St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Reviews: 2,603
Hads: 8,529
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 620
Gots: 1,872 | FT: 50
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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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Photo of Jeffreysan
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, deep, dark, mahogany color, with two full fingers of white-colored head that slowly dissolved away into a lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with lots of complex, rich, earthy, aromas of bready, toasted malt, which imparts aromas of freshly baked French baguettes. There are also notes of candied sugar, toffee, dark molasses, lots of dried stone fruit, such as raisins, prunes and dates. I also get notes of funky, spicy, Belgian yeast, which imparts notes of saddle leather, clove, and interestingly, a touch of dark chocolate. Smells awesome!

Taste: Wow! Just…wow! Delicious! Earthy, rich, amazing. Lots of bready, toasted malt up front, followed by some nuttiness and candied sugar, toffee and dark molasses-like sweetness. There are lots of deep, fruity flavors of dried stone fruit, such as raisins, prunes and dates. I also get notes of funky, spicy, Belgian yeast, which imparts notes of clove, and as stated earlier, a touch of dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy and smooth as there is very little carbonation. With an ABV of 10%, there is practically no alcohol on the palate. It’s amazing how well masked the alcohol is. This beer could be…no, check that, it is a dangerous beer in that its incredibly easy to drink, like three or four of them, and not taste or feel the alcohol…that is until you try to stand up and fall on your ass!

Overall: This is an outstanding beer! Malty, fruity, spicy, earthy, rich, complex and utterly amazing. As with all of the other beers from St. Bernardus, this is very, highly recommended! (1,706 characters)

Photo of -Rick
3.53/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I try and enjoy Quads, but they just do not do it for me. For what it's worth (not much since I am not a quad fan) this was one of the better ones I have tried. (160 characters)

Photo of heytomcat
4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Quads always seem a bit heavy for me. I'm more of a Tripel kind of guy. Nonetheless, this is a tasty beer if you just want a few. A little too sweet for me. (160 characters)

Photo of oldn00b
4.87/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Head retreats quickly. Pours a very dark amber.

Nose is light and sweet, lots of fruit jumps out like plum for me.

Flavor and moutfeel are about perfect for this beer. It is absolutely wonderful all around. (210 characters)

Photo of Adamanton
4.84/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a growler into a goblet with little to no head. Smells sweet. Dark fruit lots of plum. Tastes like it smells with rich malty goodness and zero bitterness. Then comes the boozy bunch off the backside. Sit down, sip, and enjoy every drop. Damn near a 5. (263 characters)

Photo of MA_hops
4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Another superb Quad…not as good as Westy 12, but still a very good beer!
A: Dark brown with perhaps a tint of a darkish shade of amber at the base of the glass. Has a thin, white, highly carbonated head. Carbonation is on par with a soda.
S: Grapes, faint raisin, white wine, a hint of sweetness.
T: Not as sweet as Westy 12…could taste grape, raisin, some caramel like sweetness.
M: Medium body, somewhat bitter, fairly carbonated overall.
O: A solid Quad! Very good! (474 characters)

Photo of DevAJ
4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After having Gulden Draak 9000 I was actually somewhat surprised at how dark it was. I was expecting a more golden color and this was more of a deep dark brown (the color of regular Gulden Draak). It was still really good and it had a very large head, but now I'm not sure of the true style standard as this was much closer to classic Gulden Draak in both look and taste. I suppose I'll just have to try more Quads to get it all figured out. (444 characters)

Photo of souvenirs
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Biercraft on Cambie Street in Vancouver, BC

Smells of raisin. Tastes sweet, not really boozy. I'm getting raisin, dried figs and plums. Finishes dry. (160 characters)

Photo of TheVillageIdiot
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This has suddenly become my favorite of these brews. Very nice stuff, would drink it any time. Seem like it would go well with a meat and potatoes meal. AVV according to the label is 10%. (187 characters)

Photo of PorterPro125
4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Serving Type: 33 cL (330 mL) Bottle

A- Reddish-Brown hue topped by a bubbly tan 3 finger head that fades fairly quickly to a thin skim.

S- Fruity and Malty. Pear and apple up front along with some darker fruitiness (raisins mostly). Slight hint of alcohol at the end.

T- Follows the nose without as much malt. Pear, apple, raisins, bubblegum, and maybe a hint of molasses. Incredibly crisp taste for a 10% brew.

M- Dense mouth feel. Big body on this brew. Fairly low carbonation that is standard with Belgian Tripels/Quadrupels.

O- As my first Quad, I have to say that I am impressed with what the style has to offer. Even with a giant body, this beer is incredibly easy drinking,even at 10%. Lots of favour to boot. (726 characters)

Photo of farrago
4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crests close to a finger, nice frothy head which settles into an even coating across the surface, tan in color, the lacing acts like a coat of mail and just shimmers down the glass sides. Cloudy amber to light brown colored liquid, more yellow near the surface, very difficult to visually inspect the carbonation level. The nose has a regal compactness to it, molasses, rum raisin ice cream, spiced oranges, cola, clove and bubblegum, green apple, apricot and red cherry fruit interwoven, there is also an element of cigar ash and earthiness, definitely does not overplay sweetness. In the mouth it’s medium-bodied and, again, more dense than fluid and expansive. This said allowing for the big foaminess and softly round carbonated mouth feel. Caramel, bubblegum, banana, clove, anise and a slight pie crust doughiness. The cherry, blackberry, plum fruit takes on a darker complexion here without undue sugariness, hint of fig or date. Mild metallic to earthy qualities, mostly as residue. Given its subtlety, few flavors leap out at you to jot down, what you are most struck by is its balance for the category and its confident persistence without raising its voice. You notice it without it having to work hard for you to do so. (1,233 characters)

