Do NOT touch.

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by kell50, Feb 21, 2013.

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  1. kell50

    kell50 Meyvn (1,068) Jul 25, 2007 North Carolina

    I went to Belgium last year, visited Cantillon, and brought home 3 750ml bottles. The bottles did make it back unbroken, and are currently sitting in my "cellar." I do not have any intention of opening any of these bottles soon, nor do I have any future date set.

    My 3 bottles are:

    Bruoscella Grand Cru
    Rose De Gambinus
    Saint Lamvinus

    Which beers are you keeping "locked up?"
  2. match1112

    match1112 Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2011 Illinois

    I've managed to keep safe 2006 Left Hand Smoke Jumper, 2007 Arcadia Cocoa Loco, and a 2007 Arcadia Shipwrek Porter. The things we keep.
  3. 4kbrianb

    4kbrianb Initiate (0) Jan 2, 2013 California

    I'm no where near that level, but I have a Fantome de Noel, and a 2012 Sucaba I plan on holding on to for quite some time.

    Some day I will add a Cantillion to that list and hide them deep in the back row of bottles.
    Worst part, I have been to Belgium! and had no idea about good beers at the time, talk about a missed connection.
  4. MetalMountainMastiff

    MetalMountainMastiff Initiate (0) Oct 1, 2012 California
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    Not the best...But I've had 4 Caldera Moglis for going on 12 months, I plan to open one on july dogs first Bday as it is a dog beer....right.
  5. Sludgeman

    Sludgeman Meyvn (1,481) Aug 17, 2012 District of Columbia
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    I almost didn't open this thread because you told me not to touch. Maybe you you change the title. :-)
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  6. DrGonzoDDS

    DrGonzoDDS Initiate (0) Mar 7, 2010 Illinois
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    2012 Utopias locked up. Along with Murda'd Out Stout. Trying to sit on World Wide Stout, but I'll probably drink it soon. Also trying to age 120...see how that goes.
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  7. Flashy

    Flashy Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2003 Vermont

    Took back two dozen beers from Germany and a couple of weeks later I walked into my basement to find my brother passing them out. They were untouchable, but when your not present you never know.
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  8. thegodfather2701

    thegodfather2701 Crusader (751) Nov 3, 2005 North Carolina

    I have a bottle of North Coast Old Stock Cellar Reserve 2009 I bought to celebrate a future wedding anniversary because 2009 was the year I got married. I might open it in 2029 just for the sake of aging it 20 years, regardless of whether it holds up or not.
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  9. dmeadows

    dmeadows Initiate (0) Aug 6, 2002 New York

    Thomas Hardy's 1990-1994.
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  10. Chelsea1905

    Chelsea1905 Devotee (452) Sep 3, 2008 Washington
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    I am building out a vertical of Abyss. Have 2 * 2010, 2 * 2011, and 2* 2012.

    I recently got a couple of Cantillons, but as they were my first I wanted to try them straight away.
  11. standardcherry

    standardcherry Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2011 Massachusetts

    Sucaba is better fresh. You will hear this from many people. Fresh vs aged I would always take a fresh one.
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  12. badboy7113

    badboy7113 Devotee (438) Jan 19, 2011 Florida
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    I have a vertical of Darkness 10-12 that I am sitting on for a while...looking to get another 2 years before I open them.
  13. BeerFan

    BeerFan Initiate (137) Feb 11, 2003 New Jersey
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    I buy beer to drink;-)
  14. FunkyMacGroovin

    FunkyMacGroovin Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2009 California

    I recently got a bottle of The Wanderer that I have no intention of opening in the near future, but that's mostly because I've had it several times and am waiting for a special occasion or some such.
  15. stayclean

    stayclean Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2012 Wisconsin

    Only thing that is really "off limits" is a 6er of Expedition Stout I have. Wouldn't say it's off limits as much as I just really, really, really prefer it with a year on it, so once it's October, all bets are off.
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  16. stealth

    stealth Zealot (507) Dec 16, 2011 Minnesota
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    Got some Surly Five that I only open on my birthday. Beatification B2 which I have no idea when I will open. Surly Four which I want to open soon. Working on a Panil Bariquee veritcal (I have 08,09,10) that I won't touch for a while. '11 Cantillon Vigneronne will probably be sitting a while, too.
  17. nihiloexnihil

    nihiloexnihil Aspirant (233) Jan 2, 2011 Maryland
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    I have a 2009 Trappist Rochefort that I'm saving for... well I'm not sure. But I'm hoping whatever it ends up being, it's awesome.
  18. ESeab

    ESeab Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 New Jersey

    I just bought a bottle of black xanthus, anyone know if its better fresh or aged?
  19. patto1ro

    patto1ro Defender (626) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

    1996 Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus, 1992 Courage Russian Stout, 1993 Courage Russian Stout, a few Hardy Ales (can't remember which years), Westvleteren 12 (not sure of the vintage, probably 5-10 years old), some Rochefort 10 with a sell by date of 1998, various editions of Fuller's Vintage Ale, er, that's all I can think of off the top of my head.
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  20. kell50

    kell50 Meyvn (1,068) Jul 25, 2007 North Carolina

    Oh, also, I brought back a Westvletern XII single. That too is sitting in "time out."
  21. Lutter

