Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian 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:
#217
Reviews:
2,854
Ratings:
9,847
pDev:
9.19%
 
 
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823
Gots:
2,774
Trade:
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2/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I had high expectations for this beer, I mean, it is one of the most lauded Quads.

What a worthless beer! Let's break down the stats on this guys:

It looks awesome! A deep garnet with a dishwater head that just won't quite! No matter how long you let it sit, the head just won't go away. No matter how much my moustache releases oils that cause lesser heads to fail. Too bad it's all downhill from there.

It smells like curacao oranges. Why in the world would I want beer to smell like oranges?

And the taste? Nasty yeast gets into a terrible trainwreck with curacao oranges, toffee, and chocolate. Terrible.

The mouthfeel is easily the worst part of this beer. The excessive use of sugar leads to a paper thin body -- so what do they do to compensate? Equally excessive use of crystal malts. Sticky sugars mingling with thinner-than-water body. Terrible.

Drinkability? I could barely finish choking down my 8 ounces of it. I'm just glad that my girlfriend was able to take care of the rest of the 750.

Yuck!

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I was not a fan of this one at all. I am not a huge fan of quadruples so I should not have been surprised that I did not like this. I would not recommend it.

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2.39/5  rDev -46.4%
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A - Mocha brown with a small frothy head. Specks of lacing line the glass.

S - Dates and molasses malt, but alcohol dominants the nose.

T - Molasses malt with a slight diacetyl. As with the smell, the alcohol dominants the taste. It is lacking in depth, for a 10% abv, it really should have masked its alcohol better than this.

M - Best part of the beer, absurdly smooth and a little thin. Slightly drying, but tolerable.

D - If alcohol flavor doesn't bother you too much, than this is a drinkable beer. But it is very lacking all around. A big disappointment. Rocheforte 10 is much better, and I didn't even like that too much.

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Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 9,847 ratings