Abt 12
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Style:
Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #3
ABV:
10%
Score:
99
Ranked #154
Avg:
4.5 | pDev: 9.11%
Reviews:
2,939
Ratings:
10,153
From:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  879
Gots
  2,884
SCORE
99
World-Class
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Notes: St. Bernardus Abt 12 is widely regarded as one of the best beers in the world. It is therefore no surprise that it is our brewery’s flagship beer, ranked at the very top of the St. Bernardus beer hierarchy. It is brewed in the classic quadrupel style and adheres to the original 1946 recipe.
Colour

This is a dark beer with a robust head that is ivory in colour.
Characteristics

Color: Dark
Type of beer: Quadruple / Top fermentation
Alcohol degree: 10 %
° Plato: 20
Recommended pouring temperature: 8 - 12 °C
Color (EBC): 60
Bitterness (EBU): 20
Shelf life: 4 years (bottle) / 1,5 years (keg)
Packaging: Bottle: 33 cl / 75 cl - Keg: 20 L
Reviews: 2,939 | Ratings: 10,153 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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hbeimers from Minnesota

4.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The monk on the bottle makes it a 5 for look. Split a 750ml with some friends who don't typically like beer, and they loved this! I guess that tells you all you need to know...

May 21, 2021
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Ladiloque from Italy

4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served at 4°C. Brown dark amber, slightly opaque, brownish foam immediately disappearing, highly carbonated.
Smell of malts, earth, hay, complex. No alcohol perceived despite the 10%.
Taste of toasted malts, lemon, caramel, mildly sweet, mildly bitter, just a hint of the abv. Complex yet very drinkable: contemplation drink.
Medium to light body.
My fav style of beer and among the very best in general.

Apr 12, 2021
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LeBron_James from Canada (ON)

4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow so this one really impressed me.

Pours a deep blood red colour with big white head. Translucent and very seductive.

Smells very very nice. That Belgian smell comes through like crazy with nice dark fruit and malt sweetness. The sweetness is kind of a cross between fresh doughy bread and maybe a kind of banana character. This is very very pleasant. Some earthyness comes through on the nose and there’s a small bit of alcohol.

Taste is amazing. Follows the nose in the fruity, malty, balanced yet kind of sweet goodness. This is a very malt forward and very traditional Belgian style quad and it gives its personality through the taste. Very awesome. Small, hardly noticeable alcohol and nice sweet earthy tones with lots of zappy malt breadyness.

The mouthfeel is a nice full body with perfect carbonation. Coats the mouth in this kind of bittersweet dry finish. Beautiful.

So before this beer I thought I didn’t really like quads. This is by far my favourite Belgian beer I’ve had and it’s one of my favourite overall. This is so drinkable and seriously amazing. The fact this beer existed in ww2 era is hilarious. This is a 100 beer and I’m gonna go buy more to cellar tomorrow.

Apr 06, 2021
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gooddaydiablo from New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

look: amber to almost full black, very foamy,

smell: banana and cacao and the refreshing Belgium smell

taste: intense chocolate and banana - which is super awesome! with some iconic Belgium taste that I don't know how to describe, also some cherry and raisin and toffee!

feel: not that great, too plain, as if all the air has go away

overall: awesome quad! and it's a little pricy, I got it $19 for 4*11.2oz

Mar 29, 2021
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harrypowers from Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark reddish brown. If you pour hard you get a runaway fluffy head. A careful slow pour works better.

Smells of yeast, bread , dark fruit and alcohol. Tastes of malt, yeast , raisins, plums and booze.

This brew has a surprisingly light body and mouthfeel given its strength.

This excellent sipper earns its "World Class" label fairly!

Mar 27, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rerate, 330 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 10%. Dark brown colour, huge off-white to beige head. Aroma and flavour mainly as the first time, but I drank the beer a little colder now, and the sweetness was not overwhelming. I’m upping it a couple points. Original rating: 330 ml capped bottle. I had trouble getting the very hard cap off (no proper opener at hand), and 1/4 of the beer was driven out by the carbonation before I succeeded. Drank it at temp. appr. 14 degrees C. Beer was murky brown with floaties, large tan head. Aroma was malty sweet with prunes, figs, dates, chocolate and cedarwood. Flavour was again malty sweet with prunes, figs, dates and chocolate. No detectable bitterness. A complex beer, but too sweet to be "perfect" IMO.

Mar 18, 2021
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DanfromVan from Canada (BC)

5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sweet and syrupy, pretty tough to turn this down at any time . Rich complex flavour. Nice legs, perfect mouth feel. Favourite beer overall, but I would be 250 lbs if I drank it every day. 100.00 for a case of 24 that lasts me about 2 years. I reward myself with a bottle after a successful project.
Sometimes you need to check on what the words "Quality" and "First Class" mean in your life. I just have to grab a bottle and am reminded that some people care about the products they produce.

Mar 13, 2021
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LucaDiCriscio from Pennsylvania

4.99/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best beer I have ever tasted. If someone is sick of beer and is questioning if any beer is still worth drinking, give them one of these and it will immediately remind them how refreshing a beer can be.

