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The crown jewel of your cellar?

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by SeaOfShells, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. Maple tripple
    Seared pallet
    The wanderer
    Silva stout (cause its so damn good)
    Kate
    Gratitude gorgeous bottle
  2. nice, i'll remember that. i can get it pretty regularly so maybe i'll grab a couple bottles and store them away.
  3. Some guy: "I'm really mad because beer needs to be consumed, not collected."

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  4. Why are people cellaring Blabaer? Aren't you supposed to drink the fruit Cantillons fresh?

    I kind of forget what's in my cellar; I need to go through it again sometime soon. Maybe Alpine Great (2009), Alpine Briscoe(2008?) or Alpine Ichabod (2007). Maybe my Barrel Aged Speedway Stout from like 2008. Or one of the Veritas beers (007, 008, 009, 010).
  5. gklover1

    gklover1 Savant (255) Colorado Oct 18, 2009

    Check this out...

    http://emptygrowler.com/2012/10/an-epic-vertical-tasting/

    There is a writeup on 120 minute in there that is helpful. Of course, the only vintage they didn't have was my Batch 1...:(

    Would love to have heard, but the results are still encouraging!
  6. JohnGalt1

    JohnGalt1 Advocate (700) Idaho Aug 10, 2005

    Funny.... This is one of my cellar gems too. :D

    BTW... Our high ABV tasting will likely be in December/January. The "Holy Grail" is sitting safely in the coldest part of my fridge.

    Thanks again amigo!!
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  7. Maple Triple
    Seared Pallet
    The Wanderer
    06 Abyss
    Batch 1 Parabola
    Gratitude (gorgeous packaging)
    Silva Stout (Love this beer)
  8. My "crown jewels" are probably some Verticals I have been saving up :

    BCBS 09-12 + Bramble
    Fullers Vintage 08-11
    Stone IRS 09-11 +Belgo
    Stone DB 2010+2011

    I hope to drink all these within the next few months though. It all just takes up too much space in the cellar fridge and is a lot of money just sitting around.
  9. gklover1

    gklover1 Savant (255) Colorado Oct 18, 2009

    I bet we are the only two on BA. Also, I had a 3rd that I shared recently at a tasting. You have no idea what you are in for...D.E.L.I.S.H. (But SHHHHH!! Don't tell anyone!! :p)
    None deserved. You TOTALLY hooked me up. Cheers, my friend!!
  10. sounds like the older with 120 the better. i need to get in on one of those tastings.
  11. vfgccp

    vfgccp Advocate (520) New York Oct 28, 2010

    Founder Nemesis 2010, KBS 2011
    Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout '10, '11, '12
    JW Lees Harvest Ale '01, '02, '06, '08, '09
    Southern Tier Choklat 2011
    Stone Vertical Epic '06, '07, '08, '09, '10, '11
    The Bruery 2 Turtle Doves, 3 French Hens, 4 Calling Birds
  12. Jeffo

    Jeffo Advocate (630) Netherlands Sep 7, 2008

    Fruit lambic should be comsumed fresh if you prefer the fruit component of the beer. If you are more into the lambic part, then let it fester for eternity...

    My crown jewel used to be a 1980's St. Sixtus Abt, which was from the time when Westvleteren had their beers contract brewed at St. Bernardus. We opened that thing about two weeks ago with Joe and it was stunningly delicious. Now my crown jewel is an empty bottle of 1980's St. Sixtus Abt bottle full of memories :)

    Jeff
  13. RDMII

    RDMII Savant (285) Georgia Apr 11, 2010

    Agreed. 120 fresh is like drinking hot, sweet licorice syrup. Waaay too much. Three years minimum, and even then it's still hard to stomach.
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  14. I wrote that post about the 120 vertical. The older it gets the darker it looks and even though the 04' was a higher ABV, like 20%, it was much smoother and easier to drink. Not sure I have the patience to cellar it for that long though, so I'm trading my 10-12 asap.
  15. Do you have any vintage left? I'd love to trade for something that's already a couple years old.
  16. (Also, your vertical tasting sounds f---ing awesome.)
  17. PDXHops

    PDXHops Savant (475) South Carolina Nov 19, 2008

    I'm in the process of drinking down my cellar stash, so I don't have a ton of "jewels". I reckon a few bottles of 2008 Cherry Adam (first batch) are the ones I'm least likely to open unless it's to share with someone.
  18. i have almost opened this about 10 times, but cant bring myself to do it.



