Westvleteren 12

Westvleteren 12
In a country known for its many delicious brews it’s easy to puzzle over which is considered the absolute best. For many that exclusive title is granted to Westvleteren 12, a Trappist ale made by the monks at the abbey of St. Sixtus that consistently tops best-of lists. What makes the dark ale even more intriguing is how elusive it is to obtain. The abbey, which is located about an hour from Gent near the French border in the village of Westvleteren, does not make Westvleteren 12 available to shops or pubs. Rather, the monks require customers to phone in advance (add this to your speed dial: +32 0 70 21 00 45) to make an appointment to purchase a maximum of two 24-bottle crates. There are also plenty of rules associated with a Westvleteren purchase, the first of which is a promise not to re-sell your 39 euro-per-case acquisition to third parties. Additionally you can’t use the same automobile (you’re required to give the monks your plate number before arriving) or same phone number for another purchase for at least 60 days. Getting on the reservation list is a game that will truly test your patience, as beer enthusiasts far and wide crowd the Internet with strategies and complaints about the abbey’s constant busy signal. A simpler option if you’re in the area is to visit the welcome center across from the abbey where you can learn about the brewing process and life in the abbey while enjoying their handiwork.
 

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