St. Bernardus Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

BA SCORE
98
world-class
9,478 Ratings
St. Bernardus Abt 12St. Bernardus Abt 12
BEER INFO

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

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
9,478
Reviews:
2,784
Avg:
4.42
pDev:
9.5%
 
 
Wants:
767
Gots:
2,570
For Trade:
49
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Ratings: 9,478 |  Reviews: 2,784
Photo of Nicolaiw
4.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown, cola like with one finger off white bubbly head.
Aroma has yeast, malt, sweet bread, plums, walnuts.
Taste is yeast, sweet malt, bread, walnuts, a little metallic, good thick mouth feel, peppers in the finish.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Murky burgundy-brown body, semi-transparent, with a very thin light tan head, which fades quickly out to a thin rim at the glass edge, and mild lacing.

S - Plum, raisins, tea, toffee and dark bread, banana and bubble gum, over a persistent boozy alcohol hit.

T - Follows the nose, opening with bubble gum and banana, moving to baked apple and toffee notes, dark fruits, bread pudding, and a slightly acidic bite, with black tea elements, in the close.

M - Surprisingly supple, a bit of alcohol warmth, some carbonation on the tongue, and a very mild drying in the close. Very easy to drink.

O - This is a beer that deserves all the recognition. Full and tasty, a big beer that does not burden, not even sticky. All that you can hope for from a Quad. Lovely.

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Photo of Junkforadam
4.16/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of victordunston
4.89/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Pdurm33
4.93/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JoeK89
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wiener_schtnizel
4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mkyer
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of luke12345
4.04/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of chensey13
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Destiney
4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bigbens42
4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of runeatdrink
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bombelsky
4.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown and murky. Rocky tan head, not persisting. Fair lacing. Malty, bready notes. Some prunes and caramel. Moderate rich sweetness with some low-moderate bitterness. Medium-full body, creamy and high carbonated. Moderate sweet in aftertaste, alcohol warm finish and that finish is quite heavy.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

At 10% ABV, what should have tasted boozy was far from it, and making this extras special is that this great brew is my 350th review on Beeradvocate. I'm so glad this one marks this milestone for me...

Picked this up at a bar in Pasadena and I was so happy my son had picked it for me. It showed up as a beautifully dark beer, with frothy head and lacing that stuck to the glass all way down. The smell was fruity, without be a fruit beer, malty without being overpowering, and a light touch of hops just to let you know there was more to this beer once you would bring it to your lips. And at 10%, it did not have that distinctive tang to the nose that comes with the high alcohol content. Mouthfeel was smooth, medium-bodied and dangerously drinkable. Though there was definitely a booziness to the taste, it wasn't overpowering as other high-alcohol beers provide - it was a perfect blend of fruity taste and booze that makes me with now I had had a second one.

As far as German beers go, this might not be the best I've had, but it's pretty damn close.

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Photo of Montanabeerz
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RBuckley73
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dontknojack
4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of soundaurora
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Metalsnota
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 54V4G3
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ravenz98
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.72/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz. bottle

Pours hazy maroon red with a dense creamy khaki colored foam head. Smells like ripe plums, grapes, banana, apples, pears, black cherry, fig, dates, rich caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, toasted bready malt, some chocolate, spice, with floral earthy herbal grass. Tastes like rich caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, toasted bready malts, chocolate, spice, ripe plums, grapes, banana, apples, pears, black cherry, fig, dates, with floral earthy herbal grass. Feels bubbly and effervescent, creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice quadrupel.

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Photo of DylanBrkhff
4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RMW66
4.73/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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