At the end of January ratebeer did their 11th annual “ratebeer best” competition. The 2012 results are in and the list can be found at http://www.ratebeer.com/RateBeerBest/.
The overall winner for 2012 was Westvleteren 12 from Westvleteren Abdij St. Sixtus.
The areas of competition were:
THE BEST BEERS IN THE WORLD BY STYLE CATEGORY
All beers listed are gold medal winners. (Note: In some instances the displayed scores are equal for beers of different places. This is not an error. Our calculations simply render much greater detail than we can display.)
THE BEST BREWERS IN THE WORLD
All brewers listed are RateBeer Best 2012 Gold Medal winners. (The total number of brewers in our contest is over 12000. The 100 listed represents less than the top 1% of all brewers — the creme de la creme of world brewing. For comparison, more than double the percentage of the population qualifies as genius.)
THE 2012 TOP NEW BREWERS IN THE WORLD
From the list of all new brewers – a whopping 1473 this year, these elite few have risen to the top. We anticipate these are the brewers to watch in the coming years. All are RateBeer Best 2012 Gold Medal winners.
THE BEST BEERS IN THE WORLD – OVERALL
The best 100 beers in the world as rated by tens of thousands of our worldwide tasters. All beers listed are RateBeer Best 2012 Gold Medal winners.
BEST BEERS BY COUNTRY
Ratings are by RateBeer representatives living around the world and tasting the beers available in each country except British Isles. Only countries with statistically adequate membership representation are listed below. All listed are RateBeer Best 2012 Gold Medal winners.
Australia and New Zealand- Best beers
Belgium – Best beers
Canada – Best beers
Denmark – Best beers
Germany – Best beers
Italy – Best beers
The Netherlands – Best beers
Sweden – Best beers
British Isles – Best beers
United States – Best beers
The 15 best beers in the world overall were:
CNBC did a great sildeshow of the top 15, which can be found at http://www.cnbc.com/id/46327587.
Source : http://www.ratebeer.com/