westvleteren blonde, 8, and 12

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So a little over a year ago “a friend of mine” scored a hat trick while visiting Brussels on a honeymoon stop.  He rolled into one of the many bottle shops there and, in a crate tucked under a beer rack, uncovered a mixed case of westvleteren blonde, 8, and 12 bottles.  Anxious to try these fabled beers, he scooped them up and stuffed them in his wife’s suitcase, but upon reaching home he had a change of heart and donated his entire stash to me.  He wishes to remain anonymous for fear of monk retribution, as sale of these beers outside of the monastery is frowned upon.  A year later, I dug these guys out and cracked em open.

  • For those out of the loop, the Westvleteren story is an interesting one, the hotlink is definitely worth a quick read.
  • FYI, these beers, although surprisingly somewhat difficult to find in belgium, were spotted in several bottle shops in amsterdam, so if you are ever out there, it might be worth your while to go on a hunt.
  • the westvleteren blonde was great – a flavorful yet easily drinkable blonde without the spiciness i personally dislike from many belgian blondes.
  • the westvleteren 8 was a big surprise and my favorite of the bunch – big cola flavor that i love in quads, but this is a dubbel!  it reminded me of a smaller, super-drinkable rochefort 10.
  • the westvleteren 12 was awesome too – great complexity and unreal drinkability.  a great beer? yes.  one of my favorite quads? yeah, I guess.  worth the hype? maybe, but not at the prices these are going for on ebay.

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