St. Bernardus Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

9,521 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: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

1st review on this site, figure I'll make it a classic. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a 12oz tulip.

A- Deep reddish-brown. Very pretty. An inch of creamy, ivory head.

S- Immediately fills the nose with dark fruit aromas and hints of vanilla. Ever so subtle alcoholic burn.

T- Rich with the sweetness of dark fruits: dates, figs, raisins. Again with the undertones of vanilla... this tastes like it smells, no surprises. Very smooth. Warming, rather than boozy.

M- Very full-bodied. Rich and smooth as I said before. Makes your mouth water.

O- A fantastic beer all around and one of the best of this style. It's possible its availability downplays the comparative quality. Can't wait to side-by-side this with a Westy come April.


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On tap at Cleveland's Bier Markt- served in a 12 oz tulip with a small head. Appears to be a dark amber color (sorry dim lighting in the bar makes it difficult to determine). Has minimal head retention and no lacing. Smells mostly of yeast but has some hints of nutty malts. The taste is medium bodied with the same nuttiness and yeastiness as the smell. It is well carbonated and not syrupy at all. It tastes different on draft than in the bottle but of course still very enjoyable and drinkable.

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A - A dark brown with one finger of creamy head - plenty of lacing throughout.

S - Rasins, Prunes, Vanilla, Yeast - plenty of sweet dark fruit aroma. The smell was fantastic.

T - A few sweet, fruity flavor. It finished very smooth - all the aromas that came out in the smell were captured in the taste. It all blended together quite well.

M - Light body, medium carbonation.

O - Fantastic Quad - the alcohol was masked very well through all the fruit flavors that came out. One of these beers that you could certainly drink multiples of, however with being 10%, it'd get you into some trouble.

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A-Bottle poured into tulip glass. The beer pours a chestnut brown, cola-like head with 2 finger creamy head which dissipates pretty quickly after pouring. I get a bit of sediment when I hold the glass to the light. 3.5

S-Very complex. Not sure exactly what we have here. Lots of spice, figs, raisins, red wine perhaps? Some cinnamon, vanilla and caramel sweetness plays nicely as well. 4.0

T-Wow. This beer is for sure a first for me, as I would have remembered. No detectable booze, LOTS of dark fruit flavors come through. Candy sugar, vanilla, and Belgian yeast. All of these mingle with a nice, creamy sweetness. This is a damn good beer. 4.5

M-Medium bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation. Every sip was a treat and the sweetness was never too much. Just about perfect. 4.5

O- I am not too familiar with Belgian styles such as quads, tripels and dubbels. I am assuming this is one of the previously stated. I am guessing a quad, as it is SO complex and delicious. Whatever it is, I want more. 4.5

The reveal- St. Bernardus Abt 12.

I have seen this beer around, and never pulled the trigger. Thank you for this, and it is going to become a part of my regular rotation. I have had a Westy 12 in the past, and as previously stated, this style is not one I have a lot of experience with. However, I would take this over the Westy I had any day. Thanks Kevin.

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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