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Mon Dec 17, 2012, 05:03 PM

The rarest of Belgian ales makes a one time only US appearance

For American beer lovers, word that a very limited amount of Westvleteren XII would be on sale this week was like a visit from Halley's Comet: a once-in-a-lifetime situation.


The event brought out thousands of beer fanatics -- all competing for a beverage with a suggested retail price of $85 per six-pack.

The world-renowned beer is brewed by a small group of Trappist monks in Belgium, and usually can only be bought at their abbey. But the monks' home needs some restoration and renovation work, so they announced the sale of 15,000 "brick" gift packs (a six-pack and two commemorative glasses) for sale in the U.S. for the first time on Dec. 12.

"This is a special one-time only release," the monks warned on their website. "It might sell out right away on Dec. 12th. No advance reservations are accepted via this website."

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$85 a six pack...

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Initech Dec 2012 OP
NRaleighLiberal Dec 2012 #1
Curmudgeoness Dec 2012 #2
NRaleighLiberal Dec 2012 #3
Initech Dec 2012 #4
NRaleighLiberal Dec 2012 #5
Initech Dec 2012 #6
NRaleighLiberal Dec 2012 #7
Initech Dec 2012 #8
NRaleighLiberal Dec 2012 #9
Initech Dec 2012 #10

Response to Initech (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 05:08 PM

1. There are many beers its equal at far less....

All about the rarity factor!

all of these rate "100" at Ratebeer.com. Bells Expedition is simply amazing and not too hard to find.

Rochefort Trappistes 10 100
Bells Expedition Stout 100
Westvleteren 12 (XII) 100
Westvleteren Extra 8 100
Russian River Pliny the Elder 100
3 Fonteinen Framboos (Framboise) 100
AleSmith Speedway Stout 100
Three Floyds Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout 100
De Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva 2000 R 100
Hair of the Dog Dave R 100
AleSmith Speedway Stout (Barrel Aged) 100
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) 100
Nšrke Stormaktsporter R 100
Russian River Pliny the Younger 100
3 Fonteinen J & J Oude Geuze Blauw R 100
Nšrke Kaggen Stormaktsporter R 100
Three Floyds Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged) 100
Bells Black Note Stout 100
Lost Abbey Yellow Bus R 100
Three Floyds Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout (Bourbon Vanilla Bean) 100
Cigar City Hunahpuís Imperial Stout 100
Founders CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout) 100
AleSmith Speedway Stout (Kopi Luwak) 100
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare R 100
Cigar City Zhukovís Final Push 100
Cigar City Hunahpuís Imperial Stout - Brandy Barrel Aged 100
Cigar City Pilot Series Passionfruit and Dragonfruit Berliner Weisse 100

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 07:30 PM

2. Yes, rarity does strange things to people.

For some reason, people are over-impressed by something that is rare....often opposed to being best.

I am not a great beer enthusiast, but I have never heard of any on your list. Then again, I am just a Yuengling Lager drinker when I do have a beer. I don't get fancy.

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Response to Curmudgeoness (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 09:16 PM

3. I tend to be a big flavor guy - so stouts do it for me.

don't need to be pricey - just need to be unable to read through em!

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 09:57 PM

4. I have had more than a few beers on that list.

I really dislike Framboise style so I tend to stay away from those but give me a good strong dark ale and I'm in!

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Response to Initech (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 09:58 PM

5. Founders and Bells are my two go-to producers at the moment!

Founders Breakfast Stout...yumm! And Brooklyn Black Chocolate...and...and....

yum!

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #5)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 11:05 PM

6. For me it's The Bruery, Deschutes, and Stone. West Coast ales represent!

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Response to Initech (Reply #6)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 11:08 PM

7. Hard to get in NC - I LOVE Stone's Imperial Stout...rarely see it.

all time favorite - Rogue Double Chocolate......(for dessert sometimes with a scoop of vanilla!)

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #7)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 11:54 PM

8. That is good shit.

I like the Alesmith Speedway Stout too but I don't think that one is available outside of California.

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Response to Initech (Reply #8)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 11:55 PM

9. Well, I can say you are one DUer who I would love to do a beer tasting with!

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #9)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 02:10 AM

10. Ah I have been to the Great American Beer Festival several years in a row.

So you could say I'm a well seasoned veteran when it comes to beer tasting! Prost!

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