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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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7,572 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,572
Reviews: 2,517
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 452
Gots: 1,179 | 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 DrDemento456
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle at Halftime beverage.com for around 6 bucks (12oz)

A - A very dark looks Quad, very hazy with only some light making it through. A sample pour (my brothers) produced a massive 3 inches of head. My pour was only a half an inch which has some very sticky lacing. Cool.

S - My god no Alcohol smell and a great medially of plum, raisin,figs, and Belgium sugars. Smells great even after it warms.

T - All the flavors pretty much mesh perfectly to deliver a punch of dark fruits. Brewed so well this beer has no alcohol flavors to speak of and a semi sweet finish with sugars. Lovely.

M - If this doesn't get a perfect mouth feel I don't know what can. Clean, refreshing, and no noticeable ABV. I would be so happy in Belgium pounding these for around domestic price.

DrDemento456, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of DrGonzoDDS
5/5  rDev +11.9%

DrGonzoDDS, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of qchic
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

qchic, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Holland
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a dark brown color with lighter highlights and a thick tan head.

S: spice and fruity yeast, roasted malt, sweetness, and some earthiness.

T: taste is much the same as the smell, but beautifully smooth and creamy. Some sweetness comes out.

M: creamy and delicious with great carbonation and medium-heavy body.

O: fantastic, available, and doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

Holland, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of DaveRTP
5/5  rDev +11.9%

DaveRTP, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of StringSmoke
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the finer Belgian Quads with a strong Westy influence! All the things you wish for in this type of Belgian with the incredible balance of ripened dark fruit, subtle hops and malt with a dryer finish than most of it's counter parts. Get one and enjoy!

Happy Brewing!

StringSmoke, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of desaironak
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

desaironak, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of towlea25
5/5  rDev +11.9%

towlea25, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of mattyrubes
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

mattyrubes, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of littlespeaker
5/5  rDev +11.9%

littlespeaker, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of yamar68
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I must say, this is what I hope a good Westy 12 tastes like.

A - Pours just like the Westvleteren - murky dark ruby swamp water with a stubborn island of foam that sticks around the middle of the head, just like the Westy.

S - Smells fantastic. Dark fruit, toasted grains, some kind of sweet syrup. Smells fresher than the Westy even though it predates it by a bit.

T - All the points of the smell carry through in the taste. Wonderful. Great quad without that lingering tobacco that I found in the Westy.

M - Perfect. Not syrupy or oily - medium body, medium to low carbonation, really fitting for the flavors it carries.

O - This really is on par with Westvleteren 12, and seemingly much more consistent (and cheaper). If you ever find yourself tempted to fork out wads for a Westy off eBay, remember these words: "Don't do it you pooter. Buy an Abt 12."

yamar68, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of ag2970
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

ag2970, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of Leftfield00
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Leftfield00, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of SirWalkAbout
4/5  rDev -10.5%

SirWalkAbout, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of livewire05
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

livewire05, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of otvomadeut
3.5/5  rDev -21.7%

otvomadeut, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of MadTownDrinker
5/5  rDev +11.9%

MadTownDrinker, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of Kavon
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Kavon, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

ObeMaltKinobee, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of dansmcd
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Muddy dark brown haze beneath a single finger of creamy head with permanent retention, and broad sheets of lacing.

S - Wild yeast, raisin, prune, vanilla, dark berries and rye bread. A cornucopia of typical Belgian aromas.

T - Follows on from the nose with dark berries, plum, cinnamon, citrus peel, brown sugar, caramel, chocolate and licorice. A woodiness drifts over at the end.

M - Smooth full creamy body, moderate carbonation.

O - Just brilliant. I have a Westy 12 in the pantry that has a tough act to follow.

dansmcd, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of badjohnwad
4/5  rDev -10.5%

badjohnwad, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of BryanRex
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I won't get into an entire formal review, but I was incredibly surprised to find this on tap at the new Yardhouse in VA Beach. Served in a goblet glass, the beer lived up to it's reputation in every regard. I sampled it along with some of my other perennial favorites including Maredsous 10, Aventinus, Delirium, and Chimay Tripel. The Bernardus 12 stood out as the the most complex well balanced, full bodied beer of them all. If you're a connoisseur you need to put plenty of this in your fridge right next to the Chimay Grand Reserve and La Fin du Monde.

BryanRex, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of Faina
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Faina, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of keenanite21
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

keenanite21, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of disemgrowler
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

disemgrowler, Jan 05, 2012
St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 7,572 ratings.