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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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8,197 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,197
Reviews: 2,608
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 559
Gots: 1,624 | FT: 48
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

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

Pours a nice dark brown with hints of red. Nice compact head that lasts for a very long time in the Orval glass.

Smell is slightly sweet and not very strong. Dades, malt, maybe even some chocolate.

Taste is sweet, some dark bready malts, almost rye, dried dark fruits. A slightly burned touch. Then a nice touch of hops, some dark sugars, light yeasty bitterness.

Mouth is medium with medium carbonation. Feels very light for a 10% beer, but not very remarkable.

Overall this is good stuff, but the balance between the sweet and more bitter flavours could be better. Still very enjoyable.

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Bottled served in a shaker pint glass

A - Murky tea colored brown hue with 2 finger very bubbly head with average retention and minimal lacing, with some yeast sediment to boot.

S - Cloves, tobacco, malt, biscuits, coriander, peppery spice, stagnant water, funky yeast.

T - Immediately the booze, clove, peppery spices, and a bit of bitter hits me. My palate is so warm my face feels like it is turning red. The bready yeast is very present in the background but there is too much going on to take real notice of it. The booze dominates for me with a quick dry bitter finish that is not entirely to my liking.

M - Medium body, effervescent high carbonation, very dry finish, moderate-high warming alcohol.

O - This is one of those beers that I appreciate and can see what others enjoy, but I don't particularly like much myself. This is a high quality quad, but it a little bitter and too spicy compared to others in this style I enjoy.

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Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into an Affligem goblet.

Appearance- Holy yeast! There's sediment floating around the whole glass! Never seen a beer like this. Very murky reddish/amber/brown. Two finger fluffy head that lasted thirty seconds leaving a small layer around the top of the beer. Did I mention the yeast is now making its way to the top of the beer?

Smell- Cherry, malts, yeast, grapes. Smells like any other quad I've had. Alcohol is hidden though.

Taste- Yeast, malt, a little alcohol. Some fruit, maybe what I was smelling earlier. Not overly impressed.

Mouthfeel- Quite carbonated. Sits in your mouth pretty heavy. Its pretty big.

Overall. Good. Not the best quad I've ever had, definantly not bad by any means. Smell is great, but the taste lacks in my opinion. Good on a cold night like this though.

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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