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St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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8,194 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,194
Reviews: 2,607
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 559
Gots: 1,622 | FT: 48
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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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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Great ruby red body. Head had funky, huge bubbles...

Smell: Dark fruit, cinnamon, anise and clove, noticeable alcohol scent

Taste: Dates, figs, honey, a hint of caramel; bitterness at the finish is overshadowed with the alcohol presence. Complex yet balanced for the style

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy, glass smooth with a rich malt sugar characteristic playing throughout

Overall: A very good beer, but good have been better with a decent, rich head (perhaps my 12 ounce bottle was old or my glass dirty, but I'd never seen such large, glass-thin carbonation bubbles - virtually no head at the finish and no lacing or rings on the glass). Otherwise, the taste elements were pretty much spot-on for a quad.

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4.89/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a murky walnut colour with foamy beige head. Head dissipates quickly leaving good lacing.

S- Amazingly complex. Banana flambe, rum, cocoa, alcohol comes through but in balance with sweeter smells. Incredible.

T- Strong banana notes with amazing balance and a pleasantly bitter aftertaste.

M- Good carbonation glides nicely on palate. Not as heavy as I was expecting.

O- An incredible beer overall, as I was expecting from the beer that has almost an identical recipe to Westvleteren 12.

A little tidbit I just learned. St. Bernardus was once a contract brewer for westvleteren and the abt 12 is based heavily on the 12, is it possible that if westvleteren wasn't so hard to get it might rate right around St. Bernardus? Food for thought.

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4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into tulip.

A- Murky brown, deep ruby in the light. Off-white head that just kept growing; incredible retention.

S- Very sweet! Sugar and toffee with some fruity notes, maybe plum.

T- More balanced than the nose. Very malty with the fruit coming through... alcohol masked very well.

M- Nothing too special here, medium body and carbonation.

O- I'm new to this style, having only had Three Philosophers before this. Looking forward to delving into this style more; obviously this is a classic!

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4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a deep brownish purple color with a nice tannish cap and a good cap, with some lacing

S: Big grapes, juicy purple grapes, some light fig, dates, plums with fresh red apples, candy

T: Wow, nice sweet upfront with huge amount of grapes, plums, light fig, dtes and prunes and a dash of raisins but the grape juice goodness is so nice. Lots of candy sugar and some fresh apples are hanging out as well

M: Medium mouthfeel, but a big body which is sweet and rich. Fantastic

O: Hands down, one of the best, if not the best I have tried. World class.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No bottled date but im assuming its not an old bottle anyways.

P- Golden/Brown body with yeast present no matter how hard I tried to keep it in the bottle. 2 finger off-white head which disappeared in a flash.

S- Oh so nice on the nose. Very kind, inviting aromas. Plums, raisins, toffee, biscuit, caramel, vanilla and sweet candy sugar. A hint of booze.

T- Did I already say the words "kind and inviting?" Plums, raisins, a toffee like presence somewhere in there. Complex and beautiful. There is definately a kiss of booze but it all comes together to form a very nice sipper.

M- Medium bodied, semi dry finish. Decent carbonation.

O- Complex yet simple. Delicious and intense, yet soft and enjoyable. Is this one of the top Quad's out their? Most definately. Can I have another please?

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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