Apparently the brewery got really strict as to how much can be purchased as well as refusing to increase output. The terms of purchase is that you can not re-sale to a third party. http://www.sintsixtus.be/eng/brouwerij.htm "Our beer is sold in limited quantities and the reservations which we accept are always for a particular type of beer. Since we want to serve as many customers as possible, orders are limited to one order per car per per telephone number within any given month. Anonymous numbers cannot be used. You yourself must be the consumer. The receipt stipulates that the beer is not to be sold commercially to a third party. We reserve the right to prosecute offences. Our beer is sold by the crate, with 24 bottles per crate. Prices (excluding the deposit for the crate and the bottles) are: Trappist Westvleteren Blond (5,8 % ABV) 28,00 euros Trappist Westvleteren 8 (8 % ABV) 32,00 euros Trappist Westvleteren 12 (10,2 % ABV) 38,00 euros" More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westvleteren_Brewery I've had the Westy 12 and the 8 four or so years ago when they were both $12 a bottle (World of Beer in Tampa). Preferred the 8. Wasn't quite as hostile while still being incredibly complex. 12 needs to sit and mellow for a few months. There was a dude on the ratebeer forums that had several vintages, said they aged impressively. I'd love to have a few for my cellar.