The king of beers. The holy grail of beer. The best beer in the world. Those are some of names used to describe the beers made by the monks of the abbey of Saint Sixtus of Westvleteren. Since the rating-sites from BeerAdvocate.com and Ratebeer.com rated Westvleteren 12 or Westy 12 “the worlds best beer”, it also has become the most sought after beer in the world…
Westvleteren Trappist is sold only to individual customers by a limited amount of 2 crates, per person, once a month. While buying, every customer promises not to sell the beer to others. The Trappist monks bring to market their limited production of 60,000 cases to earn money to survive, to run the abbey and to fund various charities.
Trappist command : Thou Shalt Not Buy Too Much Of Our Beer.
Beer lovers say the excitement over Westvleteren is a hype born of scarcity and I couldn’t agree more. Online entrepreneurs have jumped on this in-equality in the market of low supply and high demand and are selling Westvleteren beers for as much as 10 times the price the monks ask. That is not a situation the monks wanted and is frankly disrespectful towards their wishes and what their vows stand for.
Saint-Sixtus filed suit against the 2 compagnies that refused to stop reselling purchased Westvleteren, despite a friendly warning from the monks. Westvleteren beers shorly are amongst Belgium’s very best and I too think they’re great within their category. Only, if St-Sixtus, located deep in West-Flanders, near the French border is a little bit too far for you, just consider an alternative equally as good…
Why don’t you try a Sint-Bernardus Abt 12 or a Trappist Rochefort 10 from l’Abbaye Notre-Dame de Saint-Remy instead ? Both beers are on Kurt’s Favourites’ List, are truly great and without doubt belong in the same league as the Westy’s. Allow those beers to mature and if given time, the beers continue to ripe.
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