Brouwerij De Sint-Sixtusabdij Von Westvleteren 12 (10.2%)

Westvleteren2So this is the legendary Westvleteren 12.
The supposed best beer in the world.
And I have to say it’s pretty good.
For starters I’m surprised by the aroma, which is very subtle where I was expecting a big punch on the nose.
It’s a warm and woody smell of roast nuts and candy sugar.
There’s a lovely treacle coated chewy biscuit dough malt that sticks to your teeth and leaves a hint of chocolate and forest fruits as it disappears, and there’s a crunchy, leafy wander through autumnal countryside from the hops.
The finish is resinous and gently bitter.
Wesvleteren 12 is a very good beer indeed, but the best beer in the world?
I fear it may have got its reputation from the clever marketing that only allows you to get hold of it by trying really hard (or these days, going to Shrewsbury).
Personally, I prefer a Rochefort.

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Founder of CAMRGB. Member of The British Guild Of Beer Writers. Leftist bigmouth. Old and grumpy.
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5 Responses to Brouwerij De Sint-Sixtusabdij Von Westvleteren 12 (10.2%)

  1. John Clarke says:

    I think it got its reputation from a combination of Ratebeer announcing it and a slow news day in Belgium. It is in fact relatively easy to pick it up in beer shops in Belgium and the Netherlands from about €9 upwards (sometimes very upwards). Personally I prefer the 8 (with a bit of age on it).

  2. John Clarke says:

    Oh – and at Bruges Beer Festival next week you’ll be able to get a 15cl glass for a €1.50 token.

  3. Mat H says:

    Yep it was ratebeer & beeradvocate’s fault. Before they announced it best in the world 6 years ago or whenever it was, you could pick up however much you wanted from the monastery most days. As they didn’t want to increase production, they had to put restrictions in place. Sophie’s family & others round there can’t understand why everyone goes crazy about it. They all agree it’s a very good beer, but so are all the other Trappists. Personally my tastes are a little lighter.. give me the 8, a nice tripel or hommelbier anyday.

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  5. AOME17 says:

    I’ve heard St Bernardus Abt 12 is often the favourite at blind tastings. Didn’t St B used to make Westvleteren 12 for the monastery?

    Hopefully the best beer in the world is “my next one”…

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