St. Bernardus Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

9,541 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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serving: on tap

appearance: dark golden brown, no head

mouthfeel: low carbonation, smooth

taste: plum, prune, rasin, sweet, no bitterness

overall: very tasty beer. not overly sweet, and nice and smooth. Nice after dinner dessert beer. High alcohol content...

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Pours a really dark, opaque brown; virtually no light penetrates this massive brew. A massive three finger, tannish head emerges after a painful pour and dissipates rather quickly, leaving no lacing. Looks pretty syrupy based entirely on the appearance, which is a nice portent for the overall big nature of this beer. Aroma is a miasma of of dark fruits (mainly spiced cherries), figs, and sweet caramel malts. The 10% ABV here can be detected in the aroma in the form of an absolutely intoxicating (no pun intended) scent of sweet fruits (especially the aforementioned cherries, along with other similar smells I can't quite pinpoint) that meld perfectly with the sweet malts. Amazingly balanced aroma.

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.42 out of 5 based on 9,541 ratings.
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