Am I a bad beer drinker for not being familiar with Westvleteren Brewery and their three classic Belgian Trappist brews? Probably. Regardless, once I sat down and started doing a little research, I quickly found out I had something special in my possession. If you were like me and unfamiliar with Westvleteren, let me get you up to speed on what my Google search results overwhelmingly reports as one of the best beers in the world.
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