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Old 11-26-2009, 08:14 AM   #1
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I am starting to get a large collection of Belgian Trappist beers (Chimay, Westmalle, Orval). They are sooo expensive and I always hear that they get even better with age, that I am afraid to drink them! Anyone else have this phobia?

 
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Old 11-26-2009, 09:04 AM   #2
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Not at all.

The beer is excellent "young"

Keep in mind that you're not drinking green homebrew here- this beer is shipped across the Atlantic to you.

The orval is a bit different (to me at least), the slight Brett character gets a bit stronger with time and the hop flavor drops out unlike other widely available Belgian beers.

Just my 2 cents
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Old 11-26-2009, 09:19 AM   #3
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That make's sense. Probably should drink a few of them, How old is the oldest you guy's have been hoarding? What is it?

 
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Old 11-26-2009, 09:33 AM   #4
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That make's sense. Probably should drink a few of them, How old is the oldest you guy's have been hoarding? What is it?
I'm not a hoarder myself. Usually the max I cab hang onto a beer is a matter of weeks not months or years
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Old 11-26-2009, 09:57 AM   #5
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I have a few Victory V12's that are almost 3 years old. Yummmy!!!!
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Old 11-26-2009, 12:15 PM   #6
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I bought this bottle of Westmalle tripel in Amsterdam which the shop owner thought was in the region of 30 years old. Long past it's best I'm afraid - I had to bin it since it was undrinkable.


 
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Old 11-26-2009, 02:29 PM   #7
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Just drink 'em. That's what they're for. While they may well keep for a long time I doubt that they'll actually improve significantly. As someone mentioned, they're already several months old by the time you gt them.

Years ago we bought a few bottles (unlabeled blue cap (dubbel) and yellow cap (trippel)) right from the monestary at Westvleteren. We had some immediately, and hauled maybe six bottles back to Indiana. A couple of those bottles were stashed for maybe 3 years. While a side by side wasn't performed (how could it be) I think the 3 year old bottles probably weren't as good, or at least not as good as I recalled.

Unless some of the beer you're stashing is unique and irreplaceable then there's no particular reason for you not to enjoy them whenever you wish.
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Old 12-07-2009, 10:40 PM   #8
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Buy 2 of each - 1 to drink & 1 to save- problem solved
Most will age just fine for many yrs to come if stored correctly. The orval really started to get better after 8 months.

My oldest beer is a 1997 Westvleteren 12.

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Old 12-08-2009, 01:59 AM   #9
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I read once that Chimay is "in the bottle" for 18 months before it is sold...how one would get a "young" Trappist Ale is beyond me, but then again, if she's already 18...she's ready...
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Old 12-08-2009, 02:07 AM   #10
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Last Orval I drank was a couple weeks ago. It was exactly 1 year and 1 week since the bottling. I'd only been sitting on it a couple months. It was past it's prime. Very disappointing. Drink the beer, you can buy more.
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