St. Bernardus Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The venerable St. Bernardus Abt 12–one of those Belgian Abbey ales that absolutely truly lives up to the hype surrounding it.

Appearance (4.5/5): A 750 mL decanted into my St. Bernardus chalice, the beer looks truly majestic: a massive, billowing beige head sitting atop a deep brown base. Held up to the light, you can see garnet highlights.

Smell (4.5/5): Huge aromas of sweet caramel, a light booze (nothing harsh and fusel, though), dark and stone fruits–fig and plum–and toffee. Lightly spicy Belgian yeast. Exceptionally aromatic, deep, and complex. This is how I EXPECT a world-class Quad to smell.

Taste (5/5): The taste takes the exceptional flavors and complexity hinted at in the smell to the next level and then some. Dominant flavors: toffee and caramel, fig and plum, a mildly spicy yet fruity yeast. The sweetness is cut by the alcohol, which certainly–at 10%–makes its presence felt. This is a good thing; with a beer as intensely malty as this the alcohol really plays a constructive role in tempering the sweetness and keeping things balanced. Extraordinary depth of flavor and complexity that proves itself as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel (5/5): Abt. 12 is a full-bodied beer but doesn't drink "heavy." The bottle-conditioning provides a great medium carbonation that makes the beer nice and active. The feel is exceptionally creamy, not syrupy like some American-made Quads can be. This quality really allows the flavors the shine and steer clear of becoming cloying.

Overall (4.75/5) AKA TL/DR: This is an incredible beer and an easy pick for my favorite Quadruple of all time. The craftsmanship on display is unparalleled. A well-balanced, decadent yet classy, Belgian ale featuring bold flavors of dark stone fruits and toffee and a mildly spicy Belgian yeast profile.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Brown with a tough of ready, slightly hazy, quick fading head that does linger, but extremely thin, not much lacing
Smell: Dark fruit, Belgian yeast esters, sweet, alcohol, slight spice
Taste: Dark fruit, grape toffee, and sweet, but not cloying. A touch of spice and alcohol
Feel: Prickly carbonation, moderate thickness
Overall: A great example of a quad. A world class brew, meant to be drank with great food. Happy to be able to enjoy this one periodically. If only it were a little bit cheaper...

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