The Oldest Beer You've Had

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

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  1. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Zealot (549) Feb 15, 2005 Minnesota

    which vintage?
  2. mocktm

    mocktm Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2011 Virginia

    Drank my fair share in college, power hour style. Pretty much tastes like battery acid mixed with rotten fruit flavor. It's twice as bad coming back up...vile, vile shit.
  3. Derranged

    Derranged Initiate (0) Mar 7, 2010 New York

    I will add: Flat as hell, sour and kind of like a port. Maybe its supposed to be like that but I wasn't into it.
  4. pschul4

    pschul4 Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2011 Illinois

    2008 drank in feb 2012
  5. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Zealot (549) Feb 15, 2005 Minnesota

    Bummer, that was my favorite vintage. I had a buddy who has several, I better tell him to open em up before it gets worse.
  6. pschul4

    pschul4 Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2011 Illinois

    You guys might love it way more than me. Open one soon so you get an idea of how its holding up compared to your tastes
  7. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2010 California

    I was there and got tricked. It poured a neon pinkish-red and that tipped me off. I still bought it until I tasted it. Sweet, metallic, artificial fruit and booze.
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  8. RDMII

    RDMII Initiate (0) Apr 11, 2010 Georgia

    Had a 1999 Blanche De Charleroi late last year that I really enjoyed, and over the holidays we had a 1988 Anchor Christmas at our holiday party. Total soy sauce on that one. Nasty as hell.
  9. Retsinis

    Retsinis Meyvn (1,008) Sep 25, 2009 Arizona

    Pretty much summarizes it, though I did get a whiff of Jell-o watermelon aroma, haha.
  10. MrRockstar

    MrRockstar Initiate (0) Sep 9, 2006 Pennsylvania

    A 2001 Harvey's Le Coq Imperial Extra Double Stout this past summer. Still sitting on half a case.
    Stuff was pretty bad when I picked it up, age has actualy made it more drinkable but nothing outstanding.

    Have a few bottles 1999 Kulmbackher EKU 28 and a 1994 SA Triple Bock still around as well.
  11. CityofBals

    CityofBals Initiate (0) Sep 12, 2012 Illinois


    1953 De Cam Kriek
  12. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2010 California

    How was it?
  13. CityofBals

    CityofBals Initiate (0) Sep 12, 2012 Illinois

    Dusty, musty, murky brown, soft, not much cherry flavor but a sublime geuze.
  14. Braineater2448

    Braineater2448 Initiate (0) Mar 24, 2012 Florida

    Fuller's 1981 Celebration Brew
  15. loony4lambic

    loony4lambic Initiate (0) Nov 26, 2012 California

    I THINK 95' Oud Beersel Framboise. I have only found 1 source for dating Oud beersel bottles and it sais the bottling date is 20 years before the BB date. If this is true. Then This is the oldest beer I have tried
  16. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2011 Minnesota

  17. tehzachatak

    tehzachatak Initiate (0) Sep 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    is that the year they put nutmeg in it??????????????
  18. tehzachatak

    tehzachatak Initiate (0) Sep 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    What is a 3F Lou Pepe?

    For me, a 2002 Bigfoot, I think. Been eyeing a '97 Lees for a while.
  19. kaips1

    kaips1 Initiate (0) Feb 20, 2011 Kentucky

    13 or 14 yr old sam adams triple bock
  20. ao125

    ao125 Aspirant (243) Dec 1, 2010 Virginia

    1994 Thomas Hardy around mid-December '12, to celebrate a friend passing his Sec+ exam, two months prior to that, it was a 2001 Gale's Conquest Ale which *REALLY* did not hold up to age at all. Smelled nice, but it was oxidized to hell.
  21. Samichlaus82

    Samichlaus82 Initiate (0) Jul 26, 2012 Germany

    1852 Samuel Allsopp and Sons Arctic Ale. Drank at a gathering at the Andechs Brewery in Bavaria in 1996 w/ the late Michael Jackson. It was a large gathering; therefore, each individual only sampled approximately 4 oz. the bottle held up well and was recovered by my father from the Allsopp Ind Coope Brewery in 1957. My father still has on in his vast beer cellar. The best aged vintage beers are by far Truman's No 1 Burton Barley Wine or Benskins Colne Spring Ale. Remember there ales were made under strict guidelines (English Brewing Laws no adjuncts) & no pasteurization. Today's beers are no comparison and will not stand the test of time.
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  22. yinzer

    yinzer Initiate (0) Nov 24, 2006 Pennsylvania

    So why are they different?
  23. mikecharley

    mikecharley Devotee (402) Nov 6, 2008 Pennsylvania


    1985 Cantillon super gueuze Consumed last summer.
    Was still going strong, not over the hill by any means. Still was nicely carbonated!
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  24. NickMunford

    NickMunford Meyvn (1,024) Oct 2, 2006 Wyoming

    At the 2006 Stone Winterstorm, I had a bottle of 1999 Old Guardian. 7 years is not very old by some of your standards, but I was still excited by it at the time. It was delicious. One of the few bottles that I've kept.
  25. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2012 California

    I haven't had any 500 year old beers like you guys, just an '07 BCBS in '12.
  26. CwrwAmByth

