St. Bernardus Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

9,523 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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4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours with a strong, creamy, three-finger beige head, and a beautiful mahogany body, dark chocolate and cola brown tones with hints of ruby peering through the haze, strong head retention and prominent lacing.

S: immediate raisin and dark candi sugar, with a clean, somewhat neutral, astringent hop bite, some cinnamon and hints of chocolate appear too, followed by a jammy note that is reminiscent of a berry medley

T: the first note to hit the palate is the strong malt body, with suggestions of cinnamon and nutmeg, reminiscent of holiday bread, followed by a more subtle chocolate undertone. This is met with a pleasantly warm, boozy character. As the beer begins to mellow, a tannic quality, similar to red wine; begins to emerge. This is followed by the presence of dark grape and cherry notes, there is a clean hop aftertaste with marries well with the flavor of the alcohol to produce a clean finish.

M: Full but not viscous, it sits smoothly on the tongue, as the effervescence provides a tingling sensation, before leaving behind a decently dry finish

O: This is a phenomenal beer, worth countless revisits. Part of the beauty of St. Bernardus Abt. 12 is that while there are a certain range of experiences you will always have when you taste it, there seems to be more to discover every time. This beer has been brewed since 1946, and it is still under appreciated with the world at large. To compare this to wine is something of a logical conclusion, but it is in a way a disservice to the experience that is this beer. Oft imitated, but in this reviewers opinion never matched, St. Bernardus Abt. 12 is a true classic.

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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

Poured into a Stone Barley wine glass, appearance is impressive with a nice brownish red color with a impressive two finger head that leaves superb heavy lacing on glass, one of the best looking drinks I have ever seen. Smell is of fresh ripe apples, with hints of sweet raisons and other fruits come to mind, the smell is really amazing, very fresh. Taste is very good like sweet candy on the palate, I can taste fruit and some slight bitterness followed by a nice tart taste that goes down really smooth, the alcohol content is really masked behind the great flavor. This is a top notch quality product very good indeed and I can't believe the flavor, it goes down really smooth which can be a bad thing since there is a high abv to it.

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Buddy at the table who tends to try everything I get said he noticed saki tastes. I don't know that I have ever had saki, so I will just have to take his word on that one. He did enjoy it enough to grab a glass for himself though!

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

pours dark brown with a bubbly off white head, good lacing.

smells of cherries and yeast, a little fig and lots of candy sugar. a little boozey.

taste is more yeasty, much less sweet, but malty. very much boozey.

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i remember this being a lil better the first time i had it, maybe i'm not remembering correctly.

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S: beautiful notes of coffee, figs, chocolates and brown sugar.

T: biscuits right up front, notable amounts of dark fruits, plums and sweet brown sugar. A bit leathery.

MF: heavy, viscous and filling. Not very effervescent, a bit warm.

O: great quad, one of my favorites.

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.42 out of 5 based on 9,523 ratings.
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