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: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured 333 ml bottle into a St Bernardus glass. A huge creamy head forms pushing to the limits of the glass, thick sheets of lacing are linger down the north side of my glass. Once the head falls down the dark brown body (nearly black) is adorn by a thick sheet of creamy foam.

The aroma for a big quad is a bit underwhelming. A lot of spice and light fruit aromas are though. I'm getting a certain pepper aromas, but there fruits and other spices are too well mingled together for me to discern any of them.

With any quad you can expect caramel, a mix of spices such as cloves, a good bit of sugar, and with a darker beer some middle to dark fruits. All that said what makes this beer really stand out and I'm shocked to say this, but justify the high rankings is how they've put it all together. The sweetness in this beer never gets out of hand. The sugars are matched by a clean crisp finish. The spices are over powering to the senses nor are they to be ignored. This bottle is relatively fresh and there's a nice hop bite at the end, imo that is to the beer's advantage as well. Just a flawlessly put together example of the Quad it simply blows beers such as Rochefort 10 out of the water.

It very well be that my enjoyment of this beer over other quads is purely in the mouth feel. The beer is creamy yet light on the mouth and it finishes with this amazing dryness that one might expect from a triple, but never a quad. This is perfection for the style.

This is a true master piece. It isn't a beer I'll drive an hour and a half for again nor one that would be a regular in my rotation, but imagine any real beer drinker not enjoying this one. I really don't generally think much of the Belgian styles, but this beer has found a way to both give the full flavor of a quad without going over the top with spice or sugar.

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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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