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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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7,556 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,556
Reviews: 2,516
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 451
Gots: 1,174 | 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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5/5  rDev +11.9%

johnnybelgians, Jan 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

seancake, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of BierStein711
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into St. Bernardus Chalice

Quick fading three finger head, beer is light brown and the head is pale white.

Smell: Raisins, grape, figs, and fresh fruit. Also featured is a brown sugar feeling that is brilliant!!

Taste: Dark fruits abovementioned in smell, alongside the brown sugar. This is a brilliant beer

M: Perfect!!!

Overall, this is a beer well worth having. Try it as soon as possible. You will not regret it!!

BierStein711, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of gtermi
4.88/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: This is such a great looking beer. It pours a nice dark brown with a red copper tint to it. The head is white and very thick. The head slowly fades and leaves a nice bit of lace on the glass. Just a very great looking beer. The beer never truly loses it head, but it stays nice and smooth.

S: I really like quads because of the smell of the beer, it reminds me so much a port style wine. I am getting some fig, some strong malt and even some grape. Just very nice and amazing.

T: There are so many different flavors in this beer. I love the fruity taste of this beer. Again it reminds me a lot of a wine, but better. At first on the beer I am getting just a strong dark fruit taste and then over time it evolves into a strong amount of malt. Just a great tasting beer.

M: The beer has a nice amount of crispness to it, but nothing overwhelming at all. It leaves a sort of try feeling in the mouth. Very nice.

O: This is just an all around great beer. There arent tons of beers like this around me and I am glad that I got to try it. I still prefer Westy 12, but this is very close in quality and taste. Well done.

gtermi, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of Luchman
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Dark cloudy brown/dark red when held to the light. Small white foamy head appears on pour but dissipates to the sides quickly.

S: A lovely smell of sweet dark fruits like fig, raisin, and grapes with some light fruits like apple and pear, with a sweet malty/toffee back,that Belgian yeast, cloves/spices and with a slight tinge of alcohol. Smells great!

T: The fruits and spices are the leaders, I keep getting a pear/apple taste with it though, in front of the dark fruits. Spices are there, all with a toasted and caramel malt background. alcohol is not really noticeable. A slight sourness is also in the mix, which I haven't decided if I like with this style.

M: Medium to full body with a medium to high carbonation. Fits the beer very well.

O: A very nice quad. I see why its rated so high. The sourness of this one establishes it from others, I believe. Its certainly not bad, just different. Cheers!

Luchman, Jan 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

dawgnation51, Jan 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

mjaggers, Jan 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

GrabMeAnAbbey, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of WMEugene
4.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brown/amber color with a thin off-white head and good lacing.

S - Sweet fruits, candy sugar, and yeast. Some caramel as well.

T - Dark fruits, some caramel and candy sugar flavors. Alcohol noticeable as well (though not in a "hot" way). A little on the sour side.

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation. Relatively smooth and drinkable.

O - I enjoyed St. Bernardus Abt 12 and it's a great example of the quad style. I don't think it quite lives up to the hype, but it's enjoyable and relatively decently priced/widely available, so I imagine it'll be a beer that I revisit multiple times in the future. A nice beer to sit back and enjoy.

WMEugene, Dec 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

hawkmage, Dec 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

GrindFatherBob, Dec 31, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

CB2maltygoodness, Dec 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

vicsju1991, Dec 31, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

campfirebrew, Dec 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

CrazyOtto623, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of KWally
3.4/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer packs a punch. At 12% ABV it can't be wrong for a good time. I first tried this beer at a cigar bar while trying to mix fine cigars with fine beer. I was not let down, however, I found this beer to have a strong alcohol taste. There is not much else for me to say about this beer. It will take your buzz to the next level, and make you question how you got to where you are since it finishes smooth and to the point.

This beer needs to be served in a sniffer as it has many aromas that can't be appreciated in a pint glass.

If you have a chance, pick up St. Bernardus's sampler that comes with a sniffer glass...well worth the money.

KWally, Dec 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

quaffmo, Dec 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

TheEvilGenius, Dec 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

danielp215, Dec 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

babybew, Dec 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

BlackBeerBroad, Dec 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

jbear68, Dec 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

KotR, Dec 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

jwalden, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of kawilliams81
3.53/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a St Bernrdus goblet.

A- dark amber/brownish with a 2" light tan head.

S- dark fruits, yeast, alcohol

T- light candi sugar, dark fruits, slight chocolate flavor.

M- medium body, high carbonation.

O- just ok. Tastes a lot like the 8, just a little thicker.

kawilliams81, Dec 29, 2011
St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 7,556 ratings.