Only two crates can be bought at a time, with priority going to newer customers. A 24-bottle crate of Westvleteren 12 will cost $50 , a bargain compared to a Dutch grocery store chain that reportedly sold them – without permission – for over $11 a bottle.
The answer, however inconvenient, is simple: you must head to the gates of the Saint Sixtus Abbey in Westvleteren , a 20-minute drive from Ypres, Flanders. This is after calling in your order by telephone and giving the monks the license plate number of the car with which you plan to pick up your maximum of two crates.
Serving Westvleteren 12 As with the majority of dark beers, the Westvleteren 12 shouldn’t be served cold, it should be slightly below room temperature. This ensures that you can taste all the different notes and aromas, if it is served too cold you wouldn’t be able to taste the beer to it’s fullest.
Cook, who is one of few non-monks to have gone inside the Westvleteren brewery , is particularly well acquainted with its beer. He has had all three of its brews — the 8 and the 12, both dark ales, and the Blond, a 5.8% ABV (alcohol by volume) Belgian blond ale.
It’s very important for bottle conditioned beers like Westvleteren. I think the date on the cap ( 3 years ) is generally a good time to open them, but they will last longer. I have a case just over three years and they are starting age better now. I usually open one every three-four months.
Store the Westvleteren beer vertically, in a dark place between 12 °C and 16°C. It is better not to refrigerate it. It takes about a year before Westvleteren 8 and 12 start gaining their flavour and one and a half to two years before they get their full flavour.
Tilt your glass at 45°. Delicately pour half of the bottle into the glass. Straighten the glass to finish serving. Leave the last centimetre at the bottom of the bottle to avoid the yeast clouding your beer .
These 6 Beer Bottles Are Some of the Most Expensive in the World BrewDog The End of History . Liquor.com / Laura Sant. Sam Adams Utopias . Liquor.com / Laura Sant. Sapporo Space Barley. Liquor.com / Laura Sant. Schorschbock 57. Liquor.com / Laura Sant. 3 Floyds Dark Lord. Liquor.com / Laura Sant. Westvleteren 12.
The Trappists , officially known as the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (Latin: Ordo Cisterciensis Strictioris Observantiae , abbreviated as OCSO ) and originally named the Order of Reformed Cistercians of Our Lady of La Trappe , are a Catholic religious order of cloistered monastics that branched off from
“All Trappist monasteries brew a [ beer ] for their own consumption to drink with their meals. If they want to have a beer , that’s what they drink .”