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Collector & Signature Ales

This section of our shop is dedicated to the true collector & signature ales we have in our cellars. The Ales here listed will appeal to the veteran beer connaiseur. You will find back a here a selection of cellar aged premium ales, hard to find or limited brew selections.

Rodenbach Brewery

Rodenbach Caractere Rouge 7° -Limited Edition- 3/4L- 25.3fl.oz

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The brewer allow the beer to macerate with fresh cherries, raspberries and cranberries. After this maceration in oak for 2 years, the beer re-ferments in the bottle. The result is RODENBACH Caractère Rouge, an exceptional RODENBACH with fruit maceration and a 7% alcohol volume. The brew is more than unique and extremely exclusive, as only 900 75-cl bottles were produced! Geunes serves this wilful beer as part of his other unique range of beer varieties in his restaurant, ’t Zilte, at the Antwerp MAS museum.
Saint Sixtus Brewery

Trappist Westvleteren 12° -1/3L - 11.6fl.oz -

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A Trappist beer is a beer brewed by or under control of Trappist monks. Of the world's 171 Trappist monasteries (as of April 2005 ), seven produce beer (six in Belgium and one in The Netherlands). These seven breweries are authorized to label their beers with the Authentic Trappist Product logo that indicates a compliance to various rules edicted by the International Trappist Association.

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Westvleteren has the smallest output of the Trappist breweries, with only a small part of their production going very far into the world. Rated as one of the best beers in the world by ratebeer.com. Hugely flavorful, particularly a nutty, malty, burnt fruit flavor that is married perfectly to a soft but full body. The taste lingers in your mouth for a many minutes after you take a sip. Elegant, sophisticated, powerful, and down-right awesome.  The true king of beers !

 

Westvleteren LogoAuthentic Trappist Product

The Brewery of the Abbey of Saint Sixtus of Westvleteren is a Belgian Trappist brewery. The brewery is located inside the Abbey of Saint Sixtus of Westvleteren in the Belgian municipality of Westvleteren, not far from the hops-producing town of Poperinge. The brewery and its beers are usually referred to as just Westvleteren. Like many strong Belgian beers, the 8  from Westvleteren age well and can be cellared for many years whilst maintaining quality.

The bottles have been sold without labels since 1945. All of the legally required information is printed on the crown tops. Because of this lack of space, Westvleteren beers are the only Trappist beers that do not have the official Trappist logo displayed on the bottle. The logo is only printed on the distinctive wooden crates. Any bottles that are labelled have had them added unofficially by others. For example, some importers into the United States label the bottles in order to comply with local regulations.

The WestVleteren BreweryHistory

Trappist monks from the Catsberg monastery, located in France, founded the St Sixtus monastery in 1831. In 1838, the brewing at Westvleteren commenced, and has been continuous ever since. In 1850, some of the monks founded the Notre Dame de Scourmont monastery, which also brews a Trappist beer. During World Wars I and II, the Westvleteren brewery continued to operate, albeit at a lower capacity. The brewery was the only Trappist one to retain the copper vessels throughout the wars - the other breweries had the copper salvaged by the Germans for their war efforts. In WWI this was primarily due to the abbey not being occupied by the Germans, but instead was caring for wounded allied troops. In 1962, the St Bernardus brewery in nearby Watou was granted a licence to brew beer under the St Sixtus name. In 1992 this agreement ended, however St Bernardus still brews beers of similar styles, but under their own name. In 1989 the abbey opened its new brewery to replace the older equipment.

The brewery currently employs three secular workers for various manual labour tasks, however the primary brewing is done by the monks only. It is the only Trappist brewery where the monks still do all of the brewing. Five monks run most of the brewery, but an additional five help during bottling.

St Sixtus Monk BrewingCommercial orientations

As with all other Trappist breweries, the beer is only sold in order to financially support the monastery and some other good causes. Whilst the brewery is a business by definition (it's purpose is to make money), it does not exist for pure profit motives, and they do no advertising except for a small sign outside the abbey which indicates the daily availability of each beer. The monks have repeatedly stated that they only brew enough beer to run the monastery, and will make no more than they need to sell, regardless of demand. During World War II, the brewery stopped supplying wholesalers and since then they only sell to individual buyers in person at the brewery or the inn opposite. These methods all go against modern business methods, however as stated by the Father Abbott on the opening of the new brewery, "We are no brewers. We are monks. We brew beer to be able to afford being monks.". The current production is 4750 hL per year, and this is not expected to be increased.  Aside from the brewery itself, the only other official sale point for the beer is the abbey-owned In de Vrede, a small inn opposite the abbey. Buyers of the beer receive a receipt with Niet verder verkopen (Do not resell) printed on it. The abbey is very much against resale of their beer, and it's their wish that the beer is only commercially available at the two official sale points. To this end, any Westvleteren beer which is sold anywhere else in the world is grey market beer.

The world's best beer?