    Lutter Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    Jester King Whiskey Barrel Rodeo... probably their best and most elusive release. Saving it for my wedding in May. Can't touch this!
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  22. BedetheVenerable

    BedetheVenerable Meyvn (1,023) Sep 5, 2008 Missouri

    2012 and 2013 Sucaba. Contrary to what some people say, I find this far, FAR superior with a year or two on it. Fresh, it's all booze and barrel, no depth of flavor. Might have to start a mini 3-4 year vertical if I have the discipline :slight_smile: 2008-2012 Bourbon County Stout. Two King Henrys (one for 2013, one for...maybe our first child's birth, hopefully in 2014 or 2015). A 2009 (I think?) 120 minute that will go this year. Dark Horizon, batch 2, to maybe be opened for our firstborn's birthday or an anniversary?
  23. kojevergas

    kojevergas Poo-Bah (7,309) Aug 15, 2010 Texas
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    2011 and 2012 Blabaer. Every so often someone comes along and makes an ill-informed trade offer. I wonder if it's even worth responding to these anymore.
  24. Lane1

    Lane1 Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2011 California

    I've got a vertical's of Parabola and Abacus/Sucaba that I plan on doing a 5-6 year tasting of. Also have my Bruery 12 Days of Christmas vertical going, which I will have a complete set. If I can somehow land a BBA Partridge i'll also have a full vertical of the Barrel Aged versions. I have a couple other sets that I'm waiting to do verticals with. I think the most random one I'm gonna do is that Karl Strauss 12 Days of Christmas San Diego style.....i don't expect much out of it, I just think it's funny.
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  25. ShogoKawada

    ShogoKawada Meyvn (1,247) May 31, 2009 Pennsylvania

    drink the gambrinus within 2 years
    drink the lamvinus within 5
    let that broucella ride, baby
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  26. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Meyvn (1,167) May 8, 2006 Michigan

    This thread is the perfect opportunity to butcher a quote from a wise BA and issue a word of warning.

    "One time, I almost left a beer that was very special to me someplace where someone could take it, but then I didn't"
  27. ShogoKawada

    ShogoKawada Meyvn (1,247) May 31, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Wait until at least 5 years past bottling date.

    Trust me. Truuuust me. It's worth it.
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  28. willbm3

    willbm3 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    Heady Topper...because the rarest Heady is aged Heady
  29. Roger85

    Roger85 Devotee (414) Aug 24, 2012 Illinois
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    I bought a sixer of Westvleteren XII when it was released here. Drank one, give one to a friend, and am saving the other 4 to have one per year on my birthday to see how it matures.
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  30. Stugotzo

    Stugotzo Initiate (0) Jun 13, 2012 Florida

    I'll see your "been to Belgium", and raise you a "my girlfriend (and her family) is (are) from Belgium, and we went there 2 years ago, and I came back with nothing". :grimacing:

    I too wasn't into "good" beers at the time. I sampled many of the local fare, and drank what they put in front of me, but never visited a single brewery, or even had a single Trappist beer during my week there. :astonished:

    Next visit... I will more than make up for my past sins. :grinning:
  31. Brunite

    Brunite Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2009 Illinois

    I've got some Michelob from 2008 sitting in the fridge. I WILL NOT drink this....ever. But it will be fun to see how long it sits there.
  32. TheBrewo

    TheBrewo Initiate (0) Nov 11, 2010 New York

    We've got some straight Bourbon County back there from the past few years, and recently acquired a bottle of Dark Lord. These will sit in wait together.
  33. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Fresh imo.
  34. Beerontwowheels

    Beerontwowheels Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2009 Maryland

    Look up Arbitrator's review. That should answer your question.
  35. bramsdell

    bramsdell Aspirant (278) May 27, 2011 North Carolina

    I just had an '11 Fantome de Noel and while I love Fantome, I wouldn't suggest sitting on it. It had a very strange flavor that I do not believe would improve over time. Of course, no one has bottle variation like that wonderful little brewery, so yours might be fantastic, but just a heads up.
  36. willbm3

    willbm3 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    Please drink it. You should drink it the day they stop making Michelob (have they killed it yet?)
  37. Brunite

    Brunite Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2009 Illinois

    FT: 2008 Michelob
    ISO: Anything you have

  38. papaholmz

    papaholmz Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 South Carolina
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    I have 4 bottles of Thomas Hardy Ale 1989 that I'm saving for once in a lifetime occasions. Like the birth of my first child, 10 year wedding anniversary, etc...
  39. willbm3

    willbm3 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    Not sure that would be worth the box it's packaged in
  40. cwreay90

    cwreay90 Aspirant (207) Nov 19, 2012 Texas

    120's age pretty nice :wink:
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