Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2017 £2.99 @ Waitrose Barbican
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Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2017 £2.99 @ Waitrose Barbican

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Was £6.99, good price for a lovely beer!
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Sounds like a good deal to me, what other ales does it taste like?
Vintage, as in old! Is old beer a good thing?
mgregory016 m ago

Vintage, as in old! Is old beer a good thing?


I wouldn't consider 2017 particularly old!
I wish my local Waitrose would do this (they hadn't this evening). Very good price, pub in my area was selling this on cask at £3 a half this weekend which puts this price into perspective. Obviously these Fuller's vintages can also be kept for a year or two, a bit like wine.
The 2015 Vintage Ale is now £30 a bottle and 2016 £16.... this 2017 is a bargain if you can find it. Heat.
Fullers are old and all well and good but unfortunately I am informed they have badd business practices like buying out other breweries and closing them just because they can. I do like the odd pint at their places but I would honest suggest people seek other places for decent poured pints, like (apparently) spoons. If you can get on with thems.
bbturner29 m ago

The 2015 Vintage Ale is now £30 a bottle and 2016 £16.... this 2017 is a b …The 2015 Vintage Ale is now £30 a bottle and 2016 £16.... this 2017 is a bargain if you can find it. Heat.


Bargain but the alcohol percentage limits it's value as a vintage. Store this for over 5 years and it'll be rancid.
Buy buy buy. Clear those shelves
supermann18 h, 56 m ago

Bargain but the alcohol percentage limits it's value as a vintage. Store …Bargain but the alcohol percentage limits it's value as a vintage. Store this for over 5 years and it'll be rancid.



Rubbish, this is considered at its best between 5-10 years old , e.g. see insidebeer.com/art…321

Even the original 1997 edition is still considered drinkable (if somewhat past its best), although that doesn't stop Fuller's asking £515(!) a bottle for it. shop.fullers.co.uk/col…are
Trickster3 h, 44 m ago

Rubbish, this is considered at its best between 5-10 years old , e.g. see …Rubbish, this is considered at its best between 5-10 years old , e.g. see https://www.insidebeer.com/articles/20170321Even the original 1997 edition is still considered drinkable (if somewhat past its best), although that doesn't stop Fuller's asking £515(!) a bottle for it. https://shop.fullers.co.uk/collections/vintage-ale/products/vintage-ale-1997-rare




Maybe 5 years was a bit too soon but I still don't buy these things as making good vintages, the alcohol content is too low and that's simple chemistry. It means that some of the flavours that develop around that time are down to the product going bad. Put it this way, you wouldn't get all excited about the flavour of a tin of tomatoes you had in the cupboard for 10 years. Without the alcohol to act as a natural preservative, you will get rancid flavours coming through.

And you have to be joking about the price of that 1997 bottle. You can buy some rare vintage port for that price. Also it's very odd how that article you linked to keeps comparing these ales to Madeira given how high the alcohol content of Madeira is in comparison.
Edited by: "supermann" 11th Jan
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