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'World's Best Beer' Finally Available
Yahoo ^ | 12-12-12 | Christina Ng

Posted on 12/12/2012 1:18:06 PM PST by shove_it

Beer aficionados are pouncing at the rare opportunity to buy one of the world's most elusive and revered beers for the first - and perhaps only - time in the United States. It is called Westvleteren XII, and it is often hailed as the "world's best beer" by reviewers and fans. Westvleteren XII is produced by Trappist monks in Belgium and sold at the abbey of Saint Sixtus in the Belgian countryside. The beer can usually only be purchased by reservation at the abbey - and reservations are extremely hard to come by. But when the abbey found itself hurting for money for an expensive renovation, the monks reluctantly made the decision to sell the beer outside of the walls of the monastery on a one-time-only basis. "I think it will be the last [time]," Westvleteren Brewery spokesman Mark Bode told NPR. "They say, 'We are monks, we don't want to be too commercial. We needed some money to help us buy the new abbey and that's it,' Back to normal again." Beginning today, limited quantities of the beer are being sold in the U.S. and abroad. A number of stores have been sent "bricks" of the beer, which include six bottles and two glasses from the monastery. The gift box retails for $84.99...

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TOPICS: Food; Religion
KEYWORDS: beer; beerlist; homebrew
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Here's your chance, 'beer aficionados'.
1 posted on 12/12/2012 1:18:09 PM PST by shove_it
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To: Red_Devil 232

Hey, Red...over here.


2 posted on 12/12/2012 1:19:23 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: who knows what evil?

Hey, Red...over here.

***
This Red’s on it, too....


3 posted on 12/12/2012 1:23:42 PM PST by Bigg Red (Sorry, Mr. Franklin, I guess we couldn't keep it.)
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To: shove_it

4 posted on 12/12/2012 1:25:39 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Bigg Red

After the Fed’s genius move today; we will be looking back at $84.99 a six as “the good old days...”


5 posted on 12/12/2012 1:26:12 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: shove_it

Right. I know something I’m ordering...


6 posted on 12/12/2012 1:34:03 PM PST by arderkrag (An Unreconstructed Georgian, Forever in Rebellion.)
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To: shove_it

PBR stock may take a hit.


7 posted on 12/12/2012 1:34:58 PM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: who knows what evil?

It’s not a “six”; it’s a “four”.

I’ve tasted it. It’s very good, but I don’t think it’s better than the Rouchefourt 10. And not nearly as good as anything from Cantillon.


8 posted on 12/12/2012 1:37:32 PM PST by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: shove_it

I have had it twice, it is outstanding. 9% alcohol and goes down easy as german chocolate cake. It is the real deal.


9 posted on 12/12/2012 1:38:31 PM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: who knows what evil?
Sorry, I misspelled "Rochefort".


10 posted on 12/12/2012 1:40:37 PM PST by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: shove_it

That would be Maisel’s Weisse.

Beats the pants off Trappist brews.


11 posted on 12/12/2012 1:42:52 PM PST by sauropod (I will not comply)
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To: Renfield

Is it beechwood aged?


12 posted on 12/12/2012 1:42:52 PM PST by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: sauropod

Maisel Weisse was the beer that introduced me to truly fine European beers. In the 90’s I drank enough of it to float a battleship. I put most of my home brews up in half-liter Maisel bottles.....it was a labor of love to gather bottles for my own brewing output.

I got to meet Oscar Maisel (by sheer coincidence, it turns out that my doctor there in that small town in South Carolina was Oscar Maisel’s brother in law!)...had a very pleasant evening sharing my home-brews with him.


13 posted on 12/12/2012 1:48:15 PM PST by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: arderkrag

Jungle Jim’s in Cincinnati got an allocation....it will sell out fast, even at $85/four-pack.


14 posted on 12/12/2012 1:49:29 PM PST by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: Renfield

I used to drink Maisel when I lived in Chicago 20 years ago. Impossible to find on the west coast. Lots of amazing local IPAs out here though.


15 posted on 12/12/2012 1:52:46 PM PST by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: Renfield

That’s awesome!

