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St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

St. Bernardus Abt 12St. Bernardus Abt 12

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6,372 Ratings

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Ratings: 6372
Reviews: 2442
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

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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New York

4.11/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- A cloudy caramel color with a light creamy tan head. Very little retention.

Nose- What a bouquet in the nose. Banana and bubblegum yeast notes and lovely candied dark fruit aromas abound.

Taste- The aromas were spot on with the forefront of this brew. The yeast greets the palate and from there comes a multitude of flavors. Crisp apple and grape flavors have a refreshing balance with the bready yeast. From there the beer gets a little richer with fig and date notes and a honey sweetness that masks the alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Light and sudsy with a buttery consistency. Smooth and the body intensifies as it sits in your glass.

Drinkability- Dangerous. With a 10% abv this drinks closer to a 7%, quaff with care.

Overall- I wasn't blown away with the legacy this beer has but I definitely enjoyed it!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 04:46:49 | More by craftaholic
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4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Surprisingly opaque; deep amber
S- Darker, but sweet malts
T- The initial taste was a delectable mixture of caramel and dark fruits, this faded too soon and transitioned to the more alcohol forward taste noted by other reviewers. The heat of the alcohol is nicely smoothed by the remaining sweet, honey flavors.
M- In no way over-carbonated. Feels smooth on the tongue; lets you savor the complex flavors.
O- That's some good dirt.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 22:10:49 | More by Dayman766
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3.78/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Tulip glass at House Wine bar
A- muddy tealike with minimal head

S-slight raisin, fig and fruit

T-underwhelmingly rich caramel and spicy

M-thinish with a nice buttery tone

O- it really does mask the ABV only mild heat on the backend, lacks robust complexity

First time tasting this highly rated example didnt blow me away
Other top rated brews often live up to their billing but high expectations were deflated

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2013 04:52:22 | More by greshdoghophead
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4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy dark brown with a huge 2 inch eggshell head that settles to a nice film on top and leaves heavy strings of lace. A steady stream of tiny bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass during the drink down. Absolutely gorgeous.

The smell is of earthy, musty yeast and bready malt up front with fruity accents on the back end: figs, dates and apricots.

Taste is of roasted malt, caramel/molasses sweetness, figs and dates up front with a biscuity breadiness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, almost creamy with a high level of carbonation.

The finest looking beer I've experienced but, this one delivers on all cylinders. Inviting aroma, impressive flavors and satisfying mouthfeel. World class.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 02:25:14 | More by Furlinator
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4.78/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A- Dark orange. Thick creamy head, lasts quite well, good bit of lacing.
S- Complex caramel, toast, and a good bit of fruit. Specifically there is apricot, peach and a bit of plum.
T- Very, very complex. Caramel, yeast, toast, fruit, and alcohol heat. Starts pretty sweet, but quickly goes into complex flavors with some chocolate. There is just a faint wisp of smoke. Finish is a bit boozy. If I had any criticism of this beer, it is that this boozy finish is just a touch aggressive.
M- Really full body. Smooth. Again, only criticism is it just a bit hot.
O- A top class beer. Glad I finally got a chance to drink this one. Definitely a must try for the beer fan.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 02:25:04 | More by jsprain1
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4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep brown/red without being fully opaque, fluffy beige head
S: Warm, malt and grain, alcoholic bite, inviting
T: A true liquid bread. Deeply malty, yeasty with unavoidable alcohol undertone, a tinge of bitterness. If not for the alcohol, this would be perfect.
M: Again, liquid bread, whole, rich but not thick, smooth, that hint of alcoholic bite
O: Truly phenomenal. As alluded above, if it weren't for the intrusion of the 10% abv, this would be a perfect beer. Nonetheless, one of the greats.

750mL / $12.99

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 05:24:25 | More by RandomExile
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4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. Beer aged for approximately 1 year.

A - Pours a nice dark mahogany brown with an off white head. Not too much head, but it sticks around for a while. After dissipating, it leaves a ring of foam around the edge of the glass.

S - Dark fruit and toffee on the nose and some nice malt underneath.

