The salvaging operation to bring up 145 champagne bottles – since determined to include vintages from Heidseck, Veuve Clicquot, and Juglar – had one casualty: a bottle that burst open at the surface, revealing itself to be beer.
The brew has already been sampled by four professional beer tasters.
“They said that it did taste very old, which is no surprise, with some burnt notes. But it was quite acidic – which could mean there’s been some fermenting going on in the bottle and with time it’s become acid,” said Annika Wilhelmson of the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT).
Story: Jason Palmer, BBC | Photo: Wikimedia Commons