Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Reviews: 2,877 | Ratings: 9,956

#3 ranked Belgian Quadrupel (Quad) | 10.00% ABV

Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgium
sintbernardus.be

Notes: Year-round availibility. 
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Photo of Herbabee
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Accept no imitations. Have fun trying to play "head games" with the serving glass... as that devilishly lingering thin film of surface bubbles steadfastly reminds you that it's still alive in there...

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

There's something else about this little number. It is a little inconspicuous but then hits you like a freight train with a complex nutty flavor and a creamy mouthfeel to die for. Limit two per tasting session or you might hit the floor.

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Photo of Swizzz
5/5  rDev +11.1%
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 JLK7299
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this as an extra in a trade. For a Belgian Quad, it was pretty thin and went down very easy. Not a strong kick in the face like most quads are. It was good.

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

This pours a dark brown with a light tan head.
The smell is yeast, raisins, plums, banana, spices, and figs.
The taste is like raisins, figs, and spicy. There is a good carbonation and slight bitterness in the back palate.
The feel is thick and creamy.
Overall, this is an excellent Quad that I will definitely be buying again.
I give it a 5 for the type of beer it is.

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

L: Poured into a Chimay chalice. Dark brown body and a finger width tan head.

S: Dark fruits, malt, caramel, toasty bread. Also present are some undertones of Belgian yeast.

T: Dark fruits such as cherry and plum are very apparent. Caramelized malts and bread follow suit, with a bit of sticky booziness.

F: Creamy and full bodied.

O: Another amazing Quad.

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

A very hazy/yeasty, brown/cola with a couple fingers of tan foamy head that slowly recede to a thin layer. I can't quite see the carbonation in this dim light but I can see lots of floaties. The aroma is overall very sweet and there is lots of dark dried fruit and an alcohol hit that together reminds me of rum raisin ice cream, without the cream part. In the flavor, quite sweet but there is a red wine like bitterness that keeps that sweetness in check. Lots of dark dried raisins, figs, plums, and prunes. A very Alka-Seltzer like carbonation, tight. Which really works for this style, to me. Very dry but a little sticky on the lips, and medium full bodied. Pretty much perfection, to me.

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

Well balanced. So drinkable it's nuts. Feel was great. light not heavy crosses the boundaries of Belgian beer. Hoppy but not offensive. . Big big head. .dark gold lots going on in here. .but not to crazy. .

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Photo of _cr1992_
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is the best!!!!! Loved everything about it. From the way it was presented to me down to swallowing this beer. It is very delicious and would highly recommend it to everyone. Glad my awesome bartender showed me it.

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Photo of Schiller-
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I took a nice vacation to Belgium and got to try a bunch of beers while I was there. I went to a small pub in Bruges and the bartender recommended this. I wasn't disappointed at all. Best beer I had the entire trip and contender for the best beer I've ever had. Amazing.

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

I can't think of a better beer. Intense, powerful, rich, creamy, and it imparts a profound sense of superiority. This one separates the boys from the men.

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Photo of okono
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Hands down, the best beer I've ever had. It's the gold standard by which other beers should be measured...acknowledging, of course, that each beer needs to be appreciated and rated in the context of its style. St Bernardus 12 is the definitive 5.0 amongst Quads, with Rochefort 10 coming in a close second.

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Photo of B-J-B
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Hard to imagine a better example of the style. Malty without being cloying, absolutely outstanding phenols from the yeast, and just the right amount of roast in the malt. Not much more to say - just can't believe that one of the very best gustatory experiences available costs less than a mediocre bottle of wine.

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

Pours a beautiful, cloudy dark amber with a fuffy, tan head. The lacing is spotty, but thick. There is a fair bit of carbonation still visible even after being poured for a while.

Smells almost bourbony up front with toffee malts, dried fruits all over and dry hops at the very end. Very balanced in the nose and not too boozy smelling despite the ABV.

Tastes surprisingly grapy at the start, with banana esters and spices. Brown bread and brown sugar at the end with a slight dryness punctuating the experience. Tastes like it should be boozy, but it doesn't taste as such.

Mouthfeel is unctuous and smooth; your mouth is coated. We are not in Pilsner country, here!

Overall, it's earned every word of it's reputation as one of the best Quads out there. It's balanced, smooth and drinkable while still allowing for complexity and depth. I think part of it's charm is the heavier carbonation; it lightens everything up. It's, without a doubt, one of the best beers I've had.

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Photo of JackIndica
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Quite possibly the best beer I have ever tasted in my life along with, Tripel Karmeleit... A truly beautiful waterfall of flavours: fruity notes, wine like crisp, hoppy notes, chocolate malt, cinnamon, so much going on every taste unlocking new dimensions and flavours :3

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Photo of MoreBeer4me
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As close to a perfect beer as I could ever want and ranks #1 with me as the best beer I have ever had. Its simply a joyous event to drink this wonderful beer and I do my best to always have some on hand. By all means pick some up!

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Photo of Drmetal8
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Been wanting to try this one for a while based on its reputation. A dark ale brewed in the Trappist monk style in Belgium. Malty and sweet, but not too bitter. Very large head. Quite simply one of the best beers I've ever had

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Photo of JNPIII127
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown to amber color with excellent head. The beer leaves great lacing in the glass and goes down very smoothly. Hides the high alcohol content very well. Overall a great beer.

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

Poured from a 750ml. bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a russet brown color with ruby edges when held up to the light. There is a luscious, sticky cap of beige foam that remains for the entire drink. Excellent head retention. A few random spots of lacing dot the glass.

