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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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8,102 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,102
Reviews: 2,588
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 535
Gots: 1,549 | FT: 43
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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 scifan
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a small head. Ruby notes when held up to the light.
smells nice. dark fruit, fig, plum, very sweet.
Taste nice. dark fruit, a little sweet, can hardly detect any alcohol at all. nice complex yeast flavors. a classic that's hard to beat. Good mouthfeel, nice carbonation, and kind of creamy.
This stuff goes down nice not a hint of the 10.5 percent alcohol.

Photo of meatmallet
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Mahogany brown with a light tan head.

Smell: Has a very light nose to it. Banana, pear, raisins, and plums.

Taste: All of the sweet dark fruits, brown sugar, raisins, figs, spices, and cherries. It has a slight bitter finish with a wonderful alcohol taste.

Drinkability/mouthfeel: This is an amazing beer. Very light carbonation and a slick feel make this a must try for everyone.

Photo of chase2634
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of jordanmiller
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of chubby2u
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of mdavidson
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of RaphaelSC
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Poured in a St. Bernardus Goblet.

A: Dark amber with a creamy persistent little head.

S: Green grape, and green apple with a sugar soft alcoholic smell.

T: Spicy with lots of grape and fruit and then a bitter end that gives the balance to the beer. Not so complex as I expected, even when it warmed up.

M: A little alcoholic warm, good carbonation and good bitterness too. Very drinkable if not so complex as I may wanted.

O: A great beer that feels overhyped by the BA Score, its certainly a great and smooth quadrupel, but I not sure if that simplicity is what a good quadrupel should be.

Photo of hikeeba
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of spoonsock
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of terraism
4/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of bierman2000
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A strong dark Belgian, is it a Quad or just a abbey dubble with lots of power.. malty and worth the search from the bottle as sampled at Ommegang beer festival. The mouthfeel and aroma of sweet bread along put this beer over the top. Savor slowly as it does creep up on you with the potent alcohol content.

Photo of daryk77
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of cleonile2000
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Flashsp2
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

St Bernardus 12 33cl into an oversized pinot noir glass (dated 08 05 13).

Murky brown with red highlights and a giant light beige head that is super fluffy and luxurious looking. The pour was very gentle as to not disturb the sediment, but the head was still jumbo sized, with a good amount of stick, and left a nice pancake of head all the way through.

The aroma is overwhelming even while pouring, it just rolls out of the glass even from a foot away. Sweet malts, chewy vinous ripe fruits, tobacco leaf, and bready yeast. Some banana as it warms.

Taste is immense of dark dried fruits, raisins and ripe plums, clove, spicy and peppery alcohol warmth. Some dry yeast on the finish, and did I mention some alcohol as well. The hops give a little bitter kick at the end.

Mouthfeel is typical of something on this level, carbonation is high, body is moderate, and it all comes together in a gourmet-style and beautifully put together beer. Yummy stuff, could probably drink all day, and then some.

Photo of grrrah
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of flynn1648
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Impfan
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of scoot64
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Mattybz28
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of tylerbrowe
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of kennethkearns
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of spham
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of jlivings757
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of tjmackie
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of cjn40277
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 8,102 ratings.