St. Bernardus Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

9,476 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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a Duvel stemmed tulip glass.

a: A murky ruby, inch and a half tall tan head receded rather quickly to heavy surface foam and moderate lacing.

s: Apple and cinnamon! Wow, smells like I put my nose over a plate of my wife's apple crisp.

t: Bready malt, dark fruity yeast, balanced to where there is no particular distictive taste, yet that in itself is distinctive. Somewhat dry finish except for evident alcohol burn at the back of the throat.

m: Substantial body. I have yet to use the term "chewy" for any beer I have reviewed, but if I did, it would be here. Lots of carbonation adds even more to the weighty sense of this brew.

o: Not #32 on the BA top 250 list for nothing! Very easy drinking despite its high ABV and solid mouthfeel. Tasty without being bitter. Just fruity enough to give it character. Best quad I have had.

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St bernardus glass, beer served around 8°c

A: Deep red brown color with beige head (nothing special but ok)

S: Fruity with a fresh banana smell, a bit yeasty as well

T: Good balanced between fruity (prune, 'old' cherry and banana) and spicy (liquorice, maybe a subtle coriander touch with a nice bitter and malty after taste

M: Good body, excellent saturation, not too dry

O: Excellent with a good strong cheese (I've tried it with a Herve cheese), I advice to drink this one cold and temperate because both are quite different

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I actually got this bottle from a friend who decided he wasn't going to drink it. Never heard of this beer but, it was free so I will gladly take it.

A: Pours a murky reddish-brown color with about a 1/4 inch off white head that thins down quickly. Still a thin layer of head that just rests on top of the beer.

S: I get the alcohol right off the bat which is accompanied by traces of apple or fig and some molasses. It has a sweet, but funky wine-like aroma to it.

T: Initially, I get some apple or grape flavor followed by the tartness from the fig and molasses. Similar to the smell, but you pick up on more adjuncts in the taste. The finish has just a faint trace of the alcohol, but the flavor is pretty strong.

M: Light to medium bodied beer, coats the mouth slightly but not really heavy. Good portions of sweetness and tartness throughout!

O: I dont drink a lot of quads so I am not really appealed by the funky taste, but I do understand that this is a highly regarded beer and a true Belgian, so I would suggest to give it a try. Im sure after a few more sips and enough time for the beer to warm up, it could be more enjoyable or I will be just to buzzed to care!

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.42 out of 5 based on 9,476 ratings.
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