St. Bernardus Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
9,480
Reviews:
2,784
Avg:
4.42
pDev:
9.5%
 
 
Wants:
767
Gots:
2,570
For Trade:
49
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4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jkolls
3.94/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of red_5_sooner
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dobbsyo
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paddy_met123
4.02/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good, but it almost felt like too much

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Photo of beefbucket
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of cyber_phoenix
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sisterofba
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Snowball
4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark body with a light and fluffy head. A boozy smell mixed with spice and dark fruit. Leaves a spotty mess all over the glass from the lacing. 10% ABV but goes down wonderfully smooth. One of my favorites for sure~

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Photo of PlinyMeNow
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown but looks a bit clearer than some other trappist beers I've tried, with a small foamy head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is complex and wonderfully enticing: Molasses, dark ripe berries and cherries, vanilla, cocoa, nutmeg, cinnamon, and a bit of sweet oaky bourbon come to mind. Taste follows the aromas with emphasis on the sweet aspects and the addition of a bit of astringency, and some bitterness and alcohol spice on the finish. Overall: Incredibly layered and drinkable, although I don't feel that it hides the alcohol as well as others contend.

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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.69/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bbtkd
4.02/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV St. Bernardus Abt 12, 10% ABV, 22 IBU. Pours medium viscosity an dark copper, with a huge off-white persistent head. Nose is malt and slight fruit, taste follows, with a moderate bitter close. Some alcohol taste. Mouthfeel is excellent, overall excellent.

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Photo of troupos40
3.77/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wflamholtz
3.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nfedas
3.23/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

In fairness, I am not a big belgian fan but my boss got this for xmas. It was darker than I expected and frankly was one of hte best belgian beers I've had

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Photo of Keffa
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mmmbeer89
3.93/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kbrady10
4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So--I cannot believe I haven't formally rated this brew after all this time--poured from a single-serve bottle into a tulip.

Pours a two-finger head that quickly dissipates. The lacing is fine throughout, though somewhat underwhelming. The color and appearance is otherwise spot-on for a Quad--garnet hued and hazy bordering on cloudy.

The nose is vinous and supple, with unique fruit components for the style. Berry and dried fruit are welcome and expected components, but there is a clear grape and citrus component as well. Unique and crisp to the nose.

The taste is quintessential Belgian abbey ale. Sweet fruity malts, with a strong dark fruit component, balanced by tart cherry and wine notes. And then the yeast---oh damn, the yeast. It's just perfect. I give up. You have to try it.

The mouthfeel is, i a word--balance. Thick, viscous and vinous in its initial presentation, but like other offerings from this brewer, it is just carbonated and boozy enough to keep things remarkably light for such a heavy ABV. (Have I mentioned yet that you won't notice it's 10% ABV?).

This brew stacks up quite well to the other heavy-hitters of the trappist fare. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Treefig33
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MizzouBrew
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330 ml bottle into a Schlafly tulip. Pours a thick hazy brown with a thin tan head that leaves a ring of lace around the edge for the remainder of the drink. Smells of raisins, dark fruits and white wine. Tastes of brown sugar and boozy, with a hint of white wine and a little clove. Medium bodied and somewhat oily feel. A rare treat in my usual ipa/stout beer diet.

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4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of joshautry
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Atodd21
4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.42 out of 5 based on 9,480 ratings.
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