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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)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Belgium | website

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by samEBC on 10-25-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 252
Photo of SomethingClever
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into pint glass

A: almost no head whatsoever dirty brown red hue with a slightly hazy body.

S: wine grapes, vinegar, oak, apples, maybe a little cherry

T: nice wine taste grapes, cherries, maybe very light vinegar slight apple lots of oak barrel a little bit of a musty taste

M: very soft, carbonation is almost non existent almost no bitterness makes it seem like drinking a wine

O: This beer has such a nice flavor. Its got a nice wine oak flavor the soft carbonation I am not as crazy about, but otherwise it is a great beer.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served at Frankenmuth's World Expo of Beer 2016.

Perfectly sour/tart with fruits, yeast, bread, vinegar, a bit of dark fruit... not much to say other than that there's a reason this stuff is so sought after. See it, buy it, enjoy it.

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Photo of LAp
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had alongside Classic and Grand Cru. The fully aged Vintage takes on more port-like elements than the Grand Cru, with dark fruits imbuing a rich wine-like sweetness that's less pronounced in RGC. These are accented well by the quintessential tart sour of the style, but oddly, the balsalmic vinegar that is clearly tasted in RGC seems to lose some of its prominence in this older iteration for unclear reasons. The result is not worse by any means, but undoubtedly distinct. Had in immediate comparison, this beer stands as a unique companion, separate but equal, to the ubiquitous Rodenbach Grand Cru.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer poured a reddish copper color with visible carbonation.

Smell - It smell like a sour with fruit skin and tart berries.

Taste - At the beginning, I detect cherry skin, tart cherries, and a general wave of sour. The is a sense of oak which creates dry impression. These carry forward into the oaky, dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The oak creates a sense of dryness even as the oak coats the tongue.

Overall - This is a fantastic version of the style. It is worth seeking.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a Rodenbach Grand Cru glass to a nice shade of mahogany topped with a very small light tan head that fades quickly
S: smells of sour cherries, huge acidity, a little funk and some light oak
T: Taste is sour cherry, other berry notes, some nice oakiness, vanilla, hint of funk, slight caramel sweetness, and a little more cherry. On the finish this one is slightly sweet cherry with some lingering tartness and oak
M: Medium in the mouth with soft but adequate carbonation and a drying finish.
O: Wow! This beer is incredible. Absolutely incredible. This is a tough beer to top for sure. The sourness and the oak play together very well and this beer is incredibly complex. If you see this you need to buy it.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.24/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 375ml bottle into a white wine glass while in Bruges. Pours a ruby and rose color with intense bubbling.....think deep colored rose. The bubbles were a little too much for my palette as it ran over any distinct flavors. I expected more vanilla / oak based on being barrel aged and cellar stored.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky brown / red with a fizzy head that settles. Par for the course for flanders reds which I don't find to be exceptionally pretty beers, as much as I love them. The aromaj delivers; sweet balsamic, oak, vanilla, strawberry / raspberry / blueberry melange, leather, tobacco, little bit of horse blanket. Flavor flirts with acidity and sweetness, a sort of seductive back and forth, flickering between blue and red flavors (yeah, it's synaesthetic). Crisp mouthfeel and a lingering pleasant sweet oak and berry flavor. This is divine stuff and, for my money, far better than Caractere Rouge (which I also love).

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Photo of stortore
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into a flute glass.

Pours a medium brown with a garnet tint. Small head, not a lot of lacing. Smells fruity- cherries, malt, caramel, brown sugar, a little oak. Taste is pretty tart, not overly, up front. Malt, cherries, more oak than the nose, brown sugar, a little vanilla, a hint of raspberry on the back end. It's fairly sweet after the initial sour, but I'm good with sweet. Smooth, a bit dry, full body. The taste lingers well after the swallow.

Excellent beer, very satisfying.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Aroma has notes of deep wood, rum raisin & cinammon bread. Mouthfeel has that nice prickly tingling upfront, and finishes smooth with a little carbonation. Flavor brings in a lot of dry grape must & apple cider. More vinegar notes than straight lactic. The acidity is present but evened out by the aging.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brief write-up. The nose is very good, though a bit vinegary. The flavor, though, is stunning. I still get some acetic tartness, but I also get cherry, oak, vanilla, and raspberry - the way it all ties together is jaw-dropping. Screw the review, I just want to drink this all day.

4.32/5: A masterpiece of the style

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Photo of Alequine
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light Brown in color slight see through. No head. This beer is described as light bodied but it actually is medium bodied nice color, nice aromatic fruity esters emanating from the beer. From the bottle to the pour it looks and acts like a fine wine. Slightly aromatic fruity character. My wife thought it was raspberry. She has a good palate so I listen to her on this. No hop taste, low bitterness, slightly vinegary, sour going in with a slight sweet fruity, oaky finish. The carbonation in the beer highlights and pushes the flavors to last in your palate. Love the complexity of the malts, fruity and tart, oak finish. This is an outstandingly made beer great for company at dinner. Would go outstanding with fish or light meats such as chicken or lamb. I would buy this beer again.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Murky reddish brown. Small white head. Thin collar.

Smell - Smells equally sweet as sour. Deep caramel and brown sugar. Vanilla. Red wine. Oak.

