St. Bernardus Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

9,523 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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

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4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of mrosenfeld32
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of aufie
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Premo88
3.93/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

25.4 oz bomber poured into chalice
born on: 08.03.18 printed on cap -- i think ... it was hard to read
drank on: 9/28/13

L: murky brown, cloudy --> slight bit of amber/orange when held up to light; minimal head, less than 1/3 inch of tan foam, pretty dark tan; no lacing or stick; for a Belgian, not much percolation

S: apple pie, dates & figs, pumpkin, cantaloupe; fruity but backed by some serious darker malt which does present a raisin and licorice note; sweet grain; cherries ... it gets very wine-like with a pronounced alcohol note -- not vodka but definitely wine

T: follows the aroma closely with a general dark fruity note -- prunes,d ates, grapes, pumpkin, muted/sour grapes (like wine). as it warms, it gets good and sweet. dark dried cherries ... it really opens up as it warms. ABV is perfectly hidden; while you can smell alcohol, all you can taste is beer.

F: full Belgian treatment -- i wish every brew in every style had this weight and carbonation, and sure, i'm stupid for saying that, but my gosh. perfection.

O: it's not the raisin/licorice bomb I'd come to believe it would be, which is fantastic for me -- i *hate* raisins and licorice. in fact, this brew is about as easy to handle as most dubbels, and it tastes a lot like Ommegang Abbey Ale. it's a bit darker than some other Belgians I've tried, but darkness comes in a nice sweet form (grapes, cherries more often than raisins/licorice)

ABV is no joke! as strong a 10% as I've come across ... a bomber of this is a full session.

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3.5/5  rDev -20.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.66/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of SheepNutz
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. bottle poured into a St. Bernardus long-stemmed snifter. It pours a deep brown, near black, with two huge fingers of light tan foam. There is lots and lots of lace left behind with each sip. The smell is fruity and pleasant, banana and raisins mixed with just a hint of alcohol. The taste brings forth plums and raisins mixed with sherry. The alcohol, along with the hops, is only slightly noticeable. The body is thick and silky smooth. Even the drinkability is nice for being 10%. This one is right up there with Westy 12!

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3.96/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter

Somehow I would have thought that a 12 would have been 12%ABV...but I digress.

This beer pours a beautiful semi clear deep walnut color with an ecru foam that stays on the surface. The smell is rather faint some sourish orange notes in the aroma, not really super pleasant. The malty slight sour, spicy notes tend to work well with the beer. The mouthfeel is really nice and smooth, there is only a bit of acidity to it. It's a pretty good drinking beer, but I don't know if I would rate it as high as many are suggesting.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into 330mL St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance: Very dark reddish-brown color that is very close to black. Medium tanned head dissipates slowly and leaves behind a few spots of lace.

Smell: Very similar to the dubbel, though with less of a wine aroma. Dark fruit aromas dominate with a slight yeast backing and some alcohol notes.

Taste: Begins with a plum flavor and a slight spice on the tongue, finishing with apple and grape flavor and slight yeast hints.

Mouthfeel: Fairly heavy body with lively, natural carbonation and a bit of an alcohol sting on the tongue. Finishes warmly and a bit watery.

Drinkability: An excellent sipping beer and a superb example of its style. A must-have beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.14/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ZorPrime
3.85/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer color is dark red or brown with reddish notes on the edges. Nice soapy head. Not a strong aroma here maybe the beer is too cold. Spices and Fruits, dark fruits. Cloves for the spices. More intense on the taste. Spices typical of belgians beers. Well balanced. Warms due to the alcohol. Complex beer which requires multiple visit to better know her.

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4.19/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.8%

St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.42 out of 5 based on 9,523 ratings.
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