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St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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7,732 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,732
Reviews: 2,535
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 475
Gots: 1,243 | FT: 35
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001)
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Photo of DmanGTR
4.98/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had this beer from both bottle and from tap. The 2 styles are identical in all respects in my opinion, except of course, the carbonation can be adjusted accordingly when on tap. Thus, my review for the draught version is identical to that of it from the bottle, except for the mouthfeel category. I will add, too, that I had a slightly overcarbonated pour from tap at a bar once. I talked to the bartender and they dialed the carbonation down a little bit. I tried it again the next day and it was much better and thus, the review came from the better of the two experiences:

Deep plum brown with a nicely retained beige head in a St. Bernardus goblet. Garnet hues barely shine through in the light. Nicely sweet, predominantly caramel, plum, raisins, and a light toffee hint. Perhaps even a touch of burnt sugar in the very farthest reaches of the crevices of your palate. This beer commands respect to all those savoring its greatness. Very, very light hint of hops keeps it from being cloying, yet remaining undetectable by conventional means. It's almost as if the hops are simple leaving a shadow to dance with the malts and fruity flavors. Carbonation is spot on. Sweet and almost chewy body, but still incredibly smooth.

DmanGTR, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of trevorpost
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

trevorpost, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of g35rider
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

g35rider, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of akttr
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

akttr, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of MrVonzipper
4.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy and slightly tawny brown with a nice fluffy tan head with great retention.

Smells of rich Belgian candy, plums and currants.

Flavor follows the nose pretty well. Belgian candy sweetness with some fruits noted in the nose. A touch a caramel. Nice flavor.

Mouth is medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation. A touch tacky.

Overall a solid Belgian quad. Is it #39 (when reviewed) best beer in the world? Absolutely not. Otherwise all around "Good."

MrVonzipper, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of Mlawrence
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Mlawrence, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of Cowcakes
3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

Cowcakes, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Marius, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of Jcd1962
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Jcd1962, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of jjauga
5/5  rDev +11.9%

jjauga, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of Aschap
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Aschap, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of nas4atu
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

nas4atu, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of clay_i
5/5  rDev +11.9%

clay_i, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of sevenarts
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark reddish brown with a big bubbly tan head that sticks around well.

S: Sweet caramel and sugar, yeasty aromas, dark fruits.

T/M: Lots of sweet brown sugar and caramel up front, rich and delicious. Complex layers of fruit. Yeasty, bready flavors crop up towards the end of each sip, along with some warming alcohol. Heavily carbonated and prickly.

O: Really big, complex, tasty Belgian quad with loads of flavor. It's heavy and intense, so good.

sevenarts, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of Everton
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Everton, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of BostonHops
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

have had bottled and on-tap, this review is from the draft. (@ deep ellum, allston, MA)

served in a st. bernardus draft chalice.

pours a murky amber/russet brown tone with two solid fingers of creamy, slightly tan/off-white head... dark, though not as dark as some quads i've experienced. great retention; moderate lacing. the nose is a potpourri of belgian yeast, caramel malts, and spices, with strong dark fruit characteristics.

taste exceeds the smell, with the dark fruits having expanded; yeast, sweet malts and spices, a hop presence, brown sugar and a not unpleasant warming alcohol which follows. complex and delicious.

heavy, full-bodied mouthfeel with medium to light carbonation. drinkability is high. dangerous so. in the final analysis i'd put this a step below rochefort 10, but still a truly great beer.

BostonHops, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of gabedivision
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle to a goblet glass.

A- Pours a murky nontransparent plum, with a 4 finger head that settles to 1/4 inch head through out the glass.

S- Right up front, booze soaked rasins, plums, cotten candy, and figs. Big bready malts mixed with sweet caramels and a nice cherry wood finish.

T- Carbonation opens up the tongue for a big sweet blast. Rich dark fruits, caramel, licorice, mashed cherries and alcohol.

M- Big carbonation, full bodied, creamy velvet feel, with a smooth sweet, red wine finish.

O- Great beer, amazing complexity, totally a treat.

gabedivision, Jun 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

ncehreli, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of acorre08
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

acorre08, Jun 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

MatthewLl, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of mrdziuban
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

mrdziuban, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of Scott_McCool
3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

Scott_McCool, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of danipp
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

danipp, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of Mdadvoc
4/5  rDev -10.5%

Mdadvoc, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of buckyp
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

buckyp, Jun 16, 2012
St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 7,732 ratings.