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2011 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 95) - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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2011 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 95)2011 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 95)

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189 Ratings
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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 7.05%
Wants: 18
Gots: 57 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: samEBC on 10-25-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of freewill35
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nathanmiller
4.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of beerforpresident
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of golf4collet
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Goldndomer
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of dabarton
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage opened January 2015. Cork difficult to remove. Poured at right angle into vertical Engelszell tulip/snifter. Produced a copious tan head that dissipated relatively slowly, leaving excellent lacing. Beer is a deep amber in color. Presentation is overall outstanding.

The nose is very similar to Rodenbach Grand Cru, with grassy sour notes over a solid malt foundation and Belgian yeast funk percolating throughout.

It took me a minute to appreciate the taste profile of this beer, as the oak aging made it a much drier beer than I was expecting. The sourness evident in Rodenbach's other beers is slightly overshadowed at first by the oaky dryness and a harsher acidity, closer to that of Geuze than what I normally associate with a Flemish red-brown. This alternative flavor profile won me over in the end, although I still prefer the Grand Cru.

Photo of desint
4.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of cuvtcuv
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jwswigs
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Colby8938
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of VTCombi
4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jjwisenheimer
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dralecg
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of cvm4
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Brown base with a red mahogany hue to it. After the pour, there's a one finger light khaki head that dissipates to a ring around the glass. Not much retention or lacing.

S - Cherry sour, oak and a mustiness to it. Digging deeper, there are some notes of brown sugar, caramel and a light sweetness.

T - Sour cherries and oak hit your palette at first. The brown sugar comes forth mixed with balsamic vinegar notes and a raspberry fruitiness . The sweet & sour are really working here to balance out the beer.

F - On the full side of light bodied with a high side of medium carbonation. It has a wet finish.

O - The beer is unique with a sweet & sour combo I've never experienced before. It was great to drink it from cold to warming up.

Photo of Ej8
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of KeyWestGator
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of HabiMendes
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Damian
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pint 9.4 fl.oz/750ml corked and caged bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Served in a tulip

The turbid, chestnut-mahogany liquid was capped by a thin, bubbly, beige crown that quickly dropped to a lasting, foamy ring. Droplets of lacing trickled down the glass.

Tart and musty notes came through in the aroma. Some sour cherry as well. Balsamic vinegar was noticeable. Touch of caramel and brown sugar. As the beer warmed, the nose opened up. The cherry notes intensified, as did the sweetness. Slightly wine-like.

The flavor profile was a bit more intense than the aroma. Sour cherry notes came through strong on the front end. Some balsamic reduction as well. Bready with a pleasant brown sugar-like sweetness. Really nice balance of sweet and tart. Oaky and musty notes were detectible. The beer finished woody and slightly tannic with a touch of lemony tartness. Crisp and dry. Overall, this reminded me a lot of an oaky red wine.

The mouthfeel was lighter bodied. Frothy and somewhat fizzy. Rather nondescript.

Every year I look forward to trying Rodenbach's single barrel release, and the 2011 vintage definitely did not disappoint. With its dynamic and complex flavor profile, this beer really kept me on my toes.

Photo of Doomcifer
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of TomVerhofstede
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Nunya
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%

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2011 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 95) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
97 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.