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beers 9515 º places 1140 º 10:34 Sun 10/7/2012

So I have some Wisconsin Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart (2012 vintage) stored in my parents basement (climate controlled) in Wisconsin. Wondering how long I can let them be before I need to drink/trade them? I only get home once or twice a year so my access is sporadic at best.


beers 371 º places 11 º 10:51 Sun 10/7/2012

Pasteurized, force-carbonated. Won’t help, but they are pretty shelf-stable for many months and arguably even years. Even at room temperature. It’s a long, slow fade. Longer and slower, the lower the temperature. I wouldn’t worry about them at all.

beers 2468 º places 57 º 10:53 Sun 10/7/2012

I’ve sat on the Belgian Red for a couple of years and it held up well. I did not notice any big change or improvement in the flavor, so I’d have to say that there is really no need to cellar it.

beers 3439 º places 209 º 07:02 Mon 10/8/2012

The only thing I’ve seen happen is that they’ll pick up some metallic notes over time due to the oxidation. Other than that, not much else happens.

10:53 Mon 10/8/2012

Are the Red/Tart beers vintages? I thought they were bottled year round.

beers 1589 º places 63 º 10:54 Mon 10/8/2012

Yep. Those beers hold up extremely well to the effects from aging, but drink them as soon as you want to. Like most beer, they don’t get better with age.

beers 9515 º places 1140 º 11:05 Mon 10/8/2012

@csano; sorry, misuse of the word "Vintage" I just mean that it is recently purchased rather than already aged.

Thanks for all the comments! Since I have sporadic access to the bottles I was just wondering if I need to take care of them all when I am home next month, or if I can leave some for next time. :)

11:44 Mon 10/8/2012

Originally posted by bytemesis
@csano; sorry, misuse of the word "Vintage" I just mean that it is recently purchased rather than already aged.

No worries, man, was just checking.