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ABV & Shelf Life

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by shaw87psu, Jan 27, 2013.

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  1. shaw87psu

    shaw87psu Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Is there any rule, that if a beer is over a certain % ABV, than shelf life is increased? and if so, how long? For instance, I have 1/2 case of Mad Elf, and 1/2 case of Corsendonk Chistmas Ale left and I am Christmas Beered out. Can something like this sit till next year?
  2. jhartley

    jhartley Poo-Bah (2,396) Aug 22, 2010 Florida
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    There may be some subtle differences in flavor, but it would be cool to cellar them until next year and do a vertical tasting. The Mad Elf is 11% and could last many years and the Corsendonk is 8.5% and can last a while as well. You will want to make sure you don't store them where the temperature would fluctuate.

    Edit: This may help: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/101/store
  3. YeahNelsonMandela

    YeahNelsonMandela Initiate (0) Jan 21, 2013 South Africa

    Fresh is best 90% of the time.
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  4. beercanman

    beercanman Initiate (0) Dec 17, 2012 Ohio

    I wish I had more mad elf
  5. shaw87psu

    shaw87psu Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Thanks for the info.
  6. raczkowski

    raczkowski Disciple (324) May 16, 2011 Florida
    Beer Trader

    I had a year old corse donk Christmas ale this year. It was pretty decent. A guy that owns a bar loves vintage Christmas ales and had 2011 vintage on draft at his bar this year during the holidays.
  7. fx20736

    fx20736 Meyvn (1,010) Mar 7, 2009 New York

    Corsendonk Christmas Ale is awesome and I'm guessing cellars well.
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