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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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BA SCORE
99
world-class

7,390 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 7,390
Reviews: 2,500
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 422
Gots: 1,108 | FT: 35
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

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 bbHOP
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful hazelnut brown - slightly hazy with a 2 finger head that dissipates fairly quickly into a ring around the glass... some lacing.

S: Wafts of fruity belgian yeast, some bready caramel notes and dark fruit were apparent on the nose... and only grew as the beer warmed.

T: Very strong, sweet malt - caramel and molasses, yeasty bread and dark fruit notes of fig and raisin. Spicy alcohol is apparent throughout, but doesn't overwhelm.

F: Smooth, medium body... carbonation present and can be felt on the back of the throat - but blends with fuller body better than many other belgians I've had.

O: Really nice - smooth and full, bready and malty, deep and satisfying.

bbHOP, Feb 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

Brushkanna, Feb 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

DeezGunz14, Feb 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

mjgrady, Feb 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

hinghamhawkeye, Feb 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

CellarGimp, Feb 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

CarpalTunnell, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Prostman81
4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A terrific beer, and I really get why this is so highly rated. So many different flavors going on that from sip to swallow, the profile changes constantly. The body and mouthfeel are superb and at no time does the beer feel heavy, nor does the 10% abv over-rule the experience. I would buy this again in a heartbeat. I think this is also best shared, so that you can discuss all of the different flavor nuances with the person(s) you're enjoying this with.

Prostman81, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of phisigben
3.98/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a nice dark brown color with a huge 3 finger width with a off-white head then it leaves a nice ring of lacing. I get dark sweet fruits like raisins and figs then that great yeasty smell that comes with all quads, followed up with a slight presences of alcohol. The taste is great that raisin/fig taste with a some addition sweetness from caramel flavor then that discernible Belgium yeast flavor. When compared to other quads this one does have a noticeable alcohol bite that the others do not have. The mouthfeel is medium, but it is too carbonated for my taste. Overall this is a good beer but when compared to other Quads it places in the top 5 but near the bottom.

phisigben, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of bullywee
4/5  rDev -10.5%

bullywee, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of McD0uche
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass:

A: Now, I'm not sure if I poured this wrong, but the head billows to 3 fingers thick--and the thing stays there for a good couple minutes. The beer itself is a dark velvety brown. As the head recedes, it's apparent how sticky this beer is. The lacing is pronounced.

S: Silty, earthy malts and fruits, including pears, apples, maybe some banana. The medley smells awesome and invites me in.

T: A fruity plum, sweet licorice flavor. Yum. It melts in my mouth, and has a nice boozy aftertaste. Overall really delicious.

M: Dry, crispy, and warming. I guess the "melts in my mouth" comment should go here.

O: I'm not a big fan of Belgians overall, and hadn't really had a Quad I could say I liked. This stuff has completely shaken my perspective, in a very good way. I'm surprised this stuff was sitting on an obscure shelf in my local liquor store.

McD0uche, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of AlexM
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

AlexM, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of legalpete19340
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured dark cloudy brown with a huge sticky head. Nothing escaped this as it stuck to everything and laced like a champ.

S: Exactly like slightly overcooked raisin bread. Dark dried fruit jumps out with raisin and prune. The sweet bread is close behind with a slight burnt note.

T: Exactly as the nose advertises: big spicy sweetbread with a burnt characteristic slides into the raisin and prune flavors. The malt really holds up and keeps the sweetness and spice back but its all there in high quantities. The end is alcohol and it warms until the next sip.

M: Pretty much medium with a heavy quality. Very creamy and smooth.

O: Fantastic. For me this is the right balance of bready malt and fruit sweetness. Its a monster to drink though and the ABV is noticeable, but it was hard to stop.

legalpete19340, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of djbow
4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark hazy brown like strong sweet tea. Quickly forming head of tight tan that form a rich two finger head. After the head dissipates beautiful lacing and alcohol legs take the stage.

S: Ripe dark fruit, dates, rasins, cherries and rich honey / malt sweetness balanced by a slight aroma of alcohol.

T: Just like its smell suggests, ripe dark fruit, dates, rasins, cherries and rich honey / malt sweetness balanced balanced a very slight alcohol taste. This beer tast is quite complex and I think if I try it agan (and I will) there will be more flavors that become apparent. Like most beers of this style, as it warms the taste becomes more pronounced.

M: Crisp, Champagne like feel that cleanses the pallet with each swallow. This is accomplished by the medium-high carbonation combined with a silky soft medium - heavy body.

O: This is truly a World-Class Belgian Quad. There are other more expensive and lauded Belgian Quads, but in my opinion St. Bernardus Abt 12 is on a nearly equal plane. Also, St. Bernardus is affordable and readily available. Finally, is important to not that this beer gets better with age and can be aged up to four years before consumption. Strap in, try this beer and get ready for a wonderful taste journey.

Glass = Chalice.

Temp = 51F.

djbow, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of JohnnyMc
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My all-time favorite Quad!! This was a 2012 bottle.

Pours out a dark mahogany, with deep amber highlights and a big, slight khaki head.

The aroma is full of dark fruit, some banana and clove, caramel, toffee and molasses, followed by some bready malt notes. The spice this has when fresh has definitely faded a bit.

The taste has tons of dark fruit; plums, figs, raisins, dates and there are notes of banana and clove, some caramel, toffee and molasses all finished by a nice yeasty/bready finish. It's pretty dry and there is some bitterness to balance it all out.

The 10% isn't noticeable on the taste or aroma, but you can feel it slightly. The body is full and the mouthfeel is slightly creamy with a crisp, kinda dry finish.

This beer is awesome fresh or with a year on it! I don't believe this is the perfect or best beer in the world (or that there is such one), but it embodies the Quad style perfectly! It's very easy to drink, complex and balance and I don't think there is anything that could improve this.

JohnnyMc, Feb 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

oldseacaptain, Feb 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

sharpski, Feb 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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1/5  rDev -77.6%

garyford, Feb 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

jamisonspitzer, Feb 14, 2012
St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 7,390 ratings.