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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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7,436 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,436
Reviews: 2,503
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 428
Gots: 1,124 | FT: 35
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

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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Photo of flyers1980
5/5  rDev +11.9%

flyers1980, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into a chalice. Poured brown with a very light tan two finger head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark fruit, fig, bread, fruit, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, bread, sweet alcohol, and fruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a great brew. I saw this one on tap and had to jump on it as it is the first time I've seen it on since I started reviewing. I was definitely not disappointed at all. All the right flavors and aromas for a great Quad were definitely present and made themselves known right out of the gate. This brew does this while still remained very well balanced and drinkable. Really glad I got the chance to have this one again and will be doing so again in the future. Maybe in the form of the 60th Anniversary I have sitting in my cellar...

thagr81us, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of JamFuel
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

JamFuel, Aug 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

HopsJunkiedotcom, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of beergorrilla
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

beergorrilla, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of Mat_Rampson
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Mat_Rampson, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of Rasolante1
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Served in a tulip. Long lasting head, dark amber, sticky lacing.

S: Banana and clove up front. Very spicy and phenolic, dark fruit, WOW!

T: Same as the aroma. Banana more subdued, phenolic and dried fruit notes. Reminds me of a doppelbock on acid.

M: Effervescent and chewy. Perfect mouthfeel.

O: This is definitely one of the best quads out there!

Rasolante1, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of dvb
5/5  rDev +11.9%

dvb, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of cambabeer
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Belgium knows their beers. Was in Brussels just a while back and stuck mostly to drinking trappist ales, but had to try this world famous abbey ale. And what a treat. Just a stunning beer. Deep brown color and a head you could eat with a spoon. Lace sticks on the glass to the last sip. Smell is sweet and malty, thats dominant. Spices like cinnamon and clove are in there. Tastes christmasy, which is hard to describe. The spices from the smell are definitely still there. Huge sweetness. It's like caramel or some kind of malty molasses. Toasty and bread, with just the slightest bitterness toward the end. Also, I have to mention the huge alcohol taste. It's not the first thing that hits you (That's the sweetness of the malt) but it is obvious. Goes down smooth with subtle carbonation and huge creaminess. Somehow, this high alcohol beer is very drinkable, I'd have another. This is not overrated, get some.

cambabeer, Aug 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

WoodburyMN, Aug 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

ThinkRedEsq, Aug 05, 2012
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1/5  rDev -77.6%

Jsads, Aug 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

ElCamino13, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of cdl
1/5  rDev -77.6%

cdl, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of scvance
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color with a hint of red. Large fluffy tan head that didn't linger long for me. Aroma is full of cherry, fig and caramel notes that come through in the taste as well. Slight alcohol taste that fades quickly. Nice full body, though less than might be expected, medium-high carbonation. medium yeast flavor. Low bitterness and lots of malt character.

Definitely one of the best if not the best beers in it's class, highly recommended.

scvance, Aug 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

threesheets, Aug 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

NateD, Aug 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

hlatimer266, Aug 02, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

chel29, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of RobertTheRogue
4.93/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark brown with a nice fluffy tan head.

Smells like dark fruits, figs, dates, plums, cherry, bready yeastiness as well.

Tastes like it smells. Heaven in my mouth. Lots of dark fruits, very bready, like a fig newton, vanilla, caramel, maybe some coffee as it warms up a bit, alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is warm, medium to high carbonation, medium bodied, smooth, easy-drinking beer.

Overall this is my first quadrupel/Belgian strong dark ale and I am completely blown away. As soon as I took the first sip I knew this was the best beer I have ever had. BSDA/quads may well be my new favorite style.

RobertTheRogue, Aug 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

ssimpson89, Aug 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Mattybz28, Aug 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

donzilake, Aug 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

WilstonOreo, Jul 31, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

MSchore, Jul 31, 2012
St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 7,436 ratings.