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:
#229
Reviews:
2,860
Ratings:
9,871
pDev:
9.19%
 
 
Wants:
834
Gots:
2,789
Trade:
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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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Photo of KMcGrath
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NeoClassicist
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of B33rcules
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Decanted from an 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottle into a snifter glass; best by 03/09/21.
A: Pours a clear, dark copper to brown color with ruby highlights and very, very lively head formation leaving an initially 3 to 4 inch, fluffy, light brown head, strong retention and solid lacing.
S: Tangy/tart. Initial aromas of blueberry (at least some kind of berry), with cocoa and cookie emergent.
T: Semisweet with caramel/molasses, raisin, and walnut, as well as a bit of cocoa, tobacco, and lactic acid. Bitterness clearly present, but as a counterpoise to the malts.
M: Medium to full bodied with robust and persistent carbonation. Very, very smooth and playful.
O: Delicious and fun. Not quite a spiritual experience, but certainly in that direction.

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Photo of bark
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The colour is dark brown, the liquid clear. The three fingers head is beige and compact, and it sinks slowly to a thick lid without leaving any lacing on the glass.

The smell is strong yet smooth. Brown malts, dried fruits, alcohol, crispbread, matured cheese, roasted nuts and a hint of soap.

The taste is semi-sweet with roasted nuts, dried apples, crispbread, red berries, toffee, banana candy and passing notes of salty crackers and bitter herbs. Full Body. Hot clean alcohol in the aftertaste as well as pumpernickel, treacle, matured Cheddar, ripe bananas and caramel. The long finish is very smooth with digestive biscuits.

The carbonation is strong, the many small bubbles fresh and short-lived. The liquid is smooth but not sticky.

It is way too easy to give high scores to this kind of strong, semi-dark and rewarding beers, and I really try to balance my scores after that knowledge. Still, this is a very, very fine beer.

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Photo of jtollefson
4.88/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of redsoxjim
4.02/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drrone
4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of jmh21
4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Miles_Nilges
4.06/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kjmcmullen
4.66/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jacwomyn
4.12/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dankacheese
4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vitaly91
4.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Wavyhill
3.55/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 9,871 ratings