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St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

7,192 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 7,192
Reviews: 2,480
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 405
Gots: 1,025 | 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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chanokokoro

Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +6.9%

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a goblet

Pours a dark caramel-colored beige with a beautiful, fluffy off-white two finger head. Gorgeous lacing. The smell of fruit perhaps, plum, black cherries and a bit of fig on the nose, sweet malt, and spice as well. Initially clove and pleasant spice dominate giving way to sweet malt, dark fruit, and yeasty esters. Finishes sweet with pleasant alcoholic warmth. Perfect smooth, creamy mouthfeel. A near perfect beer and one of the best brews I've had the privilege of drinking.

04-10-2012 03:43:35 | More by chanokokoro
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GreatBloomer

Texas

4/5  rDev -10.5%

04-09-2012 20:30:23 | More by GreatBloomer
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bradmclaughlin

Colorado

5/5  rDev +11.9%

04-09-2012 19:48:00 | More by bradmclaughlin
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BourbonDemocrat


5/5  rDev +11.9%

04-09-2012 04:11:47 | More by BourbonDemocrat
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sliponflange

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

04-09-2012 03:05:44 | More by sliponflange
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dbell23

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +11.9%

04-08-2012 23:29:52 | More by dbell23
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matzah

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

04-08-2012 20:50:41 | More by matzah
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TonyTalon

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -10.5%

04-08-2012 15:42:01 | More by TonyTalon
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ZethOfTheNorth

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -10.5%

04-08-2012 14:33:41 | More by ZethOfTheNorth
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whitecluster69

Virginia

5/5  rDev +11.9%

04-07-2012 00:16:07 | More by whitecluster69
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Deaner


4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

04-06-2012 22:58:21 | More by Deaner
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pawpaw

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

04-06-2012 14:43:04 | More by pawpaw
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soulfly1492

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -21%

Aroma: More malt than the average strong ale. Some spicy yeast. Some fruity esters which are mostly prunes and some black cherry. Not as sweet as most others per this style. Some mild brown malt flavor. alcohol is a bit floral and somewhat piney. A good bit of cinnamon. Definitely a good dose of hops.

Appearance: Dark brown. Cannot see through to the other side even when held up to a bright light. Moderate light brown head. Decent retention. Moderate lacing.

Taste: I must say I'm a bit disappointed. Light and watery. Not much fruitiness, a good amount of hot alcohol. Some prunes, black cherry and cinnamon. Hops are floral and pine. Some malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Lightly astringent. Watery, not oily at all. Little carbonation. Very warming.

Overall: Too much hot alcohol in the aroma and taste. Flavor is ok, not overly sweet which is good, but not enough flavor, a bit bland. Very surprised, perhaps this bottle was tainted?

Notes: Fresh by 6/28/2016, drank on 2/2/2012

04-06-2012 01:51:41 | More by soulfly1492
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DocG

California

5/5  rDev +11.9%

04-06-2012 00:39:49 | More by DocG
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

04-05-2012 23:59:09 | More by MarkyMOD
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robcalex

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

04-05-2012 21:45:40 | More by robcalex
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Lee_Hancock

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

04-04-2012 23:35:49 | More by Lee_Hancock
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muchloveforhops3

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

04-04-2012 22:39:54 | More by muchloveforhops3
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KingDiamond

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

04-03-2012 22:57:59 | More by KingDiamond
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dac0152

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

04-03-2012 19:25:43 | More by dac0152
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randomfits


4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

04-03-2012 17:02:51 | More by randomfits
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ortie

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

04-03-2012 03:25:38 | More by ortie
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beergoot

Colorado

4.23/5  rDev -5.4%

Appearance: Great ruby red body. Head had funky, huge bubbles...

Smell: Dark fruit, cinnamon, anise and clove, noticeable alcohol scent

Taste: Dates, figs, honey, a hint of caramel; bitterness at the finish is overshadowed with the alcohol presence. Complex yet balanced for the style

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy, glass smooth with a rich malt sugar characteristic playing throughout

Overall: A very good beer, but good have been better with a decent, rich head (perhaps my 12 ounce bottle was old or my glass dirty, but I'd never seen such large, glass-thin carbonation bubbles - virtually no head at the finish and no lacing or rings on the glass). Otherwise, the taste elements were pretty much spot-on for a quad.

04-03-2012 02:37:16 | More by beergoot
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GeraldFunk


4.9/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

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
St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 7,192 ratings.