Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian 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:
#231
Reviews:
2,864
Ratings:
9,888
pDev:
9.19%
 
 
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2,794
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Photo of WhackoMillah93
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bryan-Kinney
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Kurt1326_
4.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mike22ne
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of biiru_ojisan
4.57/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a big creamy and rocky off white head. The color is very dark brown, essentially black. If you shit a light through it, it appears garnet.

The nose is raisins, phenolic spicyness, dates, molasses, banana bread.

The flavor is brown sugar, raisin bread, dates, molasses, clove, overripe banana. You can definently taste the alcohol, but it doesn't come accross harsh. Rather, it plays with and amplifies the other notes in the beer.

The mouthfeel is a smooth lightly-thick body. The carbonation is on the lighter side of medium, but it still quite prickly and builds up if you try to drink too quickly. The alcohol warmth is very noticable, but not at all harsh.

This beer is one of my all-time favorites. It is a dangerously drinkable 10 percenter that I have all but finished while writting out this review. It is one of the best beers ever made, and you would remiss if you die without ever trying it.

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Photo of T-34-85
3.78/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrc1093
4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 1/28/15

Pours a deep brown with noticeable amber hues and a beautiful crimson sheen when held near light; a large head of tan foam is about as close to perfection as I’ve seen on a beer, and is spectacularly retained; moderate thick, soapy lacing holds briefly where the head does relent. All-around brilliant-looking brew.

Aromas of candied figs, vanilla, plum, and toffee, all rounded with an ultra-balanced malt character; pronounced dark fruits and hints of brown sugar become more prominent on the back end; notes are all pronounced but never overwhelming.

Taste profile shows a great variety of subtle, well-rounded notes including molasses, dark fruits, raisin, plum, caramel, banana, clove, and hints of earthy spice throughout the mid-palate; bubble gum and a slight hoppiness leading through the finish that leaves a faint herbal touch.

Mouthfeel medium body with heavy carbonation integrated to a great benefit on the palate; bits of spice, yeasty, and faint hops influence a uniquely dry kind of stickiness that adds weight but refrains from setting a more cloying, imbalanced tone. This is ultimately smooth, robust, very faintly boozy, and quietly deep on the palate.

A spectacular display of balance, from the depth of flavor and pure execution of aroma to the attention given to each note on the profile; an excellent quad meant to be sipped and savoured easily, with little worry of one aspect interfering with another.

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Photo of MTVesely2019
4.19/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hefe300
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Tan head is thick and leaves moderate lacing. Color is deep garnet with some sediment. Moderate haze. This looks very artisanal.
Tastes of pumpernickel, raisin, prune, dark cherry, molasses, a hint of banana and a slightly peppery finish.
Mouthfeel is velvety with moderate carbonation. The high alcohol level is hidden beneath expanding layers of flavor.

I give this beer my full recommendation. If the sound of angels singing were represented in taste form it would be this beer.

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

A: Amber color with white, rocky head. The foam structure is absolutely beautiful, showing a great body.
A: Aroma is very fruity in the first sniff, along with a great scent of malt. Slightly sweet like apple or pear.
F: Bold strong malt flavor, with different levels of other flavor - British Black Tea, caramel, fermented fruit. I did not taste too much pine, hoppy flavor at all. Mostly, I tasted the full body with sophisticated multi-level scent.
M: Extra bubbly, more bubbly than I expected. Smooth in mouth, and a slightly sweet, malty aftertaste. Warm sensation in throat by alcohol, but not burning.
Overall: this is one of the bests Belgian quad I have had. I was told this is similar, slightly more fermented compared to the Holy Grail - Westvleteren 12, but this beer is a good beer to drink by itself.

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Photo of GarrettBoots
3.57/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NYR-Zuuuuc
4.26/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Hanhwaeaglesv2
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

잔에 따라 마시지 못해서 Look와 Smell은 대충 평균치 떄려넣음. 벨지안 쿼드러펠은 처음인데, 트리펠보다 오히려 부드러운 느낌이.. 물론 이 맥주만의 특징일 수도 있겠지마는, 벨기에 현지 친구가 추천해준 맥주답게 맛이 좋았다. 여기 와서 먹은 맥주중에 지금까지 제일 나은듯.. 이게 2유로라니 와우!

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Photo of h4ger
4.27/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jheimbigner
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ian_graf
4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beertodaygonetomorrow1
4.57/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of npolachek
4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a dark brown with a good head as well as lacing. Extremely smooth for a beer of its level of ABV. Complex taste of caramel and molasses. Very drinkable.

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

Photo of Grackos
4.09/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of browner
4.56/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional Belgian Quad. Pours a beautiful deep brown with a light Bruin head. Extremely malt forward and complex... best appreciated at a warmer temperature...pour two and experience a subtle opening opening of the taste profile. Wonful lacing that clings to the vessel throughout the drink. The taste of deep caramel, molasses and plank aged Gouda. Mouthfeel is full without a thick viscosity and subtle small carbonation is not overpowering but balanced.
This is an easy beer to like but it is in my opinion a well crafted Belgian Quad and as good on tap as any imported beer from Belgian. And that is a very high standard.

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Photo of SXM
4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great quadrupel

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Photo of CVC
4.11/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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

This is my favorite Abbey Ale style dark beer it's my go-to if I want to drink a 10% beer that tastes like Heavenly nectar very very good beer only need two and you're good

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