    [​IMG]
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  19. Westy 12. 2010, 11, and 12
    Founders CBS x2
    Silva Stout
    Thomas Hardy 2003
  20. harrymel

    harrymel Initiate (0) Washington Dec 15, 2010

    That is damn fine beer. I also really dug the XX Bitch Creek, but the Double vision is my favorite by far.
  21. allouez86

    allouez86 Savant (340) Wisconsin Jan 24, 2009

    Had a massive grab this weekend so I guess my new jewel is now Cantillon Saint Lamvinus.
  22. Flabbyjandro

    Flabbyjandro Savant (450) Illinois Jun 12, 2012

    2010 BA Decadence
  23. 2002 West 12 or 2007 DL. KH and Depth Charge are up there but those are going to be drank sooner rather than later for sure.
  24. Just started cellaring in the last couple months but guess I'd have to go with Hof Ten Dormaal Barrel-Aged No. 4 or 2010 BCBCS.
  25. nc41

    nc41 Advocate (600) North Carolina Sep 25, 2008

    I drink most of the stash I've collected. But I'm sitting on my Eclipse Brandy Barrel, and the Elijah Craig 18 year. Maybe for Xmas I break them.
  26. A few would be a magnum of batch 23 Hair of the Dog Fred from the mid-90s.

    Or a Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueze from 2000.

    Other notables would be New Belgium La Folie Falling Rock 10th Anniversary and Deviation.
  27. xanok

    xanok Savant (395) Connecticut Aug 13, 2009

    Up until last night, it was 2009 BT.
    Now, it is currently the 6 or 7 bottles of KTG I have left, and dear god, now that it's retired, I have no idea when I will drink them or trade them.
    Other beers I have in there: 2010 Gratitude, 2010 and 2011 DL, Westy 12, 8, Blonde.
  28. mjw52

    mjw52 Aficionado (145) New Jersey Jul 14, 2010

    My 2 bottles of King Henry, 08 Dark Lord, and 08 BCBS
  29. FEUO

    FEUO Initiate (0) Ontario (Canada) Jul 24, 2012

    Nothing too crazy. Tart of Darkness.
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  30. Tnudish

    Tnudish Initiate (0) Wisconsin Feb 16, 2012

    For all of you that are holding onto KtG, I would recommend drinking it fresh instead of aging it. I opened an '07 Kate earlier this year and it was quite possibly one of the worst beers I have ever had.
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  31. waltersrj

    waltersrj Initiate (0) Washington Dec 16, 2010

    My crown jewel recently changed; it used to be my J&J Roze and Blauw set but I just picked up a 3 Fonteinen 99' Oude Gueuze from Bottleworks. It's been a BIG want of mine for quite awhile. I love living in Seattle.
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  32. dunix

    dunix Savant (405) Vermont Jan 26, 2011

    Just starting to try to build up a cellar, so it is small but I'd say my 'crown jewel' is Hill Farmstead Mimosa. I drank one fresh and enjoyed it a lot. I'm saving this second one for a special occasion.
  33. Bluecane

    Bluecane Initiate (0) New York Dec 30, 2011

    2012 Bourbon Angel's Share and Bramble. Definitely not trading either one, though.
  34. stx00lax

    stx00lax Savant (265) Washington Dec 27, 2009

    a few to choose from, but my absolute favorite would have to be my '99 drie fonteinen geuze
  35. 97 Triple Bock...period
  36. atone315

    atone315 Advocate (640) Wisconsin Oct 8, 2008

  37. GI BCBS '06-'12 vert
    GI Rare/Vanilla/Coffee/Bramble
    Bruery '09/10/11/12 Black Tuesday
    Great Divide '08-'11 Yeti (looking for '12)
    Ommegang Three Philosophers '09-12 (looking for 07 & 08)
    Samuel Adams 2004 and 2008 Chocolate Bock
    Samuel Adams Patriot Series
    FFF '07/08/10/11 Dark Lord
    My Barleywine collection!
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  38. strohme2

    strohme2 Savant (440) Michigan Nov 3, 2007

    I just started a cellar about a year ago with limited space. My oldest and hard(est) to come by is a 07 Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock. Not sure when I would open it but have been toying with trading it.
  39. If you've never had it, drink it. Never come across anything quite like it, but also passed along my second bottle to a local BA for his bday tasting. He was quite happy to finally try it, since those bottles can be hard to track down--I've benefited from some awesome MI traders :)
  40. strohme2

    strohme2 Savant (440) Michigan Nov 3, 2007

    It's my 2nd bottle. I found probably 6 sitting on a cooler shelf at Whole Foods 3 or 4 years ago. At the time I knew it was a hard to find bottle but not as rare as it is. Probably should've bought them all.

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