2007 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 230) - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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Reviews by tewaris:
4.1/5 rDev -5.7%
Enjoyed late 2011 with friends.
Murky brown with a dirty off white head that leaves soon but leaves a persistent ring behind. The aroma is big on oak... very soft with notes of vanilla. Of course, the sourness is around, but the softness and roundedness was very welcome.
Very mellow taste too, with notes of tart apples and dark fruit. Distinct oak in the finish and perhaps even vanilla. Rather lacking in intensity but very complex. Medium carbonation, smooth mouthfeel and a dry finish. I liked it a lot especially I got it about five bucks cheaper than the usual price at 11.99!
4, 4, 4, 4, 4.5
11-28-2011 15:37:06 | More by tewaris
More User Reviews:
3.98/5 rDev -8.5%
Kind of a muddy reddish-brown color. A little strong on the malt vinegar in the nose but black cherry brings it back a little, sweet smell. Soft and vinegary on the tongue with mild acidity, it could use more to stray away for its sweet nature. Very intresting beer, but for the money, I'll stick with the Grand Cru.
03-05-2010 00:56:52 | More by brownbeer
4.43/5 rDev +1.8%
Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy.
Pours brownish-red with an off-white head. The aroma is oaky with some sour dark fruits. The flavor is tart dark fruit with a good amount of sweetness which goes nicely with the tartness. Some oak aging notes are in the flavor as well. Thin-medium mouthfeel and low carbonaition.
02-02-2010 18:15:44 | More by Mora2000
4.47/5 rDev +2.8%
Shared with Mike at the Pickled Pig Pub.
A: Pours a murky mahogany/purple/maroon color with a small, bubbly head on top. Not much head retention nor lacing at all.
S: Wow, very acetic, but fantastic. Much deeper than regular Rodenbach. A nice combination of sweet and sour/vinegar. Some cherries, oak, candied sugar, and some bready malt.
T: Fantastic. It is quite acidic, but not extremely sour, if that makes sense. Nice cherry sweetness, a little bit of oak and vanilla, and some fig and bruised apple.
M: Medium bodied, very smooth, but tart. The right level of carbonation.
O: Incredibly drinkable. Some age on did this beer wonders. Actually had it next to some fresh Rodenbach and it was amazing how much better this beer was, and I really like Rodenbach. It was hard to imagine that the aged version would be that much better, but it was.
08-25-2011 02:20:39 | More by mdaschaf
3.93/5 rDev -9.7%
Rodenbach 2007 Vintage
750 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Courtesy of ahurd in a BIF. Thanks!
Appearance- Murky brown color. No head, with just a hint of extremely fine bubbles rising to the top.
Aroma- Sour, tart, with a bit of booziness. Subtle hint of dark cherries.
Taste- Sweet and tart but not overly so. If you work it around in your mouth it gets quite tart, otherwise goes down smoothly. A hint of cherries, strawberries, and figs. Blended quite well and is very refreshing
Mouthfeel- Sticky, but not overbearing. Just enough to let the flavors linger in your mouth well after you swallow.
Drinkability- I would drink this again.
10-29-2010 02:12:07 | More by klshanks
4.08/5 rDev -6.2%
Opaque colour,with a reddish tinge, white bubby head. Fruity aromas, this is a flanders red that is clearly cherry and is balanced as a wine would be. Very lacey sheets. The carbonation i right there. Very drinkable. A bit of apple cider vinger that makes it even more cherryish.
10-31-2010 04:52:08 | More by Sammy
4.3/5 rDev -1.1%
Poured from a 750mL caged-and-corked bottle into my Rodenbach flute/tulip. The cork is among the smallest I've ever seen - very odd.
Rufous body with rust highlights topped by a dense creamy half finger of pale buff foam. Rich pasty lacing, outlined by light glassy legs.
Wild notes from the oak, dark cherry, faint citrus, and a little cider vinegar in the nose. Some malt and even cocoa comes through as well - very inviting.
While there is plenty of tartness and acidity in the profile (smooth lightly oxidative notes - akin to a fine aged balsamic), this is maybe the sweetest offering I've sampled thus far from Rodenbach. Marshmallow/vanilla along with heavy cream and a touch of whole-milk yogurt; lightly toasted malt, English digestive biscuits, and a mix of berries and stone fruit synergize on the palate. The finish is delicate, gently spicy, with a whisper of sherried single malt - sophisticated and mellow.
