St. Bernardus Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

9,541 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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Photo of HerdNo1
4.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I allowed the beer to warm to 55 degrees before pouring

A: A moderate pour reveals a beautiful dark ruby color with some haziness. Head is an off white that lingers

S: All over the place. Initial sensation of toffee like sweetness followed by breadiness from the malt. Looking for the hops reveals, well, nothing. There's some candied fruit as well.

T: If it is possible to have every taste you can find in a beer, this is it. Up front, I get candied fruits followed almost immediately by a disappearance of the candy sensation with lingering fruitiness. Breadiness tamps down the fruit before it takes over and then, just when I think it's dominated by the malt, the hops come into their own. All of it is followed by some warming alcohol that plays a role but never takes over. Actually, nothing takes over. Everything is insanely well balanced.

M: Mostly creamy with a sweetish finish but, as with everything about this beer, not too much. The hops dry it out enough that you don't get a sticky aftertaste.

O: If I was a condemned man and got to choose my last meal, this might well be it. There is so much going on in this beer that I think I could drink it over and over and never figure it out completely. This one was fresh but I have a bomber I'm going to age for a few years and I am really looking forward to seeing how it ages.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a belgian tulip AleSmith glass.

A: Pours burgundy-brown with a large tenacious head.

S: Smells of molasses, dried figs and plums, and alcohol notes.

T: Sweet with spices, prunes, and molasses.

M: Full bodied, syrupy texture, soft carbonation, slightly alcoholic aftertaste and warmth.

O: A huge beer with much flavor. I still prefer Trappistes Rochefort 10 for its complexity. Would have again though.

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.42 out of 5 based on 9,541 ratings.
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