St. Bernardus Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

9,526 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ruby brown in color and from what I can tell it is cloudy. There I a one finger off white head that has excellent retention. This beer looks very inviting in my Duvel tulip.
The aromas are popping out! I'm picking up caramel and fruity esters which make this a wonderful smelling beer.
Caramel with roasted malt flavors are the star. There is also a very nice fruity (raisins) ester that goes along with this Belgian ale. As the beer warms I am also tasting the alcohol.
A full bodied beer that's very smooth. There is also some crispness from the high level of carbonation. Again, as it approaches room temperature there is a bit of heat coming from the alcohol.
It's been a long time since I've gotten to enjoy this classic beer. It is quite a treat to be drinking this Belgian on such a cold winter night. I will be having this beer again, sooner rather than later and I also plan on grabbing a few of these for my cellar, see it again in about 15 years!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle. We tasted this right around the release of Westy 12 and were very impressed. It pours a slightly cloudy orangey-brown colour with plenty of hefty head.The nose is perhaps the most remarkable aspect of this quad: It's spicy and herbal with sweet notes of licorice and white pepper. On the palate it's equally complex with a big mouth-filling carbonation and notes of fruit, spice, mint and herbs. There's a nice warming booziness as well.

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A - Pours a dark amber, slightly rusty in color. Frothy 2 finger eggshell head. Great lacing.
S - Bready malts, dark fruits & brown sugar.

T - Candied sugars, malty backbone, caramel, dark fruits with a tinge of citrus.

M - Medium body & carbonation. Seems to be missing that creaminess or smoothness.

O - One of the best quads I've ever had.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a chalice.

A - Deep, almost black, brown hue topped by an ivory head. Fair retention and lacing.

S - An explosion of sweet dark fruits. Nice spices and Belgian yeasts.

T - Plums, figs, candied sugar, dark chocolate hiding in the background with a finish that is slightly oily. Bit of citrus and perhaps some cherry on the finish. A nice warmer.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Like to see it be more creamy and robust for such a big brew.

O - A great brew that is a fine representation of the Quad. I prefer the Westy 12 and the Rochefort 10, although this is certainly not a beer to dismiss. A fine blend that is widely available.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip

A: as seems to be par for the course with all the st bernardus brews I get a massive three finger slightly browned head on this brew. Pleanty of lacing. The brew it self has a murky brown appearance with a very faint touch of ruby to it.

S: floral and bready yeast notes that can be found in all their beers, but it seems less
Pronounced here, over a nice malty base. I get pleanty of dark fruit and raisin and brown sugar in the nose as well.

T: much like the nose, the floraly and bready yeast notes mix with darkfruit aromas very nicely, brown sugar covered raisins, notes of caramel and toffee, apple/pear, nice complexity and balance.

M: very creamy and delicious. On the heavy side of medium with lush carbonation.

O: this is deffiantly my favorite at bernardus between this the triple and the prior 8. Nice complexity and balance and very nice mouthfeel.

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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