2011 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 95) - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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4.25/5 rDev -3.2%
Serving: poured from a corked bottle kept in my refrigerator since purchase in late 2013.
Appearance: the beer is a shade or two lighter than the bottle it came in. Very clear with deep ruby and garnet highlights. A one-finger light brown head forms and subsides in the space of a few minutes, leaving nothing behind at all.
Aroma : well-modulated tart fruit with a dash of red wine vinegar. Faint woody note.
Taste: Sharply sour - cherries and vinegar. Acidic. Some surprisingly sweet but indistinguishable malt. Slightly bitter (woody?) but more tart on the lingering finish. If this were any more sour, it would not be as drinkable as it is, but it is a finely balanced brew.
Mouthfeel: slightly thin and under-carbonated, though this is not totally unexpected due to the beer's age.
Overall: very nice variation on the Rodenbach formula. Glad to have had it but not in a hurry to track down another one.
08-17-2014 18:32:13 | More by charlzm
4.54/5 rDev +3.4%
Poured at fridge temp into a Burgundy glass, allowed to warm. Full disclosure: Rodenbach was the beer that got me into beer, discovered by chance while I was living in the Netherlands, so I'm an unabashed Rodenbach partisan.
Look: cloudy garnet-tinged caramel. Lots of carbonation evident. Small (but persistent) light tan-colored head.
Smell: oak and sour cherries.
Taste: extraordinarily sweet, but somehow manages to avoid being cloying. I get a lot of other flavors: cranberry, mandarin orange, oak, strawberries. Lingering aftertaste is of cherries, mild oak. There is certainly some sourness, but it is not at all the dominant player. Almost has the feel of a port or dessert wine--very rich.
Feel: very creamy. Damn near perfect mouthfeel. Not too dry, perfect carbonation (I often find beers in this style overcarbonated).
Overall: this is fairly different than what I was expecting. The sour/"vinegar" notes are minimized, while the sweetness is much more pronounced. Really a treat. Interested to see how my other bottle develops over the next year or so.
07-31-2014 01:00:26 | More by neurobot01
4.43/5 rDev +0.9%
Deep ruby color with about an inch of tight bubbled creaminess that never fully goes away. Lots of spicy wood right away in the nose giving way to strawberries, cherries, floral notes, chocolaty bread, maple syrup, and vinegar. Sharper with a hit of acetone and oxidation when I get my nose right up close. More immediately fruity in the flavor: juicy black cherry, green apple, and lemon followed by smooth vanilla, honey, and an acidic woody funk. Beautifully sour and juicy. Medium bodied, but it feels lighter on the palate with an acidity that leaves the gums and insides of the cheeks dry. Excellent!
07-27-2014 21:02:59 | More by wedge
4.49/5 rDev +2.3%
Possibly clouded auburn colored beer. Head is a good sized pile of kahki colored tight foam which fades to a sheet and a ring. Sweet and tart cherries, light wood musk, interesting, unique floral, strawberries and cream, and a variety of other subtle aroma nuances. Taste is loaded with tart, acidic cherries, smooth woodiness, all sorts of fermented fruits, packed into a light fluid body. Carbonation is softly blended throughout. Pitted fruits and berries, all soaked in cherry juice and tangy. Mouthfeel is fantastically smooth.
07-27-2014 20:52:40 | More by tastybeer
3.56/5 rDev -18.9%
Appearance: ruddy brown with big cherry juice highlights; not much on the head
Aroma: sour mash; cherries; slight hint of oak
Flavors: sour cherry mash; hint of oak
Mouthfeel: sour and tart notes; mild carbonation; lingering tart
To the Point: rather simple; sour/tart cherry with a hint of oak; I was expecting more flavor; a pleasing sour cherry ale
07-22-2014 20:58:33 | More by hackmann
2011 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 95) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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