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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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8,013 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,013
Reviews: 2,570
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 522
Gots: 1,467 | FT: 39
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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

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Photo of skybluewater
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a goblet a dark, murky apple cider color. Nice lace down the side of the glass. Smells of bread and dark fruits (the goblet really does help with smells especially). Taste is divine, with a malty, dark fruit thing going on that's just outstanding. (The guy who said this was like chocolate-cherry bread was right on.) Mouthfeel's delectable, quite creamy. Alcohol is barely noticeable, rendering this 10% abv brew very drinkable.

This is a gobsmackingly delicious brew, quite possibly the best I've ever had. If you get the chance to try it and don't, you'll regret it.

Photo of gbarron
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a small St. Benardus goblet.

A - light golden brown, little bit of haze. Head is bright white, thick and pillowy. Lacing and retention are good.

S - great Belgian yeast aroma of candy sugar, bubble gum, clove, pineapple, pepper. Little hop aroma of noble spice, along with tangy wheat malt aroma. Significant alcohol presence.

T - tangy, slightly sweet malt followed by great Belgian flavors of spice, sweet exotic fruits, candy sugar. Lots of complex flavors bouncing around. Fruits, spices, mixed with slight noble hop metallic flavor and sweet wheat malt and grainy pilsner.

M - carbonation slightly above average, light, fresh mouthfeel. Warming alcohol.

D - great tasting beer with lots of classic Belgian flavors.

Photo of walshclimb
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a gorgeous cloudy dark brown with a thick (~2") head that is light tan and foamy with dark speckles from yeast at the bottom of the bottle. The head leaves an attractive continuous lace as you drink. Very active bubbling in the beer. It smells malty with nutty overtones and a hint of spice - maybe nutmeg and slightly oaky. The initial flavor is moderately sweet and malty with light bitterness and a clean, long-lasting finish with roasted nuts and alcohol. It is medium to full bodied with slightly creamy texture and a dry, alcholic finish. This is an excellent beer with great complex flavor. I have to say I am increasingly enamored by strong belgian ales.

Photo of Lukie
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have had a bottle of this laying around for about 8 months now, and thought what better way to bring in the new year then with the "second best beer in the world".

A deep rich mahogoney/black with a brown head which was small and subtle on the top of the liquid. It lingered for the majority of the brew, and left some strong lacing on the sides of the glass.

Where the begin on the aroma. The usual strong caramel and honey, but more intense with stone fruits thrown in the mix, which was interesting. Lot's of fig and tropical fruit. Insane.

A big sip brings in lots of raisin and dark fruits, with some sweeter tropical fruits aswell. It is similar to Rochefort 10, but with more tropical, sweeter fruits to it. Absolutely insane when trying to digest everything about this.

The alocohol is pretty much non-descript and it is insanely smooth. It honestly is like drinking Rochefet 10... times 10. Just an amazing beer with everything working so well and balanced so well.

Photo of Kuemmelbrau
3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of mjn5036
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Impfan
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Filosoof
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm saying it again. I usually don't like strong dark ales and quads. And again...there are exceptions on the rule!

L: very dark, between brown and Guiness. Top lasts less long thans I wanted.
S: what can I say? Superb. Roasted toast, biscuit, touch of strawberry, clove.
T: what can I say? The taste is evenmore superb! Not too sweet. Nice hops. Nicely balanced alcohol.
M: good, but could be a little more carbonated.
O: top of the bill in this style.

Photo of JimmyTango
4/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of DGSchmitt
4.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of aty11b
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Fast-N-Loud
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of spham
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of rollncalguy78
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of aleslover
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of BrewSomerville
3.33/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Aromas of cherry, rhubarb, plum, and some caramel.

Looks very dark hazy brown. Small off-white head. Some lace, but poor head retention.

Tastes like grapes, plums, raisins and dates. Ethanol can be tasted (10% ABV). Some spicy notes. Some citrus and some caramel too.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and chewy. Fine, prickly carbonation. I think this is bottle conditioned but it doesn't say on the bottle.

Overall, it's a very nice, very fruity Beer. Nice mouthfeel.

Photo of HoppyMcStout
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of TheBierBoutique
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of pudoo
3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of Jimmeekrek
4/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of KristofH
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRap
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 11.2 oz. brown bottle poured into my chalice. I picked up the beer at Liquid Solutions in Tigard, OR. I allowed mine to warm up outside the fridge for at least a half an hour before opening and serving. I prefer my beer warm. The beer poured a dark brown with cm+ of head that retained through the drink. A fine lacing inched its way down the glass behind the liquid. The beer smelled wonderfully: big, doughy malts along with raison and some spices. Excellent aroma.

The beer’s flavor was big and comlex like its aroma. With a malt presence at the beginning along with overt hints of different dark fruits. A subdued hop presence and a completely hidden abv., Although thils beer's creaminess points it towards the sipping category, it can sneak up on you while being incredibly drinkable. Plunk me down with some good music and a few good friends and an evening of discussing this beer and whatever else come our way. While other Belgian beers maybe more rare, St. Bernardus is generally readily available and well worth purchasing again because of its exceptional quality.

Photo of jbonapar
4.08/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a small bottle purchased in Albany, NY.

As i remembered....Thick off-white head with a nice yeasty sedmaent. The last big of the pour is THICK. Love it. Smell is of strong medicinal sweetness (i know that sounds weird) malty with a touch of peppery spice

Taste: So interesting, dark candy, dark fruit, fruit cake with a slight toasted undertone alcohol is certainly present and adds to the warmth that accompanies the flavor and mouthfeel.

Overall, a fantastic beer. One of my favorite Dark Strong Ales/Quads.

Photo of bbkd3b
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had this once a long time ago... I've always wanted to revisit it like an old friend. Finally, my time has come. Poured into a goblet:

A - Pours with a cloudy, burnt sienna. Notice a nice, orange hue when there's light in the background. Also present is this great, 2-finger tan head with good retention. Results in a droopy, sticky lacing that doesn't go away. Good looking stuff.

S - Sweet maltiness with that Belgian yeast I love so much. Great mixture of dark fruits and a bit of spice. Nice fragrance... Not mind-blowing, but nice.

T - Okay, a little more mind-blowing. It's complex and subtle at the same time. Mixture of spice, hint of chocolate, and a great presence of dark fruits. Just fantastic, really.

M - This might sound weird, but it just dissolved when it hit my tongue. The carbonation combined with the body made it feel like something falling apart in my mouth. I've never gotten this from a beer before; however, I love it. There's a pleasant, warming hint of alcohol at the finish. My oh my.

D - Pricey, and alcoholic, but whatever bottle you do have will scream, "Drink me! Drink me!" until you pass out in a drunk stupor.

Overall/notes - Pretty much exactly how I remember it. Really great beer. Actually, not quite the monster I remember, as for a long time, I called it my favorite. Still, I'm no going to complain at all. This beer rocks my socks and that's all that matters.

St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 8,013 ratings.