St. Bernardus Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into Chimay goblet

L - Cloudy, medium brown pour with creamy tan head.

S - Creamy malt, brown bread, raisins.

T - Toasted grain,bread, caramel, spice, metallic raisin flavors.

F - Fine, creamy carbonation, thinning alcohols, warmth throughout.

The classic quad, not as syrupy as some, but a solid representation of the style overall.

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

Serving Type - 750ml bottle, partially poured into a tulip glass

Appearance - Dark brown, almost red in colour. Somewhat hawwzy with a mild amount of carbonation visible. On top sits a truly astounding head. Like 3 fingers of fluffy, foamy off white goodness.

Smell - Typical quad smells. Spices and a crazy amount of yeast. Getting some dark fruits as well, cherries and maybe..prunes?

Taste - Some complex stuff going on here. Sweet malt off the top. Light toffee maybe. Followed by that dark fruit picked up in the nose, along with some grapes I think. Finishes with some grain and a strong alcohol presence. Yup, Lottsa alcohol.

Mouthfeel - This is one of those things that doesn't get talked about enough, and maybe for good isn't normally very interesting. But this isn't a normal beer. The body if medium, carbonation is high...finish is...unique as it's neither crisp and dry nor smooth. It just is. The beer itself is rough on the tongue, in a pleasant sort of way..kinda grainy. I could swish this around in my mouth for days.

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A- Deep, reddish brown with one finger of foam and lice lacing. Good retention.

S- Dark fruits (prune, fig), but some sweeter red cherry notes as well.

T- Complex malt, heavy on the bready side. The dark fruits come through strongly, perhaps with plum being the strongest contributor but also figs and dates. Well-balanced, and a hint of licorice and clove spice to pull the flavor to the back of the tongue. A little yeasty and definitely a touch of alcohol.

M- High carbonation give is almost a thick cola sort of feel. Creamy after it warms, and very spicy. Makes my mouth tingle!

O- A delightful sipping quad. Well-balanced, big fruit flavor, and a strong finish. I'd love to try this fresh one next to others that have been cellared.

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A - A deep, dark brown appearance that poured two fingers of creamy, off white head. There is plenty of retention and lacing, and appears very well carbonated.

S - A complex mix of cloves, dark ripened fruits with notes of raisins, and definite sweet malts.

T & M - Carbonation and cloves greet the palate, before the middle transitions to notes of dark, ripened fruits and brown sugar. The finish is sweet, and warming courtesy of the 10% ABV, but balanced extremely well.

O - Complex, boozy and incredibly balanced. This brew is well deserving of its reputation. This beer is an indulgence, an excellent all night sipper or night cap, and quite possible the best beer I've had. A classic that I'll go back to again, and again!.

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 9,766 ratings