Discussion in 'Cellaring Beer' started by pushkinwow, Apr 19, 2017.
Anyone open one recently?
Yes...but do it this morning so I can open one up this afternoon
On site at HF last month '11 was fantastic, and I've had some hit or miss bottles from another source. Even the good bottles seem to be losing quite a bit of the crazy carb they had two years ago.
tons of mineral notes, but very good as of 3 months ago (.375l)
No big boy bottles made of batch 1 /2011 Golden Blend, only the 2014/batch 2
ahh that's right. Memory aint what it used to be.
There is some bottle variation that mostly comes down to luck/oxidation issues but the good ones are absolutely killer right now.
I had one two weeks ago and it had great high carb, almost a gusher. Funky, mineral, citrus. Practically perfect. It seemed easier drinking than the last 2014 I had -- less dark sesame cracker notes, more bright citrus. That may be just misremembering though, as they weren't side by side.
I had a bottle this weekend that was absolutely fantastic.
Obviously plenty of carbonation and it was just amazingly easy to drink. Wish I had more.
blckout20 myself and a couple others also rocked one on Friday. Not a gusher, but I will;
Tiny cork pulled with no thump, but a nice layer of excess co2 quickly wafted over and the bottle was right about A&T quality in my eyes on taste/smell. The edge of goozie perfection. Golden hue with a little frothy head. Electric lemon acidity burning through slightly nutty, musty, cheese rind. LORDAMERCY
I've still got one or two stashed away for a rainy day....
Well it's supposed to rain here on Thursday...and it's my wedding anniversary and my wife happens to be a sour head...so I will open one tonight while she is travelling for work and I can enjoy it all myself
Ended up being nice and sharing...the carbonation had died down on the 2011 from what I remember, still a nice funk and Epson salt combination that was incredibly smooth...seemed to fade a bit towards the end but still delicious. Need to find a 2014 to open up side by side.
Might as well get a 2016 and open up all three
My assesment from a few weeks ago.
That would be fun. Did 14 v. 16 a couple weeks ago and '14 blew '16 away. '16 was excellent, but a much brighter, more lemony blend...older/drier/oakier lambic hadn't shined through yet. I think the far better comparison in the near term is going to be '11 v. '14, assuming the '11 is a "good" bottle.
Just drank mine on Xmas. Flat, but still tasty AF.