St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus Abt 12St. Bernardus Abt 12

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7,876 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,876
Reviews: 2,546
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 494
Gots: 1,343 | FT: 34
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%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Keginator70
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this fine quaff many times and it has never disappointed. This time however I started off with my bomber which is about a year old at a warmer 62-64 degrees. Went with a very bold pour to release some of gas/carbination into a St B Chalis. Let's rock?

Oh yeah! The head and aroma are all there but break down a little quicker into the magic. The first two step sips are perfection. The slight sweet candy malt, moderate dry fruit and hop just what I was hoping for in depth of flavor. Perfect. The alcohol is warm, compliments but does not over power even on a warm day. Hard to find in such a strong brew.

Had to semi gulp/chug the remainder (come on most of have done it) before it got too warm but then two bottles split among friends solves this dilemma.

Still a killer, one of the best beers I have ever had, any style, any season.

Hard to believe Westy 12 would dominate in a blind taste test but I would love to eat my words. Anyone want to shut me up? Please?

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of RichardMNixon
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

7-month old 11.2 oz. bottle (since bottling, no cellaring at home) poured into a narrow chalice.
A: Ruby-red body, opaque except at the bottom. Not hazy, just a very deep, beautiful color. Finger and a half of head at first, falling down to a centimeter with very good retention - beer never showed through the head during a ~20 minute drink. Not much lacing, but I have trouble faulting a beer for something so minor. Plus less lacing means less beer on the glass and more in your mouth.
S: Cherries and lemongrass the whole way through. Not overpowering, just nice. Could have been a stronger bouquet though.
T: Cherries and lemon again leading into a very pure, malty, "ale" taste, which I really appreciated.
M: Butter.
O: Just an all-around great beer, go drink one if you haven't.

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle, the beer was a cloudy dark brown color with tan head. In my case, the bottle became a little over-excited and tried leaving the bottle the moment the cork popped. This did not affect my drinking experience. The nose was familiar to most Belgians. A malty aroma was accompanied by hints of dark fruit. The initial taste was alomst mediciny in the variation on the dark fruits. The degree of carbonation was higher the I would have anticipated for a Quad. The carbonation brushed away some of the notes I was seeking rather quickly. Dark fruits, burned malts, and a hint of chocolate were obvious. In the aftertaste, the beer gave a pleasant warming sensation. This is an easy sipping beer. However, it was not quite as sweet as some other Quads I have had.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the glass-set, poured into said St. Bernardus chalice/snifter.

A: Pours a murky medium-brown/caramel color, with a thick 1+ finger's worth off-white head on top, with big "pancake batter"-like bubbles towards the middle of the glass, near where I poured.

S: Yeasty candied sugars and a touch of dates on the nose.

T: Bitter-sweet dark chocolate, figs, and dates, all artfully balanced. The dark chocolate arrives first and probably stands most prominently. There is just a touch of yeasty breadiness near the finish that works nicely within the confines of its role here. Perhaps some of the "bitterness" is hops-related? Far from overpowering, I'm not sure if it's related to a roastiness of the barley, a particular fermentable added, or the presence of hops, but it's there, and helps make this a truly "well balanced" belgian dark.

M: Initially hefty and bubbly with great carbonation that wisks away nicely.

D/O: A tasty treat. My only complaint in terms of drinkability would be that, as I worked through the glass, a bit of a "black licorice" taste started to shine through. I like black licorice, but I just thought it was "odd" and didn't quite work here. Still enjoyable, overall, though. Certainly repeatable.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 7,876 ratings.