St. Bernardus Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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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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St. Bernardus is known as one of the great Belgian breweries, even being officially licensed to brew the classic Westy 12 until '92! As a staple Quad, I was very anxious to give this brew a try and it definitely didn't disappoint!

A: This brew pouted a deep cloudy brown with a thin, yet resilient cream colored head that gave excellent lacing as I progressed through.

S: Very complex aroma with great hints of dark, caramelized fruits with a malty sweetness, a hint of flowery hops and very rich chocolatety/caramel scents to finish.

T: Very complex flavors that follow its aroma. Starts with a nice chocolate/caramel/coffee flavor adding a nice richness followed by the nice sweeter rich dark fruit flavors with some lingering flowery hops and finishing with a very nice alcohol heat that somewhat cleanses the palate for the next sip!

M: Very nice mouthfeel with a great syrupy richness that coats extremely well with amazing carbonation, as expected, that perfectly balance with the flavors.

I will definitely be drinking this much more in the future! There is a reason these breweries have existed for hundreds of years, and with a bottle of this, you can definitely see why!

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This was served from the bottle at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY. Poured into a St. Bernardus goblet, it shown a rich chocolate brown color. It held a whitish two finger head of thick, chunk bubbles that receded at a medium pace. This left little lacing. Carbonation appeared medium, and thick, chunky yeast floated about the drink. The beer was served at cellar temperatures. The aroma was bright with fruity sweetness, from fig and strawberry. This was souring and tart, but nice and strong. There was an additional sweetness from honey and fermented apples. The malts were strong and quintessentially Belgian, with caramel and toasty darkness. The yeast was also strong in the nose, with lighter banana esters. Phenols were also present, in the form of vanilla, cinnamon, and clove. As we sipped, cherry fruit sweetness sitting amongst evenly sweet caramel malts presents up front. The malts quickly took center stage, and a huge wet grain pulled us into the middle. The middle peaked with sweeter and lighter malts, steely and clean yeast, and a complex depth of sugars, afforded by those fermented fruits from the nose. The end was light, but robust in flavor, with strong banana esters and more mixing fruit from the beginning. The aftertaste breathed of huge fusel alcohols, clove, citric rind (not of hops), and a thick yeast. This was all contained within a nest of old strawberries and clean caramel malts. The body was medium to full and the carbonation was high. The booze dried the mouth slightly, but otherwise the mouth had bi slurp and gulp, and a nice finish dry smack. The beer was quite warming thanks to the abv, and it drinks as a sipper.

Overall, what the enjoyed most about this brew was the taste. The fruity and estery inclusion helped maintain a lightness of flavoring. This also helped calm the huge malt framework of the beer. The complexity was there, and everything was expertly blended together, working in harmony. The aroma and feel also delivered as expected, in a very Belgian way. This beer is damn near perfect for a cold winter day.

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.42 out of 5 based on 9,528 ratings.
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