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“Number 1 of 7 Trappist Beers”

The Abbey of Saint Sixtus of Westvleteren
Reviewed July 9, 2013

Westvleteren 12 is a Belgian Trappist Ale that has consistently been voted the single best tasting beer in the world. Located in the western corner of Belgium, the St Sixtus Abbey (or Westvleteren Abdij) is home to the Trappist Westvleteren Brewery. The Brewery was founded in 1838 and is owned and operated by the monks of the St Sixus Abbey. The brewery currently brews three beers: Blonde (green cap), 8 (blue cap), 12 (yellow cap).
In order to purchase the beer by the crate, you must reserve over the phone (persistence, the line is always busy). Sales are limited to one order every 60 days per person per license plate and phone number. Buyers currently are limited to two or one crate. When making an order, the types of beer available for sale are available on their website and pick up time windows. No luck to individuals who drive up to the abbey hoping to purchase beer without having placed an order.
Aside from the brewery itself, the only other official sale point for the beer is the abbey-owned cafe and visitor's centre opposite the abbey. All beers can be bought there for immediate consumption or purchased for take-away, depending on availability (prices are higher than phone orders and limited to the amount you can buy). The shop and café sells cheeses made at the abbey. The café also has beer ice cream on the menu, a must to sample.
The bottom line, worth an afternoon visit for to sample the beer, cheese and ice cream.

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Reviewed May 29, 2013

Beeing a big fan of the Westvleteren beers, I decided to stay some days in Belgium to try them in the bar of the Abbey. I can Assure you I absolutely haven't been dissapointed, they are clearly one of the best beers I've ever tried what made the stay in the abbey absolutely an exceptional experience.. It's absolutely revitalising to stay over there.. For the ones who couldn't get some of those beers, i found a great site where you can try them very cheaply: westvleterenshop.com/ in case this can help someone, above is the link.
I absolutely Recommend the Beer and the experience

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Reviewed May 15, 2013

The abbey is not open to visits (we rang the bell and a very gentle monk who spoke a good english explained to us that there is a sort of "virtual cloister" in the restaurant across the road with some explanatory notes... only in Flemish!) because Trappist Abbeys are abbeys with beer production and not viceversa (only the ones which have a separation between the areas where the monks live and the areas open to public allow visits).
We came here mainly to taste the beer (it is not sold anywhere else and you can buy only a limited quantity for your personal use...) so we had good times tasting in the restaurant all the three quality produced here: 8, 12 and blonde. All of them are among the best I ever tried.
Important note: the restaurant is closed on Friday (I wasn't able to find this information anywhere before arriving in front of a closed door... which forced us to come back again before leaving Belgium) so please consider this if you don't want to limit your visit to a view of an abbey wall...

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Reviewed April 22, 2013

There are many polls that rate their beers #1 in the world. I have no idea how a single beer can be "the best" in a world filled but variety but I do think their (3) beers are amazing. The views of the abbey are fairly limited but you can try to coordinate a more personalized viewing of the abbey grounds. Across the street is a little cafe that sells their beers and also a small selection of food: I recommend trying their beer cheese and also a croque monsieur. Also take advantage of the lightly traveled farm roads for some cycling if you can.

The beers, especially the Gold/12, are an accustomed taste; many people will leave thinking they are overrated. Certainly to each their own but luckily you find yourself in a hotbed of historic Belgian brewing so stop in any little town bar and try the local brew. Just be advised that these beers have very high alcohol volumes and there is VERY limited public transportation in this area of Belgium.

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Reviewed December 13, 2012

Coming to the café I was reminded of John Lennon’s comment about Ringo Starr not even being the best drummer in the Beatles. For me far from being the best beer in the world Westvleteren isn’t even the best beer I’ve tasted this week.

To be honest it was a little harsh with the alcohol overpowering the flavour and a metallic overtone I haven’t tasted since I was a kid and licked my metal pencil sharpener. Nice enough almond tart though.

The best beer I tasted this week was Achel brown which was smooth and subtle with malty flavours washing over you in the aftertaste, next best is a tie between a St Bernadus 8 and a Gouden Carolus which made me sigh and smile like silly kid.

I’ve been here three times but don’t think I’ll return, there are better beers available nearby in Popperinge and of course Watou. Saint Sixtus is nice enough if you are near, but it is just a café with pleasant, pricey, overrated beer. There are 600 local beers to discover in Belgium, by all means tick this one off but leave time to try others.

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