St. Bernardus Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus Abt 12St. Bernardus Abt 12
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4.46/5
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St. Bernardus Abt 12St. Bernardus Abt 12
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgium
sintbernardus.be

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#154
Reviews:
2,824
Ratings:
9,683
pDev:
9.19%
Bros Score:
4.48
 
 
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804
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2,693
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A- Pours a deep, hazy brown with quite a bit of sediment. Medium, 1.5 finger, tan head. Great lacing and retention.

S- Sweet and malty bouquet of caramel and brown sugar sweetness. Definite dark fruit and bready qualities on the nose. Very complex.

T- Similar to the scent, but slightly less complex. Definite bready qualities mixed in with the caramel sweetness. Caramel malt and dark fruit flavors are prominent. A little bite in the end. An extraordinarily complex beer.

M- Thick and chewy. Heavy in the malt department, making it a little more filling. Little bit of alcohol burn, but not much at all for 10%. Drinks like a meal.

Overall, this beer deserves to be, and is, one of the best. It's really complex and unique. I need to try the rest of the St. Bernardus.

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 9,683 ratings