St. Bernardus Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus Abt 12St. Bernardus Abt 12

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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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Photo of Jayli
3.97/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 6/21
Served in a chalice at The Bier Garden in VA

A: Beer pours a murky, ruddy brown with a 2 finger of khaki bubbly head. Head recedes somewhat quickly, rather lack luster though leaves sheets of lacing.

S: Nose is coriander, yeast, and caramel malt.

T: Taste starts with a yeast, hay and coriander mixture. Caramel malts come in to fill out the middle. Some lemon zest, orange rind and a hint of banana apple in the finish.

M: Medium carbonation, light body, dry finish.

O: Goes down somewhat easily, nice taste, not too filling, was a rather lovely beer on a steamy VA summer night.

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Photo of michael69
4.97/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beer was medium bodied with a sweet, slightly fruity smell. It had a nice creamy head, about 1-1 1/2" thick, and for the % of alcohol, it was well balanced. Bought some in the bottle and noticed that it taste better at around 50 degrees rather at 40. I must say though that it is one of the best beers I have tasted.

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Photo of fredmugs
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.58/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flute glass.

Appearance: Cloudy brown and when places against the right lighting heavy bubbles on the body, thick orange-white head that is at least a finger's length.

Smell: lightly yeasty, and has a sweet scent (good) but awfully light.

Taste: light yeast and a notch sour. The alcohol taste mixed with dark fruits gives this almost a wine feel to it.

Mouth: Very smooth, and light bread after-taste with medium carbonation.

Overall: very good beer but you and I both have had better especially factoring in price. I would drink again, no doubt about that but slightly skeptical about another purchase. Try it yourself and you give it a shot.

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Mavigo
4.92/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been looking forward to this moment for a long time now. Poured this fine and highly anticipated beer into a chalice.

A: Poured a wonderful cloudy reddish-orange-brown color with a almost purple- maroon tinge to it. Had a very large, about a three finger head, that lasted for a long time, about 10 minutes, the head has a fine, creamy consistency to it. Does not have much lacing.

S: Has a light, refreshing fruity smell to it, smells sweet, yeasty, grainy, like fresh baked bread

T: The taste is outstanding, it's sweet, tastes like burnt brown sugar, tastes like dark fruit, very sumptuous, tastes very yeasty and like bread, followed with a slight warmth from the alcohol, which is well balanced by the flavor.

M: It is very rich and fulfilling, it's on the more carbonated side, but its contrasted with such a thick, exquisite, and complex body, and its complemented by it's rich and intriguing flavor, and as a added bonus, it has a light warmth from the alcohol, but you would not be able to tell that this is 10% ABV, It's strong but it is so well balanced, it's at perfect equilibrium, just wonderful. Does not have much after taste to it at all, just leaves you a smooth and satisfied feel afterwards.

O: It is a stunning beer, the best I've had so far, it has such a rich and bold flavor, very sweet, balanced with bubbly and refreshing carbonation along with the higher ABV, It's a wonderful mixture, I don't know how they do it. All I can say is, I know it's expensive, but just live outside the box for one day and try this beer, It's outstanding. Your going to like what you taste, i guarantee it.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -27.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Rutager
4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a deep orange-brown with a finger of thick, off-white head. Just like a good quad should look.

Smell. Spicy belgian yeast, some dark berries and lightly floral, a little licorice root and caramel.

Taste. Nice sweet caramel malts, that floral quality I smelled along with some spicy belgian yeast. There's a little bit of fruit there, but it's unidentifiable to me.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body, medium-strong carbonation. Silky smooth with just a little prickle.
Very nice.

Overall. I hear a lot of people like this better than westy 12. Not this guy from this bottle, but I will have to try them side by side at some point. A great beer, despite my criticism.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 9,726 ratings