St. Bernardus Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

9,500 Ratings
St. Bernardus Abt 12St. Bernardus Abt 12

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a tulip glass with a tree finger head. It was a light brown in color. Laced very well all the way down the glass.

S- Has a very good aroma. It starts with a sweet beady malt, follows with raisins and plum. There is a bit of alcohol. Slight notes of spices.

T- It is a very well rounded Belgian quad. It has all the right notes Bread pudding, fruit of plums and raisins. Just a tuck of spicy hops towards the end and finishes with a sweet aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, Plenty of carbonation. Finishes slightly dry. A slight warming from the alcohol.

O: This is a very good got to Belgian quad. It is consistent and delicious.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a chimay goblet

A - pours a very dark caramel colored brown with a nice pillow-like 2 finger head. Active carbonation allows the head to bubble and rise, like a murky swamp, staying for several minutes.

S - a very sweet candi sugar mixed with fresh mixed berries at first whiff. Next smell reveals layers of dark fruits and Belgian yeast and bread. Very intense.

T - very sweet but not cloying first sip has flavors of ripe dark fruits and a slight mix of fresh ripe berries. Mid-palate liquor soaked more complex dark fruits followed by yeast and sweet bread. A touch of alcohol is noted but it's so well disguised it's almost like you're tasting one of those candied impersonations of a liquor. Banana and clove are more noted as the beer reaches room temp.

M - where the beer shines the most, I think. Pretty much perfect in every way. Creamy, full bodied, excellent finish, nice hop and carbonation bite for the style. Malts can hold up in the mouth for hours probably....excellent!

O - my go to quad in terms of availability and overall, this beer is a classic. A must have!

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

Didn't know this was a quad when i bought it, i tend not to like quads but maybe this one will be good.

Pours a hazy brownish amber color. Lots of dark blegian candied fruit and as well as some dates and figs.

Surprisingly carbonated. Big full chewy body. Flavors are subdued and blended unlike Americanized quads I've had where the flavors are too massive and all over the place. Slight candy like sweetness with a mild hop presence for balance.

Very well held together. Super smooth as well. Some belgian dark fruit and banana bread presence can be found along with dates and figs but nothing too overpowering like (again) American quads.

quite the drinker.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a 750ml bottle with a cork into a goblet (bottle stated 10%ABV). The beer appeared to be heavily carbonated as I had some trouble pouring it without the head spilling over the top of the glass. The beer appeared to be a Carmel/nutty opaque color with a fairly thick off-white head to it that took its time to dissipate but not too long.

S: It smelled very good. Fruity with some alcohol.

T: The taste is outstanding. It went very well with the BBQ ribs that I cooked for 4 hours over charcoal that I had with them. The taste was sweet, because of the fruit, and it blended well with the alcohol.

M/D: Highly drinkable with a good level of carbonation, not overpowering but enough so that you notice it. Medium body to it, creamy and finished well. This is one that I am going to be consistently buying.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25.4 oz, caged and corked for $10.99. Poured into a koeningshoeven trappist glass. Pours a dark brow with ruby-red hues. A one inch head billows and disappears. The aroma is of currants, figs, dates, lovely yeast, and a little bit of cherry. The tast consists of more dark fruit flavors, some banana, brown sugar, and a touch of fantastic. The finish is so wonderfully clean and flavorful.

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.42 out of 5 based on 9,500 ratings.
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