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St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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99
world-class

7,208 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 7,208
Reviews: 2,481
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 406
Gots: 1,032 | 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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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%

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.

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
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Mendicant

Australia

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

06-04-2013 07:07:35 | More by Mendicant
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Misanthropy_Sipping

Nebraska

5/5  rDev +11.9%

I think I am pretty sure this was the first quardupel ale I had ever had. Still a favorite and often what I compare to other quads as it is just so straightforward and so good for the style.

Pours a very deep rust/ deep deep brown. There is a very beautiful ruby hew when held to the light. Has a vigorous khaki head.

There is a lot going on in the smell. Almost a woody scent, cherries, Belgian candi sugar, brown sugar, plums, dates, vanilla, , spice, a bit yeasty. Very earthy tone going on. A mellow smell, but awfully complex.

Tastes wonderful. Again, a whole lot going on. There is almost a cinnamon dryness to it. There is spice and cherries, a bit of yeast. Dates, brown and Belgian candi sugar, burnt caramel, a tad plumy. There is a hint of vanilla... just awesome. everything is in the right place and well balanced. There is a bit of an herbal/woody hop bitterness to finish it all off.

Mouthfeel is really great too. I like to pour mine a bit vigorously but the carbonation still clings on nicely. Surprisingly drinkable. A bit sticky on the back of the mouth but it matches with the sweet taste of this beer. It's what's expected. For being a medium to heavy body, I am always surprised at how drinkable this is.

Overall, excellent. As mentioned, this is one of the quads I base opinion of others off of just because it is so solid. The others I hold at top notch right now would have to be La Trappe and Straffe Hendrik.

06-04-2013 03:36:51 | More by Misanthropy_Sipping
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csparace

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.5%

06-04-2013 02:36:36 | More by csparace
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NastyNate11

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

06-04-2013 01:21:47 | More by NastyNate11
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blkcld

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

06-03-2013 22:17:00 | More by blkcld
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Beerdy

Heard & McDonald Islands

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

06-03-2013 20:35:52 | More by Beerdy
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Metalaero

New York

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

06-03-2013 19:14:08 | More by Metalaero
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TheDoctor

Quebec (Canada)

4.39/5  rDev -1.8%

A:
Pours a cloudy burnt honey color with flecks of orangish yeast and an adequate tan head that settles down pretty good (it is pretty tenacious at first--exploding upon opening like champagne). Okay retention and okay lacing.

S:
Spicy, sweet, boozy, warm. Spicy bitter orange tones right off the bat with a lot of earthy banana and vanilla. A little clove-tinged spice. Smells pretty exotic and busy.

T:
Nutmeg, cinnamon and banana. Sweet and relatively creamy. There is earthy sweetness but the spiciness is what predominates.

M:
Nice and smooth. Really warm and boozy (not so much in taste), Medium body with good relatively strong carbonation.

O:
In general a damn fine beer. Not completely my style but fantastic nonetheless. I think that it would be a really great beer for a cold winter night or to cellar for a while. Really tastes like "Fall". Nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, raisins, booze. It's a delicious beer. A lot more drinkable than I would have thought. Truly worth finding and trying.

06-03-2013 17:35:16 | More by TheDoctor
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hey5hitgoose

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.5%

06-03-2013 15:54:43 | More by hey5hitgoose
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JoeDurp

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

06-03-2013 15:44:50 | More by JoeDurp
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PaulMc

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

06-03-2013 04:39:58 | More by PaulMc
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itsiilegal

California

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

06-03-2013 02:37:38 | More by itsiilegal
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OldTime

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

06-02-2013 23:02:37 | More by OldTime
St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 7,208 ratings.