The Belgian beer Westvleteren XII has been awarded as the best beer in the world. It was the second year in a row that this Trappist outranked all other beers in the anual rating by Ratebeer.com. Westvleteren is brewed by monks in a Belgian village that goes by the same name. The Flemish monastery finished well in front of the American brands Three Floyds Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout (2nd), Russian River Pliny the Younger and Toppling Goliath Kentucky Brunch (shared 3rd place).
It’s not that easy to get your hands on the winning beer, since the monastery of Westvleteren doesn’t do mass production. Because of that it’s only sold at the monastery itself and a few bars and pubs. But if you would manage to get your hands on this quadrupel brew, you’re not likely to down this stuff too fast at once. With an alcohol percentage of 10,2 it will hit you hard.