    CwrwAmByth Poo-Bah (1,758) Jan 24, 2011 England

    I have a bottle of Guinness from 1977, not sure whether to risk it though.
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  27. mwrecording

    mwrecording Initiate (168) Nov 14, 2009 Maryland

    1999 JW Lee's back in 2010-2011.
  28. koopa

    koopa Initiate (0) Apr 20, 2008 New Jersey

    Pretty sure the oldest I've had to date are an '84 Eylenbosch Gueuze and 1988 Alexander Rodenbach. That should change in a few hours though, as I'll be having a 1946 Ballantine Burton Ale and an '81 Eylenbosch Gueuze (side by side with another '84 Eylenbosch Gueuze).
  29. RDMII

    RDMII Initiate (0) Apr 11, 2010 Georgia

    1988 Anchor Christmas, opened last holidays with a 2003, 1998, 1996. Those three were alright but the '88 was dead flat, soy, and chalky. Also had a 1994 Triple Bock this year and thought I was going to die. Sour, rotted fig, prune juice, soy, and it stained my hands when the cork came apart. I literally had to use kerosene to get it off my skin.
  30. matedog

    matedog Initiate (50) Jan 25, 2010 California

    Cross posted in other threads, but I had a 14 year old gueuze a few months back:

    I wish I had a fresh version to compare it to, but it was surprisingly carbonated and had a great mouthfeel. Not mouthpuckeringly sour like 05 Lou Pepe Framboise I had a year prior. Really great, but I unfortunately was not able to compare to see how it developed.
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  31. arkansastroy

    arkansastroy Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2009 Arkansas

    Recently had a 1997 Elizabethan Ale Other than being flat it was quite good. Disappointing of course because you just knew that if it had a little carbonation, it would have been great.
  32. BrettHead

    BrettHead Initiate (0) Sep 18, 2010 Nebraska

    1997 SA Triple Bock (still have nightmares)
  33. gillagorilla

    gillagorilla Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2013 Maryland

    After Yorktoberfest on the 26th, @DrBier shared these older gems with me:


    I think it was the Prize Old Ale (1994) that had a bad cork that basically splintered when we opened it.

    All good, but all quite a bit similar. Glad that I got to try a birth year beer though. Can't wait to open my 1999 bottle now.
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  34. 4DAloveofSTOUT

    4DAloveofSTOUT Poo-Bah (3,329) Nov 28, 2008 Illinois
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    Had a bottle of 2005 Brandy Old Stock Cellar reserve opened in 2013. So an eight year old beer. It was pretty delicious too.
  35. Traquairlover

    Traquairlover Meyvn (1,026) Nov 10, 2007 Virginia

    As this thread was just resurrected, I hadn't seen it before. While the oldest beer in my cellar is a Ratcliffe ale (Bass No. 1) brewed 16th Dec'r 1869, it is still unopened. The oldest I have had is the Bass King's Ale from 1902, in 2010. It was part of a tasting I put together with all of the so called Bass Royal ales: King's (1902), Prince's (1929), Jubilee (1977), Princess (1978), Princes (1982), Queen's (2002) and Duke's (2002).

    Unfortunately, my summary of the experience was deleted when the site was changed and I would have to find my tasting notes to recreate it. Due to some home renovations those notes are hidden in a box somewhere. Having said that, @Pencible was there and added all of them to the BA database. As I recall, my tasting notes and his were fairly close, though we had a couple in different places when we ranked them best to worst.

    The Bass King's and Prince's are the oldest I have had. After that, I've had Eldridge Pope Coronation Ale from 1937 tasted together with an Eldridge Pope Coronation Ale from 1977 and a 1977 Thomas Hardy's Ale. I've also had Courage Founder's Ale from 1937. I have one bottle of Ballantine Burton Ale from the 1934 brewing, but to date, I've only drank bottles from the 1946 brewing.
  36. Pencible

    Pencible Poo-Bah (2,719) Jun 20, 2006 Virginia

    The evening of Bass Royal ales with @Traquairlover was an experience that I will never forget and am deeply grateful for. I tell that story often.

    The oldest beer currently in my cellar is a 1993 Alaskan Smoked Porter, followed by a 1999 JW Lees Vintage Harvest Ale. The oldest beer that I've actually pulled/consumed from my own cellar was a 2001 JW Lees Vintage Harvest Ale, which was delicious.
  37. jae

    jae Initiate (0) Feb 21, 2010 Washington

    2005 De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva
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  38. IowaBiertrinker

    IowaBiertrinker Initiate (0) Sep 20, 2010 Iowa

    Tried a 77 Billy Beer a couple weeks ago at Darkness day. One ounce was enough. I imagine it tasted the same fresh?
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  39. SidSquid

    SidSquid Initiate (0) Nov 5, 2010 California

    Not the oldest I've had, but I also had one fairly recently. Still amazing and glad I've got another couple in the basement.
  40. SidSquid

    SidSquid Initiate (0) Nov 5, 2010 California

    Even when they're "good," those Gales are so. ..different as to be hard to really classify as good or bad. Do you like "sours"? How about dungeons?
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