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St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

7,394 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 7,394
Reviews: 2,500
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 422
Gots: 1,109 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

army01, Aug 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Slipmthgoose, Aug 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

BrandonDZ, Aug 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

RoninBirdman, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of joe1510
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

33cl Bottle
$4.29
Binny's Orland

Best Before 7/11/11

St. Bernardus Abt 12 pours a deep murky crimson red. Glowing ruby highlights illuminate small floating particles when held to the light. A one finger airy beige head formed on the pour and slowly fell to a cap of creaminess leaving some spotty lacing on the way down. Has the look like the good, big Belgians. When you look you know it's going to be packed with flavor. Murky and dark like it's trying to hide it's secret before they spring out on you.

Aroma is big on the dark fruits including plums, prunes, raisins, and figs. I believe there's even some bing cherries in there, not many, but there are a few. Doughy malts are all over the background. A touch of sugary sweetness and slight earthy mustiness. Very nice.

Big tongue coating amount of doughy and bready malt hit right away. not as much of the dark fruit on the tongue as in the aroma. It's there but not as distinct and comes along more mid palate and finishes things off. Figs, prunes, and raisins are the fruit present on the tongue and mix very nicely with some candy like sweetness and a touch of milk chocolate. Earthy dusty yeastiness and a very welcomed alcohol spice add to the complexities.

The mouthfeel of this beer is outstanding. It actually seems light and airy up front but becomes medium-full with a superb velvety texture. Alcohol warmth on the swallow. Great mouthfeel.

This is an easy beer to put away. Far to easy for a beer this large but it is something I could probably only drink a couple glasses of in a sitting just because of the sheer size and complexities.

An exceptional quad from an exceptional brewery. Loaded with complexities and the only alcohol present comes in as another added layer of spiciness. Only gets better and better as it warms.

Reviewed: 9/22/07

joe1510, Aug 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

Chrash16, Aug 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

wolf_switzer, Aug 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

ppilny, Aug 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

IronTom, Aug 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

jaydoc, Aug 18, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

corneliusfontaine, Aug 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Averwo, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of KellyScottMad
4.84/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow! Where do I begin! This beer is wonderful. As I just finished the bottle. Beautiful head, and color. Amber to medium dark in color. I do like the Rochefort 10 as well. I would say that they are neck and neck. Can't really choose between the two I like them so much. This a great quad. Great flavor on the tongue, and leaves hardly no after taste except a wonderful sensation on my tongue and throat. These monks can brew some mean beer! I am hooked.

KellyScottMad, Aug 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

kristenspaintings, Aug 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Mamuda, Aug 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

bmmortale, Aug 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

skholbrook1982, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of bnelson997
4.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip

Appearance: pours a nice reddish brown with a two finger tan head that lasted a good while. Small amount of lacing.

Smell: that distinct yeasty and malty smell just pops in this. Plums and slight spice on the nose along with some toffee and cherry.

TasteMouthfeel: wow, this beer changes so much from first pour to last sip. I'm hit with that delicious malt and biscuity flavor along with a spiciness that reminds me of the fall. Then, the real magic happens as it gets to ideal temperature. The boozy dark fruit just pops as the carbonation helps make the other bready notes pop. Very thick mouthfeel, like drinking a spice carrot cake. A slight touch of hop at the very end.

Overall: I like this so much better than Westy 12. The fruitiness just seems to pop more witht the carbonation in this. The fact that it is so much more widely available is a big plus. This is the epitome of the Belgian style and all other Belgians should just bow down now. Just a perfectly balanced taste.

bnelson997, Aug 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

Hultkrantz, Aug 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Hyhat, Aug 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

portlandmonk, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of RaulMondesi
4.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Wurstküche in Downtown Los Angeles, CA.

Wowie zowie. Raul feels like one of that fools that went west for gold and struck it rich. I mean, hot diggity dawg! This thang is glistening, sparkling, and shining like Megan Fox's lips after her latest collegian injection! Dark fruits, perfect amount of sweetness, and all out ecstasy.

Waking up next to St Bernardus 12 or Megan Fox? That's a tough one.

RaulMondesi, Aug 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

memphischas, Aug 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

brywhite, Aug 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Buttermilk, Aug 14, 2013
St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 7,394 ratings.