Welcome to BeerAdvocate!

Looking to talk, rate or trade beer? Join today by creating your free account.

Dismiss Notice
Curious about recent updates to the site and app? Check the Announcements forum for updates.
Dismiss Notice
Love Belgian Beer?

Join us Sep 17 in Portland, Maine for Return of the Belgian Beer Fest, featuring hundreds of authentic Belgian beers and Belgian-inspired offerings.

Tickets + more: beeradvocate.com/belgian

Cherry Rye: drink fresh or cellar?

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by erik_c, Jan 25, 2013.

  1. erik_c

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2012
    Posts:
    21
    Likes Received:
    31
    Location:
    District of Columbia
    I picked up a Cherry Rye this afternoon. My only one for the year. So, what do I do with it? Drink it now or cellar it for a year? Thoughts?
     
  2. brewbetter

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2012
    Posts:
    1,132
    Likes Received:
    2,743
    Location:
    Nauru
    Drink it now.
     
  3. tjensen3618

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2008
    Posts:
    1,986
    Likes Received:
    3,109
    Location:
    California
    It's beer. Drink it.
     
  4. LostTraveler

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2011
    Posts:
    771
    Likes Received:
    396
    Location:
    Maine
    Just picked up this and coffee- which one should I drink tonite? Never had either. Had Vanilla and Regular though.
     
  5. gatornation

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2007
    Posts:
    5,153
    Likes Received:
    12,275
    Location:
    Minnesota
    Drink Now with some others no need to wait
     
    Steimie likes this.
  6. mmikey8

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2012
    Posts:
    322
    Likes Received:
    165
    Location:
    California
    If you only have one, drink now! I have a rule of not cellaring any beer that I don't have at least 2 of.
     
  7. FUNKPhD

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2010
    Posts:
    2,056
    Likes Received:
    1,966
    Location:
    Texas
    Don't drink it. Ever.
     
  8. jmmy3

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2010
    Posts:
    150
    Likes Received:
    207
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    The cherry flavor will probably fall to the background with time, I would drink it.
     
  9. krl2112

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2012
    Posts:
    728
    Likes Received:
    621
    Location:
    Illinois
    I drank one around Christmas and it was amazing. If it ages similar to regular BCBS then it will only get better. I have a couple left and will try one in a year and then another a year or so after. IMO this is one of the best BCBS variants. Wish they would have made more.
     
  10. dogfishandi

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2009
    Posts:
    22
    Likes Received:
    36
    Location:
    New York
    Drink it now. However, drink the coffee first if u have both.
     
  11. fujindemon74

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2012
    Posts:
    3,120
    Likes Received:
    10,118
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
  12. mmikey8

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2012
    Posts:
    322
    Likes Received:
    165
    Location:
    California
    Can't go wrong with either one. Good problem to have :)
     
  13. abecall98

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2007
    Posts:
    1,032
    Likes Received:
    1,330
    Location:
    California
    Just trade it away for a bunch of other beer/services.
     
    domtronzero and FUNKPhD like this.
  14. InVinoVeritas

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2012
    Posts:
    1,371
    Likes Received:
    1,474
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    I hear that if you age beer long enough, since carbon 14 is very common in organic material, it will in time turn to diamonds, assuming enough bottle pressure of course . . . better get a snickers bar; you're going to be here for awhile.

    Just kidding drink it!!! Cherry flavors tend to fade.
     
    FUNKPhD likes this.
  15. evilc

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2012
    Posts:
    3,159
    Likes Received:
    3,433
    Location:
    California
    Always drink fresh first. I have some others and I put some in the fridge to hold out as long as possible, and some in the "wine cellar" to see what that does.
     
  16. Steimie

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2012
    Posts:
    1,597
    Likes Received:
    4,127
    Location:
    Michigan
    What do you hope to gain by waiting? Drink your beer
     
    FUNKPhD likes this.
  17. evilc

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2012
    Posts:
    3,159
    Likes Received:
    3,433
    Location:
    California
    True if only 1 bottle. With multiples, I don't wait necessarily because I think it's going to be "more awesomer", I stockpile so I have it at my whim throughout the year =)
     
    BearsBrotsBulls and FUNKPhD like this.
  18. ThePorterSorter

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2010
    Posts:
    267
    Likes Received:
    218
    Location:
    Oregon
    Fresh (as in a month after bottling) was mind blowing...I'm glad I have one to "age," but I would absolutely recommend consuming that badboy now.
     
  19. 4DAloveofSTOUT

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2008
    Posts:
    1,631
    Likes Received:
    950
    Location:
    Illinois
    This is exactly right! People dont hoard your bottles drink your CR BCBS or trade them to someone who wants to drink it! Cherry Flavor will go bye bye fast, plain and simple.
     
    egrace84 likes this.
  20. peteinSD

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2010
    Posts:
    561
    Likes Received:
    323
    Location:
    California
    it's easy to respond, "drink it now", "if you only have one, why are you cellaring", but if cherry rye progresses as bramble did (which i really enjoyed), then i'd say a year on the bottle will improve the beer. but, it's a different beer than bramble so age at your own risk.
     
  21. tut2528

    Beer Trader

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2008
    Posts:
    184
    Likes Received:
    1,303
    Location:
    Illinois
    Bramble is better now, than it was then in my opinion. The fruits have held up stronger than I expected and are very much present still. After having the Cherry for the first time last night, I think that this one will hold up just like Bramble.
     
  22. Thickfreakness

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2010
    Posts:
    1,513
    Likes Received:
    2,742
    Location:
    New York
  23. Thickfreakness

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2010
    Posts:
    1,513
    Likes Received:
    2,742
    Location:
    New York
    You say fall.. I say meld!
     
    VonZipper likes this.
  24. Dirty25

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2012
    Posts:
    241
    Likes Received:
    229
    Location:
    Germany
    Bramble sucked fresh. I got good with 6months on it. Good thing I had a good beer geek friend who shared the older bramble with me. It really sucked fresh
     
  25. Yoitsluke

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2012
    Posts:
    3
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    New Jersey
    i drank mine, the cherry flavor will most likely fade
     
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.

    Subscribe