St. Bernardus Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

9,478 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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A - Nut brown pour, leading to a dark, not-quite-perfectly-opaque appearance in the glass, shot through with garnet hue. One full finger of beautiful, thick, cream head, that sticks prodigiously to the sides of the glass. The head lingers for a long, long time.

S - Prunes, nuts, cherries, super dark fruit in general. There's an underlying hint of Belgian yeast and a wine-like alcohol whiff. Toffee. Just a super complex nose.

T - Everything represented in the nose comes through in the flavor, starting with nuts, cherries, and prunes. There is a not insignificant alcohol presence. This is not as sweet as other quads, with an enhanced pecan or walnut profile. Wheat malts and toast. So much going on in every sip.

M - Full mouthfeel, extremely foamy if it sits or chews. Slight sting. Well-balanced and complex. Noticeable alcohol warmth down my throat and into my chest, but not unpleasant.

O - It's inevitable that the big quads will be pit against each other. So, how does this rank? As far as craftsmanship, it does not lag Roche 8 at all. As to the flavor profile, however, there is a definite difference. This is the least sweet quad I've ever had (aroma notwithstanding). All dubs and quads come across as a little nutty to me, but this one perhaps the most. It also has the most noticeable alcohol presence.

None of this makes St. B 12 a bad beer or worse quad. Perhaps not as perfect for my personal palate, and perhaps not for yours (there's only one obvious way to find out). In fact, it's a fantastic beer. I'd love to have one aged.

Poured into a Chimay goblet.

Thanks to BigJon for the trade!

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.42 out of 5 based on 9,478 ratings.
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