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St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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8,206 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,206
Reviews: 2,612
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 561
Gots: 1,631 | FT: 48
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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 JohnnyHopps
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle, the beer was a cloudy dark brown color with tan head. In my case, the bottle became a little over-excited and tried leaving the bottle the moment the cork popped. This did not affect my drinking experience. The nose was familiar to most Belgians. A malty aroma was accompanied by hints of dark fruit. The initial taste was alomst mediciny in the variation on the dark fruits. The degree of carbonation was higher the I would have anticipated for a Quad. The carbonation brushed away some of the notes I was seeking rather quickly. Dark fruits, burned malts, and a hint of chocolate were obvious. In the aftertaste, the beer gave a pleasant warming sensation. This is an easy sipping beer. However, it was not quite as sweet as some other Quads I have had.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of psuKinger
4.11/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the glass-set, poured into said St. Bernardus chalice/snifter.

A: Pours a murky medium-brown/caramel color, with a thick 1+ finger's worth off-white head on top, with big "pancake batter"-like bubbles towards the middle of the glass, near where I poured.

S: Yeasty candied sugars and a touch of dates on the nose.

T: Bitter-sweet dark chocolate, figs, and dates, all artfully balanced. The dark chocolate arrives first and probably stands most prominently. There is just a touch of yeasty breadiness near the finish that works nicely within the confines of its role here. Perhaps some of the "bitterness" is hops-related? Far from overpowering, I'm not sure if it's related to a roastiness of the barley, a particular fermentable added, or the presence of hops, but it's there, and helps make this a truly "well balanced" belgian dark.

M: Initially hefty and bubbly with great carbonation that wisks away nicely.

D/O: A tasty treat. My only complaint in terms of drinkability would be that, as I worked through the glass, a bit of a "black licorice" taste started to shine through. I like black licorice, but I just thought it was "odd" and didn't quite work here. Still enjoyable, overall, though. Certainly repeatable.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 12/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark red/orange amber. Small head leaving a light ring and slight lacing. Sweet aroma of malt and dark fruit. Dark fruit, sweet malt and light Belgian spicing. Caramel and malt finish. Excellent body, mouth feel and flavor. A world class quadrupel.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of BuccoFan
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into a 10.5 ounce tulip glass.

Pour: Nice amber brown color. Only slight head forms at the top, eventually settling into only a ring around the glass.

Aroma: Caramel malt. Smells delicious.

Mouthfeel--Not much in the way of carbonation, which is good. Not too thick either. I tried the Westmalle tripel last night, and it seemed to have more body (not that the two are necessarily comparable).

Taste: In line with the scent. It's a caramel malt treat. Delicious. Wonder what the best food pairings for this would be.

Overal: I recently had the St. B dubbel, and I think I prefer the dubbed to the quad. Don't get me wrong--this is a beer to savor. But for quads, I might be inclined to reach for the Ommegang 3 Ps before this (again, though, it's a close call).

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of DmanGTR
4.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had this beer from both bottle and from tap. The 2 styles are identical in all respects in my opinion, except of course, the carbonation can be adjusted accordingly when on tap. Thus, my review for the draught version is identical to that of it from the bottle, except for the mouthfeel category. I will add, too, that I had a slightly overcarbonated pour from tap at a bar once. I talked to the bartender and they dialed the carbonation down a little bit. I tried it again the next day and it was much better and thus, the review came from the better of the two experiences:

Deep plum brown with a nicely retained beige head in a St. Bernardus goblet. Garnet hues barely shine through in the light. Nicely sweet, predominantly caramel, plum, raisins, and a light toffee hint. Perhaps even a touch of burnt sugar in the very farthest reaches of the crevices of your palate. This beer commands respect to all those savoring its greatness. Very, very light hint of hops keeps it from being cloying, yet remaining undetectable by conventional means. It's almost as if the hops are simple leaving a shadow to dance with the malts and fruity flavors. Carbonation is spot on. Sweet and almost chewy body, but still incredibly smooth.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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