Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgium
sintbernardus.be

Style: Belgian 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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#216
Reviews:
2,854
Ratings:
9,849
pDev:
9.19%
 
 
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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Most interesting beer I have ever tasted. Love it.

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

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3.53/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of akme223
4.66/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

It pours a rich mahogany color with a large ivory colored head, good retention.

It has so many fruity smells. Grape, cherry, fig, maybe some pear or apple. It’s got a strong malt presence with a nice caramel smell.

It’s sort of fruity, hints of spice with some cloves or pepper and a bit of cinnamon or nutmeg. Caramel malt taste is still there. It’s almost indescribable the amount of different tastes coming out of this beer. It’s very complex but it’s not overly complex to the point that it loses its balance.

It’s a full bodied beer, definitely getting the alcohol out of this one. It’s a little warm but not burning by any means. This would be a perfect winter beer.

This is my first Quad and I’m impressed. I’ve been a big fan of other brews by St Bernardus and this one does not disappoint. It is amazing the amount of flavors in this beer and how well they complement and work with each other. It’s a bit expensive but falls in the you get what you pay for category. I would definitely pick up a bottle of this again. A truly good experience.

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4.69/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This stuff is liquid sex.

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3.71/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.34/5  rDev -25.1%
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As close to perfect as you can find in a quad. The nose is heavenly and matches the smooth and clean body and flavor. Subtly complex with caramel and fruit jam under a malty cover. This is surprisingly easy to drink for 10% abv...though the price keeps you from drinking too much.

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4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This quad pours a beautiful clear, reddish brown color with a creamy, off white 2-finger head. That provides excellent lacing retention down the glass. It has a malty sweet nose with dark fruits, such as fig, prune and raisin ,as well as a dark cherry, to go along with a dark bread and a spicy, cinnamon funk. The taste is thick and creamy on the palette with a sweet caramel or toffee, some dark bread and an array of dark fruits, with a spiciness on the back end. Complex, yet well balanced, very little alcohol hotness. For my first Belgian quad, this was excellent! A full and hearty brew, not for the weak, especially if you favor this style of beer. While it's not my preferred style, it's a great departure the big hop bombs that I favor. Big in ABV and big in flavor, St. Bernadus Abbot 12 sets the bar high.

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4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
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4.74/5  rDev +6.3%
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Fantastic beer. Surprisingly light alcohol taste for 10%, great flavor with a slightly thin mouthfeel

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On tap

A- pours a dark brown color with a one-finger creamy off-white head that has great retention and lacing all the way down the glass

S- smells of fruit cake, raisins, fig, spicy yeast and clove

T- dark brown breads, toasted bread crusts & fruitcake, followed by lots of dark fruit; raisin, fig & date. Mid-palate gives a caramel sweetness and spicy yeast that adds hints of clove, banana and phenolic notes. The finish is fruity and peppery with a linger of fruit cake and caramel

M- medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a slightly warming finish

O- one of the best quads out there, and a benchmark of the style

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Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 9,849 ratings