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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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8,201 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,201
Reviews: 2,609
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 561
Gots: 1,628 | 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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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is the beer that started it all for me two years ago. Had it on tap at Brasserie V (Madison), and opened a door I didn't know existed. I'd always thought I was a lager guy -- doppelbocks were as serious I got about beer at the time, that and black-and-tans. The Abt 12 broke it all wide open. Now I know I"m a malt guy. Love the Belgians. Love the barley wines and old ales. Love the imperial stouts. Sours, too, though.

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

You can read a lot about what the “Abt” means, most of it wrong, not that it really matters. This is a beer that warms the cockles of the heart. Maybe, as Denis Leary suggests, below the cockles, maybe in the sub-cockle area. Maybe in the liver (10% ABV, yes please). Maybe in the kidneys (eh). Maybe even in the colon (let’s hope not), we don’t know.

STYLE: Belgian Quad

ABV: 10%

LOOK: Woody brown, with a creamy, stately head that looks like someone whipped up some cinnamon crema and dolloped it right on top. Above average lacing, but the retention is softer than expected. Massive, three-finger head. Maybe a product of the glassware? It quickly overwhelmed my pink-elephant tulip hybrid, suggesting that I should have gone with a more traditional, wide-mouth goblet.

NOSE: Baby powder, tart fruit, woody herbs. Definitely bark.

MOUTH: Apple cider, dry caramel, rose water, faint cotton candy. The starchy component seals the deal. Toast and rum cake, world class.

BA Rating: 98

Hayward Abbey Rating: 97

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 8,201 ratings.