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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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7,440 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,440
Reviews: 2,503
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 431
Gots: 1,129 | FT: 36
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

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 Roman5150
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle into St. Bernardus tulip, from Het Beste Biertje in Málaga, Spain.

Apprarance: dark cloudy mahogany brown with lots of sediment, 1 finger off white head with intricate lacing

Smell: dark fruits, figs, plums, belgian yeast, some oak notes

Taste: dark fruits are very dominant, notes of dark chocolate, burnt/candied sugar, subtle banana, and a some spices (can't put my finger on it exactly, some pepper and coriander with a hint of clove maybe). Roasted malt backbone is also very sweet and somewhat dry, aftertaste is so enjoyable its hard to just sip on, you want to drink it very fast.

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, medium-thick syrupy, creamy body.

Overall: Had back to back with a Westvleteren 12, so similar yet this one is a little less sweet, and the dark fruit notes are a little less overripe, and a little less sweet. Very similar but hype aside, i prefer the mythical Westvleteren 12 by a hair. I currently habe both cellaring so I will review both again in about a years time.

Roman5150, Aug 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

beerhast, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of Libationguy
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light brown color with orange and reddish hues. Tan 2-finger pillowy head that carries medium+ retention and sticky lacing.

Brown bread, molasses, cola, nutmeg, light brown sugar, white pepper and a mild earthiness.

Rich on the palate: root beer and sassafras, dark rich malt, molasses, brown sugar, cardamon, white pepper, light caramel and toffee. There is a little sweetness here, but not nearly as much as the descriptors would indicate.

Medium+ bodied with the alcohol really nicely integrated into the beer. Rich texture with a slight sweetness. The long finish is really nicely balanced.


Libationguy, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of Andrew041180
4.11/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A - The beer poured a bright brown, if such a color exists. Under certain light conditions I thought I detected a bit of ruby in there. Very light head of lightish-consistency bubbles that remained thin throughout. Little to no lacing on the glass. Nothing about the appearance wowed me.

S - Again, nothing special here. I continued to sniff the beer as it warmed to the proper temperature, and still never really smelled anything that knocked my socks off. Typical darker malt scents including brown sugar and toffee. Not much in the way of hops.

T - Do as the bottle says and drink it in the 50 degree range. The flavors changed significantly as the beer warmed and I feel that I missed out a bit. In the last portion of the last glass that I had I detected far more interesting flavors. Alcohol is definitely present at 10%, but it adds to the malty and dark fruit flavors, rather than detracting from them.

M - Take what I said about temperature in the Taste section and double down on it. As the beer warmed the mouthfeel became increasingly lively. The carbonation, which is barely visible in the appearance, is quite obvious in the feel. Truly an exceptional feeling.

O - This beer improves significantly as it warms. I took it out of the fridge maybe 20 minutes before drinking, and it should have been longer, although I was fortunate to see how the flavors changed. The other thing is the alcohol. I had about 2/3 of a bottle and I really feel it. This is a really nice beer to split, probably after dinner. Didn't go great with our grilled salmon.

Andrew041180, Aug 21, 2013
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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 7,440 ratings.