Monday, September 27, 2010

Trappist Westvleteren adds new fermentation tanks

Photo, above: Belgian journalist Danny Van Tricht, speaking with
Brother Benedict in the brewhouse at Westvleteren, as Brother
Joris looks on.

My good friend and colleague, Danny Van Tricht, broke the news
today that Brouwerij Westvleteren has added three new 15 hectoliter
(about 13 US barrels) fermenting tanks:

The text is in Dutch, but the short, squat fermenters are shown in the
4th, 5th, and 6th photos in Danny's post.

If you look straight down the middle of the 4th photo, you can see
the entrance to the present lagering/secondary fermentation cellar.
To the right in the photos are several water tanks. It's also obvious
that a new floor has been added as well.

Here's a photo, below, of Brother Joris (left) and Danny in the room
as it appeared previously:

What do these developments mean for beer lovers? Well, only
time will tell. But I suspect we might be hearing more about
Westvleteren in the not-too-distant future.

1 comment:

Alexander D. Mitchell IV said...

Thirteen barrel. Thirteen. That will increase our odds of seeing their stuff here by about 0.00006239%.

Meanwhile, Dogfish Head orders 600-barrel tanks.

Sometimes the beer gods mock us.