2011 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 95) - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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Reviews by Maxwell:
4.55/5 rDev +3.4%
The beer pours out with a mid-sized head of tanning bubbles the color of white sand dunes. The head has mild lasting qualities, but eventually settles into a thick scrim around my glass. In color, the beer pours a dark burgundy with touches of ruby. Its body is clean and clear of all particles, but it sits seemingly opaque in the glass due to its darkness. On the nose, this beer screams Rodenbach. Tart cherries, malt vinegar, rich oak, vanilla, leather, and even a touch of earthiness flood the nostrils in funky scents. Caramel makes an appearance as the backbone of the smell, providing a sweet, candied bread quality. The oak is really where the nose shines in character, however, with not overpowering richness that bristles with tannins, coats with vanilla, and eases a light toast into the funky scent of the beer. On the tongue, the beer tastes tart and sweet with a mild bitter tannin bringing balance to the beer. The acidity of the beer is most present at the start and close of the sip, while the sweetness seems to sit happily in the sips middle, blanketed towards the end by the bitters. There is superb balance and rich complexity to this beer. In flavor, it begins as rich cherry pie and leather, this opens into funky barnyard, more cherries, and a healthy dose of oak which brings herbal-bitter tannins alongside rich vanilla to the tongue. The finish is sweet with a final hiccup of tart cherry at its close, and lasts beautifully upon the palate, lingering heavily into the aftertaste with sweet cherry and caramel notes alongside touches of scratchy and bizarrely tasty horse blanket and malt vinegar. In the mouth, this beer feels medium in body with a lighter finish. The beer coats the mouth nicely with a mild carbonation, providing light effervescence and levity to the sip. In mouthfeel, the beer has a slightly syrupy pull to the cheeks while remaining smooth. The barrel definitely provides gripping tannins to the cheeks, and the acidity helps to further pull out the cheeks in a pucker. When the beer has left, the mouth is left with a light pool of acid-cancelling spittle and a slight sticky-sweet resin. Overall, this beer is delightfully complex. Rich oak character, fantastic funk, and subtle sweetness blend masterfully in this vintage. Rodenbach is the master of the Flanders Red, and this vintage ale is a perfect example of that. This beer is a delightful blend of everything that makes a Flanders Red a joy to drink. Vat 95 did very well here.
01-22-2014 01:49:29 | More by Maxwell
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4.49/5 rDev +2%
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
2011 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 95) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
97 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.