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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#149
Reviews:
2,814
Ratings:
9,627
pDev:
9.19%
Bros Score:
4.48
 
 
Wants:
792
Gots:
2,652
Trade:
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Photo of Brolo75
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

11.3 ounce bottle poured into a St. Bernardus Goblet

A: Pours a dark mahogany color, it's hazy and cloudy, head dissipated after a few minutes of retention, no lacing, lots of carbonation that creates a soapy off white colored film.

A: Lots of dark dried fruits, figs, plums, dates, raisins, toffee, Belgian yeast, slight dark red wine aroma as well, no alcohol on the nose at all, smells amazing.

T: Loads of Belgian yeast notes, malty, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, banana as well as some sweet dark fruits, apple, pear, very complex and deep, alcohol is slight there at the end and becomes more present as the beer warms, moderate amount of bitterness, finish has lingering notes of Belgian yeast and banana, very nice full flavor.

M: Full bodied with a lot of carbonation that rolls over the palate, finish is slightly dry, and there is a slight alcohol burn as the beer warms.

O: A very tasty beer, it's like liquid raisin bread with Belgian yeast added, world class mouthfeel and taste, definitely know where to go for a big beer that's a sipper.

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

Photo of Svjax
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dan_amdg
4.94/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jamesroses
4.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: reddish brown, builds an impressive head of big bubbles.

Smell: lots of sweet red wine and dried fruits notes. Really nice. But there was one perfumey/room cleaner aroma I got at the end of the glass that was really weird and disgusting.

Taste: malty and vinous, rich and sweet with a touch of belgian hops to counteract those notes.

Mouthfeel: no alcohol detected, smooth and full bodied. Surprisingly dry finish given all the sweetness involved.

Overall: really nice brew. Only let down was that artificial perfumey aroma at the end of the glass. Similar to westy 12 but a bit more watery and not so full flavored. I prefer Rochefort 10 to both.

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

Photo of BigIslandfarmer
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jason_Schroeder
4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is, for us, the best beer. Rich, malty, dark fruit and delightful. The abt 12 is a treat to enjoy and treasure and is worth every penny. Not terribly expensive for the joy it brings.

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

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

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

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

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What struck me first is how similar the taste is to a Westvleteren no 12 (which I've had many times). I did not do a side by side test, but I think St. Bernadus Abt 12 is a bit more boozy and prickly than a Westvleteren no 12. In any case this is an outstanding Quadruple. If I do a side-by-side test I'll update.

Look: Cloudy dark brown with a thick fluffy mocca head.

Aroma: raisin bread, figs, very nice aroma

Taste: the flavor is sweet dark raisin bread and dark fruits perhaps figs, it's complex, and there is a soft rum like booziness.

Feel: full bodied, slightly boozy, silky

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

Photo of Ekish58
4.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of southsidejoe8089
4.12/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Angelo321
4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bajdog
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BergBeer
4.22/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Murky dark brown with some cola colored highlights. The head is thin and eggshell colored. The top half of the beer is semi transparent but the bottom is opaque.

Smell: Sticky sweet on the nose. Notes of fresh baked raisin bread, dried figs, dates, brown sugars, plum, light burnt bread notes, wet leaves,cinnamon, and a pronounced alcohol note.

Taste: Rum soaked raisin bread on the attack. Then the body builds with notes of date cake, honey covered baked figs, vanilla extract, cloves, musty forest floor, and pecans. The finish is dry with more baked whole wheat bread notes with a hint of molasses.

Feel: Big bodied and sticky on the palate. Boozy alcohol. Soft carbonation. Body is quenching but the finish is bone dry.

Overall: A big brew. It looks, tastes, and sits in the stomach like a whole loaf of raisin bread. It is delicious and full of complimentary notes. However, it could use a bit more carbonation. Also, it’s a small gripe but it’s a seriously ugly beer to look at. It is very heavy and I couldn’t drink it all the time but I did enjoy this one.

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Photo of jwarsenal9
4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of ChrisG523
4.15/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BenHoppy
4.01/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Wasn't a bad beer but wasn't all that much impressed with it either. I guess the most impressive thing is the fact it's 10% and can also be super thin and watery. You wouldn't think this beer was 10% and for that I applaud this beer. But I would have liked it thicker such as what you'd get with blue Chimmay. I got flavors of chocolate, figs, dates, and nuts but is so watery that the flavors are subtle. All in all I would much rather have a blue Chimmay.

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Photo of tazmon95
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My all time favorite and the standard by which I measure all others.

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