RobertVerloop99 (130) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2001
........ fishman (350) - Philadelphia, USA - AUG 11, 2001
Superb. Magnificent copper/brown colour. Frothy head, and a fruity/grainy? aroma, much like an oatmeal raisin cookie, or a Nutragrain bar. The oaty fruity taste is a bit malty, with raspberries and grapes pervading. A bit sugary, and the subtlty of alcohol taste is astounding (for a beer with 10.8%abv). To put it plainly 'desert in a glass'. Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - JUL 14, 2001
It is almost sacrilegious to call this beer. It transcends the category, with its deliciously enticing fruity-wine aroma and magnificent, malty raspberry/plum taste. Strong yet delicate, imagine biting into a perfectly ripe pear to get an idea of the texture and heartiness exhibited by '12'. With such a high alcohol content, one would expect an overwhelming alcohol flavor, but it was masked as well as any 'beer' I've had. With its rich, delectable taste, beautiful dark color, frothy head, and luscious aroma, this IS the perfect 'beer.' An orgiastic feast for the senses. JoeKnox (100) - Georgia, USA - MAY 18, 2001
A friend imported it for me and I owe him big:) VERY GOOD STUFF>:).......... Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 13, 2001
My personal choice for best beer in the world. Hugely flavorful, particularly a nutty, malty, burnt fruit flavor that is married perfectly to a soft but full body. The taste lingers in your mouth for a many minutes after you take a sip. Elegant, sophisticated, powerful, and down-right awesome. The true king of beers.
Drew Blood (151) - Mt.Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2001
This is it. Beer in heaven or any after life shuld taste liker this. It is everything I want from a glass. The texture is as unique as the flavor. Pay whatever, but drink one, you cannot be sorry. You can get one at The Map Room in Chicago, too. volswagn99 (3) - Holbrook, New York, USA - APR 14, 2001 does not count
The best beer ever. All others can only look up at this one. Do I need to say anything else? hbertram99 (10) - DENMARK - APR 9, 2001
........ PhillyBeer2112 (2903) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2001
Usually I prefer the smaller beers from within each Trappist brewery. Not in this case - the 12 has everything the 8 has and more. The alcohol presence is very welcome here, and carries the complex malt profile (dark fruit, spicy yeast flavors, a little tanginess) into the palate. Nearly identical in appearance to the 8. Deeply satisfying. rosebud (47) - Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 27, 2001
What can I say, the absolute best Trappist product I've tried, and I've tried six so far. This beer is incredible, only wish I could have more. Unfortunately, cost too much to consume in large quantities. I feel I can still taste this beer. I recommend it to anyone who can get ahold of one.