T - Dark fruit again, with some lighter honey and cherry notes mixed in. The malt is still there in the background. There is a ton of flavor here, a little bit of booze, and some suff that I can't quite pick out. However you slice it, this is a delicious beer.

M - Smooth and substantial. Moderately carbonated. This beer coats the mouth in a very pleasing way.

O - Delicious. A sterling example of a quad. I will be buying more of this.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 00:07:24 | More by lawlerj
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4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The venerable St. Bernardus Abt 12–one of those Belgian Abbey ales that absolutely truly lives up to the hype surrounding it.

Appearance (4.5/5): A 750 mL decanted into my St. Bernardus chalice, the beer looks truly majestic: a massive, billowing beige head sitting atop a deep brown base. Held up to the light, you can see garnet highlights.

Smell (4.5/5): Huge aromas of sweet caramel, a light booze (nothing harsh and fusel, though), dark and stone fruits–fig and plum–and toffee. Lightly spicy Belgian yeast. Exceptionally aromatic, deep, and complex. This is how I EXPECT a world-class Quad to smell.

Taste (5/5): The taste takes the exceptional flavors and complexity hinted at in the smell to the next level and then some. Dominant flavors: toffee and caramel, fig and plum, a mildly spicy yet fruity yeast. The sweetness is cut by the alcohol, which certainly–at 10%–makes its presence felt. This is a good thing; with a beer as intensely malty as this the alcohol really plays a constructive role in tempering the sweetness and keeping things balanced. Extraordinary depth of flavor and complexity that proves itself as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel (5/5): Abt. 12 is a full-bodied beer but doesn't drink "heavy." The bottle-conditioning provides a great medium carbonation that makes the beer nice and active. The feel is exceptionally creamy, not syrupy like some American-made Quads can be. This quality really allows the flavors the shine and steer clear of becoming cloying.

Overall (4.75/5) AKA TL/DR: This is an incredible beer and an easy pick for my favorite Quadruple of all time. The craftsmanship on display is unparalleled. A well-balanced, decadent yet classy, Belgian ale featuring bold flavors of dark stone fruits and toffee and a mildly spicy Belgian yeast profile.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 18:40:51 | More by hagbergl
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4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It pours a very deep brown with hints of ruby red as you hold it up to the light. It’s a pretty beer with about a finger and half of creamy tan head that dissipates rather quickly due to the higher alcohol content(10%).

Smell: With true Belgian abbey ales, you’d expect a very rich nose, and this does not disappoint. It’s almost a little overwhelming, but luckily, the aroma of dried dark fruits is not something I’m opposed to. Different strokes for different folks, but if you don’t like how this beer smells, then you live in bizarro world.

Mouthfeel: This version of St. Bernardus really packs a punch in the small, tight bubbles of effervescent carbonation. The mouthfeel felt slightly chalky from the bits of that fine, fine Belgian yeast that found its way into the glass, but the crisp feeling of the alcohol smoothed it out.

Taste: Overall, this beer tastes like a true Quad. What I would say about this that sets it apart to where you can tell the difference from another quad would be that it was slightly sweeter. I’m not saying sweetness from candied fruits, but it is almost a honey like quality that smooths and balances out the flavor. Don’t get me wrong, this is as rich as Macauley Culkin was in 1994, but there is a slight honey flavor there to help subdue it. Basically, I shouldn’t be reviewing these big Belgian beers. I always give them major kudos, but I sure think they deserve them.

Overall: I would definitely split a bottle of this again, but that’s it. A whole bottle is way too rich and would do me in.

4.25/5 on the scale. Nailed it.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 17:45:29 | More by TheBiercast
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4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

St. Bernadus Abt 12

25.4Oz Caged Bottle poured into a Watou (official glass)

Look: Dark Brown, reminds me of a dark stout in appearance. There are more colors present when held to a bright light. A very small amount of head/foam arises when this amazing Ale is poured. Many Belgians have a large amount of head that dissipates slowly. This Quad gets right to business!

Smell: Dessert time! My goodness, I have drunk this beer many times, however reviewing it is another matter entirely! A very sweet aroma arises and the malt is very noticeable on the nose. I smell almost different things entirely each time I drink this beer. This time, it was cherries, caramel, dark...dark fruit, and brown sugar. The cinnamon in this specific pour overtook my senses and indeed, this beer can be enjoyed by itself or with dessert.

