St. Bernardus Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

BA SCORE
98
world-class
9,528 Ratings
St. Bernardus Abt 12St. Bernardus Abt 12
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgium
sintbernardus.be

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
9,528
Reviews:
2,792
Avg:
4.42
pDev:
9.5%
 
 
Wants:
775
Gots:
2,602
For Trade:
50
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Photo of StormAles
4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of toddyrob76
4.86/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Gingerlocks
4.79/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Such a smooth, dark, rich quad! Honestly the first beer I've ever wanted a second glass of. It is low on bitterness, and has a plum/fig flavor.

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Photo of Superheatnsubcool
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pseuderity
4.57/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MTKATL
4.66/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a chalice. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a slim finger’s worth of head that quickly dissipated. There wasn’t much lacing. The smell had some sweet dark fruits - fig, raisin, prune with a light touch of warming cocoa. Light breadiness with some Belgian spices round it out. Light sweet apple comes in nicely. The taste was moderately sweet with the breadiness gracing in and around the previously mentioned flavors. Gentle sweet to spicy aftertaste slides into the finish. That "deep throatiness" I normally get seems to be contained a bit, really nice. On the palate, this one sits about a medium on the body in the front of my tongue but seems to get that "heavier" feel as it runs to the back of my tongue. Still good. Carbonation runs at a nice pace. Overall, now this is a Quad. I’d most likely say, the quad of quads, uh...hell yeah, definitely would have again.

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Photo of Vidblain
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SpongeHop
4.12/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasted alongside the Westvleteren XII, of which this is supposedly a derivative.

L - dark brown, raisiny; creamy off-white head that dissipates quickly
S & T - raising yeasty wholewheat breaddough; raisins; honey on toast
F - not as boozy as the XII; creamy, smooth

O - this seems to be an slightly less 'full'-flavored version of the Westie 12, trading the punch-in-the-face fullness of flavors for a more harmoniously balanced brew. It's less boozy, and despite the ABV, almost sessionable in how easily drinkable it is. Solid brew, but I personally preferred the Westvleteren.

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Photo of Frankgabriel2383
4.99/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of zacnock
4.66/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pauly81
3.58/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bmaslakov
4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Pletser
3.26/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chianti
4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jrsqc7
3.89/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep red with massive head and thick complex lacing.

Flavors are burnt pearl sugar, alcohol astringency, sweet malts and more sugar. There is some faint hops in the background, and they accentuate the otherwise demure carbonation.

Pretty good.

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Photo of thingsBEER
4.64/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brandalf
4.12/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FyreStorm
4.66/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rihup
4.09/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dbbrown85
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tyjohnson55
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of craigbelly
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aromas of dark chocolate. Very bready and yeasty, with touches of molasses and dark fruit. Has the rich carbonation i come to love with quads. Its "world class" rating is much deserved. 10% abv is really easy drinking

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Photo of priley
4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mjgsilva
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.42 out of 5 based on 9,528 ratings.
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