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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This is exactly what a Quad should taste like. It's near perfection in that category. I just happen to like Tripels more.

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A - Finger of off-white, dense head. Hazy, light red-brown body. Head dissipates to a thin film, but doesn't completely disappear.

S - Yeast. Bready malt. Leather. Dried, dark fruit. Brown sugar.

T - Brown sugar, molasses, dried dark fruit. Touch of roasted malt and wood.

M - More carbonation than I expected, but quickly dries out with a mild coffee-like bitterness.

O - I'm new to the style, but I really enjoyed this and intend to try more quads. Pretty easy to drink for such a high abv. brew.

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Great Belgium!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, BB 10/2018, according to, just under 1 year old.

Pours pretty much hazy brown with a large amount of medium-bubbled head that reduces slowly to a nice layer of soapy-to-foamy head. The nose is dark brown sugar, date, a hint of old wood or leather.

The feel is so smooth for a higher ABV beer, and similarly, the alcohol is hidden well. The carbonation is felt but is very light in feel. There's a slight cola nature to the taste, but not as much the feel. The taste otherwise follows the nose pretty well, and reminds me of a rich, fresh-baked date bread. The end feel has a bit of a toffee candy feel to it.

I expected a denser feel, but the simplicity and balance in the flavors are so well done. Somewhat paradoxically, I almost wish it had a bite of alcohol to break up the balance to maybe put it over the top.

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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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