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This is the best beer in the world and it is hard to get it Westvleteren trappist

Westvleteren has the smallest output of the Trappist breweries, with only a small part of their production available outside of Belgium.

Having a beer rated as the world's best and selling out in minutes should be a brewer's dream, but for the Trappists who brew Westvleteren ale at a monastery in western Belgium it seems more of a burden, said Reuters.

Monks at the Sint Sixtus abbey have been selling to locals since 1878, limiting production so that brewing never took over monastic life or earned more than the community needed.

The system worked well until the Internet age and the birth of beer fan sites such as RateBeer, which ranks Westvleteren XII, the abbey's hard-hitting 10.2 percent brew, as the world's best.

How to get it?

Well, this is another story. The Westvleteren "Trappist" is sold exclusively at the abbey store, and only after having made a reservation by telephone. A lot in advance.

This is what monks says:


  1. See our web page Up-to-date Information for information regarding when reservations will be accepted for which beer and how much beer can be reserved at any one time.
  2. At the time indicated, call us using the beer phone number (+32 (0)70/21.00.45).
  3. Then you can make an appointment (date and time) with the beer phone operator, providing the license plate number of the car which will be used to pick up the order.
    Address of our abbey and beer store is: Donkerstraat 12, B -8640 Westvleteren.


Please take into account that you may often get a busy signal when you call to make a reservation, due to the fact that our beer lines are overburdened! You're not the only one who is calling at that moment. Due to our small-scale production, the number of telephone calls is much greater than the number of available reservations. That means it's a matter of having a lot of patience as well as a lot of luck.

In order to allow as many customers as possible to make a reservation, there are several limitations built into the reservation process:

  • Automobiles:

  • It takes at least 60 days before the same automobile can pick up a next order.
    It takes at least 60 days before the same telephone number can reach the beer phone for a next reservation.
    Anonymous telephone numbers are not accepted.

      Our beer is sold by the crate, with 24 bottles per crate. From the 1st of May 2013 on, the beer prices (excluding the deposit for the crate and the bottles) are :

      Trappist Westvleteren Blond (5,8 vol.% ABV) 30,00 euros
      Trappist Westvleteren 8 (dark) (8 vol.% ABV) 35,00 euros
      Trappist Westvleteren 12 (dark) (10,2 vol.% ABV) 40,00 euros

      Deposit for empty bottles and crate: 12 euros (9.60 euros for the crate plus 0.10 euros per bottle). Empty bottles and crates can be returned only if undamaged. The wooden crates should be kept in a dry place.

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