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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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6,999 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,999
Reviews: 2,469
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 380
Gots: 934 | 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 Dirty_Island


4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

04-26-2014 21:05:49 | More by Dirty_Island
Photo of halo3one


3.5/5  rDev -21.7%

07-09-2014 14:28:37 | More by halo3one
Photo of tomthumbsblues


4.95/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This gem of a beer pours a dark cloudy brown, so dark and thick you can't see light through it, and produces a huge foamy head which goes down slowly leaving some lacing. Its aroma contains hints of spice, cherries and a red wine character which I liken to a fine Merlot. The taste was the best part of this beer by far. At first you are introduced to a rich coffee and chocolate flavor which later yields to fruitiness. There are also hints of light spicing and roasted malt which comes towards the end. In the mouth this beer had the texture and richness of good coffee. At the same time it was creamy and smooth. The aftertaste left a nice thick coating on the mouth. The only thing I didn't like about this beer was a sense of grittiness in the front of the mouth in the aftertaste, otherwise, this offering was probably the best I've sampled so far. I'd definitely have another!

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2004 16:27:47 | More by tomthumbsblues
Photo of guitarmage


4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Amazing dark crimson color when held up to the light. Bubbly off white head sticks to the glass, leaves thick lacing. Spectacular.

Smell: Sweet rotten fruit, apple cider vinegar, faint grains and a pleasant yeasty smell. Wild flowers.

Taste: Sweet big malt, maple, apple cider, alcohol warmth is pleasant and cleans up the finish. Prunes.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and full bodied, lightly carbonated, dry.

Drinkability: Delicious, complex and clean, Belgian, leaves you feeling like you had a complete meal. Would've been delicious with some smoked meats, lamb, brisket.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2007 05:47:43 | More by guitarmage
Photo of PirateUlf73


4.95/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, poured into a chalice.

A: Hazy dark-brown color with a decent off-white head, which had amazing staying power.

S: Wonderfully complex nose of sweet caramel, dark fruits (plums, dates and figs), spices (clove, coriander and nutmeg), and some yeasty goodness. So much going on.

T: All the olfactory components merge into the flavors, and then some. It's almost like drinking a fine red wine. Everything comes together so perfectly. My favorite part is the strong malty backbone which ties everything together. Absolutely magnificent!

M: The feel is very smooth and creamy. My only knock against this beer is that there is perhaps just a bit too much carbonation for my liking. However, it bothered me less as I made my way through the bottle.

D: This one should be enjoyed slowly, so as to expose and contemplate all the flavors.

This beer is damn near perfect... period. At the time of this writing, it is my favorite Belgian, and while I do enjoy others, they pale in comparison, at least in terms of sheer complexity and grace. Mandatory drinking. You MUST try this at least once.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 06:40:10 | More by PirateUlf73
Photo of xmorgan


5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Trappist, In Oakland On Draft.

This is a big bold wonderfull beer. 10.5% ABV so it is a good cold day beer.

This is one of the best beers I have ever had. The Trappist knows how to server beer, so the glass-ware was perfect, and the temp was good.

Appearance: Dark Amber, white head, about 1 inch of head in the Chalice. The head retains for quit a while, but almost no retention.

Nose: Ripe fruit, evedence of raisins, plumbs and figs. some type of spice is evedent but hard to distinguish. Very enjoyable nose, that is complex

Taste: Bold, complex like the nose, fruity but not sweet, or not too sweet. Lots of spice here, raisin and plumb with the sense of cloves.

After taste is slightly alcoholic (dude its 10%) and sweet. That lingers.

THis is an excellent beer with strong cheese or salami!

Overall: If you like big bold ass kickers, this is great.

This beer in in my top 5 of all time.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2009 22:54:22 | More by xmorgan
Photo of JNewbs


4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

12-18-2013 16:47:13 | More by JNewbs
Photo of MrTinnedPEach

Alberta (Canada)

5/5  rDev +11.9%

05-23-2012 23:12:35 | More by MrTinnedPEach
Photo of Riverared


4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

02-08-2012 04:38:29 | More by Riverared
Photo of DARIVA


4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice dark beer with a good head. Bit cloudy.

S: The smells of mocha and nougat.

T: The taste of hazelnut. Nice and cool beer, taste with long tones.

M: Delicious carbonation, slightly syrupy. Nice mouthfeel.

D: Easily drinkable. Nice finish and a long aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 07:53:02 | More by DARIVA
Photo of bonSreeB


4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

12-27-2012 15:54:51 | More by bonSreeB
Photo of WallE89


4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

09-06-2013 19:04:44 | More by WallE89
Photo of Bushwacker393


4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

07-02-2014 15:28:31 | More by Bushwacker393
Photo of waldowin


4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was definitely a tasty treat.

