If I open a bottle of Belgian beer-with a cork- drink a little then put the cork back in the bottle will the cork randomly pop or the bottle explode from any pressure?

  • 1
    It will not randomly explode - by opening and drinking a little, you have lowered the pressure.
    – Rory Alsop
    Sep 17, 2017 at 14:05
  • Not an answer, but I put a teaspoon handle side down into a bottle of fizzy anything to stop it loosing it's fizz. Something to do with cooling the air in the neck of the bottle...
    – Gamora
    Jun 25, 2019 at 17:03

3 Answers 3


Yes, you can do this just like a bottle of sparkling wine. It should keep the beer for a couple of days, but not forever. Sometimes the corks don't work great, so I would buy a Champagne bottle stopper like the one below Don't get the one that hold onto the ridge under the bottle opening. They work great for Champagne bottles but not so good on Belgian beer bottles. champagne bottle stopper


After opening the bottle the beer will begin to oxidize and degrade in quality, so flavor will begin to suffer shortly after opening.

Pressure will not continue to build in the bottle from fermentation, the yeast have consumed what residual sugar is present for bottle carbonation. That being said, the dissolved CO2 will remain in solution at cooler temperatures but escape rapidly as it warms, so capping while the bottle is cool and keeping the bottle cool will preserve more CO2 in solution after opening.

A recorked bottle will be most likely to drive out the cork if allowed to warm, or agitated physically.

A recorked bottle will be less likely to drive out the cork, if recorked warm, and then placed gently into cold storage.

Lastly, volumes of CO2 in Belgian beers can range wildly, but their level of CO2 is generally higher than domestic US beer, however much lower than champagne. Pressure in the bottle will react as such.


We've tried doing this years ago, so as for any corked drinks, it doesn't pop out or randomly pop out, but in case you're wondering how it would taste like, there's two diversions of the taste, either the taste would randomly contribute to the corkage of the wine to make it taste better.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.