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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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8,208 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,208
Reviews: 2,612
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 561
Gots: 1,631 | 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: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A deep dark brown with a thick beige head. Nice retention. When the head finally fades, it leaves a nice little layer of foam. Smells of some rich, dark fruits, caramel, some breads, and just a touch of roastiness. The first thing that is noticed on tasting it is the incredible smoothness. Perfect amount of carbonation and a medium thin body. Just goes down incredibly smooth. The alcohol is almost completely masked. Taste some dark fruit flavors (cherry, rasisins, figs), a touch of caramel, clove, brown sugar. Gets even better as it warms.

Not my first time having this one. I sipped it for over an hour tonight, and enjoyed every second.

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Solid pour from growler into new St. Bernardus chalice. Beautiful beer. Deep rich brown with a generous 2 finger beige head. Smell is of raisins, figs, bready malts and burnt wood. Taste follows the nose closely. I get a bit more of the fig and raisin on the front end with a nice hop finish. Very smooth brew for a 10% ABV quad. Difficult to set down as it is so balanced and solid. Feel is a nice thick, creamy/silk that sits well on the tongue with just enough carbonation. Overall- I have had this on draft and from the growler and both were outstanding. More fruit as it warms and it is so smooth and balanced. The best I have had in this style and I'm usually not a fan, so that is saying something. A must try

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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