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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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7,725 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,725
Reviews: 2,534
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 474
Gots: 1,240 | FT: 35
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001)
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Photo of bmoney
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 1pt 9.4 fl oz bottle into a tulip.

A- dark reddish brown, frothy head that continues to build. Large flakes of sediment swirling throughout.

S- Clove, Dark fruits and malts. Some raisin.

T/M- Smooth taste. Fruity flavor, raisins, and prunes mostly, very sweet. Vanilla, caramel and malts follow. A blast of spicy alcohol in the finish blends in well.

D- I could really enjoy sipping on this all night.

bmoney, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of JT99125
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

JT99125, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of R_J_FearNoBeer
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

R_J_FearNoBeer, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of Quaffer
4.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

25.4 oz bottle, caged and corked. Picked this up in Dallas. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: A very deep amber-brown. Quite a bit darker than I was expecting. A heavy bead could be seen when enough light was put behind the glass to actually see through it. Absolutely wonderful, dense, thick head. It stuck to the side of the glass like glue and seemed to not dissipate at all, probably due to the large amount of bubbles feeding it from below. Aesthetically speaking, this beer was perfection in a glass.

Smell: The aroma was comprised of a rich maltiness that was pierced by sharp fruit and spicy yeast. Alcohol spice and some dark fruit lay underneath. Quite a bit of depth, but not heavy smelling at all.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth upfront and gained more of a velvety texture as it moved back in the mouth. Medium-bodied.

Taste: A nice, dark maltiness was prominent upfront, having a lightly caramel, but more cocoa-like, character to it. The yeast rose up strong in the middle. On the finish, the yeast was joined by spicy alcohol and a sharp fruitiness. This beer became almost sour on the finish. The aftertaste provided a reprise of the chocolate-like malt that was present at the start.

This was a good, solid beer. Not a mind-blowing experience, but very enjoyable.

Quaffer, Aug 15, 2004
Photo of pentathlete
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From Capital Ale House in Richmond, VA. This was served in a 10 oz stemmed glass. I am assuming that it was poured from an 11.2 oz bottle with an ounce retained for the house(!)

Foamy head with plenty of lace, though the glass was a tad too small to appreciate it. Smell was a jumble of malt, fruit, some alcohol. I had just had dinner and felt a little unprepared for this brew. It's dark blackish purple cloudy appearance was loaded with carbonation. It was a business dinner, it was expensed, just relax and enjoy.

The Abt 12 has the mouthfeel that I want from a beer. Full, coats the mouth in flavors that appear in both appropriate and surprising ways. Sweetness without cloying, alcohol without burning, fruits without any medicinal taste, and creamy.

The snow was falling and I had a forty mile drive remaining. Do I order my third and continue talking shop? No, better to be safe and enjoy this beer another day. Bottles will be added to my stash. This is a don't miss class act.

Find it, buy it, enjoy it. Treat it with respect.

pentathlete, Jan 23, 2005
Photo of erha2
4/5  rDev -10.5%

erha2, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.85/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Damn! Excited to drink this. Been going through all th SAQs I could find trying to track this down. Almost dorve to Quebec city but finally found it 15minutes from my house at the Cavendish Mall.
Really nice looking bottle. Wish I had the right glasswae but I guess the Sam Adams perfect glass will have to do. My bottle says 10%

A- Cloudy auburn-brown. Light beige, pillowy, dense head.

S- Pretty light. I was expecting more. Kind of dusty. Usual quad dark fruit and spices but all very, very tame... maybe it's too cold.
Some molasses. Red licorice. Dark malt ( a bit stout like) in the end.

T- Tastes a bit like a maple beer. The dark fruit and spices is all quite subtle. Really getting some maple syrup in here even though it's probably just dark candi sugar. Really nice after-taste. Maybe my buds are off but this really tastes like maple syrup.

M- Kind of disappointed here. One of the top reasons I enjoy quads and great beers from Belgium is because of the mouthfeel. This is more prickly and thin than creamy and dense. Medium to high carbonation. A forgettable mouthfeel unlike my first Quad love: Chimay Grande Réserve and Rochefort 10.

O- Well this is very good. I do want more but am glad I didn't drive all the way to Quebec for it. Great beer but I still feel let down.

Yoonisaykul, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of nkeckhar
5/5  rDev +11.9%

nkeckhar, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of Buttstallion
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Buttstallion, Nov 19, 2014
Photo of theghost3
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby, almost brown with plenty of carbonated bubbles and some floating sediment. The head is 3-fingers thick, frothy & tan. Lots of lacing.

