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St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

7,215 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 7,215
Reviews: 2,482
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 406
Gots: 1,034 | 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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Norseman

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

07-08-2013 04:11:48 | More by Norseman
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Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

07-08-2013 03:09:03 | More by Hooshpower
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Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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dantezeull

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +11.9%

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rkarimi

Colorado

4.67/5  rDev +4.5%

07-08-2013 00:16:15 | More by rkarimi
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IBetYouCouldUseAColdOne

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

07-08-2013 00:05:26 | More by IBetYouCouldUseAColdOne
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mattday25

West Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

07-08-2013 00:04:32 | More by mattday25
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Benjiehorn

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

07-07-2013 21:43:22 | More by Benjiehorn
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timbuktu1344

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

07-07-2013 20:25:21 | More by timbuktu1344
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Ingjald

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

07-07-2013 19:24:39 | More by Ingjald
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

4.59/5  rDev +2.7%

Finally got around to giving this a go, as I picked up a bottle of this at Top Hops a few weeks back. I only got the 11.2 oz one since this was so strong and I figured that it would take a while to down. Sure enough, it did...but that's not a bad thing at all. This is so strong, rich, and refined that anything less than a slow savoring of this beer would be a disservice and a way to cheat oneself out of all this has to offer.

Wonderful appearance to the pour, as the radiant dark raisin hue was still thin enough around the edges to show some light through, revealing the sediment that had to be swirled out of this bottle. Nice head to this too as I had to let a lot of it settle before pouring out the last little cloudy portion of the bottle, and the lacing wasn't half bad either. Not as strong an aroma to this as I would have liked, but there was enough candied sugar, plum, and pear to be detected in the nose and in the taste as well. This faded to a well-balanced back that reminded me partially of a fine Belgian Pale Ale crossed with Champagne, since the carbonation came through and carried with it just a hint of earthy, sour funk. The aftertaste kept this lightness with a bit of spicy, dark bread, which melded nicely into the next sip as I repeated the process.

Yes, this was strong but it never tasted it and I could have easily downed a few of these over a given night. There's a reason why beers like this are rated so high - anything balanced this well, smooth, and is strong without being overt is the hallmark of a great brew and this fit that bill. I'm always amazed at how much Belgian beers have to offer and how something like this is so highly rated by so many. Even on a muggy night like tonight, this was refreshing and anyone who reviews beers on here needs to get their hands on this and find out for his or herself why this is one of the classics. Highly recommended.

07-07-2013 08:16:10 | More by JerzDevl2000
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Maine

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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kwa357

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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New York

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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Georgia

5/5  rDev +11.9%

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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

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VictoriaAnne

California

5/5  rDev +11.9%

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California

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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eph1291

Iowa

5/5  rDev +11.9%

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Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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Holmes698

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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Brazil

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 7,215 ratings.