St. Bernardus Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

9,500 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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4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose: Plum and cinnamon and clove. A hint of red grapes. Slight roasty dark malts.

Appearance: Super deep, hazy brown. A little white head floats on the top.

Taste: Very fruity. Plum is predominent. Slightly spicy, a little bready. Gently bitter with supremely subdued alcohol. Almost desserty.

Overall: Just fantastic. Bold and flavorful, but very well balanced.

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4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. Oversized glass. Enjoyed on may┬┤12 & at least once a month. Pours brownish copper in color. Chill haze. Off-white, medium bubbled, slowly dissipated head. Nice lacing collars. Sweet toasted malts, spices, cinnamon & sugar to the nose. Esters are ripe fruit-like both in flavor & aroma. Full body with medium-high, no puckering, carbonation. Smooth warming ABV. Creamy sweet spiced mouthfeel. Harmonious malty body dances with alcohol. What can be said about a, probably, one of the best spots of the Belgian ABT/Quad style!

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5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: Pours a deep cloudy cordovan/umber color, with a beautiful head that leaves tons of lacing.
Smell: Tons of fruit and sugar
Taste: Plums, figs, cherries, dates, and other dark fruits dominate, with a lovely dark caramel sweetness. Really great level of alcohol heat to warm you up on those cold winter nights.
Feel: Lots of carbonation for this one, medium-heavy mouthfeel.
Overall: Just a stellar beer. Worth the pricetag.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a murky brown with three fingers of lkhaki head that recedes into a thin cap with decent lacing.

S: Subtle spice notes up front followed by candy sugar and some bubblegum aromas. Dark fruit notes follow, reminiscent of plums and raisins. There is also a fermented fruit-like aroma in there before a sweet bready note brings up the finish.

T: Spices are a bit stronger here with candy sugar and those same dark and fermented fruit notes that are present in the aroma. The finish has a sweet bready flavor with a slight yeast bitterness and faint alcohol warmth.

M: Medium body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is nicely attenuated, leaving it nice, dry, and clean.

O: A very good quad, overall. There's a lot of great nuance here along with a very nice body that avoids being too thick and sweet.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter. I noticed that here they classify it as a Quad but on the bottle it says Dubbel. Looked like a freshness date on top of the cage that was illegible.

A- Dark brown and translucent enough to make out some haze. The head is foamy and off white, about two inches with some lacing that dissipated quickly.

S- No need to stick your nose in the glass, the aroma leaps out. Intense vanilla and fresh fruit with a cidery tang.

T- Fruity sweetness, some brown sugar up front followed by coffee and a mildly tart finish that captures the cider notes in the nose.

M- This has a surprisingly heavy body that borders on syrupy but it is smooth and rich. The carbonation is pervasive but not over powering.

O- Deep, complex flavor. Hard to believe that this is just malt, hops, water and yeast. A great example of why I respect beer.

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.42 out of 5 based on 9,500 ratings.
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