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St. Bernardus Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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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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Photo of BeRanger
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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Photo of JohnPPutz
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blind BIF

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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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of DrDemento456
4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle at Halftime beverage.com for around 6 bucks (12oz)

A - A very dark looks Quad, very hazy with only some light making it through. A sample pour (my brothers) produced a massive 3 inches of head. My pour was only a half an inch which has some very sticky lacing. Cool.

S - My god no Alcohol smell and a great medially of plum, raisin,figs, and Belgium sugars. Smells great even after it warms.

T - All the flavors pretty much mesh perfectly to deliver a punch of dark fruits. Brewed so well this beer has no alcohol flavors to speak of and a semi sweet finish with sugars. Lovely.

M - If this doesn't get a perfect mouth feel I don't know what can. Clean, refreshing, and no noticeable ABV. I would be so happy in Belgium pounding these for around domestic price.

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Holland
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a dark brown color with lighter highlights and a thick tan head.

S: spice and fruity yeast, roasted malt, sweetness, and some earthiness.

T: taste is much the same as the smell, but beautifully smooth and creamy. Some sweetness comes out.

M: creamy and delicious with great carbonation and medium-heavy body.

O: fantastic, available, and doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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

One of the finer Belgian Quads with a strong Westy influence! All the things you wish for in this type of Belgian with the incredible balance of ripened dark fruit, subtle hops and malt with a dryer finish than most of it's counter parts. Get one and enjoy!

Happy Brewing!

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of yamar68
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I must say, this is what I hope a good Westy 12 tastes like.

A - Pours just like the Westvleteren - murky dark ruby swamp water with a stubborn island of foam that sticks around the middle of the head, just like the Westy.

S - Smells fantastic. Dark fruit, toasted grains, some kind of sweet syrup. Smells fresher than the Westy even though it predates it by a bit.

T - All the points of the smell carry through in the taste. Wonderful. Great quad without that lingering tobacco that I found in the Westy.

M - Perfect. Not syrupy or oily - medium body, medium to low carbonation, really fitting for the flavors it carries.

O - This really is on par with Westvleteren 12, and seemingly much more consistent (and cheaper). If you ever find yourself tempted to fork out wads for a Westy off eBay, remember these words: "Don't do it you pooter. Buy an Abt 12."

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of SirWalkAbout
4/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of livewire05
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of dansmcd
4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Muddy dark brown haze beneath a single finger of creamy head with permanent retention, and broad sheets of lacing.

S - Wild yeast, raisin, prune, vanilla, dark berries and rye bread. A cornucopia of typical Belgian aromas.

T - Follows on from the nose with dark berries, plum, cinnamon, citrus peel, brown sugar, caramel, chocolate and licorice. A woodiness drifts over at the end.

M - Smooth full creamy body, moderate carbonation.

O - Just brilliant. I have a Westy 12 in the pantry that has a tough act to follow.

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 9,625 ratings
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