Touted as the “world’s best beer,” the famed Westvleteren 12 brewed by Trappist monks at St. Sixtus Abbey in Belgium is now on sale in the U.S., although you’d be hard pressed to find any on store shelves. The beer is only available at select retailers, which means that if you’re in Montana you’d have to drive to Portland, Ore., or Denver. The beer is priced at around $85 for a six pack at some stores and the limited supply is going fast.
The monks are looking to raise money to pay for a new roof, which is why they decided to export some of the famed beer to the states.
Any beer that receives the label of the “world’s best” definitely piques my interest. It comes in at about 12 percent ABV and tastes like “dates, raisins and cocoa,” according to Rate Beer.
If you’re lucky enough find some, enjoy!
- Matt Pritchard
Monks of medieval Europe often brewed a beer called Salvator, a strong beer, to survive the fasting of Lent. While it’s difficult to know how strong it was, it was likely a big-bodied beer that would later influence the brewing of Bocks and Doppelbocks.
The Trippelbock is called Frelser, which means savior in Danish, and is reported to be 11 percent ABV.