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Old 09-18-2009, 09:30 PM   #11
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I've heard anything 8% and above ages well (years and years) and less than that... not so well.

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Old 09-18-2009, 09:36 PM   #12
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You're gonna need to drink them all at once. 17 points of ABV?

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Old 09-18-2009, 09:42 PM   #13
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I am curious about the "Abbey Ale" part. Back when I was brewing in '94 my HBS had dme, a couple specialty steeping malts and maybe 3 types of hops. Yeast was "Yeast" Never heard of Belgian beers back then, at least as far as home brewing was concerned.

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Old 09-18-2009, 10:30 PM   #14
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Probably won't be skunked, but likely to be badly oxidized. Attics are not kind to beer. At least you know it won't be infected, because the bottles would have blown long ago.

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Old 09-18-2009, 11:04 PM   #15
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Cool find!

Don't forget to take pictures of the beer in a glass. Curious how it looks after that long!

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Old 09-18-2009, 11:17 PM   #16
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In the fermenter at 1.035
Bottled at 1.018 on 9/18/94
uhh...unless I've read something wrong, that's 2.2% ABV and 47.7% apparent attenuation. I'm not going to say that this beer was never good, but I'll say that I've never enjoyed a beer boasting such numbers.
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Old 09-18-2009, 11:38 PM   #17
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I had taken a 15 year break in home brewing, and last weekend I brewed a batch and put it into 5 gals in the carboy. I was planning on doing another batch this weekend so, I went to the attic to retrieve my 2nd carboy to clean and sanitize it. When in the attic I decided to take a look at my cases of bar bottles. In one of the boxes I opened to find this.

FIND A

FIND B

15 years to the day. Now that is STRANGE

I put 2 in the beverage cooler and after dinner I will give them a taste. "What do kill ya makes us strong", Right?



Anyway wish me luck. It had to be a sign.......

BTW..Check out those High Tech labels that I got there....cool huh?
AND THE VERDICT IS........

I'm not dead...

It was lightly carbonated, no hint what so ever of foul smell. First sip was an "roasted chocolate" flavor. It really was pleasant. As Coastarine said, it was originally crap. That is why I have 8, no 7 bottles left after 15yrs. As you can see, the color is very dark, but I could see though it. So, the next time I get together with my "homebrew" group. We will share an "Old Abbey".

POUR

Sorry Hoppus_Poppatopolis, no "Skunk Pee"
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Old 09-18-2009, 11:47 PM   #18
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At least it's drinkable. And you're brewing again.

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Old 09-18-2009, 11:54 PM   #19
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that's awesome that it was more than just drinkable after all this time.
i have 5 bottles of the first Holiday Beer I ever made left from 3 years ago. I hope I can keep at least 1 for more than 5 or 6 years

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Old 09-19-2009, 12:36 AM   #20
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I wish I had a few of a few of my batches from back in '91-'92. I remember this chocolate stout I made, no actual chocolate just chocolate malt, and a lot of it, that tasted like a fireplace after a long winter. I put it away and the next time I tried one it was a couple years down the road and it was stellar.

I bet that particular beer would have stood the test of time and been pretty drinkable. I also did a bunch of experimenting with a lot of honey as an adjunct and got +10% ABV beers that probably never reached their peak before they got downed.

Welcome back to the obsession.

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