In order to celebrate the completion of his challenge to drink 365 beers that were new to him during 2011, my brother Eric Ducote of the BR Beer Scene and my co-host on Raise a Glass held nothing back when it came to beers 363, 364, and 365. He rounded up a stellar beer drinking crew and bought in on a six pack of Belgian beer. However, this was no ordinary Belgian beer. This was three different bottles from Westvleteren, a Trappist Brewery run by monks. Their beer is some of the rarest and highest rated beer in the world. Oops. I got to try some!
We actually got to try the Westvleteren Bier Blond, the Westvleteren 8, and finally the Westvleteren 12. The numbers typically correspond roughly to the alcohol percentage in the beer, so the 12 is obviously pretty strong. The Belgian beers have a distinctively and deliciously unique taste from the different hops and yeasts that they use in their fermentation process, among other factors. Bottom line: Delicious!!