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: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light brown color with orange and reddish hues. Tan 2-finger pillowy head that carries medium+ retention and sticky lacing.

Brown bread, molasses, cola, nutmeg, light brown sugar, white pepper and a mild earthiness.

Rich on the palate: root beer and sassafras, dark rich malt, molasses, brown sugar, cardamon, white pepper, light caramel and toffee. There is a little sweetness here, but not nearly as much as the descriptors would indicate.

Medium+ bodied with the alcohol really nicely integrated into the beer. Rich texture with a slight sweetness. The long finish is really nicely balanced.


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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A - The beer poured a bright brown, if such a color exists. Under certain light conditions I thought I detected a bit of ruby in there. Very light head of lightish-consistency bubbles that remained thin throughout. Little to no lacing on the glass. Nothing about the appearance wowed me.

S - Again, nothing special here. I continued to sniff the beer as it warmed to the proper temperature, and still never really smelled anything that knocked my socks off. Typical darker malt scents including brown sugar and toffee. Not much in the way of hops.

T - Do as the bottle says and drink it in the 50 degree range. The flavors changed significantly as the beer warmed and I feel that I missed out a bit. In the last portion of the last glass that I had I detected far more interesting flavors. Alcohol is definitely present at 10%, but it adds to the malty and dark fruit flavors, rather than detracting from them.

M - Take what I said about temperature in the Taste section and double down on it. As the beer warmed the mouthfeel became increasingly lively. The carbonation, which is barely visible in the appearance, is quite obvious in the feel. Truly an exceptional feeling.

O - This beer improves significantly as it warms. I took it out of the fridge maybe 20 minutes before drinking, and it should have been longer, although I was fortunate to see how the flavors changed. The other thing is the alcohol. I had about 2/3 of a bottle and I really feel it. This is a really nice beer to split, probably after dinner. Didn't go great with our grilled salmon.

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33cl Bottle
Binny's Orland

Best Before 7/11/11

St. Bernardus Abt 12 pours a deep murky crimson red. Glowing ruby highlights illuminate small floating particles when held to the light. A one finger airy beige head formed on the pour and slowly fell to a cap of creaminess leaving some spotty lacing on the way down. Has the look like the good, big Belgians. When you look you know it's going to be packed with flavor. Murky and dark like it's trying to hide it's secret before they spring out on you.

Aroma is big on the dark fruits including plums, prunes, raisins, and figs. I believe there's even some bing cherries in there, not many, but there are a few. Doughy malts are all over the background. A touch of sugary sweetness and slight earthy mustiness. Very nice.

Big tongue coating amount of doughy and bready malt hit right away. not as much of the dark fruit on the tongue as in the aroma. It's there but not as distinct and comes along more mid palate and finishes things off. Figs, prunes, and raisins are the fruit present on the tongue and mix very nicely with some candy like sweetness and a touch of milk chocolate. Earthy dusty yeastiness and a very welcomed alcohol spice add to the complexities.

The mouthfeel of this beer is outstanding. It actually seems light and airy up front but becomes medium-full with a superb velvety texture. Alcohol warmth on the swallow. Great mouthfeel.

This is an easy beer to put away. Far to easy for a beer this large but it is something I could probably only drink a couple glasses of in a sitting just because of the sheer size and complexities.

An exceptional quad from an exceptional brewery. Loaded with complexities and the only alcohol present comes in as another added layer of spiciness. Only gets better and better as it warms.

Reviewed: 9/22/07

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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