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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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BA SCORE
99
world-class

7,859 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 7,859
Reviews: 2,541
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 496
Gots: 1,311 | FT: 35
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

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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Photo of Mario61Aler
4.95/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

25 oz bottle
Yummy and wow.
S- is slightly hops, little malts with notes of citrus Opens with a slight pop,
A- pours very dark brown w/red highlites into a tulip glass develops a nice froth that leaves a small lace at the rim.
T- is slightly hops, light malts and citrus with a little alcohol
M- feel is smooth, starts medium to a slightly dry feel, no creaminess but finishes wonderfully with a staying taste of a GREAT beer.
O- overall my wife and I really enjoyed this one and will revisit it often, This one is great and you'd never go wrong bringing this to a dinner party or as a gift to special friends. An excellent example of the style

Photo of JRed
4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown body with a reddish edge towards the bottom of the glass. An off white head sticks around for a while and leaves some pretty lacing. Subtle aroma of plums, dark fruit, candy sugar and some booze. Great flavors with some ebb and flow: grapes, slight dark fruit, medicinal notes, slight spice, warming booze, slight caramel towards the finish with some dryness. Zapping carbonation with a medium body. A hell of a Belgian potion.

Photo of Buggies
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark murky brown. Nice dense thin tan head. Aroma is quite nice. Delicate, but nice. Aroma of yeast... fruit and spice. Hints of chocolate too.

Tastes great as well. Everything present in the aroma is here too. Yeast, fruit, and chocolate. Sort of sweet up front. But the sweetness is cut short with a slightly bitter finish. It almost tastes like the bitterness is from some dark roasted malts rather than hops. A slight warming from the alcohol, but surprisingly, the alcohol is hidden quite well.

Anyway, another nice beer these folks. Well worth a try. Highly drinkable for a 10.5% beer.

Photo of smakawhat
3.58/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a chalice/goblet.

Big feeling pop off the cork, releasing a good blast of yeast smell. Very large head that is light tan off the pour, takes much time to recede, with some tightness and retention. Gorgeous clear indian red body. Leaves a good small puck and collar while drinking also.

Smell is kind of small. Sensing some yeast , not much really going on here, a small hint of gaseous carbonation. Kind of disappointing. This isn't very open it seems. Kind of powdery too.

Taste is much improved. Small malty tones but also a spicey almost phenolic tasting hop. This is different, a feel of gaseous carbonation and malt backbone. This is not fruity tasting or sweet at all, it's kind of neat like that very unexpected. Has a nice warming pit stomach feeling too, but feels a little wet also and slight hint of tonic water taste and prickliness.

Overall it's interesting but I was expecting a bigger nose on this. It does feel very much like a sipper that's for sure. Checking my notes and re-examining the bottle says "dubbel" and this feels more like one, but probably not a fav.

Photo of deebo
4.95/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Tan thin head that lasts for about half a glass. Rich brown, chestnut mahogany color.

S-A very complex blend of yeast, malts, and hops. Aromas of Belgian yeast, toasted chocolate, sweet fruits (raisin), and rum all come out.

T-Completely balanced. Upfront I taste the sweet malts (caramel)and spicy sweet yeast. While drinking, slight banana notes and brown sugar are also detected. The hops are noticeable and tie together this great beer. Each drink has a new taste and complexity to enjoy. The high alcohol content is well hidden.

M-Thinner than some Quads but creamy, smooth and keeps you wanting another drink.

D-Unbelievable for the style-could drink this one all day-although I'm guessing the alcohol would catch up with you before you got sick of drinking this one.

Overall-this is the best Quad I've ever had-yes this includes Westvleteren 12. Excellent-if you like Quads and haven't tried this one-this is one you have to try a bottle of. This is one beer I'll be craving. Glad that it is fairly accessible.

Photo of rilbert
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - has a reddish brown pour with a cream head and lots of lacing in the bottle , dark swirls .

S - smells of fruit and malty caramelly with hints of chocolate overall aroma is a mix of some dark fruity spicy sweetness

T - tastes heavy with caramel maltiness with hints of vanilla and spice and dried apple cherry n grape .

