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St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

7,021 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 7,021
Reviews: 2,470
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 383
Gots: 949 | FT: 36
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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Madubz

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

06-08-2013 12:38:24 | More by Madubz
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thehappybelgian

Ohio

5/5  rDev +11.9%

06-08-2013 02:31:39 | More by thehappybelgian
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sgoro

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

06-07-2013 20:27:20 | More by sgoro
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kustard

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

06-07-2013 19:18:24 | More by kustard
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gory4d

New York

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

06-07-2013 18:28:10 | More by gory4d
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

06-07-2013 04:32:36 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.04.07. That would be a best before date, in European date-coding. Served in a Westvleteren chalice.

Practically opaque chestnut brown. Very cloudy, probably, but hard to tell for sure. Barely the purpley-brick red tint to the color. Looks solidly brown. Looks good. Head crowned up at about an inch and trailed slowly away with soppy tan foam sitting up top.

Maltiness hits the nose first, and a good dose of it. Then, big dark fruits and a vastly estery yeast character takes over. Heartily phenolic and a little spicy. Some rustic earthiness comes through like an aged hop. Fig, plum, black cherry, red grape, ripe apricot, and quince all come through with a lightly vinous touch and lots of candi sugar. Hints of vanilla. Well-tempered, with the maltiness smelling big, at first, but then just showing off with the adjusted balance of the fruity yeast notes.

A ripe phenolic burst with notes of tobacco and clove-y spice marries with malty dark fruits, a la plum, prune, red grape, and overripe apple. Nice little tinge of an earthy aged hop brings out more of the Belgique. Finishes with grape and red apple skin tannins, something described as peppery, and more clove. A tad figgy, too. Vinous notes (pinot) are tame, but there. Alcohol is nice and fat; chewing through the girth of the flavor with a gluttonous whoop. Enough richness here to cover it, and then some.

Drinks with a warm flatline of booze. Rich with body, almost full. Carbonation adds a little slap, here and there. It's very realized.

Just another great experience with good ol' Abt 12. A phenomenal beer. And, if ya don't know, now ya know... !!

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 04:03:55 | More by thecheapies
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dazedandconfused

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

06-06-2013 22:28:52 | More by dazedandconfused
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smitty5245

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

06-06-2013 21:32:17 | More by smitty5245
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HoppyLuckyGoGo

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

06-06-2013 18:21:34 | More by HoppyLuckyGoGo
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Matthewpakula

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

06-06-2013 17:58:27 | More by Matthewpakula
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Ant4711

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -10.5%

06-06-2013 15:23:33 | More by Ant4711
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andy1701

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

06-06-2013 14:22:22 | More by andy1701
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BeersAndBears

Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

06-06-2013 02:00:52 | More by BeersAndBears
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clemson14

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +11.9%

06-06-2013 01:54:39 | More by clemson14
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pyktures

Quebec (Canada)

5/5  rDev +11.9%

06-06-2013 00:07:59 | More by pyktures
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irukandji

Florida

4/5  rDev -10.5%

06-05-2013 20:32:56 | More by irukandji
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

06-05-2013 03:45:03 | More by bigbeers84
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gos42

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

06-05-2013 01:50:54 | More by gos42
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BreweryRun

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had this bottle for maybe 9 months at ~45. Bottle was foaming over when I opened it but I got it into a Leffe chalice relatively quickly so no harm no foul.

Smell has light esters, darkfruit/dark malt, and spicy phenols.

Taste starts out with light fruitiness that quickly turns into more of a dark fruit (raisin, plum) mixed with cereal grain flavor, the finish is a spicy peppercorn flavor with a slight alcohol sweetness. As it warms the finishing flavors creep into the middle of the mouth and the spicy/alcohol flavors become more dominant. That being said the subtle alcohol is not solvent-like at all, it adds nicely to the other flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium-full.

Overall a great Quad with everything I like about good Belgian beers and nothing I don't. Personally I think it better slightly colder (high 40s to low 50s) as its slightly more harsh at higher temps but a world class beer that is incredibly balanced without being overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 23:43:34 | More by BreweryRun
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skorze

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

06-04-2013 23:40:50 | More by skorze
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kinmundy77

Illinois

5/5  rDev +11.9%

06-04-2013 23:23:49 | More by kinmundy77
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ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

06-04-2013 20:24:45 | More by ChrisL24481
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Chevelle66

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +11.9%

06-04-2013 16:35:33 | More by Chevelle66
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drlovemd87

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

06-04-2013 16:29:19 | More by drlovemd87
St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 7,021 ratings.