Whilst taste is highly subjective and individual, many international beer connoiseurs consider the Westvleteren 12 to be the best beer in the world. Since 2001 it has been ranked #1 at BeerAdvocate's website, a website dedicated to beer started by the Alström brothers, under "Best of BA", a list of the top 100 beers in the world.In June 2005, it was voted "Best Beer in the World" in a competition of over 30.000 beers organized by ratebeer.com, an American website dedicated to beer.RateBeer.com consistently rates the Westveleteren 12 #1. The 8 and the Blonde also rank highly on both sites. News organisations followed this up and many articles appeared in thœe international press, highlighting the beer ranking and the unusual business policies.  Following these events, Westvleteren's popularity increased tremendously, quickly draining the abbey's stock and forcing the monks to reduce the amount of beer sold to each customer even further. Towards the end of 2005, stocks were finally depleted, and no more would be ready until spring 2006. In an interview with Belgian newspaper De Morgen, monk Mark Bode explained that the abbey had no intention of increasing its production, despite the demand. Westvleteren has since gained an almost cult following, and many beer connoiseurs consider the Westvleteren 12 to be the holy grail of beer.

Despite the popularity, the monks of St Sixtus have shunned almost all interview and visit requests, and have not enjoyed all of the attention they have received. Non-monastic visitors to the abbey are usually turned away, instead being directed to the inn opposite where there is information about the abbey and brewery. They have stated a desire to live a peaceful monastic life, and find the resulting interruptions quite intrusive.

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Saint Sixtus Brewery

Vintage Westvleteren 8° - 1/3L - 11.6fl.oz - 2005 Brew - Cap date 27.10.08

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Cellar aged to perfection. 

Most of the time you wish you had the patience to let this heavenly brew rest. Here is your chance to get the 2005 brew. Those bottles do come out of our private aged collection and have been brewed in 2005. (Cap date 27.10.08). Cap dates are only there to satisfy Eurocrats. Beer experts know that Westvleteren 8°and 12° are best drunk best AFTER date. Here is your chance to get one of those aged to perfection bottles the dust on top.

Hard to find - Black Albert 13° - 1/3L -11.6fl.oz

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Cellar aged to perfection.

Ratebeer ranked it #4 in the world for its Ratebeer Best 2008 competition, which also named De Struise Brouwers the #1 brewers. BeerAdvocate also named Struise Black Albert #1 in the world in its magazine back in December. It may be among the best-brewed Russian Imperial Stouts ever though Coutteau contends that Black Albert is a “Royal Belgian Stout.”

Cellar aged - Pannepot 2007 - Reserva - 10° - 1/3L - 11.6.fl.oz

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Limited edition of 5000 bottles/year, Cellar aged to perfection 2007 brew

In the early 1900s, the village of De Panne, close to the French border, was famous for two things -- the ‘Pannepots’or fishing boats, that could be seen along the coast, and the unique dark ale enjoyed by the local fishermen. Our Old Fisherman’s Ale is a tribute to these hardy sailors and their rich, flavorful brew. Pannepot is an unfiltered, unpasteurized, bottle-conditioned dark ale with an intense, complex chocolate malt aroma, roasted accents, and subtle hints of spice. Aged on Oak

SANTA ROSA, Calif., January 29, 2008 - Tens of thousands of beer reviewers around the world, many having tasted over 1000 beers, have chosen the best brewer in the world -- and that brewer is Struise of Woesten-Vleteren, Belgium.

Struise however doesn't have a brewery. And they're not professional brewers either. The Belgian brewing team of Carlo, Peter, Phil and Urbain, does its brewing in its spare time away from working their day jobs. They have a relationship with a brewery in Woesten-Vleteren, Belgium -- not far from the former world champion brewers at Westvleteren Abbey -- where they bring in their own ingredients and brew on their own equipment.

The result has unequivocally been nothing short of world class. “Not being a commercial brewery that needs to turn over product in order to stay alive means that we can wait until our beers are perfect before releasing them,” explains Carlo. This means their distributors in Europe, American and Japan, are patient. And their consumers are just as patient. It's not uncommon to get your Struise after sitting on a waiting list at a mail order beer shop.

Struise is all about innovation. They tapped into the online beer scene many years ago and, unlike most other European brewers, have used internet resources to experience beer from around the world, most notably from the United States and Denmark. They've created a unique style of beer making, harmonizing popular styles from around the world with their own pure invention.

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Cellar aged - Pannepot 2011 - Reserva - 10° - 1/3L - 11.6.fl.oz

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Limited edition of 5000 bottles/year, Cellar aged to perfection 2011 brew

In the early 1900s, the village of De Panne, close to the French border, was famous for two things -- the ‘Pannepots’or fishing boats, that could be seen along the coast, and the unique dark ale enjoyed by the local fishermen. Our Old Fisherman’s Ale is a tribute to these hardy sailors and their rich, flavorful brew. Pannepot is an unfiltered, unpasteurized, bottle-conditioned dark ale with an intense, complex chocolate malt aroma, roasted accents, and subtle hints of spice. Aged on Oak

SANTA ROSA, Calif., January 29, 2008 - Tens of thousands of beer reviewers around the world, many having tasted over 1000 beers, have chosen the best brewer in the world -- and that brewer is Struise of Woesten-Vleteren, Belgium.

