More than a few beer nerds have proclaimed that Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII) is the best beer in the world. It's one of the rarest. It is, in theory, available only at the Trappist Abbey of Saint Sixtus of Westvleteren, in the Belgian municipality of Vleteren. There is a waiting list, and you're allowed to purchase only 12 bottles. I found Westvleteren XII two hours away, in Bruges.
I saw it on the menu when I dined at Cambrinus, and I'm glad I sampled it because I didn't see it again for the rest of my three days in Belgium. I'm pretty sure that the restaurant wasn't supposed to be selling it, and there is a chance it was illegally relabeled, or simply sold on the grey market; but, either way, whatever I was served for €12 a bottle tasted worth the money.
The food at Cambrinus, especially the soups but also the lamb stew and lasagna, was fantastic.
|€12 ($16 USD) for a single bottle of Trappist Westvleteren 12 (XII).|
|Bier Brassierie, Cambrinus; Bruges, Belgium.|