St. Bernardus Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus Abt 12St. Bernardus Abt 12

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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

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Photo of McD0uche
4.23/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass:

A: Now, I'm not sure if I poured this wrong, but the head billows to 3 fingers thick--and the thing stays there for a good couple minutes. The beer itself is a dark velvety brown. As the head recedes, it's apparent how sticky this beer is. The lacing is pronounced.

S: Silty, earthy malts and fruits, including pears, apples, maybe some banana. The medley smells awesome and invites me in.

T: A fruity plum, sweet licorice flavor. Yum. It melts in my mouth, and has a nice boozy aftertaste. Overall really delicious.

M: Dry, crispy, and warming. I guess the "melts in my mouth" comment should go here.

O: I'm not a big fan of Belgians overall, and hadn't really had a Quad I could say I liked. This stuff has completely shaken my perspective, in a very good way. I'm surprised this stuff was sitting on an obscure shelf in my local liquor store.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of legalpete19340
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured dark cloudy brown with a huge sticky head. Nothing escaped this as it stuck to everything and laced like a champ.

S: Exactly like slightly overcooked raisin bread. Dark dried fruit jumps out with raisin and prune. The sweet bread is close behind with a slight burnt note.

T: Exactly as the nose advertises: big spicy sweetbread with a burnt characteristic slides into the raisin and prune flavors. The malt really holds up and keeps the sweetness and spice back but its all there in high quantities. The end is alcohol and it warms until the next sip.

M: Pretty much medium with a heavy quality. Very creamy and smooth.

O: Fantastic. For me this is the right balance of bready malt and fruit sweetness. Its a monster to drink though and the ABV is noticeable, but it was hard to stop.

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Photo of djbow
4.82/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark hazy brown like strong sweet tea. Quickly forming head of tight tan that form a rich two finger head. After the head dissipates beautiful lacing and alcohol legs take the stage.

S: Ripe dark fruit, dates, rasins, cherries and rich honey / malt sweetness balanced by a slight aroma of alcohol.

T: Just like its smell suggests, ripe dark fruit, dates, rasins, cherries and rich honey / malt sweetness balanced balanced a very slight alcohol taste. This beer tast is quite complex and I think if I try it agan (and I will) there will be more flavors that become apparent. Like most beers of this style, as it warms the taste becomes more pronounced.

M: Crisp, Champagne like feel that cleanses the pallet with each swallow. This is accomplished by the medium-high carbonation combined with a silky soft medium - heavy body.

O: This is truly a World-Class Belgian Quad. There are other more expensive and lauded Belgian Quads, but in my opinion St. Bernardus Abt 12 is on a nearly equal plane. Also, St. Bernardus is affordable and readily available. Finally, is important to not that this beer gets better with age and can be aged up to four years before consumption. Strap in, try this beer and get ready for a wonderful taste journey.

Glass = Chalice.

Temp = 51F.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My all-time favorite Quad!! This was a 2012 bottle.

Pours out a dark mahogany, with deep amber highlights and a big, slight khaki head.

The aroma is full of dark fruit, some banana and clove, caramel, toffee and molasses, followed by some bready malt notes. The spice this has when fresh has definitely faded a bit.

The taste has tons of dark fruit; plums, figs, raisins, dates and there are notes of banana and clove, some caramel, toffee and molasses all finished by a nice yeasty/bready finish. It's pretty dry and there is some bitterness to balance it all out.

The 10% isn't noticeable on the taste or aroma, but you can feel it slightly. The body is full and the mouthfeel is slightly creamy with a crisp, kinda dry finish.

This beer is awesome fresh or with a year on it! I don't believe this is the perfect or best beer in the world (or that there is such one), but it embodies the Quad style perfectly! It's very easy to drink, complex and balance and I don't think there is anything that could improve this.

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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1/5  rDev -77.6%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of ChanceK
4.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Dark brown with 2 fingers of off white head

S - Dominated by sweet bread with hints of plum and apricot

T - Fruity at first then turns to sweet bread as it warms

M - High carbonation, classic Belgian mouthfeel. A bit of tickle on the tongue.

O - One of the best in the world, no doubt!

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 9,729 ratings