Westvleteren 12 & Gouden Carolus box of 6x bottles

Westvleteren 12 & Gouden Carolus Westvleteren 12 & Gouden Carolus Westvleteren 12 & Gouden Carolus
Box size
Small: 30 x 25 x 20cm
Box weight
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Westvleteren 12 (or the Westy 12 to its friends) is one of the 10 true Trappist beers and has many times been chosen as "Best Beer in the World" by Ratebeer. Like its Westvleteren 8 and Westvleteren 6 siblings, it's brewed inside the Sint Sixtus abbey in the rural Belgian town of Westvleteren by monks and is one of the rarest and most sought after beers. Apart from being widely regarded as the best beer in the world, it's also been called a "desert island beer". It's the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow for so many beer geeks, a world class Belgian Trappist beer that doesn't have many peers.

Officially it's only sold by appointment from the abbey and getting an appointment is a difficult task. The maximum amount one can purchase is 2 crates (48 beers and the creates are sold at a very reasonable price considering it's scarcity. 

A few years ago on Nov 4th 2011 the monks decided to "allow" the Westvleteren 12 beer to be sold commercially, to fund some necessary repair works in their abbey. In Belgium it was sold through Colruyt and in the US it was distributed by Shelton Brothers. Special packaging was created for the Westvleteren 12  - a type of box with illustration of old heavy stones on it, to reflect the reason why it was being sold (for the renovation works of the abbey). A total of 7760 of these boxes, each containing 6 bottles and two glasses were imported in to the US, where they sold out very quickly.

The Westvleteren 12 beer bottle has no labelling at all and is distinguished from the other Westvleteren beers by the colour of its cap, which is yellow (as opposed to blue or green for the other two Westvleteren beers). This beer can be easily kept for several years and some say storing Westvleteren 12 in the cellar will only improve its taste.

This is a classic Belgian "quadrupel" beer, meaning it's a strong dark ale coming in at 10.2% ABV. Descriptions that appear most in tasting notes include "plums", "dark fruit", "chocolate" and "brown sugar". It has a murky brown color with a creamy and light brown head. It's absolutely a beer with a complex and very special, balanced taste that must be tried at least once by everyone who likes having a beer.

Gouden Carolus Classic is a dark special beer brewed by Het Anker (translated at The Anchor), which traces its history back to the 1400's. This brewery is in Mechelen, a city about 30Km north of Brussels. In the 1990s, when the fifth generation of this family of brewers was in charge, several important investments were made when the buildings and brewing installations were completely overhauled and renewed.

Since then this brewery has achieved international recognition and has been exporting beer to over 30 countries in the world, while winning many awards along the way. Gouden Carolus Classic is one of those beers that's been awarded several prizes. At the 2012 World Beer Awards, Gouden Carolus Classic was awarded "World's Best Dark" beer. In 2010 Gouden Carolus Classic was awarded "World's Best Dark Ale". Previous, in 2009 Gouden Carolus Classic received the award of "World's Best Standard Strong Dark Ale", at the World Beer awards. The list goes on to include several more Belgian awards as well as a Silver medal in the Australian International Beer Awards of 2010.

Gouden Carolus Classic has a beautiful ruby red color with an alcohol content of around 8% ABV and exclusively uses Belgian hops. Like most beers from this brewery the Gouden Carolus Classic is filtered before bottling takes place. A small amount of yeast and sugars are added for a second round of fermentaion in the bottle. They are then placed in "hot rooms" for around 3 weeks before being released for consumption.

Gouden Carolus Classic is has dark, very balanced aromatic malts with touches of caramel. These, in combination with a traditionally high fermentation produce a beer that combines the warmth of wine with the freshness of beer. This makes it the perfect beer to have with stews, venison and patés.

Other beers from Het Anker brewery include Gouden Carolus Tripel and Gouden Carolus Ambrio

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