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  rDev -32.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.73/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Head is a nice cream color
Body is almond-ish

S: TONS of banana and lots of bready malt. Banana bread? A little residual sweetness. Some floral notes.

T: Nice full body and very round mouth feel. Super smoothe. Hardly any heat (if any.) A lot of banana still along with malts and a tiny bit of apricot. Really great.

O: Really fantastic beer. So glad to have it on tap and enjoy the full fruity esters.

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5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.97/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled side-by-side with Rochefort 10 and Westvleteren 12.

The beer poured a rich and slightly hazy brown with a small tan head that quickly turned to lace.

The aroma of the beer was that of dark sugars, raisins, and figs, all carried up to your nose by the volatile 10.5% alcohol. The aroma had nice fruity and phenolic sters.

The flavor of the beer had a rich sweet maltiness with many accents of dried fruits, such the aforementioned raisins and figs. The hops were there enough to balance things out. The beer was also very creamy and smooth. It was however, just a tad sweet.

The mouthfeel of the beer was medium and not too heavy. The carbonation was high and tight

Overall, a very impressive beer from a modest monastery.

Having sampled it along side the Rochefort 10, and Westy 12, I actually liked the Rochefort best. To me, the Rochefort seemed to have a little more depth and richness than the Westy and St. Bernardus.

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

11.2oz bottle poured into a large wine glass.

A: a slightly hazy, dark brown with 3 finger off-white head that lasts. nice lacing to boot.

S: awesome aroma. sweet with a hint of vanilla. dark fruits/plums

T: raisins, brown sugar, dark fruits and malt

M: creamy full body. a little peppery and dry on the finish

D: very, very nice. a beer to savor not pound

Quads aren't my favorite but this was damn good.

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3.1/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle served in chalice

A: murky brown, thick brown head that quickly dissipated to a thin white head.

S: Musty up front aroma, malt and dried fruit secondary

T: Old musty flavor, dried fruit, prunes, raisons, sweet malty flavors, some backgound hop flavor, but not well balanced, hotness is very apparent as it warms, almost too much.

M: rich and creamy

D: delicious but not drinkable past one.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.79/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Dark brown with 2 fingers of off white head

S - Dominated by sweet bread with hints of plum and apricot

T - Fruity at first then turns to sweet bread as it warms

M - High carbonation, classic Belgian mouthfeel. A bit of tickle on the tongue.

O - One of the best in the world, no doubt!

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4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap into Goblet

Appears a deep, dark brown with a nice finger of off-white head. Smells of caramel and malt with slight hints of fig and nuts. Tastes just like it smells with a smooth malty finish that leaves a nice coating on your mouth. Despite the high alcohol content, the bite is masked by the richness of this Quad. A great beer overall. It's pretty expensive here in the States so I'm not sure if I'll pay to drink this again, but I certainly wouldn't oblige if one were offered to me.

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4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.73/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured in an appropriate chalice a dark brown color. The nose is a nice coffee aroma and slight sweet floral notes. The first sip offers a mouthful of flavors. Raisons, coffee, molasses, oranges, oak soaked aging. You immediately know this is a great beer. A one finger head reduces to a thin layer of fine, white bubbles. Medium body with a fantastic creamy mouth feel. Very mellow and smooth drinking, perfectly balanced and excellent melding of all characteristics. Hints of bananas towards the end. Finishes very well and I just couldnÂ’t resist finishing a couple more!

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4.87/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wide St. Bernardus chalice ...

Appearance - Gorgeous. Dark amber with reddish hues and a thick, tan head with very good retention. A very impressive-looking beer. By the look alone, you can tell this beer is one to be reckoned with.

Smell - Complex with hints of sweet mollases, currants, raisins, and a solid malty foundation. Not overly sweet, but very complex and rich.

Taste - Warm and rich with an incredible toffee and dare I say, coconut-like nutty flavor. This beer is tremendous. The mollasses character lingers on the tongue and finishes with a terrific alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel - substantial and warming, as expected. A great example of how subtle, yet assertive, a quadruple can be. To me, this is the standard by which the style ought to be measured. Not cloying, or overly sweet, this one is well balanced, smooth, and quite complex in every respect.

Drinkability - Being a quad, it's not something you wanna slam down ... definitely a beer to savor and appreciate for it's impressive complexity. Arguably one of the best beers I've tried in a number of years. No, one of the best beers I've tried. Period. A treat in itself ... drink this when you can sit and relax and enjoy every ounce of this world class elixir.

This is one of my "if you were stranded on a desert island, what beer would you take with you" brews ... exceptional.

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4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in snifter out of bottle at the Cloverleaf in Caldwell.. Certainly lived up to its status.. I don't always get so into darker Belgian stuff, but this is certainly awesome.. pours quite dark with a very foamy off-white head. Smells of dark fruits and candy sugar, very sweet. Flavor follows the aroma, fruity, sugary and only the slightest bit of spice, something which I think some Belgian style beers over-due. Very smooth. The mouth is full-bodied with crisp carbonation. Overall its quite delicious and surprisingly smooth for its high abv.. all aroung great.

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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