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St. Bernardus Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Dark dark brown ale. Not yet black. When held up to the light only the does the very bottom of the snifter let a tiny piece of light through. Light mocha colored head remains for entire brew.

S - Excellent sweet fig, plum, & date tones. chocolate. small hints of alcohol.

T - Sweet but not too sweet. love the dates and fig flavor. 10ABVs completely hidden.

M - Think, frothy, velvety. really nice carbonation. coats mouth and throat really well. not a palate wrecker tho.

O- One of the best breweries in the world showcasing one of if not their best beer. Excellent all around. Extremely easy drinking. Certainly will continue to order.

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

Pours a nice dark brown with hints of red. Nice compact head that lasts for a very long time in the Orval glass.

Smell is slightly sweet and not very strong. Dades, malt, maybe even some chocolate.

Taste is sweet, some dark bready malts, almost rye, dried dark fruits. A slightly burned touch. Then a nice touch of hops, some dark sugars, light yeasty bitterness.

Mouth is medium with medium carbonation. Feels very light for a 10% beer, but not very remarkable.

Overall this is good stuff, but the balance between the sweet and more bitter flavours could be better. Still very enjoyable.

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Bottled served in a shaker pint glass

A - Murky tea colored brown hue with 2 finger very bubbly head with average retention and minimal lacing, with some yeast sediment to boot.

S - Cloves, tobacco, malt, biscuits, coriander, peppery spice, stagnant water, funky yeast.

T - Immediately the booze, clove, peppery spices, and a bit of bitter hits me. My palate is so warm my face feels like it is turning red. The bready yeast is very present in the background but there is too much going on to take real notice of it. The booze dominates for me with a quick dry bitter finish that is not entirely to my liking.

M - Medium body, effervescent high carbonation, very dry finish, moderate-high warming alcohol.

O - This is one of those beers that I appreciate and can see what others enjoy, but I don't particularly like much myself. This is a high quality quad, but it a little bitter and too spicy compared to others in this style I enjoy.

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 9,625 ratings
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