St. Bernardus Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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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: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From time to time there's a famed historic beer whose complexity and acclaim end up being just beyond my perception; I struggle to find the right - or any, for that matter - notes or enjoy the presumed balance such an appraised beer usually carries.

This beer is unfortunately one such case for me. While imposing to sight, it's very tight on the tongue and nose and there's even an evident disharmony in terms of palatal balance with a clear clash between the needling astringency and soapy dexterous finish.

Picking off anything other than dried fruits and alcohol at both nose and tongue feels like an incredibly ambitious task. Even after consecutive frustrated aerations, the beer is left unchanged to my perception; Which is fine. It isn't a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination, but it's not the world-beater so many profess.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown with a finger of big bubbly head.

Smells like Belgium yeast, dirty chocolate, a bit sour and acidic.

Taste is very rich, smokey, fig, earthy, bitter, creamy, chocolate.

It’s pretty well carbonated and very balanced, very rich and very big.

Good beer.

Re-review: part of a blind tasting with Westy, Rochfort, and Achel.

Pours dark brown, small off white head, good lacing and retention.

Smell prune and plum, red fruit notes, richest of the four smells.

Taste is balanced fig, earthy, no alcohol, mellow, lighter flavors come out as it warms, clove/gum, Belgium Yeast and Candi Sugar, almost a hint of pepper, fuller taste later on, but still very drinkable. Best of the four.

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 9,586 ratings
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