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St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

7,239 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 7,239
Reviews: 2,485
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 407
Gots: 1,043 | FT: 36
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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Dizzy242

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -10.5%

07-17-2013 00:45:39 | More by Dizzy242
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jmm380

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

07-16-2013 20:49:04 | More by jmm380
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dookiebrown

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

07-16-2013 20:48:16 | More by dookiebrown
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leroybrown10

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

07-16-2013 20:38:45 | More by leroybrown10
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carmike813

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

07-16-2013 04:09:51 | More by carmike813
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steevbr

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

07-16-2013 02:52:34 | More by steevbr
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montrealbcr89

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -10.5%

07-16-2013 00:20:58 | More by montrealbcr89
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SakellariosVouvalis

Virginia

4/5  rDev -10.5%

07-15-2013 18:35:07 | More by SakellariosVouvalis
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Keyes88

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -10.5%

07-15-2013 02:18:03 | More by Keyes88
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Smurf2055

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Brown with a finger of big bubbly head.

Smells like Belgium yeast, dirty chocolate, a bit sour and acidic.

Taste is very rich, smokey, fig, earthy, bitter, creamy, chocolate.

It’s pretty well carbonated and very balanced, very rich and very big.

Good beer.

Re-review: part of a blind tasting with Westy, Rochfort, and Achel.

Pours dark brown, small off white head, good lacing and retention.

Smell prune and plum, red fruit notes, richest of the four smells.

Taste is balanced fig, earthy, no alcohol, mellow, lighter flavors come out as it warms, clove/gum, Belgium Yeast and Candi Sugar, almost a hint of pepper, fuller taste later on, but still very drinkable. Best of the four.

07-14-2013 22:55:07 | More by Smurf2055
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CajunMary13

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

07-14-2013 18:25:41 | More by CajunMary13
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Funhausen

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

07-14-2013 17:43:32 | More by Funhausen
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dwduncan2

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

07-14-2013 17:22:50 | More by dwduncan2
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GTB

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

07-14-2013 13:03:00 | More by GTB
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TOP

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

07-14-2013 00:38:13 | More by TOP
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Alextricity

Michigan

4.39/5  rDev -1.8%

Had on-tap at One-Eyed Betty's in Ferndale, Michigan as part of a paddle.

Appearance: Basically perfect. The 10% ABV seems impossible given the nice little head this beer showed off, and the wall of lace that this left through my whole sample glass. Wow. Abt 12 has a deep brown/red color, and doesn't seem to have much (any?) haze. Marvelous to look at.

Smell: I've never had a quadrupel... that's my disclaimer here. I didn't know what to expect going in, other than that this is one of the very best beers in the world, according to a lot of people. I got a lot of doughy bread and dark fruits. The cracker aromas sort of came through in the initial whiff, and the fruits were in the "after smell". Very good smelling stuff.

Taste: 10%? Really? Initially I didn't think I really loved this beer all that much, but then I noticed that I was sipping it more often than the other beers I had in my sampler. There's just a lot going on with this beer. The cracker/dough flavors are there in a pretty big way, then the non-descript "dark fruits" come in a little bit, and then there's just an alcohol warmth and it's all gone. All the while, Abt 12 is never bitter and never really sweet (and therefore cloying) at all.

I got this beer for a few reasons. First, I've heard insanely good things about it. Second, I had never tasted a quad (to my knowledge) before. Third, and most college-boy esque of me, it had a pretty high ABV and I didn't think it would hurt to get a little buzz going on. Turns out, this may've been my favorite beer from the night. I don't tend to drink imported beer (local jobs, yadayadayada), but this is impressive. It's not cheap, by any means, but this is something worth treating yourself to, time-to-time. This really makes me want to try beers like Rochefort and Westvleteren now... my interest has officially been piqued.

07-13-2013 03:18:49 | More by Alextricity
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Duwey

Ohio

4/5  rDev -10.5%

07-13-2013 01:42:06 | More by Duwey
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grachdar

California

4/5  rDev -10.5%

07-12-2013 01:11:11 | More by grachdar
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roodie

Texas

4/5  rDev -10.5%

07-12-2013 00:59:15 | More by roodie
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EBARTANE

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

07-12-2013 00:09:24 | More by EBARTANE
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planbee

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

07-11-2013 20:20:35 | More by planbee
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LincolnHawk

Djibouti

4/5  rDev -10.5%

07-11-2013 15:42:40 | More by LincolnHawk
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drbenzo

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

07-11-2013 08:22:52 | More by drbenzo
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BillRoth

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

07-11-2013 02:30:40 | More by BillRoth
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pathman

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

07-11-2013 01:42:51 | More by pathman
St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 7,239 ratings.