Quadrupel

Westvleteren 12

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.

Préaris Quadrocinno (2014)

In a perfect world, when met with a beer style suitable for aging, one seeks to acquire at least two bottles of the beer in question, such that you have a bottle to drink now and a bottle to drink later. That way, you can see how the character of a beer changes over time. Of course, this isn't always possible, and should your first experience with a beer be with a cellared sample, it's only natural to wonder what it must have been like fresh.

Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad (2014)

Since its inaugural bottling run in December 2009, Bourbon Barrel Quad has been one of the more popular releases in the Smokestack Series of beers produced by Boulevard Brewing Company. Intended as an annual release, it has appeared on shelves every year except 2012, when the brewery announced that the beer had not developed fully and therefore would not be out again until the end of 2013.