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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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7,573 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,573
Reviews: 2,518
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 450
Gots: 1,178 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Swigit, Aug 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

BrazilianAussie, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of bigflatsbeerman
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Classic dark look of a Dubbel.
Smell: Great great smell.
Taste: There are not enough of "o's in smooooth to describe this taste.
Mouthfeel: I would say medium, the beer has a champagne like taste to me.

Overall: Simply said I can't find anything to criticize about this beer. I cannot criticize monks that give their life to God and in the process make mankind very happy. Superb.

bigflatsbeerman, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of slowdaddy
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

slowdaddy, Aug 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

CommonRider, Aug 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

BrkfstOfChmpns, Aug 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

jhhollier, Aug 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

mporembs, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of TBoneJones
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not a style I seek frequently, but one that could grow on me. Pours nicely into my Chimay chalice, forming a beautiful two-finger head. Thick brown look to it. 
Great yeast aroma even as I poured the bottle. Raisin, some malt. 
Taste is like the smell, even a bit nicer once i get past the initial booziness. I pick up roasty toffee along with the aforementioned. Nice and creamy. That yeast blends well. 
Tastes smooth for the abv. My favorite part of tasting this is the finish..a nice toasted, rich nutty aftertaste. 

TBoneJones, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of litheum94
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

litheum94, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Rummy dark brown with nice creamy beige head.

S: Marzipan, ripe red grapes and medicine. Banana.

T: A little too sweet at first. Plenty of ripe red grapes. Loads of that marzipan/nail varnish flavour. Strong burned malty flavour behind it all which I find quite unpleasant.

O: It was my favourite beer for a while but I'm getting bored of Belgian Brunes.

Hoppsbabo, Aug 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

BoilDinner, Aug 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

flyers1980, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into a chalice. Poured brown with a very light tan two finger head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark fruit, fig, bread, fruit, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, bread, sweet alcohol, and fruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a great brew. I saw this one on tap and had to jump on it as it is the first time I've seen it on since I started reviewing. I was definitely not disappointed at all. All the right flavors and aromas for a great Quad were definitely present and made themselves known right out of the gate. This brew does this while still remained very well balanced and drinkable. Really glad I got the chance to have this one again and will be doing so again in the future. Maybe in the form of the 60th Anniversary I have sitting in my cellar...

thagr81us, Aug 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

JamFuel, Aug 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

HopsJunkiedotcom, Aug 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

beergorrilla, Aug 06, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Mat_Rampson, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of Rasolante1
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Served in a tulip. Long lasting head, dark amber, sticky lacing.

S: Banana and clove up front. Very spicy and phenolic, dark fruit, WOW!

T: Same as the aroma. Banana more subdued, phenolic and dried fruit notes. Reminds me of a doppelbock on acid.

M: Effervescent and chewy. Perfect mouthfeel.

O: This is definitely one of the best quads out there!

Rasolante1, Aug 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

dvb, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of cambabeer
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Belgium knows their beers. Was in Brussels just a while back and stuck mostly to drinking trappist ales, but had to try this world famous abbey ale. And what a treat. Just a stunning beer. Deep brown color and a head you could eat with a spoon. Lace sticks on the glass to the last sip. Smell is sweet and malty, thats dominant. Spices like cinnamon and clove are in there. Tastes christmasy, which is hard to describe. The spices from the smell are definitely still there. Huge sweetness. It's like caramel or some kind of malty molasses. Toasty and bread, with just the slightest bitterness toward the end. Also, I have to mention the huge alcohol taste. It's not the first thing that hits you (That's the sweetness of the malt) but it is obvious. Goes down smooth with subtle carbonation and huge creaminess. Somehow, this high alcohol beer is very drinkable, I'd have another. This is not overrated, get some.

cambabeer, Aug 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

WoodburyMN, Aug 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

ThinkRedEsq, Aug 05, 2012
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1/5  rDev -77.6%

Jsads, Aug 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

ElCamino13, Aug 04, 2012
St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 7,573 ratings.