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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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7,707 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,707
Reviews: 2,529
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 471
Gots: 1,234 | FT: 36
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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4/5  rDev -10.5%

gorby10826, Dec 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

schnarr84, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Didn't know this was a quad when i bought it, i tend not to like quads but maybe this one will be good.

Pours a hazy brownish amber color. Lots of dark blegian candied fruit and as well as some dates and figs.

Surprisingly carbonated. Big full chewy body. Flavors are subdued and blended unlike Americanized quads I've had where the flavors are too massive and all over the place. Slight candy like sweetness with a mild hop presence for balance.

Very well held together. Super smooth as well. Some belgian dark fruit and banana bread presence can be found along with dates and figs but nothing too overpowering like (again) American quads.

quite the drinker.

jtierney89, Dec 25, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Ineedabeerhere, Dec 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

michaellcoates, Dec 24, 2011
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MsRif, Dec 24, 2011
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ShemRahBoo, Dec 23, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a St Bernardus chalice, served at cellar temp.

Opaque lignite, a very dark brown with a one finger head that leaves minimal lacing.

Aroma: Cherry cordial, alcohol ester, cocoa, plums. Intoxicating!

Mouthfeel: elegant, silky, soft.

Taste: toffee and plums with a distinct sage-like bitterness. As the beer warms from cellar to room temp a pruny deep richness creeps into the mix.

Notes: Wonderful! This is beguiling, intoxicating beer!

fx20736, Dec 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

johnhenryconway, Dec 23, 2011
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plickxt, Dec 23, 2011
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Etan, Dec 23, 2011
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4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into an unmarked snifter.

Appearance: St. Bernardus Abt 12 pours just about as well as any quadrupel around. The beer itself is an immensely murky copper-orange that lets only a minimal amount of light through. The beer is crowned by a massive ecru head that is composed of millions of tiny carbonation bubbles. This was to be expected, however, as the cap practically exploded off the bottle upon opening.

Smell: As far as big-time Belgian strong dark ales are concerned, this one tends to shy away from the big, bold "dark" smells that predominate the style. The nose, however, is still superb. There is a beautiful scent of yeast and esters right away, which gives way to an undercurrent of candied orchard fruit. There are only traces of the darker malts which might be expected, yet this is still a great nose.

Taste: This is a very complex beer to be sure. The trademark yeast and esters are very much present, while the light malts play a big role in the background. I was expecting some of the bigger, darker malts, but they are few and far between in this in this brew. Still, the light malts and yeast are extremely enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel in this brew is decidedly luxurious. The beer is extremely smooth, and being highly carbonated, it doesn't leave any stickiness on the palate. It could, though, be slightly thicker, as a quadrupel does call for a slightly heavier body.

Overall, St. Bernardus Abt 12 is a very, very good beer, and one which deserves to be mentioned among the very best Belgian quadrupels. It is slightly atypical for the style, but when a beer is this good, it tends not to matter.

zoso493, Dec 23, 2011
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Guden, Dec 22, 2011
St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 7,707 ratings.