Struise however doesn't have a brewery. And they're not professional brewers either. The Belgian brewing team of Carlo, Peter, Phil and Urbain, does its brewing in its spare time away from working their day jobs. They have a relationship with a brewery in Woesten-Vleteren, Belgium -- not far from the former world champion brewers at Westvleteren Abbey -- where they bring in their own ingredients and brew on their own equipment.

The result has unequivocally been nothing short of world class. “Not being a commercial brewery that needs to turn over product in order to stay alive means that we can wait until our beers are perfect before releasing them,” explains Carlo. This means their distributors in Europe, American and Japan, are patient. And their consumers are just as patient. It's not uncommon to get your Struise after sitting on a waiting list at a mail order beer shop.

Struise is all about innovation. They tapped into the online beer scene many years ago and, unlike most other European brewers, have used internet resources to experience beer from around the world, most notably from the United States and Denmark. They've created a unique style of beer making, harmonizing popular styles from around the world with their own pure invention.

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Empty wooden Westvleteren crate

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A perfect addition to your cellar. The Original wooden crate from the Westvleteren Abbey.

Limited brew -Struise Tsjeeses Reserva 10° - 1/3L

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Bitterness : 30 IBU -

Hazy orange-amber color and foamy frothy white head. Aroma is fruity and very much tripel like. It has fine biscuit and bread accents but also touches of vanilla, wood, spices and fruits. Taste is soft and dry with a good balance. In the taste there are fine accents of fresh baked French brioches, some soft spices and great hints of fruits. The finale is turning dry but in a great way. It ends with a crispy bite of bitter hops. Aged for 6 months on oak.

Hard to find - Struise Mikkeler 9°- 1/3L -11.6fl.oz

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A beautiful co-operation between Danmark and Belgium.Struise Mikkeler is an Imperial Indian Pale Ale of +- 9° Alcohol volume which was developed by De Struise Brouwers and The Mikkeller brewery of Denmark in a joint venture.which results in the most bitter Belgian beer available nowadays. The hop bitterness has been lifted up to an amazing 130 IBU ! A record !

Limited brew - Cuvée van de keizer Red 10° - 2008 Brew - 3/4L- 25.3fl.oz

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Blond rich beer that is brewed each year during the easter period. It contains several types of malt and during brewing 3 herbs are added. It's golden blond color, it's high alcohol concentration of 10 %, it's full and balanced taste make this beer into a source of vitality and strength which will appeal to the demanding beer taster. For ideal tasting pour out gently in one pull to a temperature round 7-8° C. Served with pride it is drunken with respect. This pleasant golden blond beer is chosen for he who loves a richer, somewhat spicy and refreshing beer. Best drunk after 3 years in the cellar.

Limited brew - Cuvée van de Keizer Blue 11°- 2006 Brew - 3/4L- 25.3fl.oz

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01/09/2012 - Too late -Sold out - 

"Cuvee van de Keizer 2006 Blauw" is a high fermentation beer brewed from the 24th of February on, birthday of Charles the Fifth, in a limited quantity.

This exclusive ruby red dark beer is an adaptation of the traditional Golden Carolus, with a fine palate of refined flavors and tantalising aromas. A perfect beer to store for at least 10 more years, to give, and to taste. Currently ranked in the top 70 beers in the world.

 

Struise Witte 5°- 1/3L - 11.6fl.oz

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From the 2008 best brewers in the world. Natural cloudy wheat beer with light yellow golden color and nice creamy froth. The smell is complex with noble aromas of fine malts, citrus skin, exotic herbs and yeast. Very refreshing and tasteful.

SANTA ROSA, Calif., January 29, 2008     Tens of thousands of beer reviewers around the world, many having tasted over 1000 beers, have chosen the best brewer in the world -- and that brewer is Struise of Woesten-Vleteren, Belgium.

Struise however doesn't have a brewery. And they're not professional brewers either. The Belgian brewing team of Carlo, Peter, Phil and Urbain, does its brewing in its spare time away from working their day jobs. They have a relationship with a brewery in Woesten-Vleteren, Belgium -- not far from the former world champion brewers at Westvleteren Abbey -- where they bring in their own ingredients and brew on their own equipment.

The result has unequivocally been nothing short of world class. “Not being a commercial brewery that needs to turn over product in order to stay alive means that we can wait until our beers are perfect before releasing them,” explains Carlo. This means their distributors in Europe, American and Japan, are patient. And their consumers are just as patient. It's not uncommon to get your Struise after sitting on a waiting list at a mail order beer shop.

Struise is all about innovation. They tapped into the online beer scene many years ago and, unlike most other European brewers, have used internet resources to experience beer from around the world, most notably from the United States and Denmark. They've created a unique style of beer making, harmonizing popular styles from around the world with their own pure invention.

 

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