Yesterday, the American website Ratebeer announced its annual Beer Top-50. The Trappist beer Westvleteren 12 is elected as the best beer in the world for the second time in a row. Besides the world famous Trappist from Westvleteren, we can find nine other Belgian beers in the top-50. Two of them are Trappist beers as well: Rochefort 10 occupies the 7th place and Westvleteren 8 can be found on the 17th place. All of the Belgian beers that appear in the Top-50 are strong dark beers, lambic beers or stouts.
Lambic breweries Cantillon and 3 Fonteinen each have two beers in the list. Cantillon’s Fou'Foune, an apricot lambic which is only produced in very limited quantities, occupies a very nice 19th place; while the old-style Kriek beer Lou Pepe from the same brewery can be found on the 49th place. 3 Fonteinen, another lambic brewer, makes the top-50 with its beers 3 Fonteinen Framboise (23rd) and 3 Fonteinen Oude Gueuze (Armand and Tommy) on the 39th place.
Other Belgian beers in the Top-50 are Sint-Bernardus Abt 12 (30th), Struise Pannepot (36th) and Struise Black Albert (44th). Ratebeer’s Top-50 is largely dominated by American beers. Besides the 10 Belgian beers, we can find one beer from respectively Denmark, Canada and Sweden. The Ratebeer Awards are handed out annually and are, according to the organizer, the biggest beer competition in the world with over 180,000 participating beer from over 13,000 brewers worldwide.
Here is the full list of the Belgian beers in the Top-50, with in between brackets their position last year:
1. (1.) Westvleteren 12
7. (5.) Rochefort 10
17. (18.) Westvleteren 8
19. (-) Cantillon Fou’Foune
23. (-) 3 Fonteinen Framboise
30. (43.) Sint-Bernardus Abt 12
36. (21.) Struise Pannepot
39. (-) 3 Fonteinen Oude Gueuze (Armand and Tommy)
44. (46.) Struise Black Albert
49. (48.) Cantillon Lou Pepe
The complete Top-50 can be found here.