St. Bernardus Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

St. Bernardus Abt 12St. Bernardus Abt 12
9,581 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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A thick two finger head. Completely cloudy reddish brown.

S: A ton of sweetness in the nose, both malty and ripe fruit. There's something in the smell that reminds me of champagne.

T: Plum, clove, super sweet. A slight citrus note.

M: Oily, plenty of carbonation.

O: I was pretty excited about this beer, but in my opinion it didn't live up to its reputation. It's a really good Quad, but not a great one. Don't not drink this beer, but I highly recommend drinking the Rochefort 10. Better yet drink them side by side.

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Had this on 2012-12-31 in Columbia, PA

A - Clear dark ruby with a short light tan head and mild lacing.

S - Dark cherry, oak, light-medium roasted grain, clove. Not very strong.

T - Sweet cherry, light roasted malt, light clove and banana, candy sugar. A bit yeasty/estery as it warms. Touch of bitterness in the finish. No bold flavors but well-balanced. I like a bit more oomph in my brews but my wife quite-liked the balance and subtlety of flavors here.

M - Medium-heavy body and light-medium carbonation. Smooth yet a bit bubbly.

O - After tastings of the (arguably) top four Belgian Quads, I would rate them in this order for my personal taste preference:

1 = Pannepot
2 = Westvleteren XII
3 = Rochefort 10
4 = St. Bernardus Abt 12.

Of interest, my wife would rate them in this order:

1 = St. Bernardus Abt 12
2 = Pannepot
3 = Westvleteren XII
4 = Rochefort 10

Quads aren't my favorite style, but I/we enjoyed everything about this beer and the others mentioned above. For the two of us, it came down to a style preference. I like a challenging brew and she likes a well-balanced, un-assuming brew.

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Tastes of citrus and bready malts, candi sugar, some mild nutty bitterness and some spices like cinnamon and coriander.

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It was with eager anticipation that I tried this landmark beer. There is no denying that it is representative of 'quads', and as such it becomes the benchmark in comparisons (as placebos are to clinical trials -- Yet, this ain't no sugar pill!)

First, I selected a tulip glass and poured at around 45°F (I prefer a little on the cooler side, as it can warm a little as I sip) It pours with a beautiful foam in a deep brownish-gold, exhibiting a gentle cloudiness of particulate yeast.

Next, I inhale through my mouth first, as to not overwhelm the olfactory senses - faint yeast and malt as to be expected, yet not overpowering. Confirmed with nasal inhalation, and I am pleased at the level of balance, as this is a beer of diligent attention to brewing details.

Foreplay over, we progress to the act of tasting. Notes of a light bitterness, moderate tones of malt, all in a well-balanced exhibition of flavor. I search my mind for ideal food pairings: Wild elk or moose would be appropriate. I think smoked salmon would also provide a pleasing contrast.

Time for cuddles, I mean kudos. This is not my favorite style, and I have previously been disappointed by the offerings of St. Bernardus, yet I am impressed by this product. For my tastes, it is not for down time after work, or as a thirst quencher. This is one to crack open to accompany a wonderful meal.

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Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 9,581 ratings
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