Westvleteren 12 and St Bernardus 12 side by side

Westvleteren 12 vs. St Bernardus Abt 12

In researching for an article about our upcoming tour to St. Bernardus my wife was surprised to learn that although Westvleteren is now using Westmalle’s yeast, St. Bernardus is apparently still brewing the original Westvleteren recipe with Westvleteren yeast…  So she came to think that if she’s lovin’ a Westy, is it really a Westy? or is St Bernardus the real WestyConfusing, for sure.  So all we could do was pull out a bottle of each of them…which was conveniently located in our Coke Machine, and do a blind tasting.  Life is rough sometimes, but we were willing to make the sacrifice in order to provide you, our readers and beer voyagers, with enlightenment.

Val-Dieu Grand Cru

Beer #189 Val-Dieu Grand Cru

Name: Grand Cru Style: Quadruple Brewery:  Brasserie de l’Abbaye du Val-Dieu   website Country: Belgium Region: Aubel ABV: 10.5% abv How served:  750ml corked and caged bottle poured into an Abbeye de Leffe chalice. My Overall Opinion: Amazing. I paired this

Beer Trip to Gent with visit to‘t Waterhuis aan de Bierkant

Summary of the Oct 2010 Bon Beer Voyage Belgium Beercation (Day 3)

Summary of the Oct 2010 Bon Beer Voyage Belgium Beercation  Day 3 Monday October 25th            (Sailing from Bruges to Ghent)  This morning we had the pleasure of a relaxed breakfast while being able to enjoy the scenery as the barge

Beer #134 Westvleteren 12

Name:  Trappist Westvleteren 12 Style: Quadrupel (Quad) Brewery: Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren) website Country:  Belgium Region:  Westvleteren ABV: 10.2% Abv How served: 330ml capped bottle poured into a vintage Abbij St. Sixtus goblet.          My Overall Opinion: Amazing.  I paired

Beer Travels in Belgium Part 4 (Gent)

  This is the 4th installment of our Beery Adventures in Belgium.  We visited Bruges, Gent, Mechelen, Antwerp & Brussels over 7 days, meeting with vendors for our beer travel company, BonBeerVoyage.com.  During our whirlwind week, we were able to visit over

Beer Travels in Belgium Part 1

We just returned from Belgium after spending 7 days meeting with vendors for our beer tour company Bon Beer Voyage. We visited Bruges, Gent, Mechelen, Antwerp & Brussels.  Since our visit was between Christmas and New Year’s most of the breweries were closed, however we were still

Beer #17 La Trappe Quadrupel

Name: La Trappe Quadrupel Style: Quadrupel Brewery: Bierbrouwerij de Koningshoeven B.V.  website Country: Netherlands Region: Berkel-Enschot ABV: 10% How served: 330ml capped bottle poured into a La Trappe chalice.   My Overall Opinion: Very Good.   I paired this beer with: