St. Bernardus Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

St. Bernardus Abt 12St. Bernardus Abt 12
9,583 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 +6.5%

Photo of KiltedCulinarian
4.05/5  rDev -9.2%
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 -10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of Roboise
4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
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 +0.9%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Arno
3.98/5  rDev -10.8%
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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Photo of tarheels86
4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
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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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Ryan011235
3.7/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a La Trappe chalice on 8/19/12

19 12 16 printed on the back label

The color is a rather dark brown with copper and rust highlights. It looks to be clear, near as I can tell. Foam is let loose in a fury of fizziness, eventually condensing to a smooth, dense 3/4th inch cap. Overall retention is a thin layer with a smooth, thicker middle. Very good lace for a quad.

A multitude of complexities are had in the aroma, from fruity to spicy and from spicy to malty. Banana, pear, apple butter, clove, tea leaves, wet flowers, pollen, something akin to coriander, dark bread, raisins, prunes, grape skins, pine needles, toasted sugars and butter toffee. Alcohol is minimal in the aroma.

The taste of Abt 12 has a far greater presence of bread and alcohol, the former occupying much of the flavor profile, while the latter provides a long lasting, moderate burn. Light fruit drift on the peripheries, while the spiciness of the aroma is diminished in vibrancy. On the whole, the flavor are much more blended than are the aromatics. Mild toastiness throughout. On the dry side.

The feel is a medium-full, coating body with moderate carbonation. I was expecting more carbonation based on the quick-rising head, but I'll not complain about fewer bubbles.

Abt 12 is pretty good; it's an enjoyable sipper. I just wish it had more depth of flavor.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.6/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Loose tan head over a deep garnet body which would have good clarity except for the unfortunate floaties I introduced by pouring a little too much out of the bottle.

S: Quite boozy and moderately fruity. A bit disappointing, honestly.

T: Intense mix of flavors. A little chocolate, a little plum, a little apple juice, some baking spices.

M: Highly carbonated, probably a little too much so as it wipes the flavors out of your mouth fairly quickly. Body is modest for the strength of the beer.

O: I've had bottles of this which I enjoyed much more, but this one just isn't wowing me. Nothing particularly bad about it, but it's not standing out for me at the moment. The flat aroma seems especially disappointing.

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of BMMillsy
4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with some purple around the edges. Fluffy white to off-white head, two fingers of it. Smells of prunes and figs, some light yeast, a bit of spice. Taste explodes with fruit: pears, figs, prunes, plums, then some brown sugar and light spice along with spicy yeast. This is an easy drinker and hides the alcohol well, medium mouthfeel, medium to high carbonation. Leaves you wanting more. Great beer.

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Photo of dcloeren
4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip on a rainy college football filled afternoon.

Pours a beautiful deep mahogany with 2-3 fingers of mountainous cream colored head.

The aroma is full of dark fruits, spices, some yeast and definitely some alcohol.

The taste follows the nose but I feel like the taste has a lot more complexity to offer. Juicy dark fruits, some dates, spices and some fresh doughy qualities. This beer is hot as well, but that's right up my alley. Almost like drinking a damn good glass of scotch. Burns so good for the first couple of sips and once you get used to the heat you really start to get all of the flavors it has to offer.

Full in body with a ton of carbonation. The combination or high carbonation with the heat of te alcohol makes for a hell of a tongue stinger. The finish on this beer leaves my tongue watering for more. I will soon be drunk at this pace haha.

Overall this beer is amazing. So close to perfection if it isn't perfect already. I pass this beer up all the time but when I do pick one up I always thoroughly enjoy it. Cheers!

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 9,583 ratings
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