St. Bernardus Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

9,528 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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Photo of vziznznzyz
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BrownNut
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Smell: As I pour, the smell is straight up yeast. Then bready pastry honey caramel candy fruity. There's so much going on and so nice. Towards the end of the glass we're back to yeast and fruit.

Mouthfeel: More carbonated than I would have expected but not in a bad way.

Taste: Caramel malt, something vaguely fruity. I'm at home in malt country. Surprisingly light. I was expecting heavy and thick and dense flavor. The booze taste that normally distracts me in high ABVs works instead here as part of the harmonious flavor balance. Ingenious!

Aftertaste: It winds up pretty dry on the tongue afterwards, with not a lot sticking around except a faint memory of perfect buttered toast. A bit of top tongue sting. Nice fumes and warmth in the back of the throat to exhale. Very pleasant burps.

Overall: Very good. Balance, quality, harmony. There's an unassuming humility though too. It's not trying to be huge, just to be very well done. There are richer and more more concentrated beers out there flavorwise, but I wouldn't change a thing. What a light and delightful treat when you want something different.

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Photo of FEUO
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Lionhawk
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of JSOBB
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of oregone
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A very good brew.
A: Murky brown and thick. Nearly opaque. Surprising. Pours a heafty two finger head that has remarkable retention. Reminded me of Duvel almost.
S: Candied fruits, raison, a fair hint of yeast, smells like a bakery around the holidays.
T: Raisin and assorted dried fruit. Yeast is here too. Butterscotch? Not crazy on the complexity, in fact less than expected, but certainly delicious.
M: A finely balanced brew. Excellent carbonation neither overwhelms nor underimpresses. Balanced perfectly with the richness. A viscous beer that is washed away by the smooth and fine bubbles.
D: Very good. Not something for all night, but I would happily have a couple. Unless I had nothing produvtive to do the next day. Then all night.

This is quite the beer for the money and will become a staple. It doesn't amaze me, but it's an elegant yet powerful brew that is characterful and refreshing. And delicious.

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

A: Pours dark amber/brown into my DFH snifter with a thick foamy, off-white colored head that slowly dissipates leaving nice lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Has a strong dark smell to it (if that makes sense at all), maybe that of the malts and some dark fruits. A bit of a yeast in the nose as well.

T: The taste has a bit of spice to it with some chocolate hints as well. The malts and yeast comes out as well and maybe the aforementioned dark fruits are present for a bit of flavor.

M: Medium bodied with average carbonation. Very smooth.

D: Overall this is a very tasteful beer, definitely lives up to its hype as being one of the worlds best. Although 10.5% ABV, it is very smooth and has almost no hint of alcohol in the taste.

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Photo of blange3
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of SpillyBeers
5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of rodrigueZflyingf0x
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of GMB
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Ivegotmule
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of marmstrong1212
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of dryndantheman
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of SHDoyle
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of keng1343
4.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SetarconeX
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Near as I can tell, this is something of the flagship of the St. Bernardus brand, and for good reason. This is the fourth of their beers I've tried, and it is clearly the best, which is saying something because the others were pretty near to perfect.

Very deep reddish brown color, with a hefty froth up top. Tastes exactly the same way it smells, only even more so. Aroma and taste of malt, raisins, chocolate, nutmeg, cane short, a lot of different flavors.

If, as Ben Franklin claimed, beer was proof that God loves us and wants to be happy, than this is him showing us how good beer can be. Here's to hoping for a long happy life of preaching to the monk on the label!

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Photo of tegelaar
5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of br3wmeister
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Big soapy head, light tan in color with crazy good head retention holding to the last sip. Great lacing. Hazy dark brownish red in color with some orange hues in the light.

S- Cinnamon, brown sugar, and caramel are strongly present on the first whiff. Then I get hints of light roasted nuts and some earthy and herbal yeast notes. Later I notice vanilla and then can not smell anything but vanilla and caramel in this beer.

T- Caramel and dark fruit sweetness, lots of plum with a hint of raisin. A little bit of hops come through but are overpowered by sweet complex malt character. Some roasted almonds and hints of charcoal. Your mouth is left with a nice sweet almost fruity after taste that makes you want to keep drinking, also some alcohol warmth in the end.

M- Medium bodied with a little too much carbonation. Though it is very malty and pretty sweet it is still fairly well balanced.

Overall- A great beer that is easy to find and very enjoyable. I would recommend this beer to anyone who is into Belgians... and everyone else too.

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into goblet,

A: Brown/black with big tan head with bumpy chunks and a fine lacing.

S: Nose is sweet and with mild fruits(pears/sour grapes) and of course malt.

T: Sweetness fades quickly to spicy yeast and ABV coming in fast and remaining, to my sheer delight.

M: Highly carbonaed and medium thickness.

D: Quite easy to drink beyond the ABV and gets even better with time. I shall keep this in mind for benchmark purposes.

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Photo of Squelch
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark brown, Hazy. Huge off white head that lingers a while. Nice lacing

Smell: Not much getting throught that head. What I can smell is Alcohol. Candi Sugar. No hops. Very much to style.

Taste: Sweet, balanaced. Smokey or roasted flavors in here. Alcoholic Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Light for the ABV. heat from alcohol in the back of the throat

Drinkability: One of the best sipping quadruples around.

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Photo of JLeege
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle ~ Poured into the branded goblet
Date stamp of 8/7/15 ~ Relatively fresh

Appearance- Pours a very deep amber/brown color with a one finger off white creamy head. A small layer is permenantly a top the beer.

Smell- Dark fruits, mainly raison. Spicy belgian yeast. Clove. Earthy.

Taste- Yummy, ya I said it. At this stage in the beers life the darker fruits are the main act. More dried raison like than vinous grape; cherry, fig, dates. Some light brown sugar and licorice. The belgian yeast shines at the back end. Adds some spicyness and complexity.

Mouthfeel- Medium to full sided body. Good carbonation, a tad prickly, but smooth overall.

Overall- Quite tasty now, should get even better and more complex with a few years on it, time to throw some in the cellar. At about 10% this is almost too easy to drink!

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Photo of mcss
5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Mikestaf
4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of maljay26
4.04/5  rDev -8.6%

St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.42 out of 5 based on 9,528 ratings.
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