St. Bernardus Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

St. Bernardus Abt 12St. Bernardus Abt 12
BA SCORE
96.2%
Liked This Beer
4.46 w/ 9,561 ratings
St. Bernardus Abt 12St. Bernardus Abt 12
BEER INFO

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

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#148
Reviews:
2,803
Ratings:
9,561
Liked:
9,200
Avg:
4.46/5
pDev:
9.19%
Alströms:
4.48
 
 
Wants:
781
Gots:
2,624
Trade:
50
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

25.4 oz bomber poured into chalice
born on: 08.03.18 printed on cap -- i think ... it was hard to read
drank on: 9/28/13

L: murky brown, cloudy --> slight bit of amber/orange when held up to light; minimal head, less than 1/3 inch of tan foam, pretty dark tan; no lacing or stick; for a Belgian, not much percolation

S: apple pie, dates & figs, pumpkin, cantaloupe; fruity but backed by some serious darker malt which does present a raisin and licorice note; sweet grain; cherries ... it gets very wine-like with a pronounced alcohol note -- not vodka but definitely wine

T: follows the aroma closely with a general dark fruity note -- prunes,d ates, grapes, pumpkin, muted/sour grapes (like wine). as it warms, it gets good and sweet. dark dried cherries ... it really opens up as it warms. ABV is perfectly hidden; while you can smell alcohol, all you can taste is beer.

F: full Belgian treatment -- i wish every brew in every style had this weight and carbonation, and sure, i'm stupid for saying that, but my gosh. perfection.

O: it's not the raisin/licorice bomb I'd come to believe it would be, which is fantastic for me -- i *hate* raisins and licorice. in fact, this brew is about as easy to handle as most dubbels, and it tastes a lot like Ommegang Abbey Ale. it's a bit darker than some other Belgians I've tried, but darkness comes in a nice sweet form (grapes, cherries more often than raisins/licorice)

ABV is no joke! as strong a 10% as I've come across ... a bomber of this is a full session.

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Raisins, prunes, figs, dates, dark cherries, and sugarplums form the aroma. There's plenty of sweet, caramel malt and burnt sugar underlying the dark fruit.

Flavor is initially slightly sharp and vinous, becoming sweeter mid palate, and finishing bready and dry. Esters of banana, raisins, and plums underlie a fairly sweet, burnt sugar malt backbone.

Body is fairly full, with carbonation a tad high, and significant alcohol warmth.

Delicious esters, but wish the carbonation were a touch lower to allow the flavor to sink in. It's a bit hot, but would age well. Dangerously drinkable for the abv. As it warms, the flavor just becomes increasingly luscious.

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a: A murky ruby, inch and a half tall tan head receded rather quickly to heavy surface foam and moderate lacing.

s: Apple and cinnamon! Wow, smells like I put my nose over a plate of my wife's apple crisp.

t: Bready malt, dark fruity yeast, balanced to where there is no particular distictive taste, yet that in itself is distinctive. Somewhat dry finish except for evident alcohol burn at the back of the throat.

m: Substantial body. I have yet to use the term "chewy" for any beer I have reviewed, but if I did, it would be here. Lots of carbonation adds even more to the weighty sense of this brew.

o: Not #32 on the BA top 250 list for nothing! Very easy drinking despite its high ABV and solid mouthfeel. Tasty without being bitter. Just fruity enough to give it character. Best quad I have had.

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A: Deep red brown color with beige head (nothing special but ok)

S: Fruity with a fresh banana smell, a bit yeasty as well

T: Good balanced between fruity (prune, 'old' cherry and banana) and spicy (liquorice, maybe a subtle coriander touch with a nice bitter and malty after taste

M: Good body, excellent saturation, not too dry

O: Excellent with a good strong cheese (I've tried it with a Herve cheese), I advice to drink this one cold and temperate because both are quite different

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 96.2% out of 100 with 9,561 ratings
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