BE Westvleteren

When you start searching for information on Belgian beers, it is impossible not to come across the Trappist beers.

Trappist beers are made only within monasteries, with production fully controlled by monks and with the commitment to use the profits entirely on maintaining the abbey or social projects in the local community.

At the moment there 11 monasteries worldwide approved by the International Trappist Association (ITA): 6 are in Belgium, 2 in the Netherlands and 1 in France 1 in Austria and 1 in the United States.

The hardest one to be sipped and always present in the world beer awards is Westvleteren, produced inside the Saint Sixtus Abbey since 1838.

Voted by many as the best beer in the world, Westvleteren 12 is a the major myths among Belgian beers, for its quality and extremely limited production (1,600 hectoliters per year). A rare product that can be tasted only close by its production or if you are a very patient and organized beer lover.

Purchases are made only by phone. Orders are made two weeks in advance during a window of 3 hours only. The volume is limited to two cases of 24 beers and can be repeated only 60 days later.

The control is strict: the monastery controls your phone number, your email and your car’s license plate to ensure that more people can enjoy the product.

If you can’t buy, you can still taste. Just go up to the cafe in front of the abbey, which is about an hour from Brussels.

In theory no one can resell this beer, but you end up finding a few bottles in shops around Brussels, or in specific bars with great tasting menus.

Every myth on this beer is understandable once you take it. It really is an awesome beer.

Westvleteren 12 is a strong beer, with over 10% alcohol, with a dramatically dark color and sweet taste on the spot, leaving a slight caramelized flavor in the aftertaste in the mouth . Special would be the best word to describe the beer.

The abbey also produces two other beers.

The Westvleteren Blonde with 5.8 % alcohol is the lightest of the trio and brings the strong bitter taste of hops, with citrus and slightly spicy notes.

On the other hand, Bruin Westvleteren 8 is darker, with a brown colored velvet like chocolate. With 10.2 % alcohol, it has nice foam, a sweet aroma and a distinctive flavor of hops, but balanced with the malt flavor.

Worth putting these beers on your list, even if they are very hard to find outside Belgium.

Truly a unique experience!


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