I’m working on improving the Maisel’s clone recipe I have.

I still haven’t progressed beyond extract brewing yet, but plan on doing all-grain in the near future.

Can’t get Maisel’s over in the States anymore. It’s not being imported. I have to rely on friends that visit FRG to enjoy any. Major bummer.

Ever have Ratzeputz?


16 posted on 12/12/2012 1:52:54 PM PST by sauropod (I will not comply)
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To: Bubba Ho-Tep

The importer of Maisel is in Georgetown, SC....plenty of it in the Carolinas.


17 posted on 12/12/2012 1:53:56 PM PST by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: Renfield

Really!

I’m gonna have to make a trip down that way. Where?


18 posted on 12/12/2012 1:56:42 PM PST by sauropod (I will not comply)
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To: Bubba Ho-Tep; sauropod

If you like really good Bavarian wheat beer, you should also try Planck Heller-Weizenbock. Difficult to find, but absolutely outstanding. It’s one of those beers that causes one to muse, “If I could only drink one beer for the rest of my life.....”


19 posted on 12/12/2012 1:56:54 PM PST by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: Renfield; who knows what evil?

If you look at the packaging, it’s clearly a 6 bottle package. 3 rows of 2 bottles. It even says so on the picture.


20 posted on 12/12/2012 1:57:20 PM PST by ro_dreaming (G.K. Chesterton, “Christianity has not been tried and found wanting. It’s been found hard and lef)
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To: Renfield

I also really like Schneiders Weisse. They have a good one called Edel-Weisse as well.


21 posted on 12/12/2012 1:57:43 PM PST by sauropod (I will not comply)
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To: sauropod

I didn’t see your post #16. It may be that it’s not imported now; I haven’t lived in SC since 1998. Call Green’s Beverages in Columbia, SC, at (803) 799-9499 and ask them; that’s where I used to buy it by the case.

It would be a tragedy if it’s not available any more.


22 posted on 12/12/2012 2:03:03 PM PST by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: ro_dreaming

I was at Jungle Jim’s last Friday. The beverage manager there (who had the Westvleteren sitting in his storage room, but couldn’t release it until today, as per contractual agreement) told me that it was a four-pack. The picture shown above may not represent what was shipped here.

He asked me if I wanted him to set some aside for me. I told him that for $85, I’d rather have a good Burgundy.


23 posted on 12/12/2012 2:07:12 PM PST by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: central_va

This thread’s bringing on a powerful thirst. Too bad it’s only 2pm here.


24 posted on 12/12/2012 2:08:46 PM PST by Bullish (The stench from this amateur regime stinks all the way to Kenya.)
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To: shove_it

Sorry....

I don’t care if I just won the lottery and the beer is brewed with gold dust; I’m NOT paying $85 for a sixpack!!!


25 posted on 12/12/2012 2:11:21 PM PST by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: shove_it
I ain't no connesuer, but I know what I like.


26 posted on 12/12/2012 2:13:01 PM PST by Hugin ("Most times a man'll tell you his bad intentions, if you listen and let yourself hear."---Open Range)
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To: sauropod
I like Schneider also, but I think it's overpriced...most expensive Weizen in our local market at $4.50/bottle. I prefer Weihenstephan, Planck, Paulaner, and Pinkus Muller. I think Pinkus Muller may be the best of what's available here...refreshingly tart and fruity.

Everything Pinkus Muller makes is outstanding...give it a try if you haven't already.


27 posted on 12/12/2012 2:13:22 PM PST by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: Bullish

Oh, come on. It’s 5 o’clock somewhere (and 10PM in Spain, so I just poured a glass of Tempranillo...)


28 posted on 12/12/2012 2:14:43 PM PST by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: clee1
It is a one in a lifetime thing, like sky diving....

Worth every penny.

29 posted on 12/12/2012 2:16:33 PM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Pharmboy

Beer ping.


30 posted on 12/12/2012 2:17:24 PM PST by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: shove_it

Sold out in Charleston already - triple dang.


