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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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7,560 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,560
Reviews: 2,516
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 451
Gots: 1,173 | FT: 35
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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Photo of sarabee
5/5  rDev +11.9%

sarabee, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of TheBrewo
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was served from the bottle at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY. Poured into a St. Bernardus goblet, it shown a rich chocolate brown color. It held a whitish two finger head of thick, chunk bubbles that receded at a medium pace. This left little lacing. Carbonation appeared medium, and thick, chunky yeast floated about the drink. The beer was served at cellar temperatures. The aroma was bright with fruity sweetness, from fig and strawberry. This was souring and tart, but nice and strong. There was an additional sweetness from honey and fermented apples. The malts were strong and quintessentially Belgian, with caramel and toasty darkness. The yeast was also strong in the nose, with lighter banana esters. Phenols were also present, in the form of vanilla, cinnamon, and clove. As we sipped, cherry fruit sweetness sitting amongst evenly sweet caramel malts presents up front. The malts quickly took center stage, and a huge wet grain pulled us into the middle. The middle peaked with sweeter and lighter malts, steely and clean yeast, and a complex depth of sugars, afforded by those fermented fruits from the nose. The end was light, but robust in flavor, with strong banana esters and more mixing fruit from the beginning. The aftertaste breathed of huge fusel alcohols, clove, citric rind (not of hops), and a thick yeast. This was all contained within a nest of old strawberries and clean caramel malts. The body was medium to full and the carbonation was high. The booze dried the mouth slightly, but otherwise the mouth had bi slurp and gulp, and a nice finish dry smack. The beer was quite warming thanks to the abv, and it drinks as a sipper.

Overall, what the enjoyed most about this brew was the taste. The fruity and estery inclusion helped maintain a lightness of flavoring. This also helped calm the huge malt framework of the beer. The complexity was there, and everything was expertly blended together, working in harmony. The aroma and feel also delivered as expected, in a very Belgian way. This beer is damn near perfect for a cold winter day.

TheBrewo, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of jumbopanda
5/5  rDev +11.9%

jumbopanda, Jan 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -21.7%

Stoutsman, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of Jack53
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Jack53, Jan 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

kspongeworthy, Jan 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -32.9%

AndrewMichael, Jan 14, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -44.1%

Chopman50, Jan 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

flpiii, Jan 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Eurytos, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of DrDocRudge
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this on tap at a beer bar in West Palm Beach. Served in a tulip glass, the dark nectar had a beautiful tan head. Definitely fruity but somehow butterscotch and vanilla notes arrived about mid-glass. Has very smoooth and long finish. Huge sheets of belgian lace clung to the glass. Not sure how it would go with food but I'd drink several as a substitute for dessert.

DrDocRudge, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of Auror
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Auror, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of Brew33
3.08/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Corked and Caged 750ml bottle.

I've had this beer multiple times and I've always thought it was a below average Quad. I received this bottle as a gift for Xmas.

The cork was under extreme pressure so I could tell right away this beer was going to be over carbonated and I was right. It pours a towering, tan-tinged, 4 inch head into my Duvel tulip. After letting the foam settle a little I take a huge whiff expecting that figgy, spicy, malty delight that this style is known for but instead I get very little aroma. You can actually smell the Co2 from the bottle. Very weak aroma. After you let this beer breath for 30 minutes the flavor is okay. Dark malts, slightly metallic flavors, rather dry for the style. Not much in the way of residual sugars. Yeasty to be sure. Slightly phenolic and spicy at the end.

For a 10% Belgian Quad this beer is VERY thin. Highly attenuated, no heft on the tongue. The bordering on ridiculous level of carbonation really damages this beer. It mutes the aroma and destroys the mouthfeel. Not in the same class as Westy 12 or Rochefort 10.

Brew33, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of ERlally
5/5  rDev +11.9%

ERlally, Jan 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

rderedin, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of CoolBear
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

1st review on this site, figure I'll make it a classic. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a 12oz tulip.

A- Deep reddish-brown. Very pretty. An inch of creamy, ivory head.

S- Immediately fills the nose with dark fruit aromas and hints of vanilla. Ever so subtle alcoholic burn.

T- Rich with the sweetness of dark fruits: dates, figs, raisins. Again with the undertones of vanilla... this tastes like it smells, no surprises. Very smooth. Warming, rather than boozy.

M- Very full-bodied. Rich and smooth as I said before. Makes your mouth water.

O- A fantastic beer all around and one of the best of this style. It's possible its availability downplays the comparative quality. Can't wait to side-by-side this with a Westy come April.


CoolBear, Jan 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Frozenmoses, Jan 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

furthurgone, Jan 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -21.7%

ygtbsm94, Jan 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

Spider889, Jan 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

cirtap, Jan 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

mj0126, Jan 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -21.7%

zenwatts, Jan 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

CMack, Jan 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

4balance, Jan 11, 2012
St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 7,560 ratings.