St. Bernardus Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

9,481 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 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a dark brown with a one inch white head that recedes to a foam on top. Little lacing.

Smell- A mixture of wine, prunes, caramel, fresh grains and a hint of roasty chocolate. Nice and complex.

Taste- Creamy sweetness with just a touch of bitterness. A bit of tart dark fruit flavor, allspice, some roasty char and a bite of alcohol hitting on the back end. Lots going on.

Mouthfeel- Moderate body and carbonation, not too dry. Leaves a nice creamy feeling after swallowing.

Overall- Good, complex flavor. Very good beer that is readily available.

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

Bottle into St. Bernardus tulip, from Het Beste Biertje in Málaga, Spain.

Apprarance: dark cloudy mahogany brown with lots of sediment, 1 finger off white head with intricate lacing

Smell: dark fruits, figs, plums, belgian yeast, some oak notes

Taste: dark fruits are very dominant, notes of dark chocolate, burnt/candied sugar, subtle banana, and a some spices (can't put my finger on it exactly, some pepper and coriander with a hint of clove maybe). Roasted malt backbone is also very sweet and somewhat dry, aftertaste is so enjoyable its hard to just sip on, you want to drink it very fast.

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, medium-thick syrupy, creamy body.

Overall: Had back to back with a Westvleteren 12, so similar yet this one is a little less sweet, and the dark fruit notes are a little less overripe, and a little less sweet. Very similar but hype aside, i prefer the mythical Westvleteren 12 by a hair. I currently habe both cellaring so I will review both again in about a years time.

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.42 out of 5 based on 9,481 ratings.
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