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Westvleteren 12 and other belgian beers

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glitterbug:
hop fields on the way to the abbey


The blonde and the 12, both were excellent


12's with the hop tart


Poperinge bar


Poperinge bar


Poperinge bar


Brugge bar


Ghent bar


We had a lot of fun. Going to the abbey to get the Westvleteren 12 was probably the highlight of our 10 day trip. The weather was perfect in august, 60-70f. We woke up early in the morning and walked to a bicycle rental shop in Poperinge. It is a nice 15-20 minute bike ride through the Belgian countryside. There is nothing but farms and hop fields on the way to the abbey and you can pull over on the side of the road and get walk up and smell the hops growing on the vines. We had about 7 or 8 rounds and left there feeling really good. It was awesome.

I would recommend this trip to any beer lover. I was worried my wife would not enjoy herself because she wanted to see museums and churches and other artsy stuff and she is not a big drinker. The town near the abbey, Poperinge, is very small and only has a few "tourist" type attractions. She kept asking me, "Are we really staying there for two days!". She liked it so much that she suggested we do a "proper" trappist tour and visit all 7! That part of our trip was very relaxing.

dbeechum:
I love Pope. Where were the bar shots taken? The Palace or Paix?

bluesman:
Looking at all of those great Belgian beers just made me really thirsty. I would love to go there some day.

glitterbug:

--- Quote from: dbeechum on November 07, 2009, 10:41:37 AM ---I love Pope. Where were the bar shots taken? The Palace or Paix?

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The first one is at Palace and the other two were at Belfort

glitterbug:

--- Quote from: bluesman on November 07, 2009, 11:47:59 AM ---Looking at all of those great Belgian beers just made me really thirsty. I would love to go there some day.

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We talked about an overseas vacation for YEARS but always found an excuse. We finally just booked some tickets. It really motivated us to start saving and take the time off work :)

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