St. Bernardus Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

9,544 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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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of socon67
4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - rust brown color with a thin foam that leaves rings of lacing. Small bubbles of carbonation.

S - Scent of cloves and cinnamon. Fresh fruit smell and some molasses.

T - Flavors are of fresh fruit and a bready flavor of cinnamon rolls. Spicy notes of clove are present. Finish has a warm boozy feel that is slightly acidic.

M - Great drinking belgian quad that is so well balanced that the flavors aren't overbearing. A joy to drink.

O - I am a big fan of Rochefort 10, but this is an equally great version of the style.

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Photo of Thedrizzle
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this beer when I was in Belgium. The head was nice and foamy. The smell of malt was rich and with a chocolate. Mouth feel coated my mouth and lingered for a moment. Finished superb. With the 10% it does the job quite quickly. All in all, one damn good smooth beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of KiltedCulinarian
4.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a branded goblet. Poured a deep brown in colour. Stained foamy head, leaving no lacing. Smells sweet and malty, with a hint of alcohol too, thanks to the 10%. Tastes light on the tongue, filling and developing in the back of the mouth. Malt presence becomes really prevalent on the finish. Classic trappist.

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

New years here we come. Forget the champagne, get this. Smooth from beginning to end. Trappist rules. Want to become a monk. Cant wait to have another. Can slip it slow or have many. Only draw back is 10%. To some that was not a negative. Moving to Belgium.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

They say it's a near copy of Westvleteren 12. Reviewed by many as world's best beer.
I'm not sure how close this is to the W12, but this is not my favorite beer.

appearance: Copper brown with creme firm head. Nice lacing.

smell: Hard to pin point what i'm getting. It's sort of a acidic medicinal smell together with brown sugar.

taste: There is some medicinal flavors going on, green apple and spices with alcohol in the nose. Some clove and very faintly some cinnamon. Followed by a more bodied brown sugar kick. It's at this point the beer feels more defined and whole. But the finish is then again quite spicy and alcohol tasting. The flavors seem to be gone quite quick.

mouthfeel: Loads of carbonation. Actually quite a kick. Lacks a bit of creaminess to it. It's slighly milky maybe, but leaves a bit of a slimy effect on the pallet.

overall: Not the best beer i've had. Maybe it's because i had high expectations. But i've had 3 the last few months and i've had mixed experiences. Still have 3 in my fridge, so i might change my mind.

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4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330mL into an Orval chalice. Pours a hazy coca-cola brown with a small tan head that settles down to a nice film. Nose is rum raisin, milk chocolate, brown sugar, caramel, along with some earthy tones. Taste is complex with some cloves, cinnamon, milk chocolate, figs, raisins, molasses, and plums among other things. Fizzy and slightly creamy on the palate. Slight warming alcohol in the dry finish. The 10.5% is superbly hidden. I like the Special Edition better still. 8/1/2009 7/4/9/4/16=4.0

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.42 out of 5 based on 9,544 ratings.
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