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Beer News / Re: What a surprise !!
Last post by Viv - May 16, 2024, 01:05:02 PM
Hi Filip,

Well, if it tastes of/contains lactic acid then it will be really healthy for
the digestive system and immune system as fermented foods like Kimchi and
Kefir have this!


Website / Updates succeeded !
Last post by Trappist - May 16, 2024, 11:13:10 AM
This morning, Siteground upgraded the MySQL version, which is the database engine.
Before, I could not upgrade the Joomla CMS towards 5.1, just because the old MySQL version was not compatibel with Joomla 5.1.
But see:

Dear Customer,

We are currently updating the MySQL on your host server. Brief service interruption (below 1 hour) may be experienced by the sites hosted on this server. The update is expected to be completed before 08:27 AM CDT.

Thank you for your understanding.

Best regards,

The SiteGround Team

Finally, I updated Joomla from 4.4.4 to 5.1.0, and things (main page and the forum too) work just FINE !! What a relief.
We are up-to-date again.

I need a beer :)
Beer News / Re: What a surprise !!
Last post by Trappist - May 16, 2024, 10:40:16 AM
This is actually the ever first time I see a full bottle of a 75cl Westvleteren. I'm quite excited :o
I really thought they didn't exist anymore ...... till those picture suddenly appeared on the BBB FB group.
This also proofs that full bottles still exist, and those also could be the case for Westvleteren 12 or the 6.
Westvleteren 12 is first brewed during WWII! 33cl and also 75cl volumed.
I don't know exactly what period inbetween WWII, so it actually could be at the beginning, but also at the end.
There are not that many crates produced I suppose. War period, etc...
Also, after WWII, the monks decided to go un-commercial and handed out the recipe to cheese manufacturer Saint-Bernard with discontinuing the labels.
It is definitely more likely to find a full crate of the 8, simply because that beer was already made way before WWII started.

Interesting detail: When opening one of those bottles Extra 8 graden, you will have a lactic sour beer with wood touches.

Lactic sourness is a great preservative, and I really think the beer is still drinkable  :eyes:

Jeez, how eager I wanna have a sip from those bottles !!! damn......

Beer News / Re: What a surprise !!
Last post by Viv - May 16, 2024, 08:56:44 AM
Hi guys,

Indeed that is a great surprise.

Unless you know the storage conditions, which could have changed
over the years, it's difficult to assess the condition of the labels
and corks, whilst also considering the cobwebs.   

Provenence is the key here.

Most likely they are in fact genuine. I wonder what price might be
involved. But I don't think that I would be interested in tasting
the beer except for a small sip! So better to leave them sealed as
they are!



Beer News / Re: What a surprise !!
Last post by John B - May 15, 2024, 06:30:32 PM
Interesting find. Hard to say if there has been any falsification at some point, not necessarily by the current owner.

The dust does look thin, but then again it's possible that the bottles have been dusted off by someone years ago and this collection of dust is not from pre-1945. Or the bottles may have been stored in a somewhat non dusty environment.

The corks are interesting, as about half of them look aged and half of them look almost new. Not sure what to make of that. Assuming all bottles were stored together and in the same environment it would seem that they should all look about the same.

The labels do look to be in almost pristine shape, especially considering they would be over 80 years old. Again, hard to say much more about that without knowing exactly how and where the bottles were stored.

Yes, a very interesting find, but as much as I love this beer (one of my all time favorites) I wouldn't be in a hurry to lay out a large sum of money for this. It's likely that someone will though, and I'd be interested in hearing how the beer itself looks and tastes.

Cheers! - John
Beer News / What a surprise !!
Last post by Trappist - May 15, 2024, 02:29:43 PM
What an amazing surprise to see that someone posted a full crate of pre-1945 75cl. bottles of Westvleteren 8 on the BBB Facebook group.  :o  :o  :o  :o  :o  :eyes:  :eyes:  :eyes:  :eyes:  :eyes:

This is the WONDER !!!

All bottles are still FULL. The corks are still intact too!

To give you an idea, I posted here under two pictures I took myself already long time ago.

Same bottle shape, same label, and exactly the same wooden crate too.

Now, I was wondering if there is some falsification done ?

The dust on the bottles is quite thin.
The corks look damn new to me.
The labels are spotless

Knowing that a crate like this - in such a great condition - will sell for a HUGE amount of money.

Actually, I'm clueless  :chin:

Chit Chat / Re: MBCC 2024
Last post by Trappist - May 15, 2024, 02:16:59 PM
Hi Jay,
Good to read that you are both safe back home.  t_u
Looking forward to the report Jay  t_u
I'm sure the pictures will be worth watching again.
thanks for sharing !!!

Chit Chat / Re: MBCC 2024
Last post by Jay - May 15, 2024, 10:43:32 AM
Hi everybody

Back a couple of days now from this years MBCC and to say this is our best trip yet is an understatement

We had an amazing 4 days in Copenhagen (and Sweden) sampling some mind blowing beers at some fantastic bars shared with some genuinely nice people

A report will follow

Jay  t_u
Beer Tastings / Re: Duivel Dark
Last post by Viv - May 15, 2024, 08:17:47 AM
Hi Filip,

That label should stand out anyway! Certainly an improvement on
the rather bland old label that Boon has used.

The main thing is the quality of the brew though, and there's no
doubt that Boon produces many top quality brews, including Duivel


Beer Tastings / Re: Duivel Dark
Last post by Trappist - May 14, 2024, 09:44:59 AM
Yes Viv,
What a great beer this is  :appauding-1:
Boon is doing a re-branding these days!

New labels, new glasses too. Same beer (VERY important)

Something tells me that this will be a HUGE succes story  t_u  t_u  t_u  t_u  t_u