Westvleteren 12 rated world’s best beer

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According to ratebeer.com, Westvleteren 12 is this year’s best beer in the world. The website presents the awards every year, and makes up one of the largest beer competitions in the world. Westvleteren 12 beat out 140,000 other beers from as many as 12,000 brewers all over the world to take first place.

The Belgian Rochefort Trappiste also scored well, finishing fifth among the rest of the competition. Westvleteren 12 and Rochefort Trappiste are not the only Belgian beers to rate high worldwide: 6 other Belgian beers also scored in the top 50.

The monks who brew the beer at the Saint Sixtus abbey in Westvleteren have since decided to export the beer abroad. For the time being, the beer will be available in France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, the USA, the Netherlands and Canada. Proceeds from sales will go toward renovating the abbey.

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