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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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7,550 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,550
Reviews: 2,515
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 448
Gots: 1,171 | FT: 35
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001)
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Photo of tarheels86
4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330mL into an Orval chalice. Pours a hazy coca-cola brown with a small tan head that settles down to a nice film. Nose is rum raisin, milk chocolate, brown sugar, caramel, along with some earthy tones. Taste is complex with some cloves, cinnamon, milk chocolate, figs, raisins, molasses, and plums among other things. Fizzy and slightly creamy on the palate. Slight warming alcohol in the dry finish. The 10.5% is superbly hidden. I like the Special Edition better still. 8/1/2009 7/4/9/4/16=4.0

tarheels86, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of PaBeerLover
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

PaBeerLover, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of zonker17
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

zonker17, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of Ryan011235
3.68/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a La Trappe chalice on 8/19/12

19 12 16 printed on the back label

The color is a rather dark brown with copper and rust highlights. It looks to be clear, near as I can tell. Foam is let loose in a fury of fizziness, eventually condensing to a smooth, dense 3/4th inch cap. Overall retention is a thin layer with a smooth, thicker middle. Very good lace for a quad.

A multitude of complexities are had in the aroma, from fruity to spicy and from spicy to malty. Banana, pear, apple butter, clove, tea leaves, wet flowers, pollen, something akin to coriander, dark bread, raisins, prunes, grape skins, pine needles, toasted sugars and butter toffee. Alcohol is minimal in the aroma.

The taste of Abt 12 has a far greater presence of bread and alcohol, the former occupying much of the flavor profile, while the latter provides a long lasting, moderate burn. Light fruit drift on the peripheries, while the spiciness of the aroma is diminished in vibrancy. On the whole, the flavor are much more blended than are the aromatics. Mild toastiness throughout. On the dry side.

The feel is a medium-full, coating body with moderate carbonation. I was expecting more carbonation based on the quick-rising head, but I'll not complain about fewer bubbles.

Abt 12 is pretty good; it's an enjoyable sipper. I just wish it had more depth of flavor.

Ryan011235, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of kscaldef
3.65/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Loose tan head over a deep garnet body which would have good clarity except for the unfortunate floaties I introduced by pouring a little too much out of the bottle.

S: Quite boozy and moderately fruity. A bit disappointing, honestly.

T: Intense mix of flavors. A little chocolate, a little plum, a little apple juice, some baking spices.

M: Highly carbonated, probably a little too much so as it wipes the flavors out of your mouth fairly quickly. Body is modest for the strength of the beer.

O: I've had bottles of this which I enjoyed much more, but this one just isn't wowing me. Nothing particularly bad about it, but it's not standing out for me at the moment. The flat aroma seems especially disappointing.

kscaldef, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of comfortablynirm
5/5  rDev +11.9%

comfortablynirm, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of sethmcconkey
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

sethmcconkey, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of bc102782
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

bc102782, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of Dactrius
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Dactrius, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -10.5%

smartassboiler, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

DarthKostrizer, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of BMMillsy
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with some purple around the edges. Fluffy white to off-white head, two fingers of it. Smells of prunes and figs, some light yeast, a bit of spice. Taste explodes with fruit: pears, figs, prunes, plums, then some brown sugar and light spice along with spicy yeast. This is an easy drinker and hides the alcohol well, medium mouthfeel, medium to high carbonation. Leaves you wanting more. Great beer.

BMMillsy, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of dcloeren
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip on a rainy college football filled afternoon.

Pours a beautiful deep mahogany with 2-3 fingers of mountainous cream colored head.

The aroma is full of dark fruits, spices, some yeast and definitely some alcohol.

The taste follows the nose but I feel like the taste has a lot more complexity to offer. Juicy dark fruits, some dates, spices and some fresh doughy qualities. This beer is hot as well, but that's right up my alley. Almost like drinking a damn good glass of scotch. Burns so good for the first couple of sips and once you get used to the heat you really start to get all of the flavors it has to offer.

Full in body with a ton of carbonation. The combination or high carbonation with the heat of te alcohol makes for a hell of a tongue stinger. The finish on this beer leaves my tongue watering for more. I will soon be drunk at this pace haha.

Overall this beer is amazing. So close to perfection if it isn't perfect already. I pass this beer up all the time but when I do pick one up I always thoroughly enjoy it. Cheers!

dcloeren, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of strongaf
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

strongaf, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of bifrost17
5/5  rDev +11.9%

bifrost17, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of Jmick28
3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

Jmick28, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of KMitch
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

KMitch, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of BeerForHokie
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

BeerForHokie, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of philaflava
5/5  rDev +11.9%

philaflava, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass as a celebration, cuse I just booked a flight to Belgium!. Pours a deep mahogany brown almost dark all the way through. Smells of bready figgy malts, some amber type aromas and booze notes shine through at the end. Taste is very complex...thick, dried fruity and raison malts, some cocoa maybe, and a bit of caramel-like malt flavor. Booze hits the tongue at the end, but is pleasant. Easy drink and rather pleasant...
Its a really great Quad...one of the best ive had. Truly setting the bar on what a Quad should be.

DrinkSlurm, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of Sluggo81
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Sluggo81, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of Blackwolf
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass.


A- Beautiful, beautiful and I mean BEAUTIFUL beer, and nothing short of that. It poured a very deep mahogany color into the glass, light can barely pass through it. A creamy chocolate to then a semi-light khaki frothy head sits on top of this wonderful quad. The retention is beautiful also, it just won't give up. A decent lacing stares back at you from the side of your glass. Just perfect.

S- Smell and taste are pretty hand and hand with my tastings, but smell is usually the first factor to entice me into a deep ale. The second my nose hit this monumental beer I was hit with a notes of pear, a deep spice and a yeasty/breadiness. It sucked me in almost immediately! Very strong!

T- Yum, and more yum! Fruity, hints of fig... apply pear-ish notes and again the breadiness. There is a a little kick of alcohol in this ale, but a well balanced taste. It finishes with a banana drive and leaves you wanting much more.

MF- Just thick enough but creamy/chewy. An intense mouth feel but a good intense for lack of better words. This quad sits around your palate just long enough to leave you wating for more.

O- 5.0! Just amazing!!! I was hesitant towards grabbing this beer, I don't know why... But this wonderful concoction of smell, taste, look and feel just blew me away! I would recommend this to many, if you see it.... BUY IT! It is just an astounding, well crafted beer that can not disappoint anyone. St. Bernardus is easily making their way into my favorite breweries. LOVE IT! <3

Blackwolf, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of DioS
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

DioS, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of ellswrth
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

ellswrth, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of thegrifter
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

thegrifter, Aug 28, 2012
St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 7,550 ratings.