Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren in Belgium, or as many refer to as just Westvleteren. This is a brewery run by trappist monks who have been making their beers since 1838. They only make three beers currently, each one placed in a very simple brown non descript bottle. The only way to differentiate each one is by the breweries distinct cap on top containing the brewery's coat of arms. A green cap is for their blonde ale, blue for a dubbel style refered to as simply "8", and one of their most coveted a yellow capped bottle containing a Belgian quadrupel style known as "12". The "12" or "Westy 12" as some refer to, has been written about not just by beer fans but also other well known beer writers. Many have refered to it as "the best beer in the world".
At some point every beer lover wants to have these beers, but how?
In the end, I've had many trips to Europe, but one right now is not in the cards anytime soon. Finding another beer fan, we exchanged some goodies and I have now my chance to try all three of these beers. The best thing was sharing appreciation of good beer with someone, instead of just handing over cash to someone who might have alterior motives and could care less about good drink.
Below are my thoughts on all of them first starting with the Blonde Ale. I had since purchased a chalice to hold these brews to see them in all their glory.
It was a long journey to get to this point in my imbibing life, a road that takes you many places and certainly ones that make it all worth it. Another road I hope to do someday, is to get back to Belgium not just to have this beer again, but to also return the bottles and say thanks. My imbibing thoughts are posted below. Cheers to you all!
Review of Westvleteren Blonde Ale
Review of Westvleteren "8"
Review of Westvleteren "12"