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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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8,128 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,128
Reviews: 2,594
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 544
Gots: 1,574 | FT: 44
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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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Photo of ZacharyJ
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep maroon/brown. Great head, especially when poured into a chalice.

S- Strong fruity notes. Grape jumps out to me in particular.

T- Definitely a fruity taste. Though not sugary or too overpoweringly sweet.

M- Exceptionally smooth. The alcohol lingers in the after taste.

D- Goes down very easy. I could see myself sipping on this beer all evening. In fact I may do just that.

Photo of poopsmitherson
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of mrkdwrds
4/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of cburns48
4/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of OCSA_1978
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of lou91
4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow what a beautiful beer! It poured perfectly into a chalice with a thick silky head that looked like a cappuccino and once the sediment poured out it looked like cinnamon on top. The head glistened and had a subtle sound believe it or not. Dark brown color and a wonderful nose make all your senses go crazy. You must let this beer warm to fully appreciate its depth and range of flavors. Chocolate malt, honey and subtle spices in a silky seductive package. I paired it with a blue cheese and this beer cleaned my palate perfectly. It is like a bolder Rochefort 10, which does not mean better – just stronger flavors. Excellent.

Photo of jokemon
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of cgentzkow
4/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of SeriousALEment
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Bill69
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of hAle2theWort
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Mike-Harms
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of abfraser
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark mahogany with a beautiful inch-sized brown/cream carbonated head.

S: Sugary prunes and dark fruit laced with booze. Serious spice. Belgian candi sugar; smells like cotton candy

T: Amazing. Deep dark syrupy fruit. Wonderful spice.

M: Good carbonated mouthfeel, full-bodied.

D: Not drinking too many of these things. Its aweomse, but intense. Couldn't drink more than a bottle of this

An exceptional beer. Amazingly complex and flavor-packed. One of the best I've had.

Photo of daythree16
4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark maroon to brown into my goblet with some small floating chunks in the glass. Has a huge 3 finger head that fades into lots of huge soap-like bubbles on the sides with a frothy center. Leaves lots of thick webbing on the glass.

The aroma is of dark fruit, chiefly raisins and plums. Definitely get those easily identifiable spicy/fruity Belgian esters. There is also a bit of earthiness. The taste is very sweet and earthy as well with lots of raisiny goodness coming through. The alcohol is also quite noticeable, as my whole head seems to be warmed with each sip.

The mouthfeel is medium-heavy, really not as heavy as I was expecting. Overall, this is a complex and delicious beer that makes me love Belgian beer even more...if that's possible.

Photo of trevorjn06
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Upon opening the bottle it gushed over for a minute! I got it to settle without loosing more than a sip or two... it pours a dark brown/mahogany color that is opaque with one finger of head that recedes quickly and leaves minimal lacing on the glass.

Aroma is rich, lots of dark fruit (raisins, figs) sweet caramel, malt, a bit of tangy/bright yeast character and a hint of alcohol.

Taste if smooth and rich. Overall it goes down much smoother than anticipated, there are dark fruits inter-mingling with bready malts and caramel. The finish is mildly tart, which helps to cut through the sweetness and and leaves a mild fruity/yeasty flavor on the tongue. After re-reading this description it sounds a bit to plain, this beer is much more complex but the subtleties are hard to place.

Mouthfeel is thick, but not as much as I'd expected, it's quite pleasant and the flavors coat the mouth well. Below average carbonation.

Overall this beer is as I said, smooth, rich and malty. It is very easy to drink and hides it's strength well. I will be drinking this again.

Photo of YaKnowBrady
4/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of RoninTK3
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of TastyAdventure
3.94/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Solid brown. not what I think of for a quad. 1 finger, slightly chunky head with good retention. microscopic bubbles slowly going up the side. lots of sediment suspended.

S - Caramel. raisins?

T - well dang it I might have served this a little too cold.... here it goes...

Some caramel, clove, spicey alcohol. Waiting for it to warm to pick up more...

is that a nuttiness there? Dark fruit somewhere in between not-that-sweet dates and raisins.

Much better as it warms. I almost gave this the thumbs down... :/

M- silky and delectable. and the head is like the best latte foam ever!

O - Very good, but does not stand up to Rochefort 10. I havent had Westvleteren 12 yet to make that comparison.

Photo of lockewoodfin
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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

An Abbey ale that keeps on giving until the glass is drained (and even then the thick head sits on the bottom,not wanting to leave). This beer was a pleasant surprise from the rare beer store at realbeer.com. It poured dark brown with a thick tan head that wasn't going anywhere fast. The aromas of banana,brown sugar,rum,ripe plums and spice was nice. It started out whiskeyish with a malty sweet long finish that seemed a little thin at cellar temp but became creamy smooth as it warmed. More notes of raisin bread with an alcoholic toasty/nuttiness in the finish. A great evening sipper.

Photo of iconoklaztor
2.98/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a massive head that never seems to want to go away. Sadly after 15 min it still remains. I want to drink this damn beer. The smell was pretty much alcohol. I wasnt to impressed with this brew. I was expecting more but I just didnt find it.

Overall, I wouldn't get this again unless it was on sale.

Photo of Scrapss
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured from growler into Sam Adams Turbinator style glass.

A: Beautiful mahogany with a slight haze. Tight little bubbles but head rapidly cedes into very wispy disk with some legs on swirl.

S: Ripe currant, dark cherries, slight bitter orange smell. I am getting the phenolics as others have mentioned, dark roasted malts. A little hint of the booziness.

T: Roasted malt, cherries again. Currants, prune, very aromatic red grapes.

M: Not thick but slightly mouth-filling. Smooth, with the sllight heat coming on at ultimate finish. Not terribly drying. Slight creamy sensation on finish too. Cherry medicine-y breath on breathing out.

O: Yes. More please. I really like this Quad, because it is not necessarily over-reaching and trying to be incredibly complex., however it changes as it warms too. For the better! Try this for sure if you have had quads and like them, like Three Philosophers or Unibrowe quads you'll like this.

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 8,128 ratings.