St. Bernardus Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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4.46/5
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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:
#158
Reviews:
2,832
Ratings:
9,748
pDev:
9.19%
Bros Score:
4.48
 
 
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810
Gots:
2,729
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This is the beer that started it all for me two years ago. Had it on tap at Brasserie V (Madison), and opened a door I didn't know existed. I'd always thought I was a lager guy -- doppelbocks were as serious I got about beer at the time, that and black-and-tans. The Abt 12 broke it all wide open. Now I know I"m a malt guy. Love the Belgians. Love the barley wines and old ales. Love the imperial stouts. Sours, too, though.

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You can read a lot about what the “Abt” means, most of it wrong, not that it really matters. This is a beer that warms the cockles of the heart. Maybe, as Denis Leary suggests, below the cockles, maybe in the sub-cockle area. Maybe in the liver (10% ABV, yes please). Maybe in the kidneys (eh). Maybe even in the colon (let’s hope not), we don’t know.

STYLE: Belgian Quad

ABV: 10%

LOOK: Woody brown, with a creamy, stately head that looks like someone whipped up some cinnamon crema and dolloped it right on top. Above average lacing, but the retention is softer than expected. Massive, three-finger head. Maybe a product of the glassware? It quickly overwhelmed my pink-elephant tulip hybrid, suggesting that I should have gone with a more traditional, wide-mouth goblet.

NOSE: Baby powder, tart fruit, woody herbs. Definitely bark.

MOUTH: Apple cider, dry caramel, rose water, faint cotton candy. The starchy component seals the deal. Toast and rum cake, world class.

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 9,748 ratings