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: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

A 11.2 oz bottle, poured into a large red wine glass (no chalice in my collection...yet!). The date is 3/29/16, making this baby 10 months old--fairly fresh for a quad, I do believe.

A: Very dark ruby red, that appears brown unless held to the light. A beautiful two finger head sits atop the beer and gradually fades as the beer is consumed.

S: This smells like a slightly grainy, red wine. Very ripe, red fruits, with notes of clove strongly present. Rich, sweet malts, and alcohol definitely noticeable in the back.

T: Largely follows the nose-really nice example of the Belgian style. Spicy/clove notes upfront, before waves of rich fruits roll over the tongue. Big pear and grape flavors, specifically. Mild fig notes. The yeast is noticeable, but not overwhelming as I was slightly concerned about.

M: Smooth and creamy with a good-albeit slightly high-amount of carbonation.

O: Great quad. I haven't had a ton of Belgians, but I can tell this is a great beer.

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A: A dark brown beer with a white head.

S: A very fruity beer. It has aromas of malt, banana and pear.

T: The dominate flavor is pear mixed with licorice and Belgian yeast. This is not my style of beer but it is OK.

M: Very light with minimal carbonation.

O: Not my style but it is still OK.

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A: Massive 1" tan coloured head over murky brown liquid.

S: Sweet malt, pears, cherries and yeast.

T: Dark fruits including figs, red grapes and cherries along with pears up front. Some alcohol esters and candy taste in the finish.

M: Medium viscosity and a high level of fine carbonation.

O: I have had this before on tap, and have to say that it is much better from the 750 mL bottle. But, I have a feeling that it was sitting on the store shelf aging for a while.

It is so much better in the bottle that I fully intend on deleting my previous review as having it on tap does not do it justice. This is as close to a Westvleteren 12 as you can get.

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 9,702 ratings