Taste: A yeast and fresh-baked bread taste is immediately noticed...then comes the dark fruit, such as hints of raisins, dark cherries, and aged grapes. The heat (10.00abv) is hidden so wonderfully that ALL you can taste is a very special Belgian beer. Put it this way: there is no "syrup" feel or taste to it. It tastes like beer!

Mouthfeel: Since this Ale is not heavily carbonated, it is heavy and bulky on the tounge. Most connoisseurs say "chewy" on how it feels in your mouth--and I am inclined to agree!

Overall: This Quadruple is not as hot as most of the others that you have been used to. It goes more along the lines of a triple or even a dubbel. It goes down easy, but still lets you know it is there- especially when you stand up from 25 ounces of the stuff! This is the tastiest Belgian Quad and very akin to Gulden Draak 9000 Quad- as it goes down easy but it is amazingly complex and the heat is masterfully masked. It goes down SO easy despite the heaviness and complexity: watch out! This is a serious beer and one of the World's best. Since I am a Belgian lover, there is nothing better than a Quad that masks itself down a little. This will always be one of my favorite beers and is endlessly drinkable.

Serving type: growler

10-22-2013 01:42:23 | More by LightnerLiquorKS
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4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into over-sized wine-glass (best I had at the moment, all my glassware is at my dorm).
Dark, hazy burgundy with a huge fluffy off-white head even from the most careful pour. The head actually is still growing slowly, into a mountain of foam, as it sits. Only after 5 minutes or so, it finally starts to dissipate around the edges of the mountain. Leaves big rings of lacing as it descends.
Smell is powerful; as soon as the cork popped I caught a big, boozy whiff of that belgian yeast scent. In the glass, it smells of belgian yeast, sweet soft malt, some dark fruit and sugar, hint of booze, and spiciness.
First taste is malty sweetness, with lots of spice and fruity flavors. Puff of alcohol comes up before the swallow, but wouldn't give away near as high as 10%. Fruit flavors include banana and some darker fruits, but they're not as present; brown sugar and belgian yeast also floating around. Not as complex as some belgian strong dark ales, but much more balanced.
Mouthfeel is absolutely perfect; smooth, fluffy with carbonation, excellent.
Overall, I can see why this is one of the best quads in the world. It's within-style, perfectly balanced, and amazingly well-made. Great stuff!

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 02:10:59 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Medium heavy body with a nice mouthfeel. Little hop presence to balance the alcohol, but balance is achieved via a nice rich malty taste and mouthfeel. The finish is slightly alcoholic, but pleasant. Overall, an outstanding beer for the high 10.0% alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 20:05:43 | More by tillmac62
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Rhode Island

4.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

"That's him - Iceman. It's the way he flies, ice cold, no mistakes. He wears you down, you get bored, frustrated, do something stupid and he's got you."

This is a flawless Belgian Abbey Ale. I was hoping for something a bit mind-blowing and out-of-this-world, considering how everyone ranks it, but I had to settle for a beer that just does everything without defect. A 10% ABV beer that doesn't taste at all boozy.

This is the kind of beer that you don't appreciate until you're drinking a beer that's trying to be it.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 03:30:24 | More by DrinkNewport
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3.93/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

25.4 oz bomber poured into chalice
born on: 08.03.18 printed on cap -- i think ... it was hard to read
drank on: 9/28/13

L: murky brown, cloudy --> slight bit of amber/orange when held up to light; minimal head, less than 1/3 inch of tan foam, pretty dark tan; no lacing or stick; for a Belgian, not much percolation

S: apple pie, dates & figs, pumpkin, cantaloupe; fruity but backed by some serious darker malt which does present a raisin and licorice note; sweet grain; cherries ... it gets very wine-like with a pronounced alcohol note -- not vodka but definitely wine

T: follows the aroma closely with a general dark fruity note -- prunes,d ates, grapes, pumpkin, muted/sour grapes (like wine). as it warms, it gets good and sweet. dark dried cherries ... it really opens up as it warms. ABV is perfectly hidden; while you can smell alcohol, all you can taste is beer.

