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Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by inchrisin, Sep 29, 2013.
Short sweet and to the point:
What are you top 3 beers to cellar from 2013?
2013 releases of:
Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze
Girardin Black Label
Bell's Expedition Stout
C`mon. Nobody wants to tell me what they're excited to put away in their cellar this year?
Darkness, Abyss, Bourbon County Brand Stout. I would add Founders Imperial Stout and Bells Expedition Stout to the list as well.
3F Golden Blend
Hair of the Dog Adam
Parallel 49 'With Love' bourbon maple stout (local brew) - got 6 of these to be drank each a year apart.
Tried to get a lot of the cellar staples this year to hold onto for a while
-3F Oude Gueuze
3F Geuze, Stille Nacht, Cantillon Gueuze.
Only Void Stainless (Tired Hands)
Westy13 (Tired Hands)
Tripel Reserve (Night Shift)
Heard both TH beers are a tad hot fresh, so gonna let them mellow, and then the brewer/owner of Night Shift suggested I put the Tripel down for a few. Onto to let it sour a bit more and cut the sweetness.
Wake and Bake
black tuesday, melange 3, fremont b-bomb
My Brett Imperial Stout
Always a pleasure to lay down some North Coast Old Stock Ale.
3f intense red Kreik!
Cuvee van de Kaizer Blauw
North Coast Old Stock
Note: "2013" is irrelevant to this list. These are the best regularly available beers to cellar every year.
NEBCO premeditated murder
sierra nevada bigfoot
only 2 im particularly interested in. maybe stone IRS.
bruery saison rue cellars great.
Logsdon Seizoen Bretta - I like to keep a 3/6/9/12/15 month supply as well as several fresh in the fridge. One of my favorites.
Stone IRS - I buy a case every year and drink half or so throughout and leave the rest for later. I keep my beer in the back of an interior closet so I don't age for too long. Rarely over two years. At some point I need to buy an old fridge and a temp controller. I am bound to have some beers turn for the worst.
Black Butte XXV - one of my favorite annual releases.
3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze
Great to see so many names on the list. I just started cellaring. I've got about 30 bottles and it looks like I'll be trying to add about 30 more this year.
Logsdon Seizoen Bretta
tilquin quetsche aging = blasphemy! the fruit's subtle enough as it is in that near-perfect beer.
First batch: agreed, one of the best ever
Second batch: waaaay to fruity and needing some serious aging before it will be near as good as the first batch
The more experience I gain with cellaring, the more I find that my favourite beers to cellar happen to be shelf beers, which is nice as it makes it easy to build verticals. My top three:
North Coast Old Stock
I'll add that, a week ago, I would have said Adam instead of Fred. Adam is an amazing beer with age, though it is just as good fresh (just vastly different). Fred, on the other hand, I had only had fresh and never cared for. This past weekend, I had the pleasure of drinking a bottle of 2009 Fred at the HotD tasting room and was blown away. There are lots of beers that I enjoy with age, but most of them I enjoy fresh as well. This is probably my vote for the beer that shows the greatest improvement with age.
2013 is the year I started buying Geuze/Gueuze in a serious way
Raise your hand if you're cellaring beer you haven't even tried fresh.
not sure why i didn't mention DFH olde school.
if you have 5 years to spare, olde school goes from shitty grape vodka to The God Beer.
Voodoo The K13
Bell's Cherry Stout
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
Bo and Luke
More Bo and Luke
The ones I'm most excited thus far about seeing and sampling the changes of in a few years are:
-North Coast 'Old Stock Ale' 2013
-East End 'Gratitude' 2013
-the as-yet-to-be-released Smuttynose 'Barleywine' 2013
Celebration becomes quite the balanced (ie not uber hopped) after a year
I wish I could do this. I love Logsdon beers with a passion!
Bells Expedition stout
Those are my favorite beers with some age on them.
Full Sail Old Board Head ($5 for 22oz barleywine - I can actually afford a few of them!)
NC Old Rasputain
Girardin Black Label
All of my De Cam Lambics
Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale 2013
Ale Smith Numbskull 2013
Abyss 2013 (when it comes out)
Separate names with a comma.