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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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7,729 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,729
Reviews: 2,535
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 475
Gots: 1,242 | FT: 35
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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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

McBraniel, Sunday at 02:27 AM
Photo of dmgeng
4/5  rDev -10.5%

I've looked for this beer for a while due to it's very high ratings and then my liquor store started carrying it and I had my chance.

A - Deep brown color that is almost ruby in the light. Medium white head with fine bubbles. Slightly cloudy from the yeast still in suspension.

S - The typical Belgian yeast spice character (phenolic) is predominant. Just underneath that are the malt and caramel tones with some fruit character like dark cherry. No hops present.

T - Very similar to the smell the Belgian character holds true but isn't the only player with lots of malty and caramelized sugars mixing. This beer is softer and not as flavorful as I had expected but there is still significant flavors mixing together. There is some dark fruits and alcohol on the back of the taste and quickly chased by the Belgian flavors.

M - Medium to full mouth-feel. Has some light bitterness and finishes complex with an aftertaste. Light carbonation making the flavors sit longer on the tongue.

Overall, a very good beer but not as flavorful as I had expected. There is quite a bit of flavor but for the coveted nature of this brew and in comparison to some of the other Quads on the market I truly cannot see why this one is ranked so highly. Though I would still recommend this beer; I would definitely not preface the conversation with the fact that it's ranked among the very best in the world.

Glass- Goblet

dmgeng, Sunday at 02:11 AM
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4.52/5  rDev +1.1%

Andymac28, Sunday at 01:41 AM
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

mg109e, Saturday at 07:44 PM
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

travis453, Saturday at 06:39 PM
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

GRWILK, Saturday at 06:31 PM
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Desp59, Saturday at 05:56 AM
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3.46/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Served ~10C in a tulip. BB 06 06 18

A nice Belgian quad that is just too subdued. Not enough esters to really help out with the background that is incredibly dry and lacks any alcoholic heat. Some fruitiness, but less than I would have liked. Well made in that regard, but I want a bit more from a quad in terms of depth of flavour. Maybe some age on this will do it good...

kjyost, Saturday at 05:11 AM
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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a77cj7, Nov 20, 2014
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4.88/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark brown color with a lovely and creamy thick off white head. The head dissipates to a thin lace that retains on the sides of the glass and in patches in the middle. Aroma is mostly malty sweet, syrupy, with some fruity overtones. Heavenly taste and feel! Oh so malty sweet! Fruity; like figs and wine like grapes. Bready and nutty. A slightly dry finish. So much complexity and nuance to this taste! High alcoholic content but not boozy. I drink beer for the taste and the buzz; and this one offers both in spades! Feel is a lively carbonation, full bodied, robust, but oh so drinkable! It is refreshing and hearty at the same time. What a beer! These Trappist monks are/were geniuses!! One of the best!!!!

Gajo74, Nov 20, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

My absolute favorite beer.

RossMaxwellWAPL, Nov 18, 2014
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Franck, Nov 18, 2014
St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 7,729 ratings.