Feb 17, 2021
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BubbleBobble from New York

4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby mahogany, 1" loose tan head, moderate retention. Nose is rich with raisins, stewed prune, roasted cherry, rum-soaked fruit cake, fruit wood, baking spice, fruity yeast esters, and alcohol. Taste follows up front with rich, dark fruit notes, but there isn't an overwhelming sweetness here, similar to a deep molasses. Mildly bitter, tannic notes as well balance out the fruitier notes. Toasted brown bread expresses itself midpalate. On the finish, fruity, yeasty flavors carry through along with well-expressed alcohol. Mouthfeel is moderate with sharp carbonation.

Jan 17, 2021
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highdesertdrinker from Arizona

4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I luuurve this beer, dahlins. It pours a nice eggplant color with lots of head. Smells like plum, raisin, spice. The flavor is also plum, raisin, funk, alcohol, spice. It is a superb melange of flavors and as smooth as a fine wine. I might prefer Rochefort by a hair but this is excellent and never disappoints, cheers!

Jan 17, 2021
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BeerBaronBear from New York

4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by date: 07/02/24. Tasted 1/4/21. Finally did a side-by-side blind taste test with St. Bernardus' Abt 12 Abbey Ale and their Christmas Ale. Overall, I preferred Abt 12, although both were great. The Christmas Ale was actually a touch smoother and easier to quaff. But Abt 12 had more of a potent aroma and more spiciness and depth of flavor. Really a wonderful beer overall, especially for those chilly winter nights.

Jan 07, 2021
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IBU_Hunter from California

4.93/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best Belgian Beer ever. It passes all the tests: looks, fragrance, mouthfeel, taste, after-taste. I mean this is the epitome of craft beer, or beer science. This is the holy grail. And I have tasted Pliny the Younger, Stone Enjoy By, Trappist Rocheforte, Westleverten. Please do yourself a favor and drink this chilled. Your perception of Beer will change. Pure Beer bliss.

Dec 29, 2020
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25.4 oz bottle poured into a chalice boasts an opaque dark orange-tinged, brown body, glowing a clear, bubbly amber when backlit, and floats a cream colored 1"+ pillowy head of tiny bubbles that persists, leaving sheets of webbed lacing.

A bready aroma greets you with hints of stone fruit and booze.

Flavors of brown bread, raisins, dates, and spices explode on the palate and finish cleanly.

Mouth feel is a lighter leaning medium with excellent carbonation.

Overall a clear standard bearer for the style.

Dec 25, 2020
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JohnG190 from New York

4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mahogany brown with a tan head and excellent retention. Aroma is bread, molasses, dried fruit. The front end of the palette is reminiscent of yeasty whole grain bread followed by hints of molasses and warm spices. It finishes slightly bitter with hints of raisin and a touch of booziness. Mouthfeel is full with light carbonation. Overall, an outstanding example of Belgian brewing.

Dec 11, 2020
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.51/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

From an 11.2oz bottle, date stamped 04 06 24. Served in a cervoise.

Pours a deep, dark maple-brown with an enormous fat and pouffy head of foam insulation. It takes a good long time to get the whole bottle into the glass and, when I have, I could literally bite chunks out of the head. Retention is excellent, leaving a thick, foamy cap and gobs of bubbly lacing.

Aroma is warm and inviting. Reminiscent of Grandma’s kitchen, whole grain bread, molasses, cookies and tea.

Taste follows the nose, dense, under-baked whole grain bread, dark and yeasty, molasses and spice, dry wood and old tea bags. Ends with some toasty bitterness on the palate and raisiny, boozy, sweet currant fumes in the sinuses.

Feel is soft and mouth-coating, chewy but no more than medium bodied - the denseness of the palate keeps fooling my brain into thinking it’s thicker than it is and then the very bright carbonation reminds me that it is not.

Bitter and sweet, yum. I was sad when the glass was empty but at 10% abv it’s probably just as well.

Dec 10, 2020
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Junior from Michigan

4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - Cloudy dark reddish-brown. Frothy amber tinted mocha head..
S- Sweet malt, dried fruit and spice..
T - Sweet bready malt, dried fruit, and spice.
F - Heavily carbonated and full bodied. It kind of coats the mouth making it feel thicker than it is. Very slight warming alcohol finish.
O - World class beer. Very well crafted. Great balance and dangerously easy to drink.

Dec 05, 2020
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Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to glass chalice. Color is deep brown with an ivory, almost khaki head. The head falls to a loose cap. Smell reminds me of me of a warm bread pudding with notes of brown sugar, malt, and candied fruit. A healthy dose of spice here too. Taste is much more balanced than the nose would suggest. Sweet entry, with raisin, fig, brown sugar up front. Middle balances out with some bitterness and a layer of hope spice. Finishes clean with a bit of alcohol bite. Feel is medium to full with decent carbonation. Overall, this is tasty. I wish the flavors were a bit bolder, but still an excellent beer all around.

