Westvleteren 12 (330ml)Westvleteren Abdij St. Sixtus
Westvleteren 12 (XII) - The legendary, close to mythical Trappist from the Sint-Sixtus Abbey of Westvleteren. Global winner of a wide range of titles, prizes and medals, acclaimed by many, desired by the masses.
Their first title of Best Beer In The World, awarded in 2005 by ratebeer.com, triggered and fueled a hype as never witnessed before in the entire history of beer. The street where the abbey is situated could not handle the traffic and was made one-way shortly after winning the Best Beer award.
It's the heaviest and most prestigious of the beers bottled by the monks in Westvleteren. It can be recognised by the yellow cap (none of the Westies carry a label). The exact variety or mixture of hops is not disclosed by the monks of Sint-Sixtus, but they're local. They started making beer not that long after the monastery got established in its current form back in 1831.
This wasn't immediately the Westvleteren as we know it today. Back then it only had an alcohol percentage of 2% ABV, so in fact it even was a different beer all together. The production of the much worshipped Westvleteren 12 dates back to the beginning of World War II.
According to some it's somewhat overrated, the hype may have been (and still is) a bit over the top. And granted, there are a lot of great and even better beers out there. But still, this really is one of the best beers in the world, it has become bigger than tradition or craftmanship.
Westvleteren 12 is more than just the Sint-Sixtus monks life-supporting flagship it can truly be called a Belgian national beer treasure.