They brew the best beer in the world, sold in small quantities and exclusively in their abbey: the monks of Westvleteren did not appreciate to find it in the supermarket.

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It’s a mythical drink – in every sense of the word. Jealously cultivated by the twenty or so Trappist monks of Saint-Sixte Abbey , in the Belgian Flanders, the Westvletere, the best beer in the world according to the specialists, is a privilege that is disputed by amateurs. And for good reason: there is not for everyone. Cellars of this brewery governed by strict rules, including silence, the Cistercians, come out only 6000 hectoliters a year, distilled dropper.

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To obtain it, you have to travel to the west of Belgium and a few kilometers from the French border. To buy more than 6 bottles, but never more than 72, notify in advance. To cheat, be very clever: you enter the abbey by car after leaving a photocopy of the registration card, whose owner is allowed to return with the same vehicle that two months later .. The Westvleteren deserves.

Westvleteren Abbey, West Flanders.

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One can easily imagine the surprise of the good monks when they discovered a few weeks ago that a Dutch supermarket chain, Jan Linders, had marketed more than 7000 bottles of Westvleteren in its stores, without their permission. Worse, that they were sold close to 10 euros a bottle, against just 1.50 euros to the abbey.

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Explanation of the unscrupulous trader – who has since presented on his website his excuses to trapped trapped: the bottles were purchased legally, but not transparently, through “a number of relationships”. Which relations have also cost him a lot, since he would have practically taken no profit from the 300 packs of 24 bottles sold, profits abandoned, he assures, to his intermediaries.

The monks did not allow themselves to be moved and launched their lawyers in the distributor’s pockets. They are all the more annoyed that, faithful to the founder of their abbey and to the vocation of their order, they do not make money with their divine beverage, whose sale only serves to cover their meager needs. A “livelihood”, as they themselves say, that they have no intention of giving in to temple merchants.