Over the past few weeks I had two beers that had been in my fridge for nearly a year or longer. Mischief, a year-round Belgian-style golden ale from Orange County's iconoclastic brewery, The Bruery, was excellent as expected. This spicy, complex beer is fantastic whether fresh or with some age on it. It had some sediment that I've not noticed on a fresh bottle, but it was as rich and smooth as ever. The Bruery makes some hard to drink beers; Mischief ain't one of them.
The second beer was Green Flash's Saison, and it was not what I was expecting. I picked up two bottles of this saison last spring, having one shortly after I bought it. I remember thinking it was thin, bland and pedestrian - clearly not a typical Green Flash aggressive style interpretation, and not a beer to rival the saisons and Belgian-style farmhouse ales being produced by North San Diego County's The Lost Abbey (and now saisons from Modern Times and Stone Brewing). I was so underwhelmed that the second bottle sat untouched for over a year. Ignoring this beer was a good decision. A year on a rack at the back of my fridge allowed Green Flash's Saison to develop a depth and substance that weren't there when it was fresh. This once boring beer had transformed with age, and was now delicious. I've since picked up this year's Green Flash Saison and hid it in the fridge so I can enjoy it next summer.