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St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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8,191 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,191
Reviews: 2,607
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 558
Gots: 1,622 | FT: 49
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Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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A: beer is the color of garnet. Head sustains sustains a moderately thin layer of masking tape white. Unfiltered characteristics.

S: A notable yet atypical smell coming of the beer is white wine, something reminiscent of a standard Chardonnay (e.g. creamy, nutty). As the beer warms in my hand it develops a significantly hotter more alcoholic tone.

T: Not as in your face as I expected it to be. Heavy on the alcohol, dark fruity plum tones, slight licorice, and bready/sweet cakey maltyness.

M: medium to full bodied, modest amount of carbonation.

Overall: it was good for being available pretty much anywhere. But for the price, the quality wasn't what I was expecting.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A thick two finger head. Completely cloudy reddish brown.

S: A ton of sweetness in the nose, both malty and ripe fruit. There's something in the smell that reminds me of champagne.

T: Plum, clove, super sweet. A slight citrus note.

M: Oily, plenty of carbonation.

O: I was pretty excited about this beer, but in my opinion it didn't live up to its reputation. It's a really good Quad, but not a great one. Don't not drink this beer, but I highly recommend drinking the Rochefort 10. Better yet drink them side by side.

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

Had this on 2012-12-31 in Columbia, PA

A - Clear dark ruby with a short light tan head and mild lacing.

S - Dark cherry, oak, light-medium roasted grain, clove. Not very strong.

T - Sweet cherry, light roasted malt, light clove and banana, candy sugar. A bit yeasty/estery as it warms. Touch of bitterness in the finish. No bold flavors but well-balanced. I like a bit more oomph in my brews but my wife quite-liked the balance and subtlety of flavors here.

M - Medium-heavy body and light-medium carbonation. Smooth yet a bit bubbly.

O - After tastings of the (arguably) top four Belgian Quads, I would rate them in this order for my personal taste preference:

1 = Pannepot
2 = Westvleteren XII
3 = Rochefort 10
4 = St. Bernardus Abt 12.

Of interest, my wife would rate them in this order:

1 = St. Bernardus Abt 12
2 = Pannepot
3 = Westvleteren XII
4 = Rochefort 10

Quads aren't my favorite style, but I/we enjoyed everything about this beer and the others mentioned above. For the two of us, it came down to a style preference. I like a challenging brew and she likes a well-balanced, un-assuming brew.

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

75 cl

Pours an opaque wood brown with a light tan head, over an inch, somewhat coarse, which dissipates slowly to a film.

Smells of coriander, bretty yeast, wine, grassy malts, and candi sugar.

Tastes of citrus and bready malts, candi sugar, some mild nutty bitterness and some spices like cinnamon and coriander.

Full body with big fluffy carbonation.

A really good beer. I tried this one because it is supposedly the same as Westvleteran's older recipe and since I will have the opportunity to try that soon, I wanted to be able to compare. I really like this, but I've had a couple quads I like more. Still, I wouldn't pass this one up.

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