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St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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8,001 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,001
Reviews: 2,567
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 520
Gots: 1,451 | FT: 38
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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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours out a dark brown color with a thick tan head. The head doesn't look like it wants to go anytime soon!

S - The smell of this beer is unbelievable. Definitely getting lots of clovey smells, but also some nice floral aromas and some resinous and perfumy smells almost like frankinscense. I an detecting some nice vanilla scents and of course the characteristic "dark ripe fruits" everybody describes when reviewing Quads, in spades.

T - I waited to take it all in before sipping this fine brew and it doesn't disappoint. Lots of dark, sweet, vinous fruits linger on the palate before being washed away by leafy hop goodness. It is a little sweet but yet the alcohol in very well hidden. Definitely has nice clovey and spicey flavors but nothing is out of check and it all marries perfectly.

M - Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth!

O - Overall I'm probably not saying anything that hasn't already been said. After letting this beer warm up it becomes even more amazing. The bottle describes it as a "brown ale", kind of in the same way someone might call a Ferrari a "red car". There is so much going on yet it never overtaxes the palate. I would say this beer at 10% abv is dangerously drinkable. I would say that is highly complex with big clove, vanilla, spice, and leafy hops AND it is just a darn great beer to sit and enjoy and not over think! Will buy again, and again.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle from Total Wine (Kennesaw, GA). 10.49. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours deep mahogany with a foamy three fingers of head that leaves big sheets of pretty lace.

Smells of cherry pits, brown sugar, caramel and a hint of yeast.

Tastes of sour cherries, caramel, toffee, grapes, yeast, brown sugar, nuts and a healthy dose of booze with a good balancing bitterness. Lots of great stuff happening with no one flavor getting out of control.

Nice creamy medium full body with light carbonation. Long dry, almost wine-like aftertaste.

A fantastic quad. Well balanced with an abundance a great flavors. I'll definately be enjoying this again in the future.

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A- Brown and murkey, no head at all.

S- Dark fruits and toffee/caramel. Definitely smell the Belgian yeast as well.

T- Lots of dark fruits and a nice malty caramel back end. Still has lots of bitterness to round it out. This is one of the most well balanced Quads I've ever had, it's really great.

M- Medium body, lots of carbonation. Alcohol shows its presence as well.

O- Just a perfectly executed Quad, you can really sense the skill and time that went into this. A definite must-try for any beer lover.

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 8,001 ratings.