Westvleteren 12, the ultra-rare Belgian Trappist ale, finally coming to the LCBO
Until recently, bringing home a bottle of Westvleteren 12, brewed by the 29 monks of the Trappist Abbey of Saint Sixtus of Westvleteren and consistently ranked among the top beers of the world, was a complex process. First, call the Abbey and make a reservation by phone. Then, having been assigned a date and time, travel to Belgium. Of course, each buyer is strictly limited to a single case every 60 days (they even keep a record of your license plate and phone number), and purchasers must agree not to resell any of the bottles. Thanks to importer Horizon Beers, this is about to change.
Characterized by a malty aroma and sweet flavour notes of fig, date, caramel, plum, raisin and caramelized sugar (which balance the high alcohol content of 10.2 per cent), these bottles are ideal candidates for long-term cellaring to mellow and smooth out the beer’s complexity. If you can get your hands on a pack, we suggest drinking one now and tucking the others away to age for special occasions. They might be the only bottles of the stuff you’ll ever get. After a long delay, gift packs of six bottles and two goblets are expected to arrive at the LCBO in the next couple of weeks (keep checking their website) and will retail for $75.40. Good luck.