St. Bernardus Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

St. Bernardus Abt 12St. Bernardus Abt 12
9,581 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

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4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - poured a dark brown with a 2 finger head that dissipated slowly. The lacing was perfect for a quad.

S - The perfect smelling beer. Dark fruits, alcohol, bready yeast dominate. Hints of caramel ride underneath.

T - A very very smooth beer. The taste goes right in line with the smell, sweet coupled with an alcohol that longs to be embraced.

M - Not overly carbonated with a nice smooth feel.

O - a fantastic beer with everything you could ever ask for. I want a bottle to be placed in my casket.

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

This quad poured a 3 inch head that was thick and frothy. The color of the brew is dark brown with a thick cloudiness. The head eventually died down but leaves an average lacing against the glass.

The smell is very nice. Very rich and bold with a great combination of malty sweetness and grain.

The taste of the ale is outstanding, hard to beat for a Belgian quad. Very malty, very sweet, very bold and a hint of fruit that escapes my palette - maybe figs, something else? Cannot put my finger on it. Does not matter; the taste is bold and easy to drink without the burn or musk of alcohol at the end, which is impressive for a 10% brew.

Mouthfeel is pleasant. Smooth, heavy and no carbonation.

Overall this beer is ridiculously good. Great smell, unique flavor, nice mouthfeel and at 10% it gets you lit quickly. I drank it cold but warm I think it would be just as good. Try

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes on 03/25/12:
Best by: 03/22/2016; Poured in a snifter.

A - Over an inch of off-white carbonated head with decent retention; Very dark mahogany brown in color with a slight maroon hue; Though barely noticeable, there's lots of floating sediment within the glass; Very minimal lacing left behind

S - A light aroma overall, but well crafted with notes of tart dark fruits, grapes, sugar, caramel, cherries, clove, and light toast; Very faint alcohol presence here

T - Very enjoyable taste with lots of tart, crisp grapes up front accompanied by figs and dark rum-like fruits with a bit of buttered toast and caramel; There is some alcohol and warmth present, but they mesh with the other flavors very well; Peppery and lightly spicy flavors come after the initial wave of tart grapes

M - Carbonation is very zesty, providing a good bit of sting on the tongue in combination with the alcohol warmth; Goes down smooth, but the stinging is relentless on the tongue - a bit over-the-top at first, but I really start to enjoy it as the beer warms; Between medium and full bodied

O - I truly enjoyed having this Trappist ale as much as the monk depicted on the bottle. Along with Rochefort 10 and Westvleteren 12 (though I haven't yet had it), this brew easily fits in the top tier of Quads and does not disappoint at all with it's superb flavor and addictive mouthfeel. Sometimes, it's nice to just relax and sip on a complex beer to take the taste buds for an awesome ride. St. Bernardus Abt 12 is an excellent choice for such an occasion.

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

For my 200th review, I wanted to drink something special that I've had before, but hadn't gotten around to reviewing yet. I picked up two large 750mL corked and caged bottles of this on a recent trek into Ohio. The cork eagerly came out of the bottle with a deafening pop, after which is was poured into a Chimay goblet. The appearance is very dark, clear, reddish brown (like a cola) with a big coarse head that has excellent retention. It never completely left the beer and a lacing of foam remained the entire evening. I expected the nose to be assertive, but it is very faint and delicate. What I can detect is bready and yeasty, like a pastry, with some subtle dark fruit notes (currants?).

This beer drinks like a meal. It truly feels nourishing and sustaining. The flavor is simply off-the-scale. It is full-bodied with a lively mouthfeel from high carbonation. On the front of my tongue I get sweet, bready, yeasty flavors which develop at mid-palate into dark dried fruits like raisins and figs. I also get molasses, brown sugar, cloves, and gingerbread. It has this wonderful sweetness but is never cloying or syrupy or difficult to drink. The only knock I have on it is that the carbonation, while delightful on the tongue, may be a bit too high. I actually thought the beer tasted even better after it had rested a while, degassed, and got a little flat.

This beer has forced me to re-evaluate the need to attend release parties or fight for hard-to-get special releases. Why bother when this stuff is so damn good and so easy to get? It is easily one of the most complex and best-tasting beers I have ever had. I deeply regret buying two big bottles of it. I should have bought a case.

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4.66/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: ruby brown ale starts with a massive head that leaves some frothy lace and a film over the surface

S: spice, malt, and sugars

T: spices and sweet malt are predominant; nice spiced clove fruit notes, and some sweet breads - one of the best tasting beers ever - exactly why beers are best tasted nearer to room temp than refrigerator temp

M: soft, extremely drinkable, meaning, it has a mellowness and sophistication that for me (so far) is typical of these classy Belgian ales

O: you will understand why the folks at Brouwerij St. Bernardus consider this their show piece.

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 9,581 ratings
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