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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#231
Reviews:
2,864
Ratings:
9,888
pDev:
9.19%
 
 
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837
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2,795
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Photo of KMcGrath
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NeoClassicist
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of B33rcules
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Decanted from an 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottle into a snifter glass; best by 03/09/21.
A: Pours a clear, dark copper to brown color with ruby highlights and very, very lively head formation leaving an initially 3 to 4 inch, fluffy, light brown head, strong retention and solid lacing.
S: Tangy/tart. Initial aromas of blueberry (at least some kind of berry), with cocoa and cookie emergent.
T: Semisweet with caramel/molasses, raisin, and walnut, as well as a bit of cocoa, tobacco, and lactic acid. Bitterness clearly present, but as a counterpoise to the malts.
M: Medium to full bodied with robust and persistent carbonation. Very, very smooth and playful.
O: Delicious and fun. Not quite a spiritual experience, but certainly in that direction.

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Photo of bark
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The colour is dark brown, the liquid clear. The three fingers head is beige and compact, and it sinks slowly to a thick lid without leaving any lacing on the glass.

The smell is strong yet smooth. Brown malts, dried fruits, alcohol, crispbread, matured cheese, roasted nuts and a hint of soap.

The taste is semi-sweet with roasted nuts, dried apples, crispbread, red berries, toffee, banana candy and passing notes of salty crackers and bitter herbs. Full Body. Hot clean alcohol in the aftertaste as well as pumpernickel, treacle, matured Cheddar, ripe bananas and caramel. The long finish is very smooth with digestive biscuits.

The carbonation is strong, the many small bubbles fresh and short-lived. The liquid is smooth but not sticky.

It is way too easy to give high scores to this kind of strong, semi-dark and rewarding beers, and I really try to balance my scores after that knowledge. Still, this is a very, very fine beer.

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Photo of jtollefson
4.88/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of redsoxjim
4.02/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of drrone
4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of jmh21
4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Miles_Nilges
4.06/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jacwomyn
4.12/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Vitaly91
4.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Wavyhill
3.55/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrmeeinc
4.02/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CR2036
4.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 25.4 oz bottle into a Victory Golden Monkey goblet.

L: Dark brown with a ruby red tinge when held up to the light and a 1.5 fingers of off white head.
S: Dark fruits beautifully blended with a rich and sweet malt. Gave off a slightly musty smell which disappeared after it warmed up a bit.
T: Initially a semi-sweet malt-forward taste which evolves into a rich, fruity taste with hints of raisins and dates as it warms in my mouth. Finishes with a distinct brown sugar/molasses taste with warming alcohol that stings the tongue in the best way possible. Amazing.
F: Excellent strong carbonation with a full mouthfeel that isn't too heavy. Velvety and creamy. High ABV gives a nice warming sensation.

O: No wonder why this beer is so high on the Beers of Fame list. It is rich and complex but still refreshing, even at 10% ABV. At $9.99/25.4 oz bottle, it's fairly priced. Get yourself a big bottle of this and enjoy all night. You won't regret it.

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

Photo of santig0nzalez
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of gongfu
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Rich, malty aroma and terrific mouthfeel. Some sweetness that the alcohol modifies to a satisfying mouthful of flavor. A dangerous brew; it"s hard to stop.

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Photo of MartyMoser
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Blasphemus-Maximus
4.93/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is hands down one of the greatest beers of all time.

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Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 9,888 ratings