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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Poured into over-sized wine-glass (best I had at the moment, all my glassware is at my dorm).
Dark, hazy burgundy with a huge fluffy off-white head even from the most careful pour. The head actually is still growing slowly, into a mountain of foam, as it sits. Only after 5 minutes or so, it finally starts to dissipate around the edges of the mountain. Leaves big rings of lacing as it descends.
Smell is powerful; as soon as the cork popped I caught a big, boozy whiff of that belgian yeast scent. In the glass, it smells of belgian yeast, sweet soft malt, some dark fruit and sugar, hint of booze, and spiciness.
First taste is malty sweetness, with lots of spice and fruity flavors. Puff of alcohol comes up before the swallow, but wouldn't give away near as high as 10%. Fruit flavors include banana and some darker fruits, but they're not as present; brown sugar and belgian yeast also floating around. Not as complex as some belgian strong dark ales, but much more balanced.
Mouthfeel is absolutely perfect; smooth, fluffy with carbonation, excellent.
Overall, I can see why this is one of the best quads in the world. It's within-style, perfectly balanced, and amazingly well-made. Great stuff!

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This is a flawless Belgian Abbey Ale. I was hoping for something a bit mind-blowing and out-of-this-world, considering how everyone ranks it, but I had to settle for a beer that just does everything without defect. A 10% ABV beer that doesn't taste at all boozy.

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 96.2% out of 100 with 9,565 ratings
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