St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus Abt 12St. Bernardus Abt 12

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7,893 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,893
Reviews: 2,549
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 495
Gots: 1,350 | FT: 34
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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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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

Appearance: Abt 12 pours a cloudy dark-red raisin colour, complete with a big, fluffy, white head that shrinks quickly and audibly down to a thin cap.

Smell: I smell lots of bread, along with the usual quadrupel dark fruits - in this case the raisins are very distinct - and there's a healthy dose of booze here too.

Taste: Abt 12 tastes quite sweet. I think I got liquorice at the start. The brown sugar is eminent, and the figs are there too. I don't taste the raisins, but at the back I do get a general sense of the slight bitters of dark dried fruits, and the sweet excesses of Grandma's naughty Christmas cake.

Mouthfeel: The beer feels very big and full, and the carbonation is healthy too, drawing from me belches and smiles aplenty as I look forward to bringing the glass back to my appreciating mouth.

Overall: This was the beer that introduced me to quadrupels. I think I have it ranked ever so slightly behind the Rochefort Trappistes 10 and comfortably behind the Westvleteren 12, but that's because those beers are phenomenal. The Trappist quads set a ridiculous standard, and Abt 12 is a brilliant beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy deep reddish cocoa colour with about 1 to 2 fingers of head which quickly dissipates to a thin film.

S: Yeasty bread along with dark fruits of dates and raisons. Winter spices on the nose, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon. Alcohol is apparent along with brown sugar - overall it is reminiscent of a fruitcake.

T: Initial taste is of malt, yeasty bread and dark dried fruit - plums and figs and overripe bananas - which is followed by noticeable alcohol. Despite the apparent alcohol, there is no burn but rather a very smooth finish.

M: Medium bodied and above average carbonation which leaves a slight sting on the tongue.

O: This beer is warm and inviting after dinner dessert drink although it would pair well with a hearty meal such as a meat stew. I think this would be best with bread, cheese, nuts and dark dried fruits. It is sweet, malty and complex.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8oz on-tap pour into a snifter

a: pours a dark brown mahogany with some ruby undertones. one finger white head slowly dissipates with wonderful lacing

s: aroma of dark fruits, plums and raisins, some yeasts and Belgian spices, brown sugar, ripe figs.

t: similar to the aroma, with a sweet brown sugar creaminess, dark fruits, and Belgian funk. very smooth, very creamy. alcohol incredibly well hidden. low carbonation.

o: an amazing quadrupel, maybe would have been even better from a bottle, but very enjoyable and smooth.

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 7,893 ratings.