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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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8,008 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,008
Reviews: 2,569
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 522
Gots: 1,461 | FT: 39
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Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

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

Bottle from the LCBO, shared as part of the QuadShowdown. 330ml into a tulip, 2010 vintage.

Pours a reddish brown, with a creamy tan head. Great head, with modest retention, and great lacing. Good clarity in the body. Nose has some soft fruits, brown sugar, alcohol soaked fruits, a touch of spice and some vinous notes. Soft fruitiness is again found in the flavour, lightly sugary, a touch of earth, caramel. Some sweetness and a bit of dryness in the finish. Soft, smooth and gentle carbonation, fills the mouth exceptionally. An awesome quad, great flavours and the mouthfeel make this exceptional.

Photo of mattboyer182
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a deep, thick brown with an insanely fluffy bubblely head that dissipates quickly.

S - kind of a sour fruity smell. I kind of get sour cherries. Bready malt as well.

T - kind of a light flavor. Dark fruits and Belgian yeast. Sweet throught the end.

M - medium to heavy body with pretty heavy carbonation.

O - I feel like some thing went wrong here. It was very thin. I dunno. Good but not what I expected.

Photo of nandemo1
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy Padres brown (perfect for an abbey style ale!) with a good tan head that dissipates quickly. Carbonation is visible on the edges.

Smells of fresh tobacco and raisins, a well defined sweetness. Tastes like semi sweet fruit bread with no discernable hop presence. Delicious with a moderate alcohol presence that warms me up gently.

Medium bodied, this is well carbonated and smooth.

Photo of scottyg354
4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this beer in a wine glass since it is the closest glass I had to the standard belgian glass.

A: Brownish red. Nice head about 1.5".

S: Dried Fruity, Farmy if that makes sense.

T: Strong upfront, then dried fuits (raisins, figs)

M: Smooth and semi-refreshing

O: Good beer. I would recomend anyone looking for a tasty refreshing yet complex brew.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.89/5  rDev -13%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Binny's in Schaumburg, Illinois.
Originally part of their gift set from 2010.
Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice.

Pours a 1.5cm head, light tan in color, with dense foam and small bubbles. Amazing lacing along sides of glass to complement the persistent, residual 0.5cm head. Body is a dark brown color, opaque, no visible carbonation.

Aroma of stewed prunes or dried figs on top of a slightly fragrant malt sweetness.

Heavy malt sweetness mixed with ethanol complexity. A bit yeasty, with some tartness prevalent as well. Peppery. A bit of sour cherries when warmed. Doesn't hide it's alcohol as well as Rochefort 10 does, even though it's lower in ABV. A bit disappointing in that regard.

Body is slightly over-carbonated as the beer foams a bit too much on the palate. Medium bodied. Agree with others that the fizziness decreases as the beer warms. Finish is dry, slightly syrupy.

Overall, this was a tasty quad, but I found myself preferring Rochefort compared to this. Alcohol was too noticeable and carbonation a notch too high.

Photo of bobbypaulson
3.97/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

have tried both the larger corked and the smaller capped version. It pours a merky light brown color with an off white head that leaves a little layer of white bubbles at the top after it subsides. The smell is sweet an some what yeast. The taste is strong and boozy up front full but then evens out with a sweet dried fruit finish. Nicely balanced and an over all nice Quad.

Photo of cooler4life
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Half finger white head that slowly dissipates. Appears to be highly carbonated with a chorus of dense, fine bubbles as the head settles. Lacing is moderately evident as the beer swirls around the glass. Color resembles a sun ripened date. Almost two tone when held to the light.

S: Brown sugar first, followed by dark fruit. I hesitate to say this but...grape soda? This would indicate a complex smell that my mind can't comprehend. Malty, fruity fermented goodness.

T: Malty breadiness, followed by plums and raisins. Almost like a holiday date bread with some rum. Toward the end, I pick up on the alcoholic warming undertones and it finishes with a lingering nutty sweetness.

M: The mouthfeel is really fantastic. My tongue seems to hover in my mouth elevated by mini hot air balloons of carbonation. Magic carpet.

O: Mouthfeel and smell stand out to me as exceptional qualities. Overall, a world class experience.

Photo of magictacosinus
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet from a 330ml bottle. Freshness date is listed as "22/02/16."

Pours a cloudy, extremely traditional looking color for what a quad should typically look like. A creamy looking head fills the glass with glee but slowly descends as time goes on. Looks pretty delicious, resembles liquid bread in one of the more striking ways.

Upon smelling it, instant notes of rum, raisins and sugar malts arrive. Caramel is really intense here. Oranges, prunes, cream - there's so many complex flavors to derive from. The dried hops really tingle the nose here. Smells like fresh dark bread, straight out of the over. This is a prime example of an ideal sniffing beer.

As for the taste, it's unbelievably malty - as expected! However, getting past that, there's a lot going in this beer. It contains a yeasty, fantastically lasting taste that remains on the tongue for a long time. The alcohol permeates a bit, and then warms up the throat generously. The dried fruity tastes are what really captivate me here. It's great mouthfeel makes it very redrinkable. It's an absolutely perfect quad in those terms, as it is creamy, slightly chewy and balances bitter and sweet flavors carefully.

Uses the original yeast strand of Westvleteren, eh? Including many other similar regional ingredients? Makes me more willing to merely stick with this for now! This bottle I bought (in France) was not nearly as tasty as the 750ml corked bottle I drank from (in the US) or as fresh as the 33cl bottle I had in Brussels! Still, while it's not my favorite quad, this is a massive beer. One of the greatest quads, and a recipe that deserves respect and acclaim. In my opinion, one of the best beers to convert safe beer drinkers to the "dark side" of good quality beer.

St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 8,008 ratings.