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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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BA SCORE
99
world-class

6,995 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,995
Reviews: 2,469
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 380
Gots: 934 | FT: 35
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001)
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Misanthropy_Sipping

Nebraska

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

I think I am pretty sure this was the first quardupel ale I had ever had. Still a favorite and often what I compare to other quads as it is just so straightforward and so good for the style.

Pours a very deep rust/ deep deep brown. There is a very beautiful ruby hew when held to the light. Has a vigorous khaki head.

There is a lot going on in the smell. Almost a woody scent, cherries, Belgian candi sugar, brown sugar, plums, dates, vanilla, , spice, a bit yeasty. Very earthy tone going on. A mellow smell, but awfully complex.

Tastes wonderful. Again, a whole lot going on. There is almost a cinnamon dryness to it. There is spice and cherries, a bit of yeast. Dates, brown and Belgian candi sugar, burnt caramel, a tad plumy. There is a hint of vanilla... just awesome. everything is in the right place and well balanced. There is a bit of an herbal/woody hop bitterness to finish it all off.

Mouthfeel is really great too. I like to pour mine a bit vigorously but the carbonation still clings on nicely. Surprisingly drinkable. A bit sticky on the back of the mouth but it matches with the sweet taste of this beer. It's what's expected. For being a medium to heavy body, I am always surprised at how drinkable this is.

Overall, excellent. As mentioned, this is one of the quads I base opinion of others off of just because it is so solid. The others I hold at top notch right now would have to be La Trappe and Straffe Hendrik.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 03:36:51 | More by Misanthropy_Sipping
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csparace

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.5%

06-04-2013 02:36:36 | More by csparace
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NastyNate11

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

06-04-2013 01:21:47 | More by NastyNate11
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blkcld

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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Beerdy

Heard & McDonald Islands

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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Metalaero

New York

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

06-03-2013 19:14:08 | More by Metalaero
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TheDoctor

Quebec (Canada)

4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A:
Pours a cloudy burnt honey color with flecks of orangish yeast and an adequate tan head that settles down pretty good (it is pretty tenacious at first--exploding upon opening like champagne). Okay retention and okay lacing.

S:
Spicy, sweet, boozy, warm. Spicy bitter orange tones right off the bat with a lot of earthy banana and vanilla. A little clove-tinged spice. Smells pretty exotic and busy.

T:
Nutmeg, cinnamon and banana. Sweet and relatively creamy. There is earthy sweetness but the spiciness is what predominates.

M:
Nice and smooth. Really warm and boozy (not so much in taste), Medium body with good relatively strong carbonation.

O:
In general a damn fine beer. Not completely my style but fantastic nonetheless. I think that it would be a really great beer for a cold winter night or to cellar for a while. Really tastes like "Fall". Nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, raisins, booze. It's a delicious beer. A lot more drinkable than I would have thought. Truly worth finding and trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 17:35:16 | More by TheDoctor
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Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.5%

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Texas

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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PaulMc

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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California

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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OldTime

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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maxwelldeux

Washington

2.25/5  rDev -49.7%

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TomTown

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -32.9%

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United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -27.3%

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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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DavidB67

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

06-01-2013 23:45:32 | More by DavidB67
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rjholcomb

California

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

06-01-2013 13:08:16 | More by rjholcomb
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JayAre46

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

06-01-2013 06:24:31 | More by JayAre46
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ediaz

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

06-01-2013 04:29:47 | More by ediaz
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MattDing

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

06-01-2013 03:12:29 | More by MattDing
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Shogun730

California

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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DenverBigRed

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 6,995 ratings.