Founded in 1838 at the Trappist Abbey of Saint Sixtus in Vleteren, Belgium is the Westvleteren brewery. The brewery’s three beers; Westvleteren Blonde (green cap), 5.8% ABV, (introduced on June 10, 1999, Westvleteren 8 (blue cap) (formerly Extra), 8% ABV. & Westvleteren 12 (yellow cap) (formerly Abt), a 10.2% ABV, introduced in 1940 have acquired an international reputation for taste and quality. In particular, Westvleteren 12 is considered by some to be the best beer in the world. It is sold in small quantities weekly from the doors of the monastry to individual buyers on an advance-order notice…hence the 15 Euros a bottle price tag. With only 2 Westvleteren 12 left at the 250 Beers Belgium beer store I managed to snag one. Delicious.
Westvleteren Visitor’s Center
Westvleteren: To Drink or Not To Drink?
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