St. Bernardus Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

St. Bernardus Abt 12St. Bernardus Abt 12
BA SCORE
96.2%
Liked This Beer
4.46 w/ 9,561 ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#149
Reviews:
2,803
Ratings:
9,561
Liked:
9,200
Avg:
4.46/5
pDev:
9.19%
Alströms:
4.48
 
 
Wants:
780
Gots:
2,624
Trade:
50
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Photo of osseo222000
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nuts43
3.83/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Avatar113
4.27/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KennyDerenbecker
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Skabiski
4.19/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Doonzman
4.28/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Harrison8
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark nutty brown with two fingers of khaki head on top in a chalice. Head retention is world class, but no lacing is left behind. Aroma is dark, roasted, nutty, bready malts with berries, yeast spice, and clove adding to the complexity. Flavor profile is bready, nutty, toasty malts. Clove, yeast spice, and berries. Wonderful complexity without being difficult to approach. Mouth feel is medium-thick, with a pleasant velvety texture. Overall, a wonderful quadruple ale that provides world class complexity in an extremely approachable fashion. It's delicious through and through, providing a wonderful experience. Not a whiff of the 10% ABV shows up in the aroma or flavor profile.

Served in a Belgian chalice from a 375mL bottle.

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Photo of Bdubz94
4.69/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750mL bottle. I believe the date reads 1/3/20. So guessing this one was brewed at the beginning of 2015 making it about 2.5 years old.

Pours a very dark amber-brown color. Just slightly hazy. Large 2 finger head with great retention, infact the foam sticks around until the last sip. Thick lacing.

Smells of belgian yeast, malts, spices, and a hint of dark fruit.

Taste is loads of Belgian yeast and malts, some spices, very bready and full bodied.

Feel is very heavy and smooth. Good carbonation. Decent alcohol warming

Overall a delicious beer. A great example of the style. Strongly recommend.

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Photo of aoampm
4.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Teku. Not sure of the bottle date.

Pours a dark and murky amber color. Finger head with good amount of carbonation. Some visible sediment at the bottom.

Smell is huge on the plum and dark fruit! Some nice spice in there also.

Taste is much of the same. A caramel and grape combined with plum and almost a licorice spice to it. A lovely malt flavor to it also. More dark fruits and even some apple is detectable. Lovely.

Feel is typical of a world class quad. Drinks like a meal and is a sipping beer.

Overall an incredible offering right here! Can't believe I've waited so long to try this. One of the best Quads I've had thus far and truly a world class beer.

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Photo of Mysticmage
4.23/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tall pint and pours dark caramel. A ton of collar throughout the pourings and it maintains it well. A classic malt nose. I don't smell the subtleties suggested in other reviews but maybe I will be the end. At a whopping 10% alcohol, beware, cause ya can't tell! Exceptionally smooth with a really fine balance of bittersweet. Tons of efferversance throughout so a great taste start to finish. bottle says you are drinking deep from life's pleasures....well I don't want this day to end ;-)

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Photo of ObiBeerCanobi
4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ThePold
4.93/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fresh from a bottle import to Whole Foods. Pours a good dark deep brown, but not a lot of head. Solid malty aroma. Little lacing. Nose is heady. But the taste is complex and old world. Buy it if you can find it.

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Photo of Shortbox81
4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DamienArk
3.91/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of G-Hawk
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dirtyhalos
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DareOfTheHog
4.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Sigerson
3.75/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bryan12345
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of opieo
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I plead guilty that I'm a quad guy. This quad is awesome. Rich, complex, balanced. Too many calories per bottle to pound down many brews unless your weight isn't a problem. I could drink this all the time. Malty, caramel, sweet, toffee, and a boozy finish. Beeee...uuuuuu...ti....ful.

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Photo of Rristow
4.16/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chewy complex beer, fairly sweet with dark fruits, caramel, toffee, maple syrup.

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Photo of ErichPryde
4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

There is not much that I can add to the body of reviews about this particular beer but to say that it is one of the single best quads readily available on the American Market is an understatement.

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Photo of SamuelD3
4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of teamwiggum
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ICTguy21
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: deep and dark brown, touch of cloudiness from yeast

Smell: sweet fruit, breadiness/yeast, boozy

Taste: I'm getting noticeable hints of rum, alcohol is noticeable but not at all excessive for how big of a beer this is. Also taste of fruits and yeast, sweetness.

Feel: good feel, reasonably carbonated, it works for the beer.

Overall: this is a very good beer, not the best Belgian I've ever had but it's still a treat. Very smooth and easy to drink for the abv, I'll purchase again.

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Beer rating: 96.2% out of 100 with 9,561 ratings
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