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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

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

2011 Vintage

Poured from a small 11.2 ounce capped bottle. A deep burgundy color with a thin cap thick with bubbles. The smell is in hand with the taste. Dark fruit, plums, dried cherries, figs, a hint of leather, and some deep rich bready malts. All flavors come together so nicely and balanced. A real work of art. Mouthfeel is stunning. Smooth and thick, but not overly rich. Overall an outstanding example, one that I think exemplifies the style.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750mL bottle, AB-22-11-17 printed on the base.

A: Pours a clear deep brown with hints of ruby with a finger of light tan fluffy, foamy head that leaves plentiful sticky lacing. The beer is dark, but light travels through easily when held to a light source.

S: Malt and yeast esters predominate, with fig and other fruits alongside dark candi filling out the aroma profile. A little bit of spiciness is detectable, but isn't strong. A little bit of eathiness, and maybe something vaguely metallic are evident, but again, not strongly.

T: Sweet, smooth, and delicious. Everything from the nose is there, and on the finish the alcohol shows through, strengthening as it warms.

M: Well carbonated with a medium mouthfeel that finishes smoothly and refreshingly. Incredibly drinkable. The conditioning and the mouthfeel that I get from the 750mL bottles is on the average much better than I've gotten from the smaller bottles or draught, so I tend to stick with these bottles. The mouthfeel is perfect. More highly carbonated than I'd expect, but it contributes only in positive ways. Wonderful.

O: One of my favorite beers. I can't say it's a perfect quad, but it's a very very good example of the style. For how easy it is to obtain, I try to keep at least one around almost always. Never a disappointment.

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.42 out of 5 based on 9,502 ratings.
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