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St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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8,208 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,208
Reviews: 2,612
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 561
Gots: 1,632 | FT: 48
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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: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle best before on 6-22-16.

A: a very hazy brown. super cloudy. a bustling bubbly head with good retention and lacing. not exactly the prettiest looking brew so far.

S: caramelized molasses. tobacco. plum jam. figs. a real meatiness to this aroma. a bit of gas is glaring with all the pleasant aromas. a bit too much gas for me.

T: a real sugary sweetness. maple syrup or molasses. similar to the nose, dark fruits. plums, figs, and purple grapes. an almost woodiness intermingled with the complexity of all the other flavors. oaky. slightly smokey. maybe a touch of vanilla.

M: a lively, but not overbearing carbonation on a full body.

D: not the first time i have had this gem, but the first time i have formally reviewed it. i have another 750mL that has been aging for about a year and i plan on waiting 4 more years to drink. will re-review then. as for this one, still very tasty fresh out of the bottle. great complexity on the palate. a very well-made quad.

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750 mL bottle, served in a Portsmouth tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a deep, dark shade of plum, bordering on a murky brown. A one-finger white head with fantastic retention leaves waves of lace around the glass.

Loads and loads of dark fruits in the nose. Plums, raisins, dates and prunes are all there. There's also a pretty strong toffee, caramel presence that stands out amidst the fruit. Virtually no alcohol in the aroma at all, which never ceases to amaze me.

The taste is quite similar to the aroma, with the added addition of bready malt. A very strong biscuit, pumpernickel flavor. Lots of toffee and caramel, with a very strong element of plums. This beer is in wonderful balance, as the malt sweetness never seems overdone or cloying. Again, the minimal alcohol is very impressive.

Mouthfeel is fantastic, thick and rich with a perfect level of carbonation that really lets the flavors sing. Too drinkable for its own good.

This, for me, is the standard bearer of the style. A classic that I've returned to many times.

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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