St. Bernardus Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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4.46/5
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St. Bernardus Abt 12St. Bernardus Abt 12
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgium
sintbernardus.be

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#158
Reviews:
2,832
Ratings:
9,748
pDev:
9.19%
Bros Score:
4.48
 
 
Wants:
810
Gots:
2,729
Trade:
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Photo of vincechan
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jhodgert
4.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Markapeters
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Confieri
4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer. Easily propelling itself to my top 5. Sneaky 10% abv.

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Photo of Scottsbeer
4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dafla67
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Samncheese
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Favorite beer. Tastes great and as close to a fine wine as you could get in a beer comparison.

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Photo of darktronica
4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An absolute classic, and the first beer to get me into Belgians long ago. Everything you'd want a quad to be, with a strong maltiness, raisin, black cherry and fig, floral notes, an effortless complexity that remains accessible to just about any beer drinker.

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Photo of santino_butler
4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chitoryu12
4.17/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Beautiful amber-brown with a thick, frothy white head. Looks just like what the monk has on the label.

Smell: Dried fruit, yeast, sweet bread, and a bit of banana.

Taste: Strong alcohol bite at first. Darkly sweet bread, banana, and yeast.

Mouthfeel: Extremely carbonated and surprisingly thin.

Overall: If you can't get Westvleteren 12, get this instead. It's extremely similar to the best beer in the world.

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4.22/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ArtAttackEd
3.87/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Expertexteriors
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.74/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

UPDATE 3/2018: (Written about a month after having had it)

I continue to be disappointed with this beer. It just does nothing for me.

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It is an interesting beer, yet after having had three of these over the course of over a year, I am not impressed. I had it while having an Anchor Coffee Porter (which was open and corked two days prior), and I though the Anchor porter was better.

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Photo of jamesefleming
4.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Exceptional. Always dependable when you want an exemplary quad. I recommend going to the brewery in Belgium and staying in the bed and breakfast that once was the brewer's home.

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Photo of mishi_d
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JuiceMan818
4.27/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jmtbuckeye
4.99/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Ivan52
3.21/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jerid
4.07/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LeftHanded666
4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of skrabbenhoft
4.1/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dawon
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of timon
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was not too impressed after the first two sips....until I looked at the alcohol content. This is the Houdini of alcohol hiding--be careful! It tastes like dark cherry transitioning to malt/chocolate. Not groundbreaking flavor, but groundbreaking smoothness and alcohol hiding!

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4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Excellent quad, honey & malty goodness!

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 9,748 ratings