M - smooth and yet crisp mouthfeel with lots of carbonation and lively bold spiciness
D - excellent drinkability and delicious beer in a smooth sophisticated way , where every sip is to be enjoyed

Photo of ngeunit1
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an opaque ruby-brownish color with a thick two fingers of frothy off-white head. The retention on the head is very good and leaves behind lots of lace on the glass.

S - Aroma is a mix of some dark fruit sweetness and also some more sugar sweetness. Some malt and spices make up a backbone to the nose. Touch of yeast and some lighter fruits.

T - Starts off with some building dark fruit flavors and some deep caramel malts. Little bit of spice in the background. Through the middle some sweeter grape flavor comes through alongside some cherry flavor. The finish has a blend of dark fruit, some roasted malt, and a touch of apple/cherry flavor that lingers nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate lively carbonation. Feels really smooth and crisp, even with a lot of flavor hitting the palate. Finish is just a touch dry and very nice.

D - Very drinkable. Lots of flavors that stay really well balanced, and also don't make the beer feel too heavy. The 10.5 abv here really stays in the background and makes it almost a bit dangerous.

Photo of dfclav
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a chimay goblet

A - pours a very dark caramel colored brown with a nice pillow-like 2 finger head. Active carbonation allows the head to bubble and rise, like a murky swamp, staying for several minutes.

S - a very sweet candi sugar mixed with fresh mixed berries at first whiff. Next smell reveals layers of dark fruits and Belgian yeast and bread. Very intense.

T - very sweet but not cloying first sip has flavors of ripe dark fruits and a slight mix of fresh ripe berries. Mid-palate liquor soaked more complex dark fruits followed by yeast and sweet bread. A touch of alcohol is noted but it's so well disguised it's almost like you're tasting one of those candied impersonations of a liquor. Banana and clove are more noted as the beer reaches room temp.

M - where the beer shines the most, I think. Pretty much perfect in every way. Creamy, full bodied, excellent finish, nice hop and carbonation bite for the style. Malts can hold up in the mouth for hours probably....excellent!

O - my go to quad in terms of availability and overall, this beer is a classic. A must have!

Photo of brewmudgeon
3.63/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bernardus 12

a 4 saddle brown; cloudy if the yeast is released. large foamy head diminishes quickly. persistent ring and some foamy lace.

s 3.5-4 pungently phenolic, yeasty. some band aid, clove, touch of banana.

t 3.5-4 cola nut, moderately sweet, hotly alcoholic. cloves, overripe banana skin.

m 3.5 highly carbonated, as expected. lightish medium body.

o 3.5 great anticipation. modest experience.

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

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A: Dark brown with a reddish hue and a gorgeous tan foam head. Can't see through it.

S: Super dark fruits, cherries, raspberries and the like. Also root beer and a significant malt note. Big time ripe bananas. Amazing smell.

T: Follows the smell to a T with a really nice smooth mouthfeel. Finish that has hints of vanilla beans and a ripe fruit trace.

D: I can't see how anyone could classify this one as not drinkable.

Value: An incredible beer worth pretty much any price.

Photo of raszputini
4.05/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle....Super Belgian Quad. Nice spicy nose that includes belgian sweets, phenols, and belgian yeast. Dark brownish color, pours with highly carbonated but thin head. Spicy and fruity tones accompanied by Belgian yeast and candy sugar. Pretty sweet, even for Belgian. I really enjoyed this and will drink again.

Photo of vfgccp
4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep mahogany amber. Rocky head with a hyper-variable bubble consistency and low lace.

S - Mild, almost wheat-like, malt and a honey scented booze. Just a touch of sweet spice.

T - Crazy profile. Custard, yellow raisins, coriander, pink peppercorn. Fresh plum. Sweet prosecco tones mid profile. Banana and oak on the back end.

M - Well carbonated (our cork hit the ceiling the second we took the cage off). Soft, medium body. Lightly dry finish.

O - A great beer to sip and savor.

