St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

7,872 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 7,872
Reviews: 2,546
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 495
Gots: 1,338 | FT: 34
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

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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Photo of webb534
4.16/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Clownoisseur
4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vincev27
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of babaracas
4.11/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red-brown with two fingers thick of fluffy yet fizzy light brown head, settles slowly to a thin cap, ring of lace trailing the liquid but not much sticking. Smell: raisin, dates, toasted brown bread, cola note, caramel, lightly floral and spicy. Taste: caramel, cherry cola, fig, spicy and slightly boozy, finishing with notes of clove, pepper and toasted grain. Carbonation is a bit high, but based on the sugariness it's probably the right amount for this beer. This is delicious and available everywhere, which is impressive, but it's a rung down from the best Belgian quads (it's not Pannepot, but who is!)

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4.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of BladesOfBarley
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Photo of acycler
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This ale is truly amazing!

Photo of Joey1566
4.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Devon_
3.79/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mr-jj
4.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a chalice from a 12 oz bottle.

Color is a deep brown with a huge airy head that fades slowly leaving a lot of large bubbles. A syrupy lace follows the liquid wherever it goes. Nose is classic Belgian - I can smell the rich malts and yeast esters as soon as it is opened. There is dark fruit and spices along with a definite alcohol presence. Flavor is really complex - lots of sweet dark fruit, clove and cinnamon spices and a bite of alcohol and carbonation. Finish is pleasant and clean. This is a very nice quad - lots of big flavors. Body is medium/full with a lot of chewy malts. A friend of mine describes beers as chewy - this one would fit that description - it's almost like food!

Overall, this is a fantastic beer and worthy of the hype.

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled last night on 12/21/14. Comes in a single 330ml (11.2 ounce) bottle for around $6.00. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a small snifter glass.

Pours a dark burnt-orange in color with a good 1-finger off white head that settles to about 2mm during the drink. A good amount of lacing is seen when sipped and also there was sediment in the bottom of the bottle after the last pour also. Lots going on with the aroma as there is sweet caramel malts with a hint of dark fruits with some spices. Even more going on with the taste as it is hard to figure out what is in here. Very smooth and creamy as this is a 'sipping brew' and it took be a good hour+ to finish it. Medium+-heavy bodied with perfect carbonation for this style of brew. This brew actually is better when left out for a while instead of ice cold for sure.

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

awesome beer. The standard for Belgian Strong ales.

Photo of Viaduck
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Tuckerster
4.96/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Bluescooter
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StuartLACA
4.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerTick
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pDubs
4.64/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Orlando
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WhatIsFear
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thecasehead
4.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of EigenBeer
4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of matias-
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

I can't think of a better beer. Intense, powerful, rich, creamy, and it imparts a profound sense of superiority. This one separates the boys from the men.

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 7,872 ratings.