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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

7,555 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 7,555
Reviews: 2,516
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 450
Gots: 1,173 | 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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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle from LCBO for $8.95 CDN

Appearance - Moderate pour into an over sized wined glass yields just over one finger of head that recedes quickly, leaving a nice white cap in the center. In the current lighting conditions the head seems to sparkle as carbonation bubbles rise to the top. Beer is dark brown with red hues thrown in for good measure. Glorious.

Smell - Yeasty scents dominate up front with some dark fruits following. A bit of a caramel maltiness on the back end.

Taste - Very complex, lots of different flavors going on. Cloves and bready flavors up front transitioning quickly but not too quickly to fruits and brown sugar flavors. Every sip seems to alternate the emphasis between bread and cloves followed by fruits and sugar on the next sip and vice versa. All of this while being able to taste each the transition of each profile in every sip.

Mouthfeel - Thick rich creamy texture. Dry finish a given considering the booziness. After the first few sips a considerable warmness in the back of your throat. Perfect for a rainy fall day.

Overall - Truly one of the best in the world, and a beer that only gets better as it warms.

DenisKolkin, Sep 18, 2013
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Photo of IdeaSpeeder
4.84/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Serving Type - 750ml bottle, partially poured into a tulip glass

Appearance - Dark brown, almost red in colour. Somewhat hawwzy with a mild amount of carbonation visible. On top sits a truly astounding head. Like 3 fingers of fluffy, foamy off white goodness.

Smell - Typical quad smells. Spices and a crazy amount of yeast. Getting some dark fruits as well, cherries and maybe..prunes?

Taste - Some complex stuff going on here. Sweet malt off the top. Light toffee maybe. Followed by that dark fruit picked up in the nose, along with some grapes I think. Finishes with some grain and a strong alcohol presence. Yup, Lottsa alcohol.

Mouthfeel - This is one of those things that doesn't get talked about enough, and maybe for good reason....it isn't normally very interesting. But this isn't a normal beer. The body if medium, carbonation is high...finish is...unique as it's neither crisp and dry nor smooth. It just is. The beer itself is rough on the tongue, in a pleasant sort of way..kinda grainy. I could swish this around in my mouth for days.

IdeaSpeeder, Sep 13, 2013
St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 7,555 ratings.