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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pt 9.4 fl oz bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a murky brown/copper color with a decently creamy, light tan 3 finger head. Retention is amazing considering the abv.

S - Awesome spicy yeast, pepper, banana, floral notes, clove, caramel, toast, candied sugar, and sweet malt. Moderate strength, and incredibly appealing.

T - Complex spice notes abound- pepper and clove namely. Sweet malt foundation and candied sugar work nicely against biscuity yeast. The yeast is present. The flavors are complex, but a bit too subtle. I wish they were a bit more bold.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet. Generally suited to the flavors but could use more body.

D - I'd have it again, though I've had better quads. It hides it's abv well, but I think it's a bit reserved.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a luscious three finger head that lingers forever. Despite sipping on this beer for nearly an hour it still retains a thin cap and the lacing rides down the glass with every sip.

Nose features lots of dark fruits, figs and plums, whose candied qualities play well with the sweet caramel malts and Belgian esters.

The flavor profile follows the nose nicely, yet adds greater complexity. Candied dark fruits join in on the sweet notes of the caramel malts. The sweetness is subdued with a nice dark bread character which gives way to an earthy tobacco, and finishes with subtle alcohol heat.

The mouthfeel is really what makes this a word class beer in my opinion. The first few sips offer a fantastic full bodied chewy experience. As the beer opens up the carbonation really makes itself known. What was once full bodied, chewy, and rich becomes light and fluffy. The experience ends with both a nice dryness and a warming alcohol presence which begs for another sip.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2015. Purchased from the York Beer & Wine shop.

Poured into a Duvel chalice. A dark amber-brown hue with hazy yeast sediment and strong carbonation. Produces a massive head of frothy light-brown foam that remains for a few minutes before reducing to a surface layer. A rich, fruity aroma with notes of brown sugar, banana, figs, prunes, yeast esters, hints of spice and a big whiff of alcohol. Possesses a dry, vinous complexity.

The taste has a sweetish, fruity character with a dry, boozy finish. Notes of bananas, brown sugar, figs, dried fruit, cake, yeast and spice. A warming hit of alcohol upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and tingly, with considerable astrigency. The body is perfect - neither too thick nor too thin. Aftertaste of fruity yeast.

Impressive - rich and tasty. A smooth and complex quad that deserves the acclaim heaped upon it. Swirling it around the mouth is a pleasure. Not one I'd want to imbibe every day, but a must try for any beer lover.

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Appearance - Dark brown purplish hue with an active yeast head that started out small then grew to 3+ fingers over the course of 5 minutes.

Smell - Sweet candies and floral scents prevail

Taste - Superb beer. Strawness and earthy notes to start like many Belgian beers. Sweet/sour notes with a crisp hop presence in finish with a tad of booziness to note. Very complex beer on the pallet.

Moutfeel - Perfect.

Overall - This is one of the best. Nothing else really needs to be said. Split a 750ml with a friend and enjoy the best life has to offer!!

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 9,665 ratings
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