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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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7,859 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,859
Reviews: 2,541
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 496
Gots: 1,311 | 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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Served in a tulip. Long lasting head, dark amber, sticky lacing.

S: Banana and clove up front. Very spicy and phenolic, dark fruit, WOW!

T: Same as the aroma. Banana more subdued, phenolic and dried fruit notes. Reminds me of a doppelbock on acid.

M: Effervescent and chewy. Perfect mouthfeel.

O: This is definitely one of the best quads out there!

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Belgium knows their beers. Was in Brussels just a while back and stuck mostly to drinking trappist ales, but had to try this world famous abbey ale. And what a treat. Just a stunning beer. Deep brown color and a head you could eat with a spoon. Lace sticks on the glass to the last sip. Smell is sweet and malty, thats dominant. Spices like cinnamon and clove are in there. Tastes christmasy, which is hard to describe. The spices from the smell are definitely still there. Huge sweetness. It's like caramel or some kind of malty molasses. Toasty and bread, with just the slightest bitterness toward the end. Also, I have to mention the huge alcohol taste. It's not the first thing that hits you (That's the sweetness of the malt) but it is obvious. Goes down smooth with subtle carbonation and huge creaminess. Somehow, this high alcohol beer is very drinkable, I'd have another. This is not overrated, get some.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color with a hint of red. Large fluffy tan head that didn't linger long for me. Aroma is full of cherry, fig and caramel notes that come through in the taste as well. Slight alcohol taste that fades quickly. Nice full body, though less than might be expected, medium-high carbonation. medium yeast flavor. Low bitterness and lots of malt character.

Definitely one of the best if not the best beers in it's class, highly recommended.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark brown with a nice fluffy tan head.

Smells like dark fruits, figs, dates, plums, cherry, bready yeastiness as well.

Tastes like it smells. Heaven in my mouth. Lots of dark fruits, very bready, like a fig newton, vanilla, caramel, maybe some coffee as it warms up a bit, alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is warm, medium to high carbonation, medium bodied, smooth, easy-drinking beer.

Overall this is my first quadrupel/Belgian strong dark ale and I am completely blown away. As soon as I took the first sip I knew this was the best beer I have ever had. BSDA/quads may well be my new favorite style.

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 7,859 ratings.