St. Bernardus Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into an Affligem goblet.

Appearance- Holy yeast! There's sediment floating around the whole glass! Never seen a beer like this. Very murky reddish/amber/brown. Two finger fluffy head that lasted thirty seconds leaving a small layer around the top of the beer. Did I mention the yeast is now making its way to the top of the beer?

Smell- Cherry, malts, yeast, grapes. Smells like any other quad I've had. Alcohol is hidden though.

Taste- Yeast, malt, a little alcohol. Some fruit, maybe what I was smelling earlier. Not overly impressed.

Mouthfeel- Quite carbonated. Sits in your mouth pretty heavy. Its pretty big.

Overall. Good. Not the best quad I've ever had, definantly not bad by any means. Smell is great, but the taste lacks in my opinion. Good on a cold night like this though.

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

Poured from a 25.4 oz bottle into a bordeaux wine glass.

A: Deep brown when poured but against light is a deep opaque orange color. Head pours thick and recedes to a thin off white film that lasts throughout the quaff. Lacing seems thick at first but slips down the glass gradually.

S: I smell lightly fried hash browns/potatos with a touch of roasted nuts. A sugary sweetness breaks through eventually revealing maltier undertones. Figs and walnuts.

T: The taste follows the nose except the sweet character is noticed ahead of the earthy tones. Some raw nuts and fall time bread flavors are evident. Theres a spicy tinge I can't quite place. The taste on the back of the palate reminds me of a very smooth and earthy Yunnan tea.

M: Smooth and wholesome. Again, like a luscious Yunnan Gold black tea variety.

O: Delicious. The look and palate of an English Porter but with a spicier and more complex flavor, likely due to the Belgian yeast. The great availability of this beer in my area means I will keep this one in stock in the pantry.

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.42 out of 5 based on 9,501 ratings.
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