Photo of ordybill
4.99/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 355 ML bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- big malt and fruit smell, really good
Appearance- Pours a dark brown with a big tan head. Has a lot of sediment and I let that settle before tasting.
Taste- Incredible flavor, malt, hops and maybe some fruit
Palate- A medium bodied beer with mild carbonation. Excellent creamy texture.
Overall- A world class beer, outstanding. (383 characters)

Photo of ds47uk
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Why mess about trying to find Westvleteren 12 when you can have this - brewed by the brewery who used to brew WV12. To my taste it is virtually as good and a hell of a lot easier to find!! (188 characters)

Photo of kbwalters
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured cold into a UK style stout glass. Consumed on 1/3/15.
Look = 4.5 Pours a murky brown with a lot of red highlights with some streaming bubbles. 3 fingers of light brown head, thick with great lace and retention.
Aroma = 4.0 Sweet malt, with notes of caramel and toffee. Acidic and yeasty.
Taste = 4.25 Sweet with a little acid mix in; no bitterness. A little booze. Notes of nuts and dark fruits.
Feel = 4.25 Medium bodied with high carbonation, fizzy, champagne like. Body might be a little light for the style.
Drinkability = 4.25 A little boozy as expected for the style, but still highly drinkable.
Overall = 4.225 Very good beer, great classic quad. Sweet, a little acidic, fizzy and boozy. (708 characters)

Photo of madelfonatree
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look – Creamy, thick head. Unfiltered dirt clay color.

Smell – Like a sweet lager.

Taste – Toned down alcohol throughout but smooth. Malty.

Feel – Expands in the mouth. Has volume. Sticks around on the tongue.

Overall – The look and feel of this beer make it one of the best. It's a flavorful quad but isn't too sweet. I'm glad I had it on draft. (361 characters)

Photo of dukeandduke
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

3/31/15 (Bottle) - Very dark brown pour, generous thick tan head. Aromas included malts, fruits, raisins and spices. Incredibly smooth to drink, light carbonation, beer went down easy despite the heavy ABV, though you did feel it later.Well balanced taste of malts, hops and flavor. Right amount of "wrong", sweet and firm. Overall an excellent beer, one of the best I ever had. (378 characters)

Photo of LyJK
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First of my big three, definitely worth a try. It has light notes on the nose and goes down smooth winter or summer. Not quite as full bodied as the Rochefort, but still a complex taste for the feel. (199 characters)

Photo of RossiDaMan
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was my first quad ever. Very smooth for a 10%'er. My biggest takeaway was from the mouthfeel. I loved the level of carbonation which is best described as a delicious ale infused alka seltzer. Great smooth flavors with little to no aftertaste. I'll recommend this one and will definitely quad again. (308 characters)

Photo of drmeto
4.89/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

-caramel,plums,raisins,dates,banana,spices,slightly bready
-Follows the nose
-alcohol well hidden
-high carbonation
-full body
World class Quad (156 characters)

Photo of Schiller-
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I took a nice vacation to Belgium and got to try a bunch of beers while I was there. I went to a small pub in Bruges and the bartender recommended this. I wasn't disappointed at all. Best beer I had the entire trip and contender for the best beer I've ever had. Amazing. (271 characters)

Photo of pagriley
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle

L - slightly murky rust brown with 1 inch off white head
S - Bubblegum yeast with hints of caramel and dried fruit
T - More dried fruit with dark caramel and a firmly bitter finish
F - light body with prickly carb

Overall the gold standard belgian quad for me. An extremely well made and consistent beer that is easily available whenever I feel like it. Every beer guy needs to have tried this more than once. (438 characters)

Photo of jellikit
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown. Light tan, thick head. Sticky lacing.
Smell: licorice. Cloves and spices from Belgian yeast. Light in ester.
Taste: medium malt. Dark cherry fruit leather. Light ester. Light cloves and spices.
Mouthfeel: light carbonation. Big body. Sweet.
Overall: balanced very well between malts, esters and booze. Dangerous in the fact that I can not tell this is a 10% beer. Will buy again. (430 characters)

Photo of Adrock123
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Understated Quad, especially given the 10% ABV. Very mellow on the palate, which says a lot for the complexity of this beer. Subtle raisin taste, perfect finish, not too sweet like most Quads. (194 characters)

Photo of Vogey77
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My 250 rated beer, dont often write reviews but thought I would for the milestone.

Pours a chestnut brown white thick white head, roughly 3 fingers length. Fruity smell typical of many Belgians. Raisan and fruit notes again with the taste. Very smooth for the alcohol content. Cannot taste the alcohol at all. Very impressed and see why this beer has its high rating. Leaves me wanting to explore other Quad style Belgians. (424 characters)

Photo of leitmotif
3.47/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just an overhyped beer that doesn't do the job. High alcohol feel and an overall dissapointment.
I drank it at the right temperature in the right glass and with the right mood.
I guess the yeast just didn't do the job well for me. (231 characters)

St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
98 out of 100 based on 2,603 ratings.