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The Oldest Beer You've Had

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by Sneers, Apr 3, 2012.

  1. beerFool28607

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    How was that experience?

    Is that a typo?
     
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    I only had maybe 2oz of it since it was shared. It was drinkable. Definitely oxidized, and some sweetness. Given that it has been three years since I drank it, that's really all I can remember.
     
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    Probably ;) ... the post-Repeal Ballantine Burton Ale was brewed only twice, on May 12th of 1934 and again on May 12, 1946. (It was bottled up until the year 1966 or so.)
     
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    Brasserie Belle-Vue Gueuze from 1981.

    It was good, not great. Super oxidized, but had a nice amount of funk and sourness.
     
  5. Bitterbill

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    Good bloody grief, why didn't I check my bottle???? Brewed May 12, 1946, bottled in December 1956.
     
  6. ontherocks

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    It was probably the 1946. Sorry for the typo.
     
  7. slimjim871

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    At a recent Trappist beer tasting we split and 18 year old bottle of Rochefort 10, it was fantastic. We had it right after a 2 year old Westy 12 and the Rochefort blew it away.

    In 2009 we did;
    One year old Palo Santo, very good, one year mellowed it nicely
    1999 Thomas Hardy's (last year of Eldridge Pope), one of the best beers I've had.
    1994 SA Triple Bock, should have just poured it. Split a bottle three ways and none of us could finish.
     
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    Lets see, we have a chapter of collectors (advertising,breweriana) that have an annual Christmas tasting. Its a yearly mission to bring the OLDest beer to share. Last year it was a 1940-ish Western Brew from Sioux City,Iowa.
    It had evaporated down to the neck, was black and chunky...and the opener went THROUGH the cap when opened. Two guys toasted and tipped it back. It smelled of moldy basement with a vomit-like body.There was a Billy beer (1983) a Grain Belt that was IRTP (a tax statement required on labels before 1951) and a few other 1970's vintages, none of them had mellowed or improved. In fact, one of the guys dipped his cup into the "dump bucket" (as he does every year) and drank THAT.

    I have a 79 Thomas Hardy's, 1983 Old Foghorn, 94 Cuvee Rene and an 85 Lindemann's Kriek in my cellar currently.
     
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    I had a 2006 Stone IRS last year that was pretty fantastic but not very interesting to talk about. The second oldest I've had was a Weyerbacher Twelve (brewed 2007) late last year that I found hiding out in the cooler of a relatively out of the way beverage store (though oddly enough this store has one of the best selections in the area). The coolers were equipped with neon lights so I imagine it was illuminated for the majority of its life.

    Just as Weyerbacher stated in their description, this was an extremely viscous barleywine. The mouthfeel was unlike anything I've ever had before. It was almost like syrup. I can't be sure as I have not tasted any other beers nearly this old aside from the IRS but I think it had succumbed to some level of oxidation. Either that or it was the rye malt coming through with unfamiliar spice. Overall it was very enjoyable. I just wish I hadn't decided to open it at 2am on the tail end of other beers.
     
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    1953 John smiths coronation ale- brewed to commemorate the crowning of queen Elizabeth!
    Definitely oxidized, but still holding strong in great caramel flavor- smooth and surprisingly delicious.
     
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    2007 BCBS a few months ago - Good, but the 08 killed it.

    Have a 97 Triple Bock that i keep at the front of my cellar collection, will have to gather my tasting group for a go at some point. Not gonna lie, i'm kinda scared of it. Got it as an extra in a trade, still wondering if this is a awesome gift or an insult, lol.
    Chris
     
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    2005 Brooklyn black Chocolate
     
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    How was it? I have an '09 Brooklyn.
     
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    Ha! The caption perfectly fits to your avatar.
     
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    Had a 2000 Gale's Prize Old Ale this year. It was fantastic... quite memorable. From what I hear, these things are hit or miss. Cork was in good shape which was a good start.
     
