St. Bernardus Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

St. Bernardus Abt 12St. Bernardus Abt 12
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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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Appearance: It pours a very deep brown with hints of ruby red as you hold it up to the light. It’s a pretty beer with about a finger and half of creamy tan head that dissipates rather quickly due to the higher alcohol content(10%).

Smell: With true Belgian abbey ales, you’d expect a very rich nose, and this does not disappoint. It’s almost a little overwhelming, but luckily, the aroma of dried dark fruits is not something I’m opposed to. Different strokes for different folks, but if you don’t like how this beer smells, then you live in bizarro world.

Mouthfeel: This version of St. Bernardus really packs a punch in the small, tight bubbles of effervescent carbonation. The mouthfeel felt slightly chalky from the bits of that fine, fine Belgian yeast that found its way into the glass, but the crisp feeling of the alcohol smoothed it out.

Taste: Overall, this beer tastes like a true Quad. What I would say about this that sets it apart to where you can tell the difference from another quad would be that it was slightly sweeter. I’m not saying sweetness from candied fruits, but it is almost a honey like quality that smooths and balances out the flavor. Don’t get me wrong, this is as rich as Macauley Culkin was in 1994, but there is a slight honey flavor there to help subdue it. Basically, I shouldn’t be reviewing these big Belgian beers. I always give them major kudos, but I sure think they deserve them.

Overall: I would definitely split a bottle of this again, but that’s it. A whole bottle is way too rich and would do me in.

4.25/5 on the scale. Nailed it.

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 96.2% out of 100 with 9,561 ratings
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