St. Bernardus Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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4.46/5
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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:
#151
Reviews:
2,824
Ratings:
9,682
pDev:
9.19%
Bros Score:
4.48
 
 
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803
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2,693
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Photo of Buglumpbeer1971
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hcproff36
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jet812
4.22/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

It has a great feel to it, very creamy and thick. The taste can be a bit too strong sometimes, but its mostly very well balanced and subtle for such a strong beer. Every time I get the chance to buy it, I do!

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Photo of OEB
4.27/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of BennyProfane
4.41/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of andrewh995
4.23/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark red brown with an off white head. Smells of dark fruits, yeast, and malt. Tastes of plums, raisins, figs, other dark fruits, spices, rich malts, and Belgian yeast. Medium body with high carbonation. Overall a delicious Quad.

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Photo of dcar403906
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of HoppyBastard
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pint 9.4 ounce caged and corked bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date 24 04 21 which I interpret to mean April 24, 2021. My understanding is the date is five years after the bottling date so this beer is approximately 1 year and 10 months old.

APPEARANCE: pours a hazy, dark brown color with two fingers of tan head, world class retention, highly carbonated, there is moderate lacing on the glass.

SMELL: initially sweet brown sugar, some fruity notes of raisin or fig, the alcohol is perceptible to the nose.

TASTE: very complex, initially sweet and then fruity notes of raisins and figs, the 10% alcohol is present but well disguised and finishes with a sweet bread note.

PALATE: highly carbonated and somewhat creamy and full bodied.

OVERALL: this is a world class beer to be sure, I refuse to pay a ridiculous price for Westvlerten 12 when I can get this for $16.00 at my local bottle shop, this is a great beer for special occasions and is a great beer to share with someone, I will continue to purchase this and would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys the style.

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Photo of WormGod
4.73/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of OompaMentor
3.77/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12/26/17

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Photo of gianluca88
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Hazy, just barely translucent dark reddish brown. Ample carbonation gives a generous foamy tan head, which dies down after a few minutes into a creamy thin film that leaves streaking lacing.

S: Cherry, plum, fig, vanilla, rye bread, mild booze, straw, clove.

T: Big pop of cherry, plum, prune, fig, and raisin upfront, followed by thick, warm, toasted pumpernickel and rye breads. Cherry and other dark fruits float throughout, as well cooked apple and pear. Like apple and cherry pie. Alcohol warmth sneaks in. Finishes shockingly dry with notes of straw, clove, coriander, and pepper.

F: Medium to full-bodied; actually, surprisingly light-feeling--at least medium, but the effervescent carbonation pushes the beer rapidly across the palate like champagne. Finishes bone dry, making it scarily drinkable for 10%.

O: A wonderful beer. World class quad. It's amazing.

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Photo of Baumli
4.11/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of tmcclamroch
4.36/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Got it in the 330 mL bottle. Pours with a light cream-colored, bubbly head that fell away quickly.

Look: Dark amber color with a hint of red.

Smell: Plum and dark cherry with a tinge of alcohol.

Taste: Very complex and hard to pinpoint the exact fruit flavors but plum stands out. I also get a bit of caramel at the end. There is so little alcohol taste it's hard to believe it is 10%.

Feel: Not as heavy as you might expect, but certainly not light. A very happy medium that sticks to your tongue just long enough to experience all the unique flavor.

Overall: A very pleasant Belgian quad that I think I'll pick up 2-3 times a year during the winter months. I would recommend this to anyone that wants to try a truly quality quad.

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Photo of molspagetti
4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Obviously a quality beer. The aromas are amazingly complex. Taste is surprisingly sweet but very funky from the yeast. Definitely does not drink like a 10% beer. Overall a very nice brew

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Photo of Conny_Egholt
4.81/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This Christmas-Ale was the best I have ever tried. Sorry for the rapid "sold_out" at the national store for alcoholic beverages (systembolaget), so I had just one bottle for X-mas. I now have to get more from the producers in Belgium. :-)

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Photo of dpgoblejr
3.9/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cheers2u2
4.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Absolutely wonderful beer!

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Photo of DTBush
4.69/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 9,682 ratings