It smells spicy with yeast, dark fruits and sweet malt. Taste is complex; first there's spicy cloves & phenols. Then there's sweet malts, bread & lastly, a fruit & wood flavor. Mouthfeel is carbonated but leaves smooth.

This is the best Quad I've ever had. Deliciously drinkable, which makes that ABV a little dangerous.

theghost3, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of poppyjohn
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

poppyjohn, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of PalatePilot
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

PalatePilot, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of AlMarzo
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

AlMarzo, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of Franchise
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is my second time having this beer and it was just as I remembered so delicious so smooth. This quad pours a dark ruby brown and leaves a thin tan lace that sticks to the glass and stays with the brew. The aromas is fruity esters, alcohal soaked dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar, very complex and literally makes you salivate. The taste is so complex, it starts dry and tangy with a slight vinos presence but more actually to rum or brandy. It then sweetens on your palate with a carmal malt feeling that then again brings you to more of a dark plum feel on the palate. Fantastic brew I would pair this beer with a fresh fruit plate to compliment the fruit in the beer.

Franchise, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of King_KongDCO93
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

King_KongDCO93, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of Jtrigonis
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Jtrigonis, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of Erdinger2003
2.7/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice finger width head that falls thin, but doesn't dissapear and leaves a beautiful lacing behind. Color is amber to black.

Heavy roasted malts with slight burnt sugar and a slight fowery hops that do a good job of bringing out the fruit flavors.

Light, hard to taste and watery. Spicy sweet with a slight peppermint and burnt sugar flavors. This was a little dissaponting, I should've rated the one bottle I've ever had.

Mouthfeel is smooth and nice.

I wouldn't have this on tap ever again unless I saw them tap the keg myself.

Erdinger2003, Jun 21, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

lilnicky068, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of timontheroad
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer several times in the past, rated it, finally getting around to reviewing it. Popped the cork and wasn't paying close attention, next thing I knew, great smelling beer was all over my counter. Shared with my wife and son, poured into a Belgian style glass. The color was a deep mahogany, with just a bit of opacity. Kicked up a nice head that faded pretty quickly into a thin film. Very little lacing down the glass. The smell was nice, with some dark fruit smells, lots of sweet malty aromas and just a touch of sweet caramel and cherry notes. The taste is absolutely phenomenal, with huge dark fruit and candy sugar flavors up front. Lots of different flavors on the back end, with a bit of toffee, caramel, fresh baked bread, pepper and raisins. The mouthfeel is luxurious, rolling so smoothly over the tongue, no alcohol bite, and just the right amount of carbonation bite. Overall, this is one of my favorite beers of all time, when one considers the price and availability, it's gotta be pretty high on everyone's list of the greatest beers out there!

timontheroad, Monday at 03:21 AM
Photo of bulldogg915
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

bulldogg915, Apr 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

HugeBulge, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of freshflesh
5/5  rDev +11.9%

freshflesh, Nov 27, 2013
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Abt 12 pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. 1" beige head with uneven beads of carbonation falls eventually to 1/4" and has great retention. Nice lacing.

Rich aroma. Spice cake. Big toffee. Dark fruit (plums). Even citrus mingles around in this outstanding mixture of aromas.

Yeast, spice, fruit, caramel & toffee. Alcohol, brown sugar and some orange peel deep down in there. Everything intensifies as this beer warms a little. Very impressive.

Full-bodied and very rich. The long-lasting head adds to the creamy mouthfeel. Silky smooth. Good carbonation. Nice warming effect. Slight sweetness in the finish. Great sipping night cap.

Photo of 1fastz28
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured a very deep brown huge with a decent amount of carbonation. it looks beautiful, just a magnificent looking brew. smell is very diverse, has lots of apple and grape aromas, smells very sugary, a deeper breathe reveals hints of roasted malts. on the tongue it tingles, the carbonation wakes my tongue up the taste is just amazing, a textbook quad with an exquisite taste, the alcohol warmness goes all over, while the flavors dance on the tongue. mouthfeel is wonderful and thick, just an awesome beer. another one of those great beers that i some how have yet to try until now

1fastz28, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of thedoubler55
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark red almost brown, leaves a slight off white head and almost barely any lacing on mine.

S- Smell of sweet malts, caramel, dark fruits and brown sugar.

T- Taste fantastic, perfect blend, caramel and dark fruits up front with a slight booze taste on the tail end.

M- Smooth, perfectly balanced, good amount of carbonation.

O- This beer is fantastic, this is why I bought a 64oz of it!

thedoubler55, Jul 01, 2011
St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
99 out of 100 based on 7,725 ratings.