2011 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 95) - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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Reviews by WTKeene:
4.46/5 rDev +1.6%
Poured from a Corked and Caged bottle into a Prairie Teku glass. How on earth am I the first person to ever review this?
Appearance: Dark brown crimson, with a small beige head that doesn't last too long but leaves a crown around the edge of the glass. No noticeable lacing. Very pretty sour beer though.
Smell: Strong fruity vinegar, perhaps a hint of balsamic. A light vinous character. This isn't my favorite style of sour smell, but definitely a strong example of the style.
Taste: Thats actually really good. Very dry and vinous, like a fine red wine. Definitely very tart, but not overwhelming or mouth puckering. While the smell suggested vinegar, the tart flavor is more of a fruit-forward style. I get notes of sour cherry. A faint bitterness on the finish.
Mouthfeel: On the moderate to light side of the carbonation spectrum. Not particularly thin, this one stick around a bit.
Overall: Honestly, better than I expected. I figured after smelling this that the beer would be overpoweringly sour in a "I'm drinking red-wine vinegar straight" kind of way. Not at all what I'm getting. Sour fans should seek this one out, although based on the number of reviews this one isn't easy to find.
12-02-2013 03:08:48 | More by WTKeene
More User Reviews:
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
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
3.53/5 rDev -19.6%
I wasn't impressed with this beer. It was a bit of a let down.
It pours a nice light red beer, with little carbonation. Liquid is translucent. Aroma reveals more of the lambic classic smell than of berries or cherries or any other fruits. Taste reveals a somewhat weak red Flanders. I hardly found any difference with the less expensive red Flanders. The oak barrel didn't improve much this beer, and it was almost non existent.
A weak beer, hopefully they release a better batch.
05-06-2014 05:31:12 | More by JulioH
4.39/5 rDev 0%
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.
06-28-2014 18:27:36 | More by metter98
2011 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 95) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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