F: full Belgian treatment -- i wish every brew in every style had this weight and carbonation, and sure, i'm stupid for saying that, but my gosh. perfection.

O: it's not the raisin/licorice bomb I'd come to believe it would be, which is fantastic for me -- i *hate* raisins and licorice. in fact, this brew is about as easy to handle as most dubbels, and it tastes a lot like Ommegang Abbey Ale. it's a bit darker than some other Belgians I've tried, but darkness comes in a nice sweet form (grapes, cherries more often than raisins/licorice)

ABV is no joke! as strong a 10% as I've come across ... a bomber of this is a full session.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 23:24:34 | More by Premo88
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4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque deep brown with a frothy tan head that slowly dissipates, leaving spotty lacing.

Raisins, prunes, figs, dates, dark cherries, and sugarplums form the aroma. There's plenty of sweet, caramel malt and burnt sugar underlying the dark fruit.

Flavor is initially slightly sharp and vinous, becoming sweeter mid palate, and finishing bready and dry. Esters of banana, raisins, and plums underlie a fairly sweet, burnt sugar malt backbone.

Body is fairly full, with carbonation a tad high, and significant alcohol warmth.

Delicious esters, but wish the were a touch lower to allow the flavor to sink in. It's a bit hot, but would age well. Dangerously drinkable for the abv. As it warms, the flavor just becomes increasingly luscious.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 22:57:00 | More by barczar
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4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a Duvel stemmed tulip glass.

a: A murky ruby, inch and a half tall tan head receded rather quickly to heavy surface foam and moderate lacing.

s: Apple and cinnamon! Wow, smells like I put my nose over a plate of my wife's apple crisp.

t: Bready malt, dark fruity yeast, balanced to where there is no particular distictive taste, yet that in itself is distinctive. Somewhat dry finish except for evident alcohol burn at the back of the throat.

m: Substantial body. I have yet to use the term "chewy" for any beer I have reviewed, but if I did, it would be here. Lots of carbonation adds even more to the weighty sense of this brew.

o: Not #32 on the BA top 250 list for nothing! Very easy drinking despite its high ABV and solid mouthfeel. Tasty without being bitter. Just fruity enough to give it character. Best quad I have had.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 03:24:40 | More by scotorum
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3.59/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

St bernardus glass, beer served around 8°c

A: Deep red brown color with beige head (nothing special but ok)

S: Fruity with a fresh banana smell, a bit yeasty as well

T: Good balanced between fruity (prune, 'old' cherry and banana) and spicy (liquorice, maybe a subtle coriander touch with a nice bitter and malty after taste

M: Good body, excellent saturation, not too dry

O: Excellent with a good strong cheese (I've tried it with a Herve cheese), I advice to drink this one cold and temperate because both are quite different

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 19:32:41 | More by TomSchuwer
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3.73/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I actually got this bottle from a friend who decided he wasn't going to drink it. Never heard of this beer but, it was free so I will gladly take it.

A: Pours a murky reddish-brown color with about a 1/4 inch off white head that thins down quickly. Still a thin layer of head that just rests on top of the beer.

S: I get the alcohol right off the bat which is accompanied by traces of apple or fig and some molasses. It has a sweet, but funky wine-like aroma to it.

T: Initially, I get some apple or grape flavor followed by the tartness from the fig and molasses. Similar to the smell, but you pick up on more adjuncts in the taste. The finish has just a faint trace of the alcohol, but the flavor is pretty strong.

M: Light to medium bodied beer, coats the mouth slightly but not really heavy. Good portions of sweetness and tartness throughout!

O: I dont drink a lot of quads so I am not really appealed by the funky taste, but I do understand that this is a highly regarded beer and a true Belgian, so I would suggest to give it a try. Im sure after a few more sips and enough time for the beer to warm up, it could be more enjoyable or I will be just to buzzed to care!

Serving type: nitro-bottle

10-06-2013 21:57:57 | More by SouljaSaia17
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4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this both on tap and then, to confirm, from bottle. I can only say, Wow! The smell and taste was all banana & spice a'la banana bread. The mouthfeel was superb: smooth and velvety with possibly slightly more alcohol than I would have ordered. But, nonetheless, that doesn't detract from the overall experience which is fantastic.

