Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgium
sintbernardus.be

Style: Belgian 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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Ranking:
#214
Reviews:
2,853
Ratings:
9,844
pDev:
9.19%
 
 
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Photo of BeerMan247
4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Holy fuck

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Photo of Stevem68
4.27/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nograinleftbehind
4.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thefuzzyone
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kcc
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jbehlar
4.06/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rockhard
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

now I see why it's been on the list.strong and smooth

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Photo of johnlatona
4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Livyatan1996
4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one has been a long time coming, should have saved it for some special number or time but what the hell. 12 oz bottle into a tulip and a smile on my face. Deep mahogany with an everlasting off white head, some chunks of lacing. Deep fruit aroma with hints of spice, bready malts and caramel sweetness. Similar to raisin bread almost. Wonderful flavor. Lots of dark fruits, bread, some cinnamon spice and some funk. Thick and creamy. Leaves your mouth warm and numb. I need a minute with this one. Top notch.

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Photo of Nosferatus
4.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great, dried fruit with a surprisingly clean and refreashing finish.

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Photo of yoshie
4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Slim_720
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LarrysDeerGut
4.68/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hawkfish
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SkeletonBitch
4.14/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ngusset
4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a well kept bottle into a large Duvel tulip. Looks like a luminous gemstone brown, with a head that's impressively tenacious for the strength. Beautiful five star glorious nose of prunes, brown bread, green apple, papaya, it's equally enjoyable to smell this beer as opposed to drinking it, where you're almost robbing yourself of the wonderful aroma by finishing the bottle.. I'm usually more into dubbels than quadrupels, this is my favorite example of the latter, and pretty much the only one I'm well familiar with that I'll readily buy. For the flavor I get this sharp round malty masterpiece, candi sugar seems to contribute but in only a supporting manner. Caramelized malt, strawberries and huckleberries, a flash of pear or mango, than the mild funk and strength show their hand but it's so balanced with a wintergreen pineapple loooong lasting but light refreshing finish, where the the subtle beta-linoleic Belgian hops respectfully wrangle in amongst the other powerful contenders. I wish I could find a British mild ale with a similar but slightly tangy zing and I'd be in heaven. In any case this is a non sour Belgian masterwork!

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Photo of MoreBeer4me
4.93/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As close to a perfect beer as I could ever want and ranks #1 with me as the best beer I have ever had. Its simply a joyous event to drink this wonderful beer and I do my best to always have some on hand. By all means pick some up!

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Photo of BeardedWalrus
4.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Hallbrauhaus
4.28/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Joel12
4.57/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BlunderfulGuy
4.51/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bottle, served in a clean Chimay glass at around 55°F with a bbq spiced pork chop and sweet potato fry dinner on Independence Day in the Rocky Mountains.

Clear, dark reddish brown with burnt orange tints at the edges and ruby highlights in the light, several streams of bubbles visible, about a finger of tannish white head with some nice lacing and even some short legs.

Unmistakable, lightly fruity, malty Belgian quadruple. Hints of sweet cherry, plum, red grape and a smidgen of raisin, caramelized malts and sugar. Fresh. A little bit of mountain air and spring water, but maybe that's from the fresh mountain air and rain clouds coming in.

Same, unmistakably Belgian-y quadruple. Follows the aroma exactly, but with a little less fruit and a little bit more semi-dry red wine character (almost a hint of Cabernet Sauvignon). The spiciness of the yeast comes through very well, as does some minerality from, I can only imagine, crisp Belgian water and good barley. Pleasant alcohol warmth in the finish with a bit of sweet fruitiness and even some dry, brown (but noticeable) hops in every second or third sip.
Towards the end of the glass, there's a tinge of some, well, almost "off" note that isn't a buttery flavor, definitely not cardboard, perhaps a slight cocoa butter and dried pluot something-or-other. Interesting, not off-putting at all.

Fairly full-bodied, creamy, a little fluffy, rich but not too rich. Exactly how it should be. Scrubs the palate very well during a meal.

Overall more drinkable than I was expecting, not quite as fruit-forward or richly malty as I was hoping, yet in another way exactly what I was expecting. Pretty much perfect.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Murky rust brown color. Above medium feel with above average carbonation but it still came off light and fizzy. . Aroma is yeast,dried fruit,plums,yeast,and a grainy fruit cake like smell.
Taste had all the flavors that showed up in the aroma. Dried fruit and plums came through the most but it still was complex and very flavorful. This was a top notch beer that I will certainly visit again

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Photo of mgroner
3.75/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DavidR_9
4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best by 12 2021.

Huge dark fruit aroma with fig, plum, raisin, currants, light pear, some clove, cinnamon. Taste follows the nose with a pleasant and noticeable sweet character, bready whole grain malts and a balancing phenolic character that pairs well with the light touch and warmth of the alcohol. Fairly crisp and thin mouthfeel, but tons of flavor. A fantastic quad, no doubt.

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Photo of cardfan212
4.22/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a goblet.

Look - Slightly opaque deep brown amber body with a large lively long lasting thick pillowy caramel colored head. An exciting pour.

Smell - Cinnamon, pears, raisins, and apricots. Lots of light fruity notes with a bit of spice at the end.

Taste - Sweet caramel, toffee, whole grain bread, marmalade. A little zing of alcohol, but it's not overpowering. Flavor is complex and well balanced, but could have a little more pizzazz, ala Chimay Grande Reserve.

Feel - Medium body, lively carbonation, and a sinus clearing alcohol wash when swallowed. Not the best feeling beer, but it goes ok with the taste.

Overall - A full and hearty brew that isn't for the weak, but if you're a fan of strong Belgian ales, this is a prime example of the style.

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Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 9,844 ratings