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St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

8,013 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 8,013
Reviews: 2,570
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 522
Gots: 1,464 | FT: 39
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

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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Photo of gony21
4.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CayseyW
4.93/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Photo of Glickj
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DGSchmitt
4.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Grayson
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Didn't know before I bought: "Abt" means "The Highest Rank", and it's fitting for this beer.

A: From a corked bottle to a Weizen glass - all I had on me. Pours a dark brown almost opaque, with a thick two fingers of nice head - hazel brown.
S: First, malt. Secondly, fruit. Third, a little sugar. Seems sweet, but nothing is too strong, nothing peaks this out.
T: As "The Bros" said, brown sugar with a "little cake-like malty quality" sum this up quite well. Small clove notes that are covered in sweet, bready fruit. This is a hell of a taste.
MF: Doesn't linger too long, isn't at all syrupy and isn't at all crisp - a great mix of both. Very smooth on the tongue. Can't tell the alcoholic notes as much as others are saying.
O: A definite favorite. Very glad I picked this up, and I'll continue to do so.

Photo of ssantic
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gholmes
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of waltc21
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jordanian2
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Zhillsgator
4.21/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RobPete
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the only beer that I have ever considered to be truly perfect. I actually got chills during my first taste.

Photo of TemplofBeer
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ghirsh
4.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of horsehockey
4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of parris
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of SweetChicken
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TOnEz31
4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dan3099
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

great, nice reddish color, sweet fruity aroma, pleasant fruit flavor but dry, clean

Photo of LeoBataglia
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a St. Bernardus glass.

Look: Burnt cinnamon colored body under a frothy, foamy cream colored head. Great retention. Lovely foamy bands of lacing.

Aroma: Bready malts, dried fruits, apple, cinnamon.

Taste: Much like the aroma -- so spicy, fruity, and bready. Lovely malt bill. Dried fruits. Boozy, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Dry, not as heavy as ABV would suggest.

Overall: Excellent. Great taste profile, looks great, smells great. Becoming one of my favorite styles.

Photo of Huffs
4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Peaches13
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.69/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A - One of the best looking Belgians I've ever seen. Dark dark brown unfiltered color, can't see through if. Nice finger of super rich, creamy and thick tan head that lasts till the very last sip. Nice soapy lacing.
S - Lots of warm sweet alcohol, light touches of black cherry and wine.
T - LET IT WARM UP! Once at the proper temperature range (52 to 52 degrees Fahrenheit) a rich plethora of dark cooked fruits opens. Figs, plums, raisins, dates and prunes, warm wine alcohol and lots of fantastic malt. Damned good brew.
O - An excellent example of what I would call a traditional, "non-Americanized" Belgian quad. Fantastic ale and a must try for any fans of the style.
V - Single corked bomber bottle. Medium value.

Photo of baconfromwalmart
4.87/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 8,013 ratings.