St. Bernardus Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

9,541 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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

The pour was a murky medium chestnut brown with an average sized (1-2 finger) light brown frothy head that reduced to a large cap, which lasted throughout and allowed for some excellent sheets of lace.

The aroma was a dark bread malt and a sweaty yeast with notes of caramel, a host of dark fruit (black cherries, plums, figs and raisins) and a large hint of alcohol.

The taste was moderately sweet and a bit acidic with a nice caramel flavor in the beginning, and finished sweetly acetic with a big dose of dark fruit and a heavy alcohol funk at the end. The flavor lasted for quite a while with a fruity alcohol warming sensation left behind for one to enjoy.

Mouthfeel was medium in body with a creamy, dry, syrupy texture and a nice lively carbonation.

Overall this is an intensely satisfying and tasty beer, with a ton of unique flavors that are blended together extremely well. This is most definitely a brew to be savored again and again…

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It is difficult to find something lacking in something this special.

The brew has a gorgeous ambery reddish brown color. Pours out a very sturdy head that will lace the glass the entire way down. the taste is so malty and sweet it will explode every taste bud in your mouth. The carbonation is perfect. small and giganitic bubbles in balance.

overall this a great experience, one to be shared with friends and family. share a few of these tasty babies and you'll be singing and toasting together in no time.

celibacy aside, being a Trappist monk must be great.. pray to God all day- drink this heavenly nectar all night.

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A - an opaque, murky caramel brown. a vigorous pour yields 3 fingers worth of off white tightly packed bubbly head. it dissipates slowly to a thin film. thick gobs of lacing on the glass.

S - nose is subtle and dark. dark spices of licorice, brown sugar, ground black pepper and cardamom meld with dark fruit notes of plums and cherries. there is also a faint leafy green note

T - a gentle malt sweetness on the front of the tongue with peppery spice notes rising quickly there after. as it warms mid palate fruit esters mix with the malt sweetness to create candied fruit such as sugar coated dates. finish is long and spicy with quite a bit of pleasant alcohol warmth.

M - the body is on the lighter side of medium with an almost crisp texture. medium carbonation.

O - a great example of a Quad/BSDA.

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Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an oversized wine glass.

A: Hazy dark brown with ruby highlights. Small off-white head forms on top of medium visible carbonation.

S: Fruity (cherry, apple, pear) with caramelized sugar, dark fruits, and sweet malt.

T: Follows, although less fruity than, the nose. Sweet malt, apple/pear/grape fruit flavors, caramelized sugar. Dry finish.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation sensation, moderate alcohol for style.

O: Tasty as always, and truly an easily obtainable benchmark of style.

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.42 out of 5 based on 9,541 ratings.
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