Originally Posted by keanex
I've heard Westy 12 and St Bernardus ABT 12 are essentially the same beer, with that notion I wasn't impressed by ABT 12 the two times I had it. I much, much, preferred Rochefort 10. I think that's one beer that doesn't get enough love. As for the beer fridge mine is mostly stocked with IPAs and other beers with hop heavy profiles so I drink them fast, nothing worth nothing really just some Brooklyn East India IPA and various others. I wish I had room for all of my beer but I have over 40 big bottles like Firestone XV and 3 2011 Parabolas I have no room for in the fridge. I do have 4 2010, 2 2012 DFH WWS in there though and 3 2012 120 Minute IPA. I'll make room for the other beers I'm aging soon. My house never really gets over 60 F though and my beers are all stored in a dark closet. I'll take them out one day and get a picture.
I sampled a Westvleteren 12, St Bernardus abt 12, La Trappe Quad, and the Rochefort 10 side by side and I preferred the Rochefort 10 above the others for its medium to full body, bolder flavors of dark fruit and spice. Westvleteren 12 has great flavor complexity, but I found it a bit thin for such a high abv beer. Abt 12 was right up there with the Westvleteren for me, and La Trappe quad brought up the rear, though still quite enjoyable, just not as complex as the other three.
From what I understand, St Bernardus contract brewed for Westvleteren for a long time before the monks took the brewing back into their monastery. After that, St Bernardus started brewing abt 12 based on the Westvleteren 12 recipe.