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St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

7,176 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 7,176
Reviews: 2,480
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 405
Gots: 1,020 | FT: 36
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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psonn33

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-17-2011 20:13:50 | More by psonn33
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thisiskatcooper

Georgia

5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-17-2011 18:03:04 | More by thisiskatcooper
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Vylo

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -10.5%

12-17-2011 14:43:37 | More by Vylo
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jpmlax

Virginia

5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-17-2011 10:25:32 | More by jpmlax
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andylipp

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-16-2011 21:15:56 | More by andylipp
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PthPndr

Florida

4/5  rDev -10.5%

12-16-2011 20:43:38 | More by PthPndr
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Agent1

British Columbia (Canada)

4.97/5  rDev +11.2%

This may be the first beer to intimate me before conducting a well-deserved review. St. Bernardus: One of only seven remaining Trappist Monasteries in the world still preparing beer to this day. Made by hand, by monks in Belgium. Wow. What else could you possibly ask for...

**NOTE: It is very important to enjoy this beer closer to room temperature. I believe this beer has not scored as high as it should, given that most people may be drinking it too cold. Like other quality Belgian ales, try serving anywhere between 12-16°C.

Appearance - This a highly compressed quad. Fantastic ivory head. Extremely creamy in appearance. The body is rather dark and far from opaque. A very deep brown, almost black, cradled in my official Watou glass.

Smell - Heavily malted. Lots of dark berries, fig, bread, biscuit, raisin, with faint, clean aromas of yeast. Very strong sugars coming through.

Taste - Insanely complex. Even more insane is how hidden the 10% abv is. This is not easy to do and somehow these talented Trappist monks have managed to disguise the alcohol exceptionally well. There are so many ingredients to this quad that it is staggering. Bread, fig, dark cherries, plum, light herbs and spices, prunes, dates, etc. Plenty of dark fruits. Lightly dry hopped. A very, very faint 'smokey' aftertaste (perhaps induced by the hops). Also, flavors of biscuit are noticeable.

Mouthfeel - Spreading across the tongue, this quad does the work for you. It immediately surpasses most beers in the way it disperses within the mouth and stimulates almost every area. Again, very balanced.

Overall - Phenomenal. As a quad, it arguably does not get any better than this. With so many taste notes and so many hidden subtleties, it is hard not to think so highly of this Monastic beer. Remarkably balanced with both sweet and dry flavors, it is virtually perfect in every way possible. I have enjoyed this beer countless times in the past and it always manages to leave me breathless. One of my all-time favorite brews, hands-down!

12-16-2011 08:28:30 | More by Agent1
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jrohrbacher

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

12-16-2011 04:24:57 | More by jrohrbacher
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skatterbrainz

Virginia

4.9/5  rDev +9.6%

I've had this in bottle and on tap and both ways it was very good. A smooth taste that doesn't lean to far towards bitter or sweet, and keeps the malt and hops tastes in balance. I would have rated the small at 5.0 also, but I couldn't make myself rate this a "perfect beer" even though it's pretty damn close to that.

12-16-2011 01:15:12 | More by skatterbrainz
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jp52518

Missouri

5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-16-2011 00:48:40 | More by jp52518
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brewnic

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-15-2011 18:52:24 | More by brewnic
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txgoat

Texas

5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-15-2011 05:08:06 | More by txgoat
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bolgiano

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-15-2011 02:25:53 | More by bolgiano
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alamode

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-15-2011 00:37:55 | More by alamode
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taitlifto

Texas

5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-14-2011 22:57:41 | More by taitlifto
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nmann08

District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-14-2011 17:04:08 | More by nmann08
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jam354

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-14-2011 14:35:53 | More by jam354
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jtk

California

5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-14-2011 14:25:58 | More by jtk
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FubarPilsner

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-14-2011 13:58:58 | More by FubarPilsner
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wchris21

Florida

5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-14-2011 12:46:08 | More by wchris21
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davidthebruce

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.5%

12-14-2011 12:35:36 | More by davidthebruce
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srvfan

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.5%

12-14-2011 12:17:09 | More by srvfan
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PhineasGage

Iowa

4/5  rDev -10.5%

12-14-2011 05:08:15 | More by PhineasGage
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Shango42

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-14-2011 04:01:27 | More by Shango42
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mendonjoebeer

New York

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

12-14-2011 01:14:23 | More by mendonjoebeer
St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 7,176 ratings.