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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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7,404 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,404
Reviews: 2,500
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 423
Gots: 1,113 | 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 BeerAndBourbon
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage in an 11.2 oz. bottle

A. Pours a hazy brown with tons of large yeast clumps in suspension with a two and a half finger fairly large bubble head that leaves only a few clumps of residual lacing as it receeds.

S. Caramel malt with lots of dark fruit character - figs and raisins largely. Some sweet breadiness and butter there as well. Some fruity banana ester sweetness in there as well.

T. Dark fruits with notes of caramel, dark roasted notes, and a touch of the banana that comes through in the smell.

M. Fills the mouth with lots of large bubbles - more carbonated than I'd like.

D. Pleasant and complex. As it warms the carbonation dies down a bit and complexities come out on the nose and on the tongue. Quite good.

BeerAndBourbon, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of Bobbydigi
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Bobbydigi, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of valianes
4/5  rDev -10.5%

valianes, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of tjcamm
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

tjcamm, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of goschool
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The pour is amber-brown with a quickly fading tan head.

Smell: The nose has a lovely mixture of toasted malts, toffee, esters, cherry, plum, and Belgian yeast.

Taste: The flavor profile screams Winter to me. It's full of rich sweet toasted malty deliciousness. Brown sugar, caramel, and toffee are complimented by plumb, black cherry, esters, phenols, and Belgian yeast with soft hop bitterness and a kiss of warming alcohol at the finish.

Mouthfeel: It's medium-bodied and lush with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability: There's something about this beer that makes my imagine sitting by the fire on a snowy night. I suppose it's vaguely similar in look and flavor to a spiced winter cocktail. Either way, the alcohol, while fairly high, adds a faint sweet warming note, yet it doesn't overwhelm my palate.

goschool, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of Jules11788
3.5/5  rDev -21.7%

Jules11788, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of mcsauter82
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

mcsauter82, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of Lambocalrisien
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Lambocalrisien, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of Long813
4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dated: 12-07-11
Purchased at Pub Italia

G: Chalice

A: Dark and hazy reddish-brown body with one finger of white head with moderate retention. Left great lacing.

S: Strong citrus fruity aromas, some strawberry, sweet malts and yeast-bready notes. There is also some spiciness that crawls behind which is hard to pick out individual spices.

T: Caramel, cloves, combination of citrus fruits. Very multi-dimensional in flavour. Mixed well together and ends off with some breadiness.

M: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Very smooth and creamy in the mouth and leaves a sweet fruity finish. I didn't notice any alcohol notes during the drink which is good.

D: What a great beer. I hope to purchase this again and enjoy it outside of a bar to get the full effect. This lived up to the hype.

Long813, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of mungus
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

mungus, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of bkwhoppa66
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

bkwhoppa66, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of Hautacam
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is fantastic !
Very cloudy, orange-brown..lively head..laces , falls to a film and stays.
Smells of fresh bread dough..dried fruit..hint of port and some alcohol.
Taste is amazingly complex! Yeasty, sweet..tons of fruit ( apple,pear,bananas, cherries ), licorice, caramel candy..hint of bubblegum...spices are subtle....Perfect !! Some port wine toward the end.
As it warms it gets better...this really is living up to the reviews...it's just a great, great brew.
Velvety mouthfeel...perfect, lively micro carbonation.
Very drinkable for such an overwhelmngly complex, intense ale.
I will be back for more.

Hautacam, Mar 13, 2006
Photo of rayjay
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

BB 22 03 11

Pours brown with reddish-purple highlights. The head is stained red like a Kriek beer.

The nose reminds me of Smarties candies.

How do they cram all that flavor into a beer and still have it come off so subtle? Unbelievable. There are malts galore, bringing along visions of figs, plums, persimmons, cherry candy, there's that ultra-fresh dopplebock vibe, and a porter-like fallout. All flavors melt together perfectly.

The mouthfeel is very refreshing and soft as water. No chalkiness or tongue-coating here. Subtle carbonation. Drinkability is dangerously high; gentle heat is the only hint of alcohol (my previous beer was 7% and felt hotter!) This is a genuine piece of fine art. If you're bummed that you can't get (or afford) Westvleteren 12, look no further.


rayjay, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of WeedKing4
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours a dark ruby brown with a decent amount of carbination. Smell and taste is of dark fruits, with a nice malt background in it too. The alc.% is so goddamn well hidden, its insane. This was very easy to drink, and I probably drank it too fast! I couldn't help myself. I really enjoyed this beer a lot. Another one on the top list I was glad to get my hands on.

WeedKing4, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of JVoyager
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

JVoyager, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of PaulsBrew
4/5  rDev -10.5%

PaulsBrew, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of joegard
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

joegard, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of chossboss
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

chossboss, May 17, 2013
Photo of DaveRinn
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

DaveRinn, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of Tafyob41
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Tafyob41, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of Lupe
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy brown in color with lighter rusty hues. Impressive big and fluffy off-white head, which settles to a thin sheet and leaves lots of sticky lace. A few swirls brings the head back up.

Rich malty aroma. Very fruity with spicy clove and dark bread. Banana, plum, and dried fruit are all present. Very nice.

Starts with spicy clove before the sweetness hits. Lots of brown sugar with dark fruit and bready malts. Nice and juicy with grape and banana. A touch of butter shows up as well. Alcohol is barely noticeable, hiding under the sweetness and fruit, and slowly builds a nice warming sensation. Finishes sweet before turning dry.

Medium-full in body, smooth and creamy. I’d have no problem sipping this all night long - goes down way too easily. Excellent.

Lupe, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of Padron4KM
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330cl bottle, Best before 12/08/09. Pours murky brown with a lot of suspended particles.
Aroma is toasty, plummy, prune, yeast.
Flavor is caramel, port, toffee, plum,raisin.
10%? can’t tell, very well hidden. That is until you stand up after finishing the bottle

Padron4KM, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of vickersspitfire
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet, it has a dark brown, very earthy color to it, it was very hazy and covered with an off white head that was bubbly and was about two fingers thick and quickly faded into thin layer of bubbles. It has some vey active carbonation and some good lacing; it gives off a mixture of citrus and flowers, some spices and a faint aroma of roasted malts. Its got a crisp feel and flavor up front, faint bitterness and some good spiciness to it. The alcohol is evident but not overwhelming, and is certainly present in its aftertaste, which leaves your mouth warm and is semi-dry.

vickersspitfire, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of ujsplace
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice.

The deep brown ale yields a massive, rocky cream colored head that fades to about 1/4 inch and then simply stops, leaving a thick blanket. Ample lacing clings to the sides of the glass. A good looking brew.

Smells of caramel malts, toffee, dark fruit - cherries raisin and toasted bread.

The taste is predominantly dark fruits; cherries, raisins, plums along with some nice spicing. Maybe a hint of cloves, nuts and some vanilla along with some faint hop presence. The alcohol is definitely present and warming, but it is nice on a cold night.

Medium, well carbonated.

A tremendous brew. A pleasure to savor and enjoy slowly - the temptation is there to go nuts, but some restraint is in order given that I only have one bottle. Wow.

ujsplace, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of mobius387
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

mobius387, Feb 25, 2013
St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 7,404 ratings.