... sort of. For those who are not familiar, Westvleteren is considered the Holy Grail amongst beer aficiondos, due to it's exceptional taste and scarcity. You can only obtain a small amount by pre-appointment and you have to buy it directly from the abbey in Belgium- in person, no mail order. On 3 November, Westvleteren will be available for the first time ever in retail stores. The catch? Only a limited quantity will be sold, only at Colruyt stores in Belgium, and only if you present a coupon issued by certain newspapers. For all the beer pilgrims out there who want more information, I can only find the details on Dutch-language websites, but if you run this article through Google translate, you should get the basic gist: http://www.standaard.be/artikel/detail.aspx?artikelid=DMF20111013_052
Thanks, Tom. I'm going to cut and paste your "heads up" into an e-mail and send it to a good friend who lives in Brussels. With the condition that he save me a bottle or two. Cheers!
I ditto the thanks to you Tom. I thought this day was coming because their current business practices regarding beer sales are way too restrictive. It's almost childish the way one has to jump through hoops to obtain it. Hopefully Westvleteren will be regularly sold as are the rest of the Trappist beers.
On Thursday, November 3 launch a special sale of the Trappist Westvleteren Belgian Colruyt stores in all. That parts of the monks of Westvleteren them. It is the first time the abbey beer that sells way beyond its walls.
Each customer who purchase from The Standard, Knack and Le Vif on November 2 issued to the checkout, can buy a so-called bouwsteenbox Westvleteren XII. Each box costs 25 euros and includes 6 bottles of Trappist monk and two tasting glasses. For once, the world celebrated Trappist abbey gate not to be removed, but in a Colruyt store. The promotion runs until all 93,000 brick boxes sold. The proceeds of the sale goes entirely to the extraordinary reconstruction of the Trappist Abbey, says the press release. "Ten years ago the brotherhood faces irreparable subsidence at the monastery," it sounds. In order to finance the renovations since September 2010, the brothers each month an extra turn of brewing Trappist Westvleteren 12 are provided. The international website ratebeer.com Westvleteren 12 sees this year as the best Belgian beer and the second best beer in the world. "Westvleteren XII is best stored upright in a dark, cool place (preferably not the refrigerator), the abbey brothers still share it.