Photo of NightINgale
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml poured into a chalice glass...

A - Cloudy Dark brown body to the beer. Great creamy head, with a very strong retention and some nice attractive lacing. One of the most attractive Belgian beers I've seen!

S - Smells a little boozy at first, although this is not the case as the beer warms up. A great bouquet of dark fruits (figs, prunes, and dates) and roasted malts (with caramel, chocolate and bread notes), with yeast and just a bit of an earthy hoppiness.

T - I feel that trying to describe all the tasting notes of this beer may do the whole experience more harm than good, but nevertheless... You should first get a bursting flavour of dried fruit (most notably, dates), with almost a port-like grape flavour to it. Then comes the sweetness, with an almost chocolatey finish to it. Slightly bitter, a little bready. An outstanding taste all in all!

M - This is an exceptionally smooth quadrupel! Medium-bodied, not at all heavy or hefty. The alcohol can be tasted, but not enough to make it boozy. Moderate sweetness to it, and a very velvety, smooth texture.

D - No doubt, this is a sipper beer, yet the drinkability within one serving is pretty high. Enjoy in moderation, and this will be pretty easy to drink!

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

A big thanks to DmanGTR for sending this in my very first trade! Now consuming it for my one year anniversary on BA!

750 ml bottle poured into a DFH signature glass

A: Pours a ruby/brown color, slightly hazy with one finger of off white head. Great retention, lasting for the entire time I drank this beer. Left some very pretty lacing down the sides.

S: Lots of dark fruits, some cherries, plums, and some bruised apples. Also a little bit of vanilla and a little bit of spice.

T: Nice darker fruit flavor, raisins, a little bit of cherry, some yeast, and a little bit of spice. As it warms an apple flavor develops.

M: Medium bodied, but slightly lighter than expected. Nice carbonation.

O: Really good beer, very impressed. This is my first quad and I think it will be a style that I seek out more. Really easy drinking.

Photo of birderbeerer
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours the color of strong tea with a white, tightly-bubbled, three-finger head. Good lacing.

Rich, yeasty and fruity aroma. Banana bread or apple cake with clove and pepper spice. A fermenty mash of pantry staples.

Taste is rich and complex. Toffee and bread, caramel, raisins, dates, pears, and tea. Creamy, earthy, and rich beer. Delicious.

Photo of csiewert
4.05/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from an 11.2 oz bottle at the Abner pub in Norman, OK.

Pours a creamy nut brown color with a thin layer of off white head with an ok amount of retention and little lacing. The aroma is strong with ripe cherry and prune characteristics. The taste starts with a hint of malt and then bring a strong grape juice flavor. The mouthfeel tingled slightly with carbonation, but finished dry and clean. Overall a good quad... Wish I could try it from the source.

Photo of tbrown4
4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. -> Chimay chalice. Room temperature. 2010-07-10 bottling. Split with my buddy Greg after cutting some bricks for my garden wall.

Been making an effort to fill in my collection with some good quads. Wanted a base line tasting on this one. Here we go!

A - Cloudy brownish ruby red. Foamy off-white head, good heavy lacing. Mild carb stream.

S - Creamy, bready, mildly sweet

T - Sweet toasted bread up front, dry malty middle with a tangy slightly bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied, mild alcohol warmth

O - Very nice easy sipper. Could hang out with a full pour for about 45 minutes. I enjoy this quad quite a bit. Many consider it to be the gold standard, and I agree. Very good representation of the style. Would like to build up a nice collection and eventually do a year to year comparison.

Photo of beerandcycling88
4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

A This beer pours out as a nice muddy brown color, with a very thick head, with lots of lacing.

S The nose is very complex and dominated by fruit especially grapes which give it a raisin like smell. In addition there are notes of yeast and malt.

T The taste of this beer is very complex with many flavors I couldn't put a finger on. However there were very strong overtones of rasins, grapes, yeast, alcohol, malt and many different fruity flavors I couldn't identify.

M This beer has a creamy mouthfeel which is a joy to drink.

