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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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8,000 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,000
Reviews: 2,567
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 519
Gots: 1,448 | FT: 38
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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

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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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an oversized wine glass.

A: Hazy dark brown with ruby highlights. Small off-white head forms on top of medium visible carbonation.

S: Fruity (cherry, apple, pear) with caramelized sugar, dark fruits, and sweet malt.

T: Follows, although less fruity than, the nose. Sweet malt, apple/pear/grape fruit flavors, caramelized sugar. Dry finish.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation sensation, moderate alcohol for style.

O: Tasty as always, and truly an easily obtainable benchmark of style.

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a goblet

Pours a dark caramel-colored beige with a beautiful, fluffy off-white two finger head. Gorgeous lacing. The smell of fruit perhaps, plum, black cherries and a bit of fig on the nose, sweet malt, and spice as well. Initially clove and pleasant spice dominate giving way to sweet malt, dark fruit, and yeasty esters. Finishes sweet with pleasant alcoholic warmth. Perfect smooth, creamy mouthfeel. A near perfect beer and one of the best brews I've had the privilege of drinking.

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.53/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: More malt than the average strong ale. Some spicy yeast. Some fruity esters which are mostly prunes and some black cherry. Not as sweet as most others per this style. Some mild brown malt flavor. alcohol is a bit floral and somewhat piney. A good bit of cinnamon. Definitely a good dose of hops.

Appearance: Dark brown. Cannot see through to the other side even when held up to a bright light. Moderate light brown head. Decent retention. Moderate lacing.

Taste: I must say I'm a bit disappointed. Light and watery. Not much fruitiness, a good amount of hot alcohol. Some prunes, black cherry and cinnamon. Hops are floral and pine. Some malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Lightly astringent. Watery, not oily at all. Little carbonation. Very warming.

Overall: Too much hot alcohol in the aroma and taste. Flavor is ok, not overly sweet which is good, but not enough flavor, a bit bland. Very surprised, perhaps this bottle was tainted?

Notes: Fresh by 6/28/2016, drank on 2/2/2012

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 8,000 ratings.