1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Not Rated.
St. Bernardus Abt 12St. Bernardus Abt 12

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
99
world-class

7,389 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 7,389
Reviews: 2,500
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 422
Gots: 1,107 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of St. Bernardus Abt 12 Alström Bros
Ratings: 7,389 | Reviews: 2,500 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of lmundane
3/5  rDev -32.9%

lmundane, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of Tiger33
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Tiger33, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of MCMASTERSANCHEZ
3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

MCMASTERSANCHEZ, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of 1Cor10-31
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

1Cor10-31, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of Alpar
3.5/5  rDev -21.7%

Alpar, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of Norseman
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Norseman, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of Hooshpower
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Hooshpower, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of BeerOps
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

BeerOps, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of dantezeull
5/5  rDev +11.9%

dantezeull, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of rkarimi
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%

rkarimi, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of mattday25
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

mattday25, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of Benjiehorn
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Benjiehorn, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of timbuktu1344
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

timbuktu1344, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of Ingjald
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Ingjald, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

JerzDevl2000, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of hockeypuck
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

hockeypuck, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of kwa357
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

kwa357, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of smithj4
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

smithj4, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of atljhawk
5/5  rDev +11.9%

atljhawk, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of HereforBeer
3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

HereforBeer, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of VictoriaAnne
5/5  rDev +11.9%

VictoriaAnne, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of Zbeetleman
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Zbeetleman, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of SkeeterBoganski
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

SkeeterBoganski, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of eph1291
5/5  rDev +11.9%

eph1291, Jul 05, 2013
St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 7,389 ratings.