Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#163
Reviews:
2,844
Ratings:
9,800
pDev:
9.19%
Bros Score:
4.48
 
 
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Photo of Joel12
4.57/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BlunderfulGuy
4.51/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bottle, served in a clean Chimay glass at around 55°F with a bbq spiced pork chop and sweet potato fry dinner on Independence Day in the Rocky Mountains.

Clear, dark reddish brown with burnt orange tints at the edges and ruby highlights in the light, several streams of bubbles visible, about a finger of tannish white head with some nice lacing and even some short legs.

Unmistakable, lightly fruity, malty Belgian quadruple. Hints of sweet cherry, plum, red grape and a smidgen of raisin, caramelized malts and sugar. Fresh. A little bit of mountain air and spring water, but maybe that's from the fresh mountain air and rain clouds coming in.

Same, unmistakably Belgian-y quadruple. Follows the aroma exactly, but with a little less fruit and a little bit more semi-dry red wine character (almost a hint of Cabernet Sauvignon). The spiciness of the yeast comes through very well, as does some minerality from, I can only imagine, crisp Belgian water and good barley. Pleasant alcohol warmth in the finish with a bit of sweet fruitiness and even some dry, brown (but noticeable) hops in every second or third sip.
Towards the end of the glass, there's a tinge of some, well, almost "off" note that isn't a buttery flavor, definitely not cardboard, perhaps a slight cocoa butter and dried pluot something-or-other. Interesting, not off-putting at all.

Fairly full-bodied, creamy, a little fluffy, rich but not too rich. Exactly how it should be. Scrubs the palate very well during a meal.

Overall more drinkable than I was expecting, not quite as fruit-forward or richly malty as I was hoping, yet in another way exactly what I was expecting. Pretty much perfect.

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

Murky rust brown color. Above medium feel with above average carbonation but it still came off light and fizzy. . Aroma is yeast,dried fruit,plums,yeast,and a grainy fruit cake like smell.
Taste had all the flavors that showed up in the aroma. Dried fruit and plums came through the most but it still was complex and very flavorful. This was a top notch beer that I will certainly visit again

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Photo of mgroner
3.75/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DavidR_9
4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best by 12 2021.

Huge dark fruit aroma with fig, plum, raisin, currants, light pear, some clove, cinnamon. Taste follows the nose with a pleasant and noticeable sweet character, bready whole grain malts and a balancing phenolic character that pairs well with the light touch and warmth of the alcohol. Fairly crisp and thin mouthfeel, but tons of flavor. A fantastic quad, no doubt.

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Photo of cardfan212
4.22/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a goblet.

Look - Slightly opaque deep brown amber body with a large lively long lasting thick pillowy caramel colored head. An exciting pour.

Smell - Cinnamon, pears, raisins, and apricots. Lots of light fruity notes with a bit of spice at the end.

Taste - Sweet caramel, toffee, whole grain bread, marmalade. A little zing of alcohol, but it's not overpowering. Flavor is complex and well balanced, but could have a little more pizzazz, ala Chimay Grande Reserve.

Feel - Medium body, lively carbonation, and a sinus clearing alcohol wash when swallowed. Not the best feeling beer, but it goes ok with the taste.

Overall - A full and hearty brew that isn't for the weak, but if you're a fan of strong Belgian ales, this is a prime example of the style.

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Photo of Bum4ever
4.28/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Snowcrash000
4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark mahogany coloration with an amber tint and a medium, foamy head. Smells of toasted, dark bready malt, grains and dark fruit. Taste is being dominated by dark, bready, caramel malt, pumpernickel, grains a certain candy sweetness and dark fruits, with a hint of red berries as well: fig, raisins, red/blackcurrant, as well as the merest hint of citrus. Some estery and lightly phenolic notes of banana, clove and spice as well. Finishes quite sweet and spicey, with a strong estery/phenolic note. Thin mouthfeel with a rich body and medium carbonation. While this does have a rich, complex and well-balanced flavour profile, it's just too sweet and phenolic for my personal taste. There's also a strong grainy note to this that almost feels lightly metallic.

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Photo of sdm9465
4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Edani95
4.28/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GStone899
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had at Yard house in Orlando Florida.

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

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

Photo of Jsalz21
4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Marcgrams
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of maz
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of BabaBeer
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of npdevil27
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hunter
4.18/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle, colder than the recommended 52-56F.

Deep ruby-brown ale, thin head of dense bubbles with good endurance. Nice lacing effects.

Smells of malt, black currant, grape/wine notes.

Grape, malt, some alcoholic heat comes through in the palate. After the ale has had a chance to warm up a bit, a bit of cocoa and coffee comes out.

Lingering taste of coffee, malt in the aftertaste, with much of the fruit gone.

Very complex beer, something to develop your palate on. Worth a look, and then more.

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Photo of risk1911
4.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SauceMcSauce
4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kwright
4.81/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 9,800 ratings