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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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8,124 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,124
Reviews: 2,593
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 544
Gots: 1,568 | FT: 44
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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: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice.

The deep brown ale yields a massive, rocky cream colored head that fades to about 1/4 inch and then simply stops, leaving a thick blanket. Ample lacing clings to the sides of the glass. A good looking brew.

Smells of caramel malts, toffee, dark fruit - cherries raisin and toasted bread.

The taste is predominantly dark fruits; cherries, raisins, plums along with some nice spicing. Maybe a hint of cloves, nuts and some vanilla along with some faint hop presence. The alcohol is definitely present and warming, but it is nice on a cold night.

Medium, well carbonated.

A tremendous brew. A pleasure to savor and enjoy slowly - the temptation is there to go nuts, but some restraint is in order given that I only have one bottle. Wow.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Spent the holiday weekend down in Greenville, SC with some friends and had to go the Trappe Door for my Belgian fix. I really wanted a Quad, but alas, there were none on draft. This is one I've wanted to try for quite some time, but keep passing up. Not this time. This was the small 11.2oz bottle, poured into a St. Bernardus chalice.

Pours a dark ruby-mahogany garnet with a small sheet of lace on top. Rich aroma of plum, grape, stawberry, alcohol, all washed in a pleasant floral scent. Carbonated well. Good heft to this makes this a great sipper. Holds up the richness of this beer quite well.

The flavors mirror the aroma making this one a nice decadent treat. Fig, raisin, plum, molasses, syrup, and just a touch of booze on the finish. There's a lot going on here, and I'm not sure this bottle was big enough for me to capture all of the nuances. I guess that's what the 750s are for. This was a treat, and one I would gladly have again.

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4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A – A caramel-orange body with a nice heaping pile of wheat bubbles that looks just glorious, even if it dissipates somewhat sooner than I might like and leaves little lacing—probably owing to the high ABV.

S – Very interesting smelling, really you don’t see it coming. I would have thought the smell was going to be much more intense. It is somewhat caramely and mild with not quite dark fruits, more like medium-fruits, it’s earthy and somewhat bready as well, and it has a beautiful clove and peppery spicy aspect to it; also, dare I say there are some hops involved here? It is very clean too, my first reaction was that there was a little bit of hay-funk going on in here but it really was just the blending of smells. It’s a plus really. Just smells unbelievably good.

T – This is up there with the best tasting beers that I have ever had the pleasure of imbibing. It’s funny, how you know with the very first sip whether or not what your are drinking is a truly great beer, it possesses a quality that instantaneously identifies itself—almost a magic element to it—and this has that. This beer just screams quality, is so incredibly complex, and compulsively drinkable. It has a toasted bready flavor to it, steely caramel, unsweetened figs, tobacco, clove, big pepper, slight hops, very mild raisins. And it only gets better as it warms.

M – The mouthfeel is surprisingly lighter than I would have expected, but it just just about perfect as well. If it was heavier it wouldn’t work as well. The steady carbonation gives it a creaminess that is just delightful.

O – This is one of the best beers that I have ever had and surely one of the best beers on the face of the earth. I would highly recommend this to just about anyone from a novice beer drinker like myself to a seasoned veteran. Bravo St. Bernardus, bravo.

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 8,124 ratings.