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Wanted: Trappist Westvleteren 12

Trappist monk supervising a batch of Trappist Westvleteren 12

The Trappist Westvleteren 12 (10.2% ABV, introduced in 1940) is the only and most sought-after beer I have yet to try!

Trappist monks from the Catsberg monastery, located in France, founded the St Sixtus monastery in 1831. In 1838, the brewing at Westvleteren in Belgium commenced. As with all other Trappist breweries, the beer is only sold in order to financially support the monastery and other philanthropic causes.

Buyers were originally limited to ten 24-bottle crates of the beer per car, but as the beer increased in popularity, this was first reduced to five, then to two. For the Westvleteren 12 in 2009, it was limited to one case. When making an order now, the type and quantity of beer for sale are revealed. Sales are limited to one order a month per person per license plate and phone number. Also, the beer must be reserved on their “beerphone” (+32 (0)70 21 00 45) beforehand. The monks will never sell you any beer if you just drive up to the abbey hoping to get some. The reason for this is to eliminate commercial reselling, and hence give all visitors a chance to buy some.

Despite the popularity, the monks of St Sixtus have continued to decline almost all interview and visit requests, and have not enjoyed all of the attention they have received. Non-monastic visitors to the abbey are usually turned away, instead being directed to the visitor’s centre opposite where there is information about the abbey and brewery. They have stated a desire to live a peaceful monastic life, and find the resulting interruptions quite intrusive.

If you are in possession of an unopened bottle that was part of the 2010 production batch, please shoot me an email and we will talk…

6 comments on “Wanted: Trappist Westvleteren 12

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  2. Anonymous
    December 12, 2011

    if you’re interested in a Westvleteren XII trappist sixpack + 2 Degustation Glasses Limited edition, let me know. I have some for sale.


  3. Steven
    January 27, 2012

    I have 48 bottles of westvleteren ….. 🙂


  4. Bryce
    October 7, 2013

    I have a few dozen bottles of Westvleteren 10 and 12 from 2010. Please let me know if you’re still looking for some.


    • theBeerAuthority
      October 7, 2013

      Hey, this is is good to know! I am actually set for now and I appreciate your offer though. Perhaps we can set something up in the near future, thanks! Cheers!


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This entry was posted on October 25, 2010 by in Beer, Beer reviews, Top rated beers, Uncategorized and tagged , , .


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