St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus Abt 12St. Bernardus Abt 12

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7,881 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,881
Reviews: 2,547
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 494
Gots: 1,346 | FT: 34
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001)
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Orrshow
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Pours a very dark brown color with an almost maroon like haze to it. Head is light and there is lots of it despite an easy going pour. The head rose above the top of the glass and made a strange formation. Bubbles from the bottom of the glass were rising to the top quite actively. Once it calmed down there was a bubbly lacing left on the glass.

Smell – Smell is complex. It’s hard to pick out what I’m smelling. Definitely smells of spice, dark fruits, and Belgian yeast. The strong alcohol scent is there as well.

Taste – The alcohol makes itself known almost instantly, but not in a bad way. The fruity flavor of this beer is wonderful. Tastes of currants or something of the sort. Spice and black licorice also come about. I can’t think of anything but a perfect five for this category.

Mouthfeel – There is a lot of carbonation in this beer. Hits hard but suits the beer and its style. The body on this beer is great as well and it goes down oh so smooth.

Drinkability – Definitely a sipping beer. This one is powerful in every way but still makes you want more.

Photo of mugglesandhops
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My wife got me a 750ml bottle and a 4 pack of this deliciousness for Valentines day this year. The 750 to drink now and the 4 pack to save.

A- Pored a murky redish brown color, nice head that faded and left a bubbly layer over the beer.

S- As soon as I popped this thing the whole room filled up with the smell of this beer. Cherries, prunes, fig. After pouring it the smells became more prominent.

T- Cherries, ripe fruit, grape skin, slight alcohol burn in the end, very sweet.

M- Medium to full bodied, chewy, very active feeling on the palette.

D- I am going to age a few bottles of this to see how it mellows out but its still great fresh.

Photo of Djenx
4/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of ChrisMQ
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of MisterGrizz
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of BillyTWilliams
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of --Dom--
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You know how it looks, dark brown, cloudy, chunks of deliciousness floating around in it. High carbonation as to be expected of this style. Heavy alcohol right up front, followed by more alcohol. On the back end, hints of raisin, melting into a nearly minty finish. This beer seems pretty straight forward to me, kinda grabs you by the collar and slaps you around a little. Certainly a no-nonsense beer. It's dark, it's strong, it's boozy, it is glorious. I like it.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of OldManBike
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of numenor1
4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750, back home for the holidays am i'm splitting it with my mom (i'm damn well getting the bigger half)

One of my favorites, and I've not yet reviewed it. Tremendous beer, and westy 12 has little, maybe nothing on it.

Pours a garnet hued dull brown with a billowing beige head. Rocky all over, diminishing and lacing my glass to death. Aroma is intoxicating, nutty almond, brown sugar, soft plum, faint mint, clove, even slight banana. Taste is immediately almond and brown sugar then there's a flood of esters and burly molasses, drying through the finish leaving my palate aching in its wake. It's the aroma magnified by 10, and my mouth waters. Spicy alcohol and yeastiness integrated throughout. A meaty body with medium carbonation, a tad abrasive and utter perfection. I need more.

Photo of CDBeerDisappear
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark murky brown with tons of creamy head that lasts until the last sip.

S - Rich and fruity, complex aroma of raisins, currants, plums and port.

T - Toasted sweet malt flavor intertwined with dark fruit richness and a luxuriant port essence.

M - Very thick and glutinous with subtle carbonation that balances the viscous feel of the ale on the tongue.

D - A very drinkable brew. I am exceedingly partial to Belgian ales and this one is impressive.

Photo of paytoplay
3.83/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very complex brew, could see this aging for years and years. Sweetness for me is always too much. Though herb complexity, anis, winter warmer spice is lingering. Super long finish I figure is from the sweetness. Yes very complex. With years if the sugars come down I could see this being a perfect beer.

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.

Photo of Fenris244
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been meaning to try this for forever, thanks flying saucer!

Pours brownish red, with a champagne like 2 finger head, large strings of bubbles are easy to see, the head has great retention and eventually forms a thick lace on the surface of the beer.

Weird smell fruity and spicy with notes of apple and a pleasant sweetness is apparent.

Almost a raspberry like flavor, a bit of a sour note and some spiciness again, almost a musty malt background and the finish lingers for a while, very complex beer

Medium in body but has an champagne like quality from the carbonation, the alcohol is nowhere to be seen until you start to feel it. A sipping beer to be sure but damn drinkable

Photo of mendonjoebeer
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of JCaweinstein
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ruby brown in color and from what I can tell it is cloudy. There I a one finger off white head that has excellent retention. This beer looks very inviting in my Duvel tulip.
The aromas are popping out! I'm picking up caramel and fruity esters which make this a wonderful smelling beer.
Caramel with roasted malt flavors are the star. There is also a very nice fruity (raisins) ester that goes along with this Belgian ale. As the beer warms I am also tasting the alcohol.
A full bodied beer that's very smooth. There is also some crispness from the high level of carbonation. Again, as it approaches room temperature there is a bit of heat coming from the alcohol.
It's been a long time since I've gotten to enjoy this classic beer. It is quite a treat to be drinking this Belgian on such a cold winter night. I will be having this beer again, sooner rather than later and I also plan on grabbing a few of these for my cellar, see it again in about 15 years!

St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 7,881 ratings.