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HOLY GRAIL OF TRAPPIST BEER: Westvleteren, made at Trappist abbey of Saint Sixtus in Vleteren; the Trappist Westvleteren 12, Westvleteren's highest-alcohol brew (10.2 per cent alcohol), has been called the best in the world for its complex flavors.

Stop and smell the hops

From the Hop Museum Poperinge to Vleteren, go on a beer and bike adventure to drink in the best of Belgium breweries and more.
Jan 16, 2016 5:50 AM

FROM a distance, the conical green plants reminded me of the rows of Fraser firs in the North Carolina mountains, but that didn't make sense here in the flatlands of western Belgium. I'd seen demonstration hops grown at American breweries, but never fields of them and certainly not more than 20