alcohol warmth and it's all gone. All the while, Abt 12 is never bitter and never really sweet (and therefore cloying) at all.

I got this beer for a few reasons. First, I've heard insanely good things about it. Second, I had never tasted a quad (to my knowledge) before. Third, and most college-boy esque of me, it had a pretty high ABV and I didn't think it would hurt to get a little buzz going on. Turns out, this may've been my favorite beer from the night. I don't tend to drink imported beer (local jobs, yadayadayada), but this is impressive. It's not cheap, by any means, but this is something worth treating yourself to, time-to-time. This really makes me want to try beers like Rochefort and Westvleteren now... my interest has officially been piqued.

07-13-2013 03:18:49 | More by Alextricity
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Duwey

Ohio

4/5  rDev -10.5%

07-13-2013 01:42:06 | More by Duwey
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grachdar

California

4/5  rDev -10.5%

07-12-2013 01:11:11 | More by grachdar
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roodie

Texas

4/5  rDev -10.5%

07-12-2013 00:59:15 | More by roodie
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EBARTANE

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

07-12-2013 00:09:24 | More by EBARTANE
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planbee

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

07-11-2013 20:20:35 | More by planbee
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LincolnHawk

Djibouti

4/5  rDev -10.5%

07-11-2013 15:42:40 | More by LincolnHawk
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drbenzo

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

07-11-2013 08:22:52 | More by drbenzo
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BillRoth

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

07-11-2013 02:30:40 | More by BillRoth
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pathman

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

07-11-2013 01:42:51 | More by pathman
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oilcan01

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

07-10-2013 23:52:48 | More by oilcan01
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ltltony

Michigan

5/5  rDev +11.9%

07-10-2013 14:25:38 | More by ltltony
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pmorey

Indiana

4/5  rDev -10.5%

07-10-2013 13:15:24 | More by pmorey
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BColton1

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

07-10-2013 03:06:47 | More by BColton1
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Houser

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -27.3%

07-10-2013 00:22:58 | More by Houser
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Roguer

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev -3.1%

A - Nut brown pour, leading to a dark, not-quite-perfectly-opaque appearance in the glass, shot through with garnet hue. One full finger of beautiful, thick, cream head, that sticks prodigiously to the sides of the glass. The head lingers for a long, long time.

S - Prunes, nuts, cherries, super dark fruit in general. There's an underlying hint of Belgian yeast and a wine-like alcohol whiff. Toffee. Just a super complex nose.

T - Everything represented in the nose comes through in the flavor, starting with nuts, cherries, and prunes. There is a not insignificant alcohol presence. This is not as sweet as other quads, with an enhanced pecan or walnut profile. Wheat malts and toast. So much going on in every sip.

M - Full mouthfeel, extremely foamy if it sits or chews. Slight sting. Well-balanced and complex. Noticeable alcohol warmth down my throat and into my chest, but not unpleasant.

O - It's inevitable that the big quads will be pit against each other. So, how does this rank? As far as craftsmanship, it does not lag Roche 8 at all. As to the flavor profile, however, there is a definite difference. This is the least sweet quad I've ever had (aroma notwithstanding). All dubs and quads come across as a little nutty to me, but this one perhaps the most. It also has the most noticeable alcohol presence.

None of this makes St. B 12 a bad beer or worse quad. Perhaps not as perfect for my personal palate, and perhaps not for yours (there's only one obvious way to find out). In fact, it's a fantastic beer. I'd love to have one aged.

Poured into a Chimay goblet.

Thanks to BigJon for the trade!

07-09-2013 22:33:08 | More by Roguer
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marcogcn

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

07-09-2013 17:35:39 | More by marcogcn
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XavierK31

South Dakota

3.99/5  rDev -10.7%

To be honest, this isn't my favorite Quad that I've ever had, but it was good. Very thick, with a rich character and flavor. My only complaint was that it lacked the complexity I prefer in beers. Not as many undertones of other flavors other than the essence of strong beer

07-09-2013 16:44:59 | More by XavierK31
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

07-09-2013 16:04:25 | More by mrfrancis
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fitzy7840

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

07-09-2013 06:05:36 | More by fitzy7840
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EdwardFortyHands

Iowa

3/5  rDev -32.9%

07-09-2013 05:49:44 | More by EdwardFortyHands
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Rognvaldr

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

07-09-2013 05:30:55 | More by Rognvaldr
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Psychmusic

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

07-09-2013 01:23:15 | More by Psychmusic
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Jeeb

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

07-09-2013 01:17:59 | More by Jeeb
St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 7,245 ratings.