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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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8,003 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,003
Reviews: 2,567
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 520
Gots: 1,455 | FT: 39
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep yet muted brown body with a big foamy head into a snifter. Lacing tries to cling to the glass but falls back down rather quickly. Body is very murky.

Sweet malt and candy sugar. Faint aromas of caramel and candied fruit.

Mainly to the nose, but caramel is faint and near the end. Dark fruit stands out a little more.

Very carbonated. Also very sweet for alcohol in double digits. It hides well, coming more as a slight burn in the back of the throat than a booziness.

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look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours the same color as the six and the eight. Same big head, same color, leaves good lacing.

S - Hay, chocolate malt.

T - Chocolate malt, hay, slight fruit.

M - Medium carbonation with a medium body.

O - Overall, the 6, 8, and 12 all virtually taste the same. I don't see the hype in these beers. Rochefort 10 destroys this on any given day.

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look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, murky brown color. Medium, belgian head, that gets quite large, but dissipates quickly.

S: Nutty, juicy, sweet figs. Faint coco notes as well. Caramelized bananas. Subtle tobacco notes. Alcohol is definitely perceived.

T: Fairly bright, well carbonated front. Thick malty sweet body. A lot of delicious dark fruit notes. Dark caramel.

M: Bright front, but thick fully body cuts in.

O: Quite good. A lot of delicious, complex notes going on. Definitely getting better and more complex as it warms up.

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

A - Poured into a tall chalice, a dark mahogany brown. Small but sturdy head, dissipates fairly quickly but maintains nice lacing.

S - Smells a bit musty and boozey. Dark fruit and sweet bread.

T - Tastes sweet, mildly tanic like a fine red. Candy, citrus, and plum. No one aspect stands out, but the sum is greater than the parts.

O - A fine brew, goes down smooth and seems to reveal a different aspect with every sip. Would be in the running for my last beer ever if I had to choose.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Never reviewed this, huh... that's strange, had it quite a few times over the years.
Must have been too busy enjoying it.

12oz. bottle, BBD: "02 02 17" printed on the back label.
Served in a small snifter glass.

Huge billowing head of tan foam forms after a slow pour, first leaving behind a thin collar, then delicate arcs of lace that slowly settle back into the beer. Swirling the glass quickly rekindles the head for a few moments, but it quickly dissipates again.

Fruity and spicy aromas of fig, plum, sultana, some clove.

Flavors are similar, distinct plum and clove notes, earthy hop with some caramel and raisin in the middle. Finishes dry and fairly smooth and creamy despite the high abv, though its certainly warming. Not overly sweet, moderate carbonation. A benchmark of the style, allowing the trappist yeast to be showcased, not hiding behind a ton of candi sugar and booze like so many other Quads.

St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 8,003 ratings.