St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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Ratings: 7,265 | Reviews: 2,488 | Display Reviews Only:
4.79/5 rDev +7.2%
A - Dark brown with 2 fingers of off white head
S - Dominated by sweet bread with hints of plum and apricot
T - Fruity at first then turns to sweet bread as it warms
M - High carbonation, classic Belgian mouthfeel. A bit of tickle on the tongue.
O - One of the best in the world, no doubt!
02-12-2012 18:33:37 | More by ChanceK
4.45/5 rDev -0.4%
Pours a mahogany brown with a nice tight tan head. Scent is of dark fruit and cherries with a roasted maltiness. The taste follows the scent and fills the mouth with the dark cherry, cola and hint of spice. The carbonation is excellent. This is an excellent quad and my second favorite behind Rochefort 10.
02-11-2012 20:25:36 | More by Nuke77
4.38/5 rDev -2%
A- Mahogany with a thick, off-white head. Beautiful lacing and head retention in a red burgundy glass.
S- Savory aromatics with hints of florals and esters. Excellent complexity.
T- Nutty flavors, apple and pear and just a touch of tart/bitter on the long finish. Layers and layers of complex flavors. A hint of umami.
M- Full bodied, but balanced well with carbonation/effervescence.
O- Truly excellent. Paired with mussels and frites. Delicious and complex.
02-11-2012 18:06:22 | More by Aml42000
4.5/5 rDev +0.7%
i must admit, i am more of a hop head and regularly consume tons of IPAs and a fair amount of stouts, and my taste in belgians slants heavily towards the Tripels. so for me, belgian dubbels and quads come as welcome counterpoints if not the main course... but in some cases they end up becoming the main course of course.
the pour is a luscious garnet brown, with very ample creamy tan head. the aroma is as advertised, heavy, rich, malty, yes BREADY, and more... yeasty and spicy and not even a little bit hoppy.
the taste is all malt and yeast with a good dose of subtle sweetness.... i do not find the alcohol overly pronounced -- from the appearance and aroma i want this beer to drink a little richer, it is relatively thin on the palate -- but is saved by perfect carbonation -- the beer foams up all over again in your mouth! it drinks like a LIVE food -- a malty earthy grog that no doubt embodies the aromas and tastes of the land that provided the ingredients and the environment and people that did the brewing.
who is gonna argue with this brew? it's a standard bearer of one of the world's most renowned beer styles. EXCELLENT.
02-11-2012 04:12:07 | More by colforbin73
4.7/5 rDev +5.1%
Poured into my Rochefort chalice.
Appearance. Dark hazy brown in color, honestly not to attractive. The head, however, is excellent with sticky bubbles of varying sizes. A real tale of two beers here.
Smell. Very sweet with lots of dark fruit and sweet caramel and sugary smells.
Taste. Starts out with a quick hit of slightly bitter grape and dark fruit flavor. This is very quickly taken over by a very intense sweetness that is reminiscent of hard candy with a hint of rum soaked raisins. Some spice is introduced along with a much drier character, yet still some lingering sweetness. The finish is semi-dry with the lingering flavor of rum soaked raisins.
Mouthfeel. Perfect amount of carbonation with a moderate to thin body.
One of my favorite quads so far. This is one of the few beers that I have had more on tap, in fact this is the first time I had it out of the bottle. I will have to say it is a bit better on tap from what I remember.
02-11-2012 03:17:10 | More by jtingue
4.78/5 rDev +6.9%
Poured from a 750 ml Cork & Cage Best before date: 7/24/2016. (Refrigerator temperature upon popping the cork *light white smoke from the bottle)
Poured into a Duvel Tulip.
A: Very dark brown fading to a dark tan toward the bottom of the glass held up to a natural light source. Poured a 2 finger head with beautiful lacing.
S: Rich but balanced smell, Almost difficult to describe.. Raisins, Plums, A ever so slight aroma of alcohol.
T: For me.. Luxurious.. A light/medium carbonation hides this beers 10+% alcohol content EXTREMELY well. Sweet burnt caramel, Raisins, a taste of Honey come to my mind quickly, but this beer is much more complex to the taste then I can describe. I am writing this review on the last of 3 equal pours from this bottle. Taste has become extremely more pronounced as this beer has warmed to proper serving temperature.
M: Personally a little less intruding to the palate compared to a Rochefort 10. Also deceivingly a little lighter also most likely due to a bit more carbonation. best thing I can use to describe it is ... Silk
O: my favorite Belgian Quad. Working at a beverage center that distributes over 1200 beers, Including over 175 Belgian selections. The discount I receive from this job allows this to be my "GO TO" beer. I can not get over it. I always have at least a 4 pack on hand.
note: Tasting was paired wonderfully with 8 slices of thick cut smoked bacon.
02-09-2012 16:42:39 | More by KodiaKSE
St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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