Nov 22, 2020
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TedHead from Illinois

4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful garnet with an ivory head that dissipates quickly. It smells like dates and raisins with hints of Carmel and brown sugar and just a slight hoppy floralness. The taste is truly incredible with hints of carmel, figs, dates, molasses, and a very slight hop bitterness to compliment the perfect amount of sweetness in this beer. It goes down incredibly smoothly and honestly it would be dangerous to not disclose the alcohol percentage to the drink. Overall truly world class.

Nov 22, 2020
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Robinshutedrums from England

4.51/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Dark brown beer. Reminds me of a wheet/white beer but with more body. Smells sweet and flowery. Flavours are bitter and sweet but with a light malty backbone to make it not over sweet. Lovely beer!

Nov 19, 2020
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Charles_Ball_Fuller from Missouri

4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Cloudy dark reddish-brown. No need to add to the head, the head builds quite quickly.
Smell: Smells much sweeter than it tastes. Smells like dark bread and mildly of baked fruit like pears and cherries or plums. Slight aroma of baking spices.
Taste: Not as sweet as it smells, much breadier; think dark bread crust, not the sweet middle. Still tastes mildly of dark fruits. Honestly reminds me of Dr. Pepper. Very pleasant, and easy to drink. The bitterness and alcohol is extremely well hidden, so it's easy to forget the 10% abv. The bitterness is negligent, making it very easy to drink more quickly as well.
Feel: Medium-full bodied with thick carbonation. This makes for an exciting mouthfeel in what could otherwise be a bogging mouthfeel.
Overall: Very pleasant and drinkable beer. Delicious and mildly sweet.

Nov 18, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The experience begins with a pour from 25+ oz. brown cork topped bottle into a clear pint glass. A cork stopped beer, so this must be special. The posted 10% ABV is dully noted. It's a beautiful result. The beer is a bright brown with substantial biege head atop. Much less yeasty to the nose than many Belgian Quads. Instead, it's a nice harmony of malts and hops, with a hint of the yeast. Next visual notice is only a little lace follows as the head ebbs. World Class is the appropriate designation for the taste. Remarkably light for its richness and incredibly balanced between the big three; yeast, malt and hops. The alcohol contributes to the taste as well, but only as a typical five percenter, not something double that. If the often overpowering yeastiness of Belgians is offsetting, this is for you. Caveat: Be forewarned, the 10% ABV is for real, for real, regardless of how easy this one goes down.

Oct 18, 2020
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nick_perry from North Carolina

3.61/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm confused by all the extremely positive reviews here. I really enjoy this style, but this one just didn't impress me. Maybe I got an old or bad batch? Pours a cloudy, dark brown color. Almost no head. A little maltier than I expected. Somewhat of a pumpernickel note. I wish there were some dark fruit flavors, but there is very little in that department. No yeast flavors are present, which is also disappointing. In general, not bad, but lacks complexity and seems unbecoming of the style. Again, I'm not sure what happened here, since this is such a highly rated beer.

Oct 13, 2020
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SimplySinister from Florida

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

A - Restrained pour into goblet producing a highly carbonated, cloudy milk chocolate colored brew. This brew presented with a sturdy 2" ivory colored head and moderate lacing. Off to an amazing start..

S - Bread, raisin, malt, tart, chocolate, and coffee. One of the other reviewers said "pumpernickel". I have to give credit- I wish I could have nailed that. But totally- totally pumpernickel. Pumpernickel in the best way possible.

T - Every single aroma that came thru the nose transferred directly to the palette- and then some. This brew is confusingly complex. And no- I'm not inebriated! It's the truth. This one is hard to pin down. There are levels of flavor here that are hard to reverse engineer. I'll leave it to you to decide!

M - Thicker than I expected.

D - I have to be honest- this is an amazing beer. For so many years at home on BA I've heard the praises sung of this beer. I smirked and laughed it off. I figured the upper crust felt inclined to pontificate about their overpriced indulgences. After all, it felt like I caught them so many times before! I was wrong. This one rocks. Really.

Oct 02, 2020
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plutonash from Latvia

4.08/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBE: 03.01.2024
L: Dark dark amber red, agressive head on first pour, which later dissipates to a half-finger head. Nice lacing.
S: Dried fruits (raisins, pears, some banana etc), hint of dark cherry with chocolates, caramel. Touch of red-currant.
T: Dark, dried fruits like on the nose, with a bready aftertaste. Some spices. Occasional warmth of alcohol comes through. Definitely smelled better, which was kind of a let down.
F: Very high carbonation for my taste. Medium bodied, sweet/bitter with some odd astringency.
O: Nice belgian quadruple, albeit not as good as the Rochefort 10 in my eyes.

Sep 13, 2020
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Kingingkunsan from Arizona

4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my wife and I favorite beer. We have tried many and always fail to find one comparable to this. So many flavors hide in this vessel of delight. Try it you just may find your next favorite beer.

Sep 11, 2020
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