31 posted on 12/12/2012 2:25:23 PM PST by ImProudToBeAnAmerican (2012 = Voter fraud > Chicago style!)
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To: shove_it

Oh, yeah . . . right . . . whatever. “Best” according to what expert?


32 posted on 12/12/2012 2:31:25 PM PST by MasterGunner01
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To: shove_it; quantim; spinestein; 5Madman2; DTogo; Horatio Gates; Ribeye; decal; B Knotts; doodad; ...

Pinging the Home brewers!


33 posted on 12/12/2012 2:58:58 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

I know I should be impressed but I look at the 85 dollar price and all I can think of is that I could make 40 gallons for that kind of money.

Am I cheap? Oh you betcha !

Cheers,

knewshound


34 posted on 12/12/2012 3:38:44 PM PST by knews_hound (Reading without commenting since 2001.)
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To: shove_it

You’re sure there are still Trappists in Belgium?


35 posted on 12/12/2012 3:49:44 PM PST by 353FMG ( Libiralsm is Satanism under the guise of compassion.)
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To: sauropod; Renfield
That would be Maisel’s Weisse.

Beats the pants off Trappist brews.

Maisel Weisse? Ugh! You must be kidding! That's a small step above Brauhaus, which was terrible. Falk Weizen, WeihenStephaner, Winkler, or Bruckmuller were a lot better.

BTW- The HEB grocer in San Antonio sells Maisel's from time to time.

36 posted on 12/12/2012 3:50:16 PM PST by Sarajevo (Don't think for a minute that this excuse for a President has America's best interest in mind.)
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To: shove_it

Trappist ales are a different kind of brew altogether; in a class by themselves.


37 posted on 12/12/2012 4:14:27 PM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: knews_hound

Yep! $85 dollars could buy a novice homebrewer a begining set up to brew % gallons of tasty homebrew and do it over and over!


38 posted on 12/12/2012 4:41:29 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

You are never going to homebrew anything near as good as the Trappist Monks.


39 posted on 12/12/2012 4:44:45 PM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: All
Stay thirsty my FRiends.
40 posted on 12/12/2012 5:17:18 PM PST by shove_it (the 0bama regime are the people Huxley, Orwell and Rand warned us about)
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To: thefactor

That would actually be a terrific investment...wonder what the proof is?


41 posted on 12/12/2012 6:21:56 PM PST by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: shove_it

>> “world’s best beer”

No such thing.

That’s as absurd as the “world’s best” dish.

Anyway, a lot of those Phlegmish beers have so much alcohol in them that they taste like crap.


42 posted on 12/12/2012 6:30:00 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: shove_it

;-)


43 posted on 12/12/2012 6:44:01 PM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: central_va
You are never going to homebrew anything near as good as the Trappist Monks.

Speak for yourself.

44 posted on 12/12/2012 6:46:32 PM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: shove_it

I’ll take a Guiness with a shot of Bushmills on the side. :)


45 posted on 12/12/2012 7:31:30 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: knews_hound

Ha! I’d like to try one, someday, but doubt I would buy a whole 6-pack. One at the Abbey as part of a wider Abbey beer tour would be good.


46 posted on 12/13/2012 7:45:07 AM PST by Betis70 ("Leading from Behind" gets your Ambassador killed)
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To: Renfield

I’ll try and find it.

Have you tried Julius Escher? That’s a cheaper variant and quite good.

Weihenstephan is pretty good, but it has an aftertaste. Paulaner I find so/so.


47 posted on 12/13/2012 8:43:12 AM PST by sauropod (I will not comply)
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To: Sarajevo

Totally disagree. I haven’t tried any of the others other than the Weihenstephan, but that doesn’t hold a candle to Maisel’s.

I’ll look into the ones you mentioned that I haven’t tried.


48 posted on 12/13/2012 8:45:25 AM PST by sauropod (I will not comply)
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To: gubamyster

ping


49 posted on 12/13/2012 2:03:29 PM PST by gubamyster
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To: who knows what evil?

Yup!


50 posted on 12/13/2012 2:25:07 PM PST by Bigg Red (Sorry, Mr. Franklin, I guess we couldn't keep it.)
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