St. Bernardus Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

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Photo of rack0flamb
4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pablobomb
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of docoman
3.92/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Travlr
4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Muddy chestnut amber with sediment left in the bottle. Medium white head, very nice lacing. Aroma of dates, raisins and cinnamon with a hint of vanilla. Taste has multiple dried fruits in a subtle and complex combination. Improves with age. Tasted at the brewery in Watou.

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Photo of dvanhandel
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of ISmith87
4.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

St. Bernardus 12 out of a 12 ounce bottle into a Ruination pint glass. Great beer :).

A - 4.75 - Great looking beer, dark brown with a haziness to it, no real head to it.

S - 5.00 - Dark malts (molasses, caramel, chocolate), dark fruits (figs, plums, purple grapes, etc), Belgian yeast, beautiful breadiness to It from the yeast strains at St. Barny's

T - 5.00 - Dark fruits like plums, grapes, figs, etc, dark malts (chocolate, molasses, caramel). Belgian yeast flavor with a nice breadiness/malt taste too

M - 4.75 - Can taste the alc quite a bit depending on the serving temp. Also it has a nice Belgian yeast aftertaste to it.

O - 4.75 - Great beer, can't really complain about anything. Nice dark fruits flavor, good Belgian yeast profile.

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Photo of Beeranator
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Metalaero
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Liondiscs
3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of Epicfail97081
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of parpalapelix
4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a cloudy dark brown color with a light tan head what had uneven bubbles. The head was about two fingers thick and had good retention as well as it lefe lace after every sip.
The aroma was very delicious with a rich dark spicyness that reminded me of a holiday plumb sauce i had once made.
The flavor begins with a rich malt sweetness that is hiding a spicy almost fruity flavor that finishes very dry and clean. This ale is way too drinkable for the alcohol content. Overall an excellent example of the style.

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Photo of Biscuit033
4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark garnet with a white head adn great lacing and some good head retension.

S: Earthy notes asd pepper. Perhaps served a bit to cold to pull anything else out. Didn't get much more out of the nose as I let it warm.

T: Bursting with fig, date, some prune and fresh ripe plum, the malty flavors hit next with chocolate, coffee, and toffee, then the spicy yeast and it finished with some alcohol warmth.

M: Creamy yet dry and warming in from the tongue all the way down.

D: There is an abundance of fruit and malts yet the sweetness is well balanced by the spicy yeast and alcohol. There is a nice finish and and nice alcohol that slows you down from drinking it too fast.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. Pours a nice deep brown color with a large frothy, light brown head which sticks around for a good while. Aroma is roasted malt, maybe a little bit of coffee/chocolate, and some fruits (pear?). Flavor is better than the smell fruity and sweet. It packs a decent punch, the finish reminds you that it's a relatively high alcohol content.

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Photo of veinless
4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky dark brown, with a reddish/maroon tint and a very cloudy body. Head is two fingers and moderately fine, with a nice assortment of bubble sizing. Thick cotton candy center of the head is awesome. Leaves not too much lacing and dissipates to leave a thin layer on top.

Smell is oh so complex, with lemon, cherry, bread, and red winy smell that is intoxicating. Nose is a bit funky in the middle and the yeast is palpable.

Taste hits you with a unique buttery start, which then moves into a medley of fruits and malts. Citrus zest takes a backseat to dark fruit (including some cherries and figs) and belgian yeast, which tastes of coriander. A bit of booze comes in near the end, and the warmth it provides is nothing but beneficial, with no unpleasant alcohol taste at all.

Mouthfeel is truly phenomenal. The texture is perfectly creamy and whipped, the body is as full as it gets, and the combination of the cooling start and warming finish makes this an easy five. Drinkability is great, regardless of the 10.5% abv (which makes this beer that much more admirable). Goes down easy, has every flavor you could ask for without any of them in excess or shortage. I can't get over the fantastic contrast between refreshing and warming in each individual sip. This beer is a work of art. Can get a bit strong on the back end of each sip, but that's just nitpicking. This beer is special.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
4.1/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium brown with decent head. Smell is of very ripe fruits of the apple & pear variety as well as figs, plums, etc. Taste follws with an extra bump of brown sugar and alcohol. It's really sweet, which I think limits its drinkability, but the flavor is good and the alcohol is very warming - so it calls for a slow sip approach anyhow. I would definitely rank this among the best abbey ales I've had. Really good, even if they are not among my favorite styles.

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Photo of 1Nrwyscotch
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A. It pours a deep red almost maroon color with a thick off white head. The head lasts but does not leave lacing.

S. It smells of sweet dark fruits followed by some caramel and chocolate.

T. It tastes fairly sweet with the dark fruit on initial taste followed by caramel and toffee. There is a lot going on but it is very well balanced and you just get a little warmth on the finish from the alcohol. As my glass warmed I started to get some spice coming through and I probably should have let it sit a little while before drinking but it smelled delicious and I wanted to try it.

M. It has a medium body with some carbonation present

O. This is a delicious balanced Quad and I cant wait to have some more.

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Photo of mjacquard
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of MJSawyer
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of BobbyDigitali
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of Jaszucs
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Darkale
4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark brown body, pocked and cratered tan head. Aroma is yeasty and bready, quite sharp with faint sweetness.

Very chewy and thick in the mouth. Sweet -- like walking into a cave of sugar and yelling "Hello," it seems to reverberate in your mouth. All of this is balanced by hops burn, which combines with the sweetness to form a burning dessert. As is the case with the best beers in the world, this beer grabs you by the hand when it is cold and takes you on a journey, changing (improving!) as it warms.

A very fine Belgian -- top notch, and deserving of its reputation as one of the best beers in the world. This is one of my "oh my" beers... the beers that I can't help saying "oh, my" after I've taken a sip.

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Photo of billyshears
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Chimay goblet
A: finger solid head, very dark cloudy amber :
S: grapes/raisins take forefront similar to a wine even; biscuity malts become apparent as it warms
T: Some darker fruits (figs, prunes) come into play with the grapes/raisins. Solid bready malt backbone that mixes well with the medicinal characteristics.
M: Fantastic creaminess to it.
D: Stop to savor.

I'm not sure why it took me so long to find this. Up there with the legit Trappists.

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Photo of jacobseyb
3.93/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A=Very dark brown and murky in appearance, pours 1/2" head that dissipates quickly to 1/8"-1/4". Medium size bubbles, no apparent lacing.

S=Balanced smells, with just a hint of sweetness (berries?)

T=noticable sweetness, hints of blackberries and chocolate? Alcohol not as noticable as expected given the ABV.

M=Very carbonated, some thickness

D=Drinkable but would probably be tough to drink more than the bottle.

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Photo of lysergicdream
5/5  rDev +12.1%

St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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