St. Bernardus Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

9,528 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

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 9,528 |  Reviews: 2,792
Photo of BeerSnob1022
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of yoitsarch
4/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of emerge077
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Never reviewed this, huh... that's strange, had it quite a few times over the years. Must have been too busy enjoying it.

12oz. bottle, BBD: "02 02 17" printed on the back label.
Served in a small snifter glass.

Huge billowing head of tan foam forms after a slow pour, first leaving behind a thin collar, then delicate arcs of lace that slowly settle back into the beer. Swirling the glass quickly rekindles the head for a few moments, but it quickly dissipates again.

Fruity and spicy aromas of fig, plum, sultana, some clove.

Flavors are similar, distinct plum and clove notes, earthy hop with some caramel and raisin in the middle. Finishes dry and fairly smooth and creamy despite the high abv, though its certainly warming. Not overly sweet, moderate carbonation. A benchmark of the style, allowing the trappist yeast to be showcased, not hiding behind a ton of candi sugar and booze like so many other Quads.

 922 characters

Photo of drh1382
5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of HeyJim
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ScaryEd
4.66/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cedelattes
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of ripweblo
4/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of DRBiser
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of BlueFeetAndBeer
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of chippo33
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Star80
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours out a dark brown color with a thick tan head. The head doesn't look like it wants to go anytime soon!

S - The smell of this beer is unbelievable. Definitely getting lots of clovey smells, but also some nice floral aromas and some resinous and perfumy smells almost like frankinscense. I an detecting some nice vanilla scents and of course the characteristic "dark ripe fruits" everybody describes when reviewing Quads, in spades.

T - I waited to take it all in before sipping this fine brew and it doesn't disappoint. Lots of dark, sweet, vinous fruits linger on the palate before being washed away by leafy hop goodness. It is a little sweet but yet the alcohol in very well hidden. Definitely has nice clovey and spicey flavors but nothing is out of check and it all marries perfectly.

M - Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth!

O - Overall I'm probably not saying anything that hasn't already been said. After letting this beer warm up it becomes even more amazing. The bottle describes it as a "brown ale", kind of in the same way someone might call a Ferrari a "red car". There is so much going on yet it never overtaxes the palate. I would say this beer at 10% abv is dangerously drinkable. I would say that is highly complex with big clove, vanilla, spice, and leafy hops AND it is just a darn great beer to sit and enjoy and not over think! Will buy again, and again.

 1,383 characters

Photo of ThickNStout
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle from Total Wine (Kennesaw, GA). 10.49. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours deep mahogany with a foamy three fingers of head that leaves big sheets of pretty lace.

Smells of cherry pits, brown sugar, caramel and a hint of yeast.

Tastes of sour cherries, caramel, toffee, grapes, yeast, brown sugar, nuts and a healthy dose of booze with a good balancing bitterness. Lots of great stuff happening with no one flavor getting out of control.

Nice creamy medium full body with light carbonation. Long dry, almost wine-like aftertaste.

A fantastic quad. Well balanced with an abundance a great flavors. I'll definately be enjoying this again in the future.

 677 characters

Photo of BartMcStout
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of King_KongDCO93
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of dav
5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of BWH999
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of bvermilion
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jlindsey
4/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Honus1
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of SoapPolice
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of laurastradford
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of alexipa
4.73/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Brown and murkey, no head at all.

S- Dark fruits and toffee/caramel. Definitely smell the Belgian yeast as well.

T- Lots of dark fruits and a nice malty caramel back end. Still has lots of bitterness to round it out. This is one of the most well balanced Quads I've ever had, it's really great.

M- Medium body, lots of carbonation. Alcohol shows its presence as well.

O- Just a perfectly executed Quad, you can really sense the skill and time that went into this. A definite must-try for any beer lover.

 510 characters

Photo of Scamboogery
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of CJS
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.42 out of 5 based on 9,528 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.