I would drink this everyday, but,--like eating chocolate for dinner-- only refrain so as to retain its superiority by experiencing other lesser examples of the genre. I'm still looking for a better Belgian but I haven't found one yet.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2013 03:57:15 | More by Doe_A_Beer
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4.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz bottle to a pint glass
A- brown with a red tint when held up in light
S- dark fruit like a wine, with bubble gum
T- carmel, cherry, wine taste, and sweetness in every sip. the atertaste has a warming.
M-nice carbonation with no alcohol tatse
O- this was a very good start to a weekend filled with differant tpyes of beers. Enjoyed it

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 21:24:48 | More by a0lbudman
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Rhode Island

4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Deep, murky, swampy reddish brown. Globs of lacing. Not pretty, but means business.

S: Sweet candied fruits, molasses, grainy, apple, fig.

T: All over the place with fruit: currants, dates, figs, cherries. A very sweet wine-characteristic with a touch of acidity. Out of this world with sweetness, yet incredibly balanced by malt and a slight hop touch to keep the full profile anchored in beerdom, without sailing off into total wine territory.

M: Big, chewy body. Full. Perfectly carbonated. No alcohol burn.

O/D: The kind of beer you can drink a lot of because of the superior taste, but shouldn't because of the ABV. All the Quad flavor with none of the Quad burn. What's better?

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2013 17:41:29 | More by mostpoetsdo
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South Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Whoa! What is this? I don't hate it, but I was looking to drink beer. This seems to be wine.
Really, it smells like red wine. It has a dark red/brown color like a red wine. It has a little bit of fine dark particulate matter in it like you might find in a wine bottle. I drink it and it tastes more or less like a dry red wine. No hop character and no malt character. All its flavor is yeast derived. Carbonation is not very strong. Alcohol is WAY strong. Pretty good wine overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 19:15:51 | More by TWebb
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4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass

A- Pours a a dark-red brown with a medium slightly off-white head

S- Sweet banana bread and dark dried fruits with a hint of spices and faint alcohol

T- Similar to aroma banana bread chewiness with dried fruits and spices. I noticed a white wine quality in the aftertaste and not much alcohol

M- Good carb, more light in the mouthfeel then I was expecting, had a yeasty chewiness and lingers in the mouth revealing more flavors

O- A very yummy and complex beer and one of the best if not the best Quads I've had. Not overly sweet or yeasty and doesn't sit heavy on they tongue. This is one of the best easily available Belgian beers you will find. If you been passing this one over for a time like I did, wait no longer.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 04:48:08 | More by PaulyB83
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4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I would rate this second only to Corsendonk Pater Abbey Brown Ale. Otherwise, it's a superb beer with complex flavors that remind me of figs or raisins which are followed by a fruity/bitter aftertaste that quickly reduces to a subtle sweetness left behind. I enjoyed it, thoroughly. Also, you have to pose like the monk on the bottle while you drink it. Otherwise, you're not getting the full experience.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 05:27:59 | More by SillyBeer5280
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Ontario (Canada)

4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle from LCBO for $8.95 CDN

Appearance - Moderate pour into an over sized wined glass yields just over one finger of head that recedes quickly, leaving a nice white cap in the center. In the current lighting conditions the head seems to sparkle as carbonation bubbles rise to the top. Beer is dark brown with red hues thrown in for good measure. Glorious.

Smell - Yeasty scents dominate up front with some dark fruits following. A bit of a caramel maltiness on the back end.

Taste - Very complex, lots of different flavors going on. Cloves and bready flavors up front transitioning quickly but not too quickly to fruits and brown sugar flavors. Every sip seems to alternate the emphasis between bread and cloves followed by fruits and sugar on the next sip and vice versa. All of this while being able to taste each the transition of each profile in every sip.

Mouthfeel - Thick rich creamy texture. Dry finish a given considering the booziness. After the first few sips a considerable warmness in the back of your throat. Perfect for a rainy fall day.

Overall - Truly one of the best in the world, and a beer that only gets better as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 00:29:38 | More by DenisKolkin
St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 6,372 ratings.