St. Bernardus Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

9,521 Ratings
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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4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From an 11.2 oz bottle (best by March 22, 2017) into a chalice.

A-The brew pours with a typically underwhelming (for a Belgian) one-finger head of grey-ish tan head that fades to a thin cap. The beer is murky and tea-colored.

S-The smell is mostly dark, sweet, malted fruits like black cherries, plums, and raisins. There is a light touch of molasses and a pretty significant whiff of sweet, warming alcohol. Just a hint of spice, too.

T-The taste mostly tracks the smell, but with more force. You get the same fruit components, but there is a more earthy, almost vinous taste (maybe tobacco and minerals) that underlies the whole thing. The alcohol, while noticeable, is well-integrated into the rest of the flavor profile. You notice the 10%, but it fits right in.

F-The weight is medium with a light touch of carbonation. Nice balance.

O-This beer was one of the beers to start me into craft some 12 years ago and it is almost as delicious as I remember it, which is a good thing. I cannot say that this is my favorite quad, but it is close and there is nothing wrong with this brew. More particularly, and less nostalgically, I can say that the taste is a nice, complex mix of sweet, fruity malts with subtle touch of earthy, Belgian character. The feel is spot-on for a quad and the whole package is well-balanced.

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.42 out of 5 based on 9,521 ratings.
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