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St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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99
world-class

7,019 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 7,019
Reviews: 2,470
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 383
Gots: 949 | 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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GeraldFunk


4.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a murky walnut colour with foamy beige head. Head dissipates quickly leaving good lacing.

S- Amazingly complex. Banana flambe, rum, cocoa, alcohol comes through but in balance with sweeter smells. Incredible.

T- Strong banana notes with amazing balance and a pleasantly bitter aftertaste.

M- Good carbonation glides nicely on palate. Not as heavy as I was expecting.

O- An incredible beer overall, as I was expecting from the beer that has almost an identical recipe to Westvleteren 12.

A little tidbit I just learned. St. Bernardus was once a contract brewer for westvleteren and the abt 12 is based heavily on the 12, is it possible that if westvleteren wasn't so hard to get it might rate right around St. Bernardus? Food for thought.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 02:23:37 | More by GeraldFunk
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mikepcarney

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

04-03-2012 01:31:04 | More by mikepcarney
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DavidTrahey

New York

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

04-02-2012 17:35:56 | More by DavidTrahey
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gnow

Florida

1/5  rDev -77.6%

04-02-2012 02:33:14 | More by gnow
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Dweedlebug

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

04-01-2012 14:20:19 | More by Dweedlebug
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eaphikap

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

04-01-2012 12:47:35 | More by eaphikap
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scninmer08

New York

4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into tulip.

A- Murky brown, deep ruby in the light. Off-white head that just kept growing; incredible retention.

S- Very sweet! Sugar and toffee with some fruity notes, maybe plum.

T- More balanced than the nose. Very malty with the fruit coming through... alcohol masked very well.

M- Nothing too special here, medium body and carbonation.

O- I'm new to this style, having only had Three Philosophers before this. Looking forward to delving into this style more; obviously this is a classic!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 04:04:08 | More by scninmer08
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elec

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

04-01-2012 01:56:38 | More by elec
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TheResidentialOP

Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

03-31-2012 20:39:07 | More by TheResidentialOP
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.88/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a deep brownish purple color with a nice tannish cap and a good cap, with some lacing

S: Big grapes, juicy purple grapes, some light fig, dates, plums with fresh red apples, candy

T: Wow, nice sweet upfront with huge amount of grapes, plums, light fig, dtes and prunes and a dash of raisins but the grape juice goodness is so nice. Lots of candy sugar and some fresh apples are hanging out as well

M: Medium mouthfeel, but a big body which is sweet and rich. Fantastic

O: Hands down, one of the best, if not the best I have tried. World class.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2012 15:36:49 | More by barleywinefiend
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aliveguy17

Illinois

5/5  rDev +11.9%

03-31-2012 08:17:02 | More by aliveguy17
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tdmccarthy

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

03-31-2012 04:01:58 | More by tdmccarthy
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Beer21

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

03-31-2012 01:42:55 | More by Beer21
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muskiesman

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

03-30-2012 22:23:25 | More by muskiesman
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Kharkov

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

03-30-2012 21:23:23 | More by Kharkov
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Deshon2688

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

03-30-2012 17:28:52 | More by Deshon2688
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Jager311

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

03-30-2012 04:22:43 | More by Jager311
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gleemonger

California

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

03-29-2012 18:04:16 | More by gleemonger
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closisinthehouse

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

03-29-2012 16:21:12 | More by closisinthehouse
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intensify

Colorado

4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No bottled date but im assuming its not an old bottle anyways.

P- Golden/Brown body with yeast present no matter how hard I tried to keep it in the bottle. 2 finger off-white head which disappeared in a flash.

S- Oh so nice on the nose. Very kind, inviting aromas. Plums, raisins, toffee, biscuit, caramel, vanilla and sweet candy sugar. A hint of booze.

T- Did I already say the words "kind and inviting?" Plums, raisins, a toffee like presence somewhere in there. Complex and beautiful. There is definately a kiss of booze but it all comes together to form a very nice sipper.

M- Medium bodied, semi dry finish. Decent carbonation.

O- Complex yet simple. Delicious and intense, yet soft and enjoyable. Is this one of the top Quad's out their? Most definately. Can I have another please?

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 05:58:18 | More by intensify
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WhatTheAle1973

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

03-29-2012 04:13:33 | More by WhatTheAle1973
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chriscalo

New York

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

03-29-2012 04:00:45 | More by chriscalo
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CypriotPhilosopher


4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

03-28-2012 22:04:33 | More by CypriotPhilosopher
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Hex

Kentucky

4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful dark and murky chocolate color that shines amber in the light. A thick and creamy double finger head with an off-white, and caramel color to it.

Smells like a pie. Sweet with a thick, dark fruit filling... blackberry maybe. Very excited to taste, the smell makes you.

Taste many dark fruits. plum, or prune... maybe a fig or two. haha nicely toasted malts. Brown sugar/caramel underlying flavors.

Has an amazingly creamy yet clean finish. Leaves you wanting the next swallow soon.

A very decent beer; one of the best. Good for a celebration or occation. Very sophisticated feeling this beer has.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 05:36:56 | More by Hex
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GPGURU

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

03-28-2012 02:19:31 | More by GPGURU
St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 7,019 ratings.