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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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8,193 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,193
Reviews: 2,607
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 559
Gots: 1,622 | FT: 49
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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: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Wholly crap, the head it out of control. A fairly gentle pour produced three fingers of head that both laced and sustained incredibly. The body is an opaque dark chestnut brown with little bits of sediment floating in it.

Smell: Has a fruity molasses and nutty character to it. Blackberry, currant and grapes with notes of hazelnuts and almonds. The sweet molasses however is really the dominant force here and warming, like most belgian beers, improves it considerably.

Taste: Pretty much like it smells, it starts with a caramel malt that is somewhat obscured by the creamy carbonation as the sweet molasses and nut taste hits a bit quickly a light citrus hopping takes over leaving a mixed berry aftertaste that brings some redemption, but also struggles with a high alcohol twang.

Mouthfeel: There is too much creamy carbonation going on here, it's actually somewhat hampering the beer flavour, even if it is making it very smooth. Add that to a sticky kind of sensation when you hit the molasses note and transitioning that could be a lot better, I can't say I'm impressed. However, the nice aftertaste lets it make up some ground.

Drinkability: Medium bodied so I wouldn't want more then one, but that one does go down well enough. The high carbonation seems to dissipate by the time it hits the sack. A bit too much high alcohol taste for my pleasure though.

Final Thoughts: I think I'm getting tired of belgian beers, and they don't see to quite be for me. Each time I have them, they come across as high class, but snooty and disconnected. I mean, the higher end ones seem to get it done right, but most of the others come across as close but no cigar and frankly almost like they are trying to cheaply imitate other beers. I know that's not the case, but that's just how I feel about them. Anyways, this is one fares better then most, so I'd say give it a shot.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a 16oz goblet. The bottle foamed madly as I tried to open it.

A - Little over a finger of head; bubbly, frothy, and tan. Murky garnet-brown hue. The head thins out and leaves bits of lacing around the glass.

S - Aroma is ripe and sweet upfront. Nice, ripe plums, bananas, green apples. Not as much dark fruit as expected. Obligatory Belgian candi sugar creates a strong sweetness in the scent as well. A little fig with fresh bread and yeast in the finish.

T - The fruit flavors are quite subdued initially. Sort of a medicinal mixture of candi sugar and alcohol. The yeast is done fairly well, not too much and not too little. I'm sitting here sort of perplexed at the lack of complexity in beer. The typical flavors are all present for the most part, but I guess it hasn't really delivered the punch I expected from such a renowned beer. The flavor never really culminates to form anything too impressive, allowing the alcohol to take center stage in the flavor profile. Spices in the finish don't do anything to subdue the warm alcohol flavor already present.

M - Smooth, bubbly carbonation. Medium bodied feel with a pretty sticky feel on my lips. Sort of slick/oily.

D - Still a solid quad, but at 10% ABV this beer just doesn't offer enough in the flavor department. Despite all these complaints, this beer was still very good and in fact really easy to drink. This one is certainly going down as something to re-review down the road.

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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