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St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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8,000 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,000
Reviews: 2,567
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 519
Gots: 1,448 | FT: 38
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

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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Photo of Katriona
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've sampled most of the labels listed, including those not available here in the US (e.g. Westvlereten 12) and Abt 12 blows most of them out of the water. The rich, yeasty flavors that linger long after the crisp finish imparts one hell of a taste experience to this fullest bodied ale. The pour explodes into a foamy head instantly, and the initial effervescence within seconds transforms into a robust fizz that carries the bread-like base into at least 10 different flavors (you can actually discern intermediate overtones of vine fruits, assorted spices, etc.). I wonder how many of your raters have actually tried this angelic brew, 'cause if they did the scoring would be quite a bit different!

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of ckollias
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark brown hue with a frothy 3-finger, off-white head that slowly dissipates into a solid persistent lace leaving a nice trail down the glass.

S: Dark fruit and candi aroma with hints of chocolate.

T: Sweet ale with the same dark fruit and Belgian candi flavor as the smell. Hints of banana and chocolate.

M: Heavy body and high carbonation

O: Excellent Quad – I could sip on this all night.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of mick303
4.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an excellent fluffy head which shows strong retention. Colour is medium-dark deep red brown. Highly effervescent, and it shows really solid lacing.

The aroma is characteristically fully of dark cherries, and a rich yet subtle sweetness. Some dark toffee and fudge notes, caramel malt. A bit of a plumy character and a gentle caramel maltiness.

Flavour is impecable, it starts with a very full malty sweetness. Shows layers of complexity with plenty of dark fruit flavour. It is lively and very rich at the same time, with remarkable balance. Then a lot dryer toward the end, slightly acidic. This flavour of dry cherries, and aged red wine vinegar lingers on.

Mouthfeel is very big and full. It has a smooth and creamy feel, accentuated with the carbonation. Very rich, but not overly heavy. Alcohol is noticeable but blends in very well. This is very drinkable and a treat on the palate.

A very excellent quad to be sure. Not over sweet, with a very good complexity and highly interesting and pleasing to drink. Should be sought out and tried.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 8,000 ratings.