Trappist Westvleteren bottles to be labelled again

Discussion in 'Beer News & Releases' started by ahacsgt, Aug 12, 2022.

  1. ahacsgt

    ahacsgt Initiate (137) Mar 11, 2007 Massachusetts

    Westverleteren bottles to receive a label for first time in 75 years! Newly labeled bottles will be released on the 13 of August.
  2. readyski

    readyski Defender (605) Jun 4, 2005 California
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    Now if we can only get those crazy monks to ramp up production and distribute to the US west coast :wink:
  3. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (14,825) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    Just order them online. Shipping is expensive unless you buy six or more.
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  4. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (8,306) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming

    Yeah, I prefer fresher Westveteren 12 than really aged ones.
  5. readyski

    readyski Defender (605) Jun 4, 2005 California
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    Up until ~10 years ago that worked, but then a certain customs agent in LA shut that down :angry:
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  6. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (14,825) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    Still could 3 years ago, but probably not through LA POE.
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  7. bret27

    bret27 Poo-Bah (2,012) Mar 10, 2009 California
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    Does anyone import them to the US?
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  8. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (2,155) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    I don't think there is any legally distributed bottles anywhere outside of the abbey cafe
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  9. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,978) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    I had a bottle a day at Soveriegn in DC.

    $30 a bottle. Amazing bottle list there.
  10. crazyspicychef

    crazyspicychef Devotee (451) Sep 27, 2012 Pennsylvania

    That's a real bummer. It was part of their mystique.
    I know I'll never get to enjoy one, so it really doesn't matter to me.
    My friend tells me it's the best beer he's ever had. Oh well.
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  11. AlfromPA

    AlfromPA Initiate (75) Dec 9, 2021 Pennsylvania

    If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Next they will be offering an IPA.
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  12. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (2,531) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Yeah, if you don't count this label (circa 2012) from the bottles exported to the US with approval by the abbey.
    Or these "gray market" labels that were commonly found in the US circa 2000, created to meet then-ATF US labeling laws.
  13. ScaryEd

    ScaryEd Poo-Bah (3,251) Feb 19, 2012 New Hampshire

    Kind of an odd comment. They've put labels on them before.

    Also, it's just a label. It's not like they're releasing a special double dry-hopped addition.
  14. micada

    micada Meyvn (1,388) Jul 13, 2015 New York
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  15. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,749) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Hopefully they will take a lesson from Spencer that diversifying the product line is not necessarily a good idea:


    Did the production of Spencer IPA lead to this brewery's downfall? Hmm? :thinking_face:

  16. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,698) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Spencer was originally advised to stick to the old ways (brewing core Trappist-style beers), but over time basically convinced International Trappist Association brewing leaders that they needed to branch out in order to compete with American brewers. In doing so, they lost what made them unique.
  17. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,812) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado

    I dig the new labels. Classy and modern without being obnoxious. While they haven't had labels, they have sold bottles in branded paper 6-pack boxes for a little while. I think these labels are nicer looking than those.
  18. jmdrpi

    jmdrpi Poo-Bah (8,805) Dec 11, 2008 Pennsylvania

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  19. bret27

    bret27 Poo-Bah (2,012) Mar 10, 2009 California
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    That’s not winner talk.
    unless you’re completely adverse to trading, buying, sharing beer these are fairly attainable.
  20. Rug

    Rug Poo-Bah (2,120) Aug 20, 2018 Massachusetts
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    Alright, that's it. This thread finally convinced me to order a 6-pack of Westy 12! Now I just gotta wait on the international shipping :rolling_eyes:
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  21. beardown2489

    beardown2489 Zealot (506) Oct 5, 2012 Illinois

    That’s only because DC is the Wild West of beer
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  22. mynie

    mynie Poo-Bah (4,456) Jun 22, 2004 Maryland

    Westy, once again, is behind the times.

    A minimalist, beautifully designed label that maintains the integrity of their well-established brand? Please. That is so 2004.

    If they wanted to be taken seriously in today's beer scene, they should hire a graphic design graduate who will give the beer the exact same sans serif font and hideously busy graphics of every other beer. And, uhh, have you heard of these news things called cans?

    Also maybe consider renaming them? Instead of 12, how about something more contemporary, like "She Hulk's Revenge" or "Hormone Slapper?"
  23. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,978) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts


    Wesssssttttttvvvvlllleeetterrreennn Twwweeelllllvvveeee Foeder Aged Quad Winkel. Double decocted using an English yeast strain lagered for 3 months then aged in our new in-house Foeder for another 6 months and stored in 23 year Pappy Van Winkel barrels. Served via gravity keg on September 30th for the can release. Belgian Liege Waffles offered from our local friends at Vunder Haus Waffles. The confusingly German Belgian Waffle House.

    Prost or cheers or whatever. Doesn’t matter. We’re authentic and don’t brew IPAs until we have to.
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  24. te99912_123

    te99912_123 Initiate (151) Jul 16, 2022 Switzerland

    It's kind of funny (or is useless more appropriate?), since they don't need any marketing or new label to position themselves in the market to sell their beer.
  25. Resistance88

    Resistance88 Zealot (585) Apr 9, 2015 California

    they sent some to piggly wigglys a few years back..wherre were you?!!?!?!?
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  26. keithmurray

    keithmurray Poo-Bah (1,793) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    Where are you ordering them from?
    I ordered some from Belgium in a Box a few years ago but they are shut down.
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  27. AzfromOz

    AzfromOz Crusader (794) Aug 22, 2020 Australia
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    The lack of a label was helpful to those of us who knew what to look for - I literally stumbled across a couple in a beer store in Melbourne last year that the owner had put in the fridge just to see if anyone would bite. I did. $60AUD for 330ml is kinda steep, though!

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  28. AzfromOz

    AzfromOz Crusader (794) Aug 22, 2020 Australia
    Moderator Society Trader is your best bet these days for beer delivered from Belgium. Prior to fuel costing an arm and a leg their postage rates, even to Australia, were very reasonable.

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  29. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (14,825) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    I don't recall which company it was, could have been Belgium In A Box but a quick search reveals several possibilities such as and
  30. billandsuz

    billandsuz Zealot (511) Sep 1, 2004 New York

    Now we will have BA's who will quickly tell you how much better the old bottle Westy was. And you'll never know, but trust me, it was better.
  31. AZgman

    AZgman Initiate (53) Dec 22, 2011 Arizona

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