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Dating a couple of beers

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by AlexFields, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. AlexFields

    AlexFields Advocate (560) Tennessee Dec 13, 2009

    Got a couple of beers as extras and trying to figure out the vintages (guy who sent them wasn't sure).

    First is Dieu du Ciel Solstice d'Hiver. Numbers punched on the side are 0 and 8--does that mean it's an 08? I've never understood how to read DDC labels.

    Second is Boulevard Dark Truth Stout, best buy date is 07/13--how far out do they date these?

  2. As long as one doesn't find out about the other, you should be able to date both of them simultaneously.

    On a more serious note, The dark truth is going to be good for a while. I wouldn't age it for years, but you can definitely put a few back.
  3. mborden

    mborden Savant (430) New York Jan 28, 2009

    Well this thread is less kinky than I thought.

    From here: http://www.boulevard.com/beers/smokestack-series/beer-faq/
    "The batch number consists of a letter or number indicating the brand, followed by the Julian date when the beer was bottled. For example, 70071 is a bottle of Tank 7 (7) bottled in 2010 (the first 0) on March 12th (071, the 71st day of the year). We also provide a "Best By" date (mo/yr) underneath the batch number, in this case 03/11. The beer is not necessarily bad after expiration, but may have passed its prime. Seasonal and limited release beers also have a Best By date, but instead of a bottling date, a batch number. For example, 2010-1 on a bottle of Rye-on-Rye is used for the first batch bottled in 2010. The Best By date is 01/13, indicating that we believe this beer can be aged for up to three years."

    From here: https://sites.google.com/site/freshbeeronly/canadian-breweries
    Dieu du Ciel:Uses a bottled on date for Canadian bottles ONLY. On the left side of the front label, there are months (1-12) and years (10, 11, etc...).Each is notched.

    Edit: I realize my DDC info is probably not helpful, per this thread:
  4. cmoody91

    cmoody91 Savant (325) Illinois Mar 21, 2010

    I believe Boulevard puts best by for Dark Truth 2 years out from bottling date.
  5. Yarf018

    Yarf018 Zealot (90) Colorado May 13, 2014

    For the dark truth, does this mean to drink it by the best by date or to cellar until the best by date?
  6. Have we figured out DDC's code yet?

    I have their barleywine that my brother got this weekend and it's marked 7/7. As much as I would like the have a seven year old bw, I doubt this is true.