St. Bernardus Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

St. Bernardus Abt 12St. Bernardus Abt 12
9,586 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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep rich brown with some dark red highlights. Hazed. Head is creamy and a pale tan. Drops to a solid cap and leaves some hints of lacing.

Smell: Every dark fruit in the book. Big on raisins and figs, with some plum and dark cherry pulling up the back. Nice sharp bite of alcohol. Incredibly bready. Candi sugar, caramelized malts. Seriously caramelized. Some nice underlying spiciness from the yeast. Clove and even some ripe banana in the back. Nice complexity. A little dry earthy/herbal. Sweet and spicy.

Taste: Chewy malts. Bready, caramel, caramelized sweetness. Heat from the alcohol on the back grows as it warms. Yeasty, but in good measure. Nice levels of clove and banana. Fruit flavors take a back seat. Some nice plum and fig layered over fresh bing cherry. Chocolate/leather hide in the back. Has that distinct Belgian phenol thing going on, in proper measure. Restrained phenol/ester aggression. Clove builds as the beer warms. Solid dosing of candi sugar.

Mouthfeel: Medium body works with a slightly higher than expected carbonation. Dry from the alcohol, but a bit prickly as well. Lingering yeast.

Overall: Cross this line and you've achieved greatness.

I'm not huge on Belgian beers, but St. Bernardus knows how to do it well. Nice depth and complexity. Big without being too aggressive. Warms and ages like a champ. Truly a top example of the style.

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Consumed 9/13/12

Appearance: Murky, cloudy brown - large, fluffy, creamy off-white head, sticks around indefinitely - leaves some rocky lacing

Smell: Spicy Belgian yeast and rich malts - clove, bananas, and some straight-up yeasty funk - candi sugar, caramel, cooked malts, and tons of dark fruits - figs, plums, dates, pretty much the range of dark fruits - molasses-like sweetness, but with a lot of dryness, phenols become more apparent as it warms up

Taste: Exactly what one would expect in the style - chewy, cooked malts - like a dark, spiced bread - Belgian yeast is prominent, but perhaps not as intense as some others of the style - lots of spicy yeast, clove, banana esters - lots of dark fruits, like figs, dates, raisins - some tartness, phenols, and some hints of chocolate - some alcohol

Mouthfeel: On the light side of full due to the carbonation - highly carbonated, works well, smooth, a nice sipper

Overall: Pretty much my standard for the style

I've had this at least 4 times in the past, and I don't quite understand why I never gave it a full review. For me, this sets the bar for quads. It's very tasty, and it's easy to get. No, it's got as good as Westy 12, but it's really one of the best.

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 9,586 ratings
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