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Old 10-19-2012, 07:52 PM   #1
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Default What happens to a 5-year-old La Fin Du Monde?

Hi,

New to the forum and not a brewer, but if you all could contribute your expertise to a question of mine, I'd be much obliged.

I heard through a friend that La Fin Du Monde, because they put in some active yeast (?) just before bottling it, will turn into brandy wine after five years (?) and something else after ten years.

Does this sound true/possible/safe? I've got a five year old bottle sitting here to open with an old friend I bought it with those five years ago, but I'd like to know more about what's going on so we could fully appreciate it.

Again, sorry this isn't a home brew specific question. And thanks,

Ron

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Old 10-19-2012, 07:58 PM   #2
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Got this from the website.

3 to 5 years.

Like good wine, Unibroue’s fine beers have flavors that develop with age. Over time they become smoother, sometimes revealing notes of honey and candied fruit and developing a more assertive and lasting flavor. This phenomenon is known as “maderization” and is similar to the aging process of dessert wines like port.

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Oxygen is the mortal enemy of beer because oxidation creates a stale, flat flavor. The yeast added to the bottle of Unibroue products triggers natural fermentation, consuming excess oxygen and preventing the beer’s CO2 from oxidizing. This enhances the beer’s aging potential. The high alcohol content of certain Unibroue products also lends itself well to aging by acting as a natural preservative.

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Store bottles upright in a cool dark place at a stable temperature between 46ºF and 61ºF.

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Old 10-19-2012, 08:12 PM   #3
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It won't get any stronger. After 5 years, all the hop flavor and a lot of the bitterness will have faded, which will make the resulting taste sweeter, although with only 19 IBUs to start, it won't change that much. Belgian-esque beers and 9% beers often improve with lengthy bottle conditioning, so it could be quite good. Of course, it may be awful, so don't make it the centerpiece of your evening, or at least have a Plan B.

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Old 10-19-2012, 08:14 PM   #4
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Yeah, taste the first one before you serve it to special guests.

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Old 10-19-2012, 08:17 PM   #5
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I could never hold onto a bottle of that for 5 years! Good job, I love that stuff.

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I've had a few aged unibroue beers over the years and the Trois-Pistole is the one that aged the most gracefully for me. It is really dependent on where you buy your bottles and how you age them though. If you grab something that has been on a store shelf in direct light for a few months and try to age that in a closet somewhere, you might get disappointed on how the beer ages.

Pick a young bottle and cellar it.

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Old 10-20-2012, 09:10 PM   #7
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agree with the Trois Pistole. thats one great tasting beer and once aged. even better. mmm

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Old 10-21-2012, 11:16 PM   #8
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Thank you all so much! Just wanted the confirmation. We'll be sure not to make it the center of our evening. We bought the La Fin Du Monde on a road trip to Montreal our last year at university, and I think we'll crack it open at New Year's on the Belle of Louisville riverboat on the Ohio (Assuming the "Fin" of the "Monde" doesn't happen on December 21st, 2012!!!). It'll be awesome if it ends up tasting good! Fingers crossed.

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i wouldn't worry too much about it not being good, chances are about the same with wine and how many bad wine bottles have you opened? sure, it happens, but it's certainly not common.

man i love me some unibroue. if i had a ton of money, filling a cellar with their stuff is one of the first things i'd do.

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Yeah, taste the first one before you serve it to special guests.
better yet, send it to me and i'll let you know if it's still good
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me 2... that and Chimay.

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