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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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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001)
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

RemarkaBil, Jun 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

h2opunk182, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of mtlasley
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An opaque brown from the bottle becomes a deep murky brown once in the glass. Held up to the light shows a deep reddish mahogany coloring that is beautiful. And incredibly frothy, four-finger head takes it's sweet time dissipating. Lacing is prevalent and thick.

Wow. Figs, raisins, cherries hit on the very tip of the nose but quickly becomes a strong rum soaked scent. There's a sweet bread character lurking in the background. Very sweet overall and almost wine like. Phenols are blossoming left and right. Extremely complex and heavy on the nose.

The sweet raisin and fig notes carry well on the front of the tongue and they dominate the top of the palate. The a strong sweet bread character on the center of the tongue that starts to blossom in warming alcohol at the end. The sugar shines on the center but doesn't carry to powerfully to not let the bread character shine. I'm impressed by the alcohol lightness.

Very, very carbonated and I think that helps the flavors move better than the would otherwise. Things could be quite strong without the powerful carbonation and it makes sense here.

A wonderful example of the Quad as a style and a new favorite. The complex flavors here are wonderful and this is something I could sip on many nights.

mtlasley, Jun 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

FLBEERGUY25, Jun 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

jriggins6, Jun 11, 2012
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n00blar, Jun 11, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

BigRob329, Jun 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

jethroe, Jun 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

MacarthurParker, Jun 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

gk4984, Jun 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Whimpers, Jun 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

SalukiAlum, Jun 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

jk3, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of CloudStrife
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz poured very slowly into a standard Chimay goblet. Before pouring the beer fizzled up to a solid 1/2" cone above the bottle. 09 11 16 dating.

A: Reddish copper in body with a dense 1 finger creamish white head. Tons of carbonation is visible sprinting to the surface. Head lasts the entire glass leaving a coating of lace.

S: First I get some a sweet raisin or fig, some mild apple. Carmel and roasted malt

T: Quite complex, this beer has a hint of brown sugar sweetness, a great belgian yeast, a great roasted malt body and a nice reminder it has some alcohol.

M: Great creamy mouthfeel. Full bodied with a pleasant carbonation that makes it easy to drink. Very warming.

Overall I am impressed with it, I went in with some doubts but the richness and complexity is great. Everyone needs to have this beer at least once.

CloudStrife, Jun 07, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

kennethkearns, Jun 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

mcss, Jun 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Keegan, Jun 07, 2012
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Shnanign, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of DougT
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured slowly into a St. Bernardus Watou snifter. Bottle dated 23 05 17.

Color a dark, root beer brown. Gentle pour resulted in 1 finger tan head with lots of lace. Settled into a light layer of foam that last the whole drinking time. Even a gentle pour I still got some yeast in suspension but it's so dark you really have to look hard to see it.

Smells of yeast and dark fruits. Dark bread, raisins, figs, dates and a little bit of spices. But not an overwhelming smell, very pleasant and constrained. Makes my mouth water and stomach grumble.

Tastes is very complex. Starts with a malty sweet flavor like beer made with raisins or prunes, then moves to notes of spices and figs or dates. Hops are hardly present, but there are some bitter notes in the finish to let you know it's there. Alcohol is hardly noticeable in the taste, even at 10%, but the kick is there even after a few sips. Gets even better as it warms. The flavors start to merry together and become a flavor that defines Belgian Abbey Quad Ale.

Mouthfeel is amazing. This beer involves every sense in your entire head all at the same time. Effervescence tingles the lips and tongue helping hide the alcohol. Flavors dance across the whole tongue. Even the cheeks get involved as they react to what they perceive as food. Smell up front is enhanced by smells that enter from the throat and develop the complexities of the aftertaste. After 1/2 a glass the sensatin is like you are sitting in a vat at the old Abbey. Wholly engaged.

The cheesy Happy Monk label does not do justice to the sophistication of this brew. This beer elevates the art to levels seldom achieved. This stuff is wonderful. Very easily my favorite beer. Worth every penny.

I would love to save some to see what it's like after a few years, but I'll never make it. It's too good to leave on the self! Maybe if I gave some to my son he could hide it at his house for a couple years...

I had 3/4 the glass writing this. I now have a warm glow and a huge smile. I love this stuff!

DougT, Jun 06, 2012
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DanaDubay, Jun 06, 2012
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4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a cloudy brownish/copperish color with three fingers of beige head which almost inanimately sits atop the beer for quite awhile. Nice sheets of lacing and superb retention... a nice cap of foamy head lasts the entire glass.

S: Apple and raisin, spice, sweet dark malt, and prominent yeast note.

T: Dry apple, rum soaked raisin, just a touch of booze which I am really digging. Slightly off dry.

M: Medium-full body and medium-light carbonation, and milky mouthfeel which knocks it a bit. Alcohol is mostly hidden.

O: Archetype of the style. Big on flavor but still pretty drinkable for a quad.

pmarlowe, Jun 05, 2012
St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 7,732 ratings.