Overall this is an excellent quad, with exceptionally complex taste, a very nice appearance, an aromatic nose, and a smooth mouthfeel. It is one of my all time favorites, and well worth spending an evening on.

Photo of jbonapar
4.08/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a small bottle purchased in Albany, NY.

As i remembered....Thick off-white head with a nice yeasty sedmaent. The last big of the pour is THICK. Love it. Smell is of strong medicinal sweetness (i know that sounds weird) malty with a touch of peppery spice

Taste: So interesting, dark candy, dark fruit, fruit cake with a slight toasted undertone alcohol is certainly present and adds to the warmth that accompanies the flavor and mouthfeel.

Overall, a fantastic beer. One of my favorite Dark Strong Ales/Quads.

Photo of jman892
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep brown, with an off white, 1 finger head, which fades to a film which lingers

S - Smells strongly of plum, raisin, dark fruit. Somewhat bready

T - Taste is more dark fruit, plum or fig predominately, bready aftertaste, with just a hint of the alcohol. Little bit of caramel creeeps in towards the end

M - Well carbonated, full bodied, and smooth. A great sipper.

O - Great Belgian beer, another of my favorites. Glad this is so easy to come by.

Photo of harrymel
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml, Bb 5/7/14

A: Pours an orange brown ale with excellent clarity. a single finger off-white billowed creamy head halves into a quilt of the same. Loose and broken sheeted lacing.

S: Dark fruits up front. plums, figs, graham, toasted cinnamon, some hints of vanilla and herbed maple deep in there.

T: Raisin, fruits, good complex malts. Maybe slightly oxidized it seems with a hint of carbboard in there. However,alcohol is well hidden, and the beer offers up more than I can articulate. Very nice.

M: Full bodied and silky with lower carb. Very good mouthfeel.

D: This beer is outstanding. I was surprised by the quality provided the volumes they kick out. Very good beer.

Photo of BeerCon5
4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby redcolor with a very nice fluffy off-white head.

The scent is of dark fruit, some belgian sugar and yeast, notes of alcohol.

The taste is of dark fruit, toffee, belgian yeast.

Full bodied, smooth and a little sticky, low carbonation.

This is a very flavorful beer, there much to experience. I will definitely have this again.

Photo of bbeane
4.08/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a DFH laser etched chalice... Starts with a huge head with great retention and lacing. Beer is dark in color, dark ruby when held up to the light. Lots of sediment...

S- Aroma is a pretty weak... has some light fruity yeasty notes, but not that intense. Hint of alcohol

T- Definitely needs to warm before getting the full flavor out of this one. Has a nice fruity flavor, light yeasty flavor, no boozyness

M- Despite the fact that it's a quad, seems to have a very light body with light carbonation

D- Super easy to drink... and was definitely worth $10.50 for a bottle, but not what I had expected in terms of it being so highly looked upon...

CHEERS

Photo of spree92
4.05/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated Best Before 08 06 15

A- A dirty brown with a nice head. Lots of sediment rest on the bottom of the glass. Traces of yeast float on the surface. Kinda looks like an apple cider.

S- Strong ripe fruit and that special Belgiam yeast strain.Alcohol is well hidden here.

T- Quite pleasant. The fruity profile is emminent. Acidic and maybe a touch to much carbonation.

M- Heavy, sticky, some bite from carbonation. Taste does linger though.

D- I truly believe that this would be better off in the cellar for a while. Bring it bak out in about a year,should mellow and blend a bit better.

Photo of Fenris244
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been meaning to try this for forever, thanks flying saucer!

Pours brownish red, with a champagne like 2 finger head, large strings of bubbles are easy to see, the head has great retention and eventually forms a thick lace on the surface of the beer.

Weird smell fruity and spicy with notes of apple and a pleasant sweetness is apparent.

Almost a raspberry like flavor, a bit of a sour note and some spiciness again, almost a musty malt background and the finish lingers for a while, very complex beer

Medium in body but has an champagne like quality from the carbonation, the alcohol is nowhere to be seen until you start to feel it. A sipping beer to be sure but damn drinkable

St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 7,859 ratings.