S: Right off the bat you get hit with rich aromas of sweet, candied dark fruits. Raisins, figs, plums, and some dark cherry all seamlessly meld together in a perfect mix of fruity sweetness. This beer has just the right amount of sweetness and is only slightly tart. Absolutely perfect! Aromas of lightly roasted malts and a caramel/brown sugar sweetness quickly follow. Some faint Belgian yeast notes of clove and banana.

T: WOW! The flavor starts with ripe dark fruits and brown sugar sweetness; almost a candy like sweetness. So much is going on its hard to put my finger on everything, it just perfectly blends together. The dark fruits I detect are raisins, figs, plums, black currants, and a bit of dark cherries also in the mix. The yeast profile is phenomenal as well. I'm getting yeast esters of clove and banana, with a hint of apple occasionally coming out. The use of caramel malts blends perfectly with the dark fruit flavors and compliments them well.

M: This beer is full bodied with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is rich, creamy, and smooth with no hint of the 10% ABV. Perfect!

O: I have never given a perfect rating before, but in my personal opinion I feel St. Bernardus ABT 12 deserves it. This is the definition of complexity, and every time I drink it it manages to blow my mind time and time again. The sweet, dark fruit flavors along with the caramel maltiness and the yeast profile truly make this a delight. This beer almost has a wine like quality to it, it really is something special. The only negative is that it is expensive, but then again you usually have to pay for quality. However it is well worth the price tag, and it is without a doubt one of the greatest beers in the world.

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

Bernie's #12 is one of my "desert island" beers. Love it! Smell has hints of figs and raisins. Pours dark and rich with a thick head. Taste is amazing with an after taste that lasts all day long. This is a strong beer and is so good if you are not careful you can get wacked on the side of the head.

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

Com certeza um dos grandes rótulos não trapistas da Bélgica. Levo em consideração duas maneiras de degustá-la. Na garrafa ela possui um sabor mais forte e marcante. Na pressão ela é mais aromática e equilibrada, não há defeitos, não sinto que tenha o que criticar ou apontar como não cumprido. Um rótulo sensacional.

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Photo of bball208
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Each time I have this beer, I love it more and more. Kind of like the movie Friday.

Anyway, this pours a lovely and hazy brown. As you pour, you see a fade from dark to light, then slowly you can see a head forming, and this one was huge, 2-3 fingers worth, and slow to dissipate.
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Aroma: burnt sugar, dark fruits... maybe charred raisins, those chewy dates, maybe even a slight bit of plum. This all accompanied by a beautiful classic aroma of belgian yeast and the kind of alcohol it makes. You do get a little bit of that alcohol in the nose, but for this one, it's very appropriate. Overall, you get a bit of tang, sweet, and booze in the nose.

Taste: Finally. The carbonation is the first thing I notice. Does great, because it starts off as dark-fruity and sliiightly bitter, but those bubbles on the tongue explode those flavors into malty sweet and bready. Sooo decadent. I definitely sense raisins and figs, and a communion bready yeast. If you've had communion bread, think about the exhale on that bread, that's what I'm getting. I am loving this beer.

Overall: As you begin having this beer at a colder temperature, allow as much as you'd like to have it at the temperature it should be had at, 60-65 degrees. Once it started climbing towards the warm side, the flavors became ridiculous. It becomes soft, velvety, rich, almost milky. I wonder if it gets any better than this one.

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

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, deep, dark, mahogany color, with two full fingers of white-colored head that slowly dissolved away into a lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with lots of complex, rich, earthy, aromas of bready, toasted malt, which imparts aromas of freshly baked French baguettes. There are also notes of candied sugar, toffee, dark molasses, lots of dried stone fruit, such as raisins, prunes and dates. I also get notes of funky, spicy, Belgian yeast, which imparts notes of saddle leather, clove, and interestingly, a touch of dark chocolate. Smells awesome!

Taste: Wow! Just…wow! Delicious! Earthy, rich, amazing. Lots of bready, toasted malt up front, followed by some nuttiness and candied sugar, toffee and dark molasses-like sweetness. There are lots of deep, fruity flavors of dried stone fruit, such as raisins, prunes and dates. I also get notes of funky, spicy, Belgian yeast, which imparts notes of clove, and as stated earlier, a touch of dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy and smooth as there is very little carbonation. With an ABV of 10%, there is practically no alcohol on the palate. It’s amazing how well masked the alcohol is. This beer could be…no, check that, it is a dangerous beer in that its incredibly easy to drink, like three or four of them, and not taste or feel the alcohol…that is until you try to stand up and fall on your ass!

Overall: This is an outstanding beer! Malty, fruity, spicy, earthy, rich, complex and utterly amazing. As with all of the other beers from St. Bernardus, this is very, highly recommended!

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Photo of mg3
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably my most favorite beer if not the best beer I have ever had as of now. Didn't exactly fall in love with it the first time, but after a few times it just kinda grabbed a hold of me and never let go. Definitely one of the best Belgian's I've ever had.

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

Well-awaited, and worth the wait. Poured from tap into a snifter at Isaac's in Newtown, PA.

A= Murky, muddy brown with a thick, frothy head. Settles down to good lacing.

S= Strong notes of raisin, black bread, caramel, roasted malt. Very sweet and pronounced smell.

T= Wonderful. Sweet at first, then settles down to a rich, yeasty flavor. Strong notes of raisin, brandy, black bread, with lighter fruits in background, esp. plum and cherry.

M= Great carbonation, no bitterness.

0= Just a superb beer, one of the best I've had.

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