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    It was good, a little boozy though. Alot of dark fruits and more pronounced chocolate.. I still have a few left over in the cellar for a rainy day
     
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    I was just having a conversation fellow BA who told me the oldest beer he drank was a 1902 Bass Kings Ale. Seems like it would be quite an interesting experience to drink a 111 year old beer. What is the oldest beer you have ever consumed? Any from the 1800's still "floating" around?
     
  18. HipsterBrewfus

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    I had one last year from 2006, does that count?
     
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    Im guessing there will be quite a bit Tom Hardys in this thread
     
  20. infi

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    '97 Triple Bock. An experience in itself.
     
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    A few years ago this happened - http://seattlest.com/2007/08/13/500000_for_1_bo.php

    If the owner has still not opened it (I assume they would have no intention of doing so) then it is still the oldest known sealed bottle of beer.
     
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    Pfft. The 1902 sucked. 1901 was WAY better.
     
  23. tony32408

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    I bet it was an experience. The last review of this beer is hilarious! - "In closing, my friends, and I do call you, dear reader; my friend. I recommend you drink this beer, this beer is like attaining reverse-nirvana it is truly so vile and, if sentient, hate-filled that the experience cannot fully be explained and contains a level of beer enlightenment unattainable through any other method. In the words of Frederich Nietzsche 'That which does not kill you only makes you stronger' this beer is those words distilled, or fermented rather, into liquid form."
     
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    Haha, that is spot on! It definitely has some existentialism implications. One of those 'bucket list'-type beers!
     
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    Back in '10 someone 'extra-ed' me an Anchor Special Christmas from '96. I like some age on those guys, but 14 years was a bit much. Pretty poor tasting beer.
     
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    Yeah I tried a 1997 Triple bock too, vile. Oxized, cardboard, spoiled plum soy sauce. Also tried a 1964 wine once last year, also, vinegar. Not to say things can't age that long, but whose to say how these things were stored. Friend of mine also shared a 4 year old Four Loko last summer (poured into a Cantillon bottle) ...another experience, haha.

    Oldest beer I had early last spring that I can recall as being great, was Wooden Hell, sublime, wow.
     
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    My oldest was a 1986 Bottle of Chimay Blue. This was in Belgium and I could have had an older one.
     
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    About to get a 97 Triple Bock in a trade soon. Can't...wait...
     
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    1978 La Trappe Amber at Kulminator. I recently had an early '90s Bigfoot as well. More recently, I had a '94 Triple Bock and a '99 Thomas Hardy's. A while back, I had Westvleteren 6 at Akkurat. I've yet to have a beer older than five years that was better than it would have been with 5 years or less. If Thomas Hardy's didn't do it for me, maybe I just don't like vintage.
     
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    1996 Bigfoot at the EBF last year...still damn good!
     
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    Nothing too crazy, just a handful of those '03 (and another handful) Aventinus bottles that they age.
     
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    2003 Stone Vertical
    2001 3F Lou Pepe

    Thats about it.

    Cheers!
     
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    Buddy traded his Loerik for a '63 for his 50th bday this year. Loerik was off the shelf from Binny's.
     
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    I had a '78 or '77 Old Foghorn in the early 2000s. Don't remember much about it, so it's safe to assume it wasn't terrible or great. It was pretty cool to drink. I was born in 79 and I don't know many people who have had a beer older than them.
     
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    In 2011, I had an 1985 Westmalle that Brabander was kind enough to send my way. It still tasted pretty solid though was certainly much more mellow then a newly bottled one.
     
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    This is mine as well.
     
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    Bourgogne de Flandres - at least 57 years old (that's when the brewery in Bruges shut down)
     
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    1987 Thomas Hardy's as of right now, but I have a 1986 I need to crack soon as well. Others include 1991 de Neve Gueuze (thanks Mrbubbler), 1996 Anchor OSA, early 90's Traquair House Ale, 97 Triple Bock (am I the only person who thinks this is a decent beer, especially given the age). I love drinking old beers-it's like drinking a piece of history, a cool connection to the past-and I hope I get to try lots more. Bass King's and Prince's Ale-you are both on my tradar.
     
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