It poured a reddish amber, not terribly dark, with a massive head that just stuck around for days. Smelled a bit like fruit, and very strongly of oak.

Tasted very good. Tons of malt up front, hops are almost non-existant. I should have let the whole thing warm up more before drinking it, as it approached room temperature the flavors really came out. It ended up being a very fruity taste, with bananas, raisins, and dates very heavy. Very tasty beer.

It felt like a very thick beer when consuming, however, and that made it a bit hard to drink much of. You really feel like you're taking a swallow of beer and two swallows of a very rich dessert.

I had to dock the drinkability because it's just so hard to drink this beer in any real quantity. I split a 25oz bottle with a friend, and it still took us about an hour to finish our beers at a comfortable pace. It's just a very rich beer. Definitely tasty thought.
The alcohol really hides itself in this beer well. There's no "bite" to it at all, extremely smooth.

This beer would be good as a dessert beer, but not a session drink, just way too thick to drink much of. Very tasty brew, much thanks to Lrrr for hooking me up.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2005 19:26:12 | More by waldowin
Photo of mrunseen


4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a darker brown color, but not completely opaque. Held to the light, some light does get through. The beer presents ample head, but I was able to limit it to two fingers with a careful pour.

Nose: Sweet. Dark Fruits. Has the typical smell for this style of beer. Very appealing nose.

Taste: Rich. Sweet. Brown / candied sugars mixed in with a variety of subtle dark fruits. Overall, a delicious beer.

Mouth: The mouth for this beer is just right. Full bodied, but not too heavy.

Drinkability: Great. This is one of my favorite go to beers. Although higher in alcohol, this is a very easy beer to drink.

I highly recommend this brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 03:55:36 | More by mrunseen
Photo of sodensp


4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

01-24-2013 18:59:15 | More by sodensp
Photo of Boppar

New Hampshire

4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz into snifter

A: Dark brown, reddish hue, with two fingers head. Solid lacing all around. A couple big soap bubbles set it off nicely.

S: Raisins, figs, cinnamon, vanilla

T: Plums lead the charge, followed by vanilla, and raisins. Alcohol spice mid- to late palate with fruity esters and some yeast on the finish.

M: Fluffy, briskly carbonated, and chewy.

D: Off da hook.

This beer is awesome.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 02:55:46 | More by Boppar
Photo of SleepyMonk


4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chilled 33cl dark brown glass bottle poured into a Chimay chalice glass.

Pours with a good solid 2 fingers worth of tan colored head that quickly dissolves into the body and leaves behind moderate lacing. Body is dark like a deep rich chocolate or macchiato.

A soft, almost sweet-like, clove aroma drives the smell in combination with malt and dark summer fruits.

Taste is a complex mixture of the aromatic features except with a tactile, sweet and sticky malt character thrown in.

The mouthfeel is extremely rewarding with a sweet, creamy smoothness. The finish has warm alcohol properties but isn't quite dry.

A very good representation of the quad style and much more sweeter than Rochefort 10

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2009 15:03:02 | More by SleepyMonk
Photo of grrrah


4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

03-27-2013 01:32:51 | More by grrrah
Photo of mcann2pu


4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a- poured into my left hand brewing glass a dark brown color, some sediment was visible, lacing visible, head foamed up a bit when I opened the bottle so there is a good deal of carbonation in this one,

s- sweet malty smell from the glass, maybe a sweet fruity fresh raison smell,

t- a rich malt taste is prominent in this one,

m- amazing!, I think this was the real strong point of this beer for me, the carbonation really works well here in my opinion,

d- good, the rich malt taste and the delicious mouthfeel really make this one worth it, overall this was a great beer and I would diffidently recommend it to anyone looking for a great beer to try,

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 21:30:29 | More by mcann2pu
Photo of javahead71

District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +11.9%

01-29-2012 15:06:20 | More by javahead71
Photo of PolarBear3


4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Chimay Chalice

A - Poured a dark brown colour with two fingered off white head that laced very nicely.

S - Bready sweet malts with fruity aromas and hint of toffee and caramel.

T - Sweet malts with dark fruits, caramel and vanilla with cloves and spice to finish.

M - Medium body and medium carbonation but surprisingly smooth and creamy.

O - Magnificient and without a doubt one of my favourite quads. A complex beer with terrific well balanced flavours that leaves your taste buds begging for more.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 12:26:44 | More by PolarBear3
Photo of mendonjoebeer

New York

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

12-14-2011 01:14:23 | More by mendonjoebeer
Photo of pawpaw


4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

04-06-2012 14:43:04 | More by pawpaw
Photo of CellarGimp


4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

02-17-2012 16:09:33 | More by CellarGimp
St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 6,999 ratings.