Have You Ever Lusted After a Beer?

image15-mainBy Charles D. Cook

I mean, really wanted it, so much so that you’d do anything to get it? That’s how a lot of people feel about the hallowed brews made at the Saint Sixtus Abbey, located near the West Flanders hamlet of Westvleteren, just north of Poperinge.

The hunt for Trappist Westvleteren

The brews of Westvleteren — namely the Blond, 8, and 12 — are hard to come by these days, even in their local area. When the members of the website Ratebeer.com first voted Westvleteren 12 as the world’s No. 1 in 2006, it set off a chain of events that made the beer a rare and expensive find.

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