Taste - Tart up front. Cherry-like tartness and sweetness. Vanilla. Oak. Caramel sweetness in the back.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation and medium body. Maybe even medium heavy.

Overall - More sour than sweet, but it's still pretty sweet. I'd prefer a little less sugar, but it's still very nice.

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Photo of dabarton
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of cvm4
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of Damian
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.96/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip glass.

A deep muddy chestnut and orange red color for the body, looking quite opaque but up to the light has some lighter color. Muddy appearance, with fine carbonation. Minimal head creation with a faint tan collar, thin not to snapping sounding coming out of the bottle, but no staying power, and some fast rising carbonation.

Classic soft sense of caramel malt, and mellow tartness. Sweet cherry slightly and red raspberry sensing fruit qualities, but fairly mellow. A hint of good acid without a vinegar punch, but seems to be relatively simple.

Palate hits the straight forward notes. A simple body, forgoing thickness and malt cream, leads to a simple tart and malt flavor in the mid palate. Quickly puckering, and a bit wet. Fruity character taken back with a bit of crisp carbonation which jars the palate a bit. Aftertaste of sweet malts comes out a bit gaseous than past vintages, and seems almost a little hot. Good notes of cherry, and classic red fruit, but has some purple sweet grape like quality as well.

A solid Rodenbach, but other vintages I think I have prefered. Maybe another year on this would give it a much more impressive experience, but still solid. Never turn down my Rody... never.

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Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from memory, I think I sampled this about a year ago. Tart, cherries, grapes, vinegar. Dry mouthfeel with a very sour aftertaste. Very refreshing.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%

4A: Nut brown, with good head.

4S: Lactic acid. Rich fruit. Acidic.

4T: Surprisingly sweet. Creamy-rich-sweet. Maraschino, wood, and a sharp, acidic finish.

3.5M: Smooth and pleasant. A bit flat.

4.25O: Really exceptional. A bit mellower than the Grand Cru. I'm not sure if that's good or bad. Recommended.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%

I picked up a bottle of Rodenbach's 2011 Vintage Oak Aged Ale, Barrel No. 95 a couple months ago for $18.99 at The Lager Mill. I've really been getting into the sours lately, but I haven't had many that had a decent amount of age to them and I'm interested to see how this one turns out, so lets see how it goes. 2013 Vintage. Poured from a brown 750ml corked, caged and foiled bottle into a snifter.

A- The bottle looks nice, it's got a clean and classy look to it, I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a nice mahogany color that took on more of a crimson color when held to the light with about two fingers worth of light tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it a little bit of patchy lacing behind. This was a nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with a sour fruit aroma being the first to show up, there seems to be some nice berry and cherry like aromas coming through with a medium amount of sourness. Up next comes a pretty light red wine vinegar aroma that goes right into the oak which imparts a nice woody aroma. This beer has a very nice aroma that seems to be right inline with the style.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the sour fruit aspects still being the first to show up and they impart a great mix of berry flavors with everything from raspberries and cranberries showing up along with a good amount of tart cherries that lead right into a medium amount of sourness. There might be a slight red wine vinegar aroma, but it's a little more just like red wine and it leads right into the oak which imparts a light woody and oak like flavor. On the finish the sourness lingers a little with a great fruity berry aftertaste. This was a great tasting beer, it never got overly sour and the fruity flavors were great.

M- Smooth, a little refreshing, not too acidic, fairly crisp, slightly dry on the finish, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a very nice mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a great beer and I wouldn't say this is a traditional example of the style, but Rodenbach already makes a few of those and this beer does a good job at taking that idea and just running with it and I liked the intensity that it had while it still maintained some decent balance. This beer had nice drinkability, it was smooth, a little refreshing, not too acidic, fairly crisp, slightly dry on the finish not too filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I think one glass is the perfect amount, but I don't think I would have any trouble drinking the whole bottle, but that would be my limit. What I like the most about this beer was the taste and aroma, they were both really nice and they were both pretty similar. What I liked the least about this beer was that the oak didn't show up just a little more, but it wasn't too big of a deal. I would buy this beer again, but for $19 it would pretty much be a special occasion beer only and I think if it was just a little cheaper I would stock up on it. I would recommend this to any sour beer fan, it's for sure worth a try. All in all I was a little impressed with this beer, I was already expecting pretty good things, but this beer really played to my favor with those great fruity aromas and flavors that had a good balance of sourness to go with it. So far I've learned that these Special releases from Rodenbach have been all pretty good and I'm down to try more in the future. This isn't my favorite Rodenbach beer, but I believe it's now my second favorite and it's up there as one of the better sours I've had. Great job guys, this lives up to being called a world class beer, keep up the hard work.

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Photo of charlzm
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of wedge
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of tastybeer
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of hackmann
3.57/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of metter98
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is somewhat hazy brownish red in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige colored head that died down, leaving lots of wispy lacing on the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of oak are present in the nose along with notes of sour cherries.
T: The taste is somewhat similar to the smell, but the sour cherry flavors are stronger and there are notes of oak and slight bits of sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. It also almost feels a little smooth at times.
O: This beer is really a pleasure to sip and savor. Like the other vintage oak aged beers, the taste is similar to the Rodenbach Classic, but all of the flavors are intensified and there is more contrast.

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