March 26, 2012

A hearty dark brown beer produced at a Trappist monastery in Belgium has been rated the world's best brew by an online community of beer lovers.

Coincidentally, the monks are temporarily boosting production of its special brew to pay for renovation work at its western Flanders abbey.

The monks at the Trappist Abbey of St. Sixtus of Westvleteren said they will temporarily make one additional batch per month and offer it at participating supermarkets.

The monks' Westvleteren 12 brew – with an alcohol content of 10.2 per cent – was rated the best in the world by Ratebeer, which offers beer connoisseurs the chance to discuss and rate their favourite brew.

Until now, the Trappists sold their beer only to individuals directly from the abbey.