St. Bernardus Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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4.46/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgium
sintbernardus.be

Style: 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:
#160
Reviews:
2,828
Ratings:
9,726
pDev:
9.19%
Bros Score:
4.48
 
 
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809
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2,719
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Photo of Dawon
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of timon
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was not too impressed after the first two sips....until I looked at the alcohol content. This is the Houdini of alcohol hiding--be careful! It tastes like dark cherry transitioning to malt/chocolate. Not groundbreaking flavor, but groundbreaking smoothness and alcohol hiding!

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Photo of Almighty1
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Excellent quad, honey & malty goodness!

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Photo of hommeside2
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sweet like grape juice.

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Photo of Bmarkalan1970
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MonkeyLord
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks great in the glass, nice head, malty smell. Light, smooth and syrup like feel in the mouth. Very light alcohol perceived despite the high abv. Too easy to drink!

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Photo of probert
3.71/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zaardvark
4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jallen5076
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stadmo1
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shrimply_pibbles
4.51/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of McStagger
4.15/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into wine glass.

A: Pours a huge head, especially for the abv. Two finger light toffee colored head sits sits over a brawny ruby colored beer. Holding it up to the light, the beer has good clarity and ample carbonation. Head retention is decent, with the large froth subsiding fairly quickly. Lacing was minimal.

S: Ah, Trappist...er...Abbey. Great abbey beer. Sweet malt, fruit candy (banana and orange taffy), alcohol sweetness, baked Christmas bread.

T: Sweet up front. Phenolic . Peppery, fruity notes intermingle with a slight herbal note. Mid palate picks up the alcohol heat and rounded fruity notes. Belgian yeast plays more here with an ever so slight barnyard and fruit candy (I get a lot of banana runt here). Malt notes are again with the slightly sweet Christmas bread. Finish picks up more of the alcohol heat with a slightly spicy/peppery note on the back end. Finish is dry but warming.

M: Lighter in body than the abv would have you believe. Fine carbonation does a great job at balancing the modest (for the abv) malt body and alcohol warmth. Balanced and light on its feet for 10%.

O: I've been drinking too much American beer lately. This is good, great even. But I feel like the subtleties compared to US beers of similar strength are a bit of a weakness. Lacks the punch in flavor that I personally have come to expect from double digit abvs.

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Photo of searsclone
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of onabikechris
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Allurex
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Absolutely excellent quad. Carmel and honey through and through.

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

Photo of fireazzi
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rammed96
3.71/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thebeervoyage
4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ejmontoy1
3.83/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RayCannata
4.66/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Photo of ChittyChambers
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pegelstrand
4.41/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dls156
4.78/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had beer in countries around the world... but none of them have prompted me to read more about them or much less sign up for a website (yes, first review). I believe this will be my benchmark for Belgium quad for some time. Chimay GR a great beer and what I thought to be my favorite, this has displaced it. I don't have a sommelier description, but truly a great beer that hits all the right notes for me.

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 9,726 ratings