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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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8,196 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,196
Reviews: 2,608
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 559
Gots: 1,624 | 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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Ratings: 8,196 | Reviews: 2,608
Photo of DrewV
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy brownish-red liquid with a fizzy 1-1/2 finger khaki head.

S: Typical BSDA/Tripel type of aromas with dark fruits and Belgian yeast as the primary contributors. Sweet malts provide the backbone and there is no trace of the 10% ABV.

T: Nice follow-through on the flavor with sweet malts and some candied plums in the forefront. Again, no hint of the 10% ABV. A solid flavor profile, but nothing overly strong.

M: Fizzy, but not overwhelming carbonation. A bit oily in the mouthfeel, more so than I would expect from a Belgian style beer.

O: A solid "A" rated brew here. Nothing offensive, plenty of flavor and aromas, high ABV that is completely hidden. A real winner all around and a treat to drink.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of keanex
3.68/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a caged and corked 750ml into a tulip glas.

A: Huge tan dilapidated head with lots of carbonation showing and an almost opaque garnet color.

S: Floral hints with malts, not very strong.

T: Very malty and sweet. I feel like I'm drinking a very sweet bread with some spices.

M: Creamy with fizzy carbonation.

O: Not what I was expecting, this was a very heavy beer. I don't know if I like it or not.

Photo of mdillon86
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of hippityhops85
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle poured into St. B's goblet.

I mean, what more is there to say about Abt 12 that hasn't already been said? This is one of the best beers in the entire world and well deserving of it's stature.

Pours a deep amber/purple with a tan frothy head.

HUGE dark fruit notes: candied plums, candied raisins, some tobacco and earthy tones married to the distinctive Belgian yeast. Excellent.

The taste is an experience in-and-of itself. Wonderful, rich plum flavors dance with the bready maltiness which is then rounded out with the Belgian Yeast notes. Pretty much perfection in a glass.

This beer is massively drinkable for 10%. Mouth feel is perfectly balanced making it almost quaffable (!!!).

As I've said, this is one of the best beers in the entire world and can hold it's own easily against the best of the best. A desert island beer if there ever was one. Extremely recommended.

Photo of nataku00
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 330 ml bottle (poured into a tulip glass. I've had the bottle for almost two years so this has a bit of age on it, and that was probably the last time I've had Abt 12 that I could remember. Beer pours a dark brown, similar to a cola in color, with two to three fingers of tan color bubbly and frothy head. Head dissipates after a few minutes leaving some slight lacing to a thick collar of bubbles and an even film across the surface. Plenty of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is as I remember it, dried dark fruits, prunes, dark cherry, dates, clove, brown sugar, and dark bread malt. A touch of alcohol still on the nose, rum like in the sweetness.

Taste follows the nose, dark fruits upfront, rum soaked prunes and dates especially, though there is still a bit of dark sweet cherry flavor. Some spiciness shows up mid palate, cloves, light anise, with light brown sugar and baked dark bread. Finish is medium, clean, but some light dark fruits and spice at the back of the tongue. Smooth and balanced, with no alcohol heat at all. However, age seems to take some of the boldness in the flavor that I thought Abt 12 had.

Medium to full body, smooth carbonation fine carbonation that is very soft on the tongue. For a 10% beer, this is way too easy to drink at this point. Still very flavorful beer, but I may prefer a little less age on this.

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of zachary80
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of jegross2
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage bomber shared and served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Three fingers of foamy head. Beer is a hazy nut-brown/amber color mix and falls somewhere between opaque and translucent (but closer to opaque). 4.5/5

Smell: Banana and cloves. Definitely smelling toasted bread and some yeast aromas and well. Some spices, perhaps cinnamon and nutmeg. 4/5

Taste: Toasted banana bread. Very malty-sweet. Some cherry flavor as well. Finishes with a sweet banana and yeast, almost hefeweizen-like, flavor. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Finish is very sweet on the palate. 4/5

Overall: A delicious brew; one of the best true Belgium beers that is widely available and moderately reasonable in price.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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

Appearance: A dark Brown with a slightly cloudy stream as it is poured. The head is so large that i was not able to pour the entire bottle into a 500mL cup. The head is a light brown that does not dissipate quickly. The lacing is a fairly heavy light brown color.

Smell: caramelized molasses, tobacco, and some other really nice aromas. It is a real treat.

Taste: It has a delightful sweetness to the beer a slight molasses taste and some other tastes i can not place at this moment. There is a hint of wood and smoke.

Mouthfeel: It is slightly heavy and not overly carbonated.

Overall: This is the best beer i have yet to date. It is a relatively complex beer that i would highly recommend and encourage.

Serving type: bottle

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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