St. Bernardus Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

9,541 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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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of Mikus
4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep reddish brown pour at friendly tap room. Aromas of dark fruit, spicy yet refined Belgian yeast with banana and clove. Thus tasted the pure essence of balance. Dark fruits and raisins galore. Delicious! Clean dry finish with some residual sweetness and yeast notes. A lesson in balance.

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Photo of madtowndmb1
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of herrburgess
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of JavierGC
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Diomede
5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of darcange
5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of helios7
4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DSlim71
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.03/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy and slightly tawny brown with a nice fluffy tan head with great retention.

Smells of rich Belgian candy, plums and currants.

Flavor follows the nose pretty well. Belgian candy sweetness with some fruits noted in the nose. A touch a caramel. Nice flavor.

Mouth is medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation. A touch tacky.

Overall a solid Belgian quad. Is it #39 (when reviewed) best beer in the world? Absolutely not. Otherwise all around "Good."

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Photo of jim_carignan
4/5  rDev -9.5%

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4.68/5  rDev +5.9%

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

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

330ml bottle, 2005. Served slightly chilled in a Grimbergen challice

Pours with a deep maroon body with reddy ruby hints throughout. Thick bubbly light tan head with good retention, some patchy lacing

Smell, rich alcoholic vinous aromas, sticky toffee and dried fruit. Estery fruit along with a whack of spice and clove. Some rich dark malt and candied sugar, slight hint of acetone also

Taste, dry yeast and alcohol laden rich biscuity malt. Thick molasses and sultanas soaking in brandy and golden syrup. Some rich Burgandy red wine notes, deep rich spicy finish with a hint of ester tinged alcohol. Crisp mouthfeel, biscuity with a touch of slightly dry lingering wine like tannins

A phenomenal beer. Seems to have benefitted from a little bit of age, the flavours have moulded together much better.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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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

Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is, and will always be, one of my favorite Belgian quads. It is a deserved classic, and all newcomers must redouble their work if they are ever to properly get up to speed.

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4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2-oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Big, frothy tan head, dark brown cloudy in glass.

S = Sweet toffee aroma with hints of yeast.

T = Molasses, honey, bark, roasted malt, a very complex, well balanced beer.

M = Nice medium mouthfeel, good carbonation.

D = Good robust beer, a very approachable Belgian, would be good introduction to Belgian beer for beginners and nice drink for beer geeks, too.

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4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 bottle best by Jan 16 2019 poured into a tulip glass.

A - Murky, dark brown with ruby highlights. Two finger clear white head that moves to a half finger lace. Active carbonation on the pour, and visible sediment in the glass.

S - Grape, fig, booze, clove/spice

T - I must have a palate problem. Having a hard time picking things out at first. Clove, banana and grape qualities, toasted malt. Opens up more as it gets warm (I let it sit at 20m at room temp, maybe it should have been longer)

M - Almost has a champagne/white wine feel to it. Carbonation is high, sits medium light in the mouth, and finished dry.

O - Admittedly, I have not drank many quads to compare, and will probably come back to this one, but I was a touch underwhelmed based on the hype. Still a very tasty beer (maybe too young at 18 months?), and there is always a question of how/where it has been stored up until this point, but it's worth a go, just prepare for pricey.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of stewart124
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark ruby color with a very thick off-white head. Leaves behind a nice lacing and adds a beautiful looking brew. Smells of dark malts, strong spices, and a fruitiness. Silky smooth blend of spices (cloves come to mind), fruit flavors, and strong malts. The alcohol isn't overally noticable and will sneak up on you. Aftertaste is a lingering fruity taste with that strong feeling a smooth creamy beer. Great beer for the style. This is something I'll be looking for again.

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.42 out of 5 based on 9,541 ratings.
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