Medium-bodied, soft, effervescent, and mildly astringent.
Not quite as addictively sweet/sour as the Grand Cru, though similar in many ways - still, a wonderful example of the style.
07-09-2010 01:28:19 | More by augustgarage
4.58/5 rDev +5.3%
Clear garnet brown with a thin head. Some nice lacing as I drink. Smell is rich in vinous notes with a healthy amount of oak and alcohol. A hint of vanilla. Some funk and fruit with cherries being the biggest part. Taste is superb. A healthy malt core with a light toasted caramel malt sweetness. Sour and dry with lots of cherries, oak, and vanilla. Really a subtle complex blend of fruits. Finish is dry and juicy with a sour puckering. Feel is medium weight with a mild effervescent carbonation. This went exceptionally well with a special New Years Eve chili and the after dinner cheese a crackers. A superb Flanders Red.
01-01-2013 04:40:30 | More by scootny
4.3/5 rDev -1.1%
A gentle pour results in a wispy skim across the surface, that looks like a smudge of cirrus clouds. Some spotty bits of lace randomly dot the sides of the glass. Decent retention. The body is a lighter shade of brown, that glints ruby in the sunlight. Clarity is ok, you can see the underside of the surface bubbles through the glass.
Savory aroma of black cherry, red wine grapes, minerals, leather, and balsamic vinegar. Really nice, and I find myself inhaling deeply before every sip.
Tannic and fruity, notes of apple butter, cherry skins, tart grapes, with a lingering taste of oak and vague maltiness. Tart and acetic, though rather mellow and well integrated. Definitely more mellow than the Grand Cru, and more savory. Full and rich despite the lower levels of carbonation. I could easily put away a 750 of this with ease... one to be savored.
05-30-2010 16:29:36 | More by emerge077
4.5/5 rDev +3.4%
Bottle: Poured a hazy brown reddish color ale with a medium size foamy head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma of oak is well balance by sweet cherries and tart notes. Taste is actually lighter then the Grand Cru with more notes of cherry and a sweeter profile. Oak notes are easily distinguishable with the tart notes also quite enjoyable. Body is about average with good carbonation and alcohol is well hidden. Very well made and not much to be improved.
05-17-2010 20:38:35 | More by Phyl21ca
4.47/5 rDev +2.8%
Rich red in color and cloudy with a ruby/garnet look to it. No head at all, nothing, lifeless and still. Intimidating one could say. Then I go in for the smell and I am knocked back. Sour, apple vinegar with hints of citrus bouncing around it as well. So amazingly complex. Grapes, and plums, lots of fruit notes and a granny smith apple or two all coming up into the air. Carried over very well in to the first sip, as it was biting tart through and through. Really lip puckering sour that took a second to get used to, but once you did, look out. Bright lemon and orange notes then lit it up. Very light, very bright flavor that was soo complex and wonderfully done. Smooth, gentle, not overly carbonated, but amazingly drinkable.
08-06-2011 01:56:01 | More by mikesgroove
4.33/5 rDev -0.5%
A: The beer poured brownish red in color and is fairly clear with lacy patterns of bubbles floating on the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There is a moderate aroma of cherries and oak in the nose.
T: Like the nose, there are tart flavors of cherries in the taste, which is also balanced by a mild vinegar-like sourness. Flavors of oak linger in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate. There is a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink because of its good balance between the sweet and sour flavors.
07-16-2010 14:20:27 | More by metter98
United Kingdom (England)
4.06/5 rDev -6.7%
Slightly out of date when shared at the 1st Shrewsbury bottle swap on 27th Jan 2014.
All four of us enjoyed it: one of my contributions.
I thought it was a lovely mellow brew, the oak aging and time in the bottle calmed down the usual Rodenbach tartness.
Poured that wonderful reddy brown only Belgian sour reds seem to be able to find, on top a thin blush coloured head.
The nose took in sour cherries, cranberries and woody notes with a mild vinegar hint.
Taste wise it showed what aging in oak can do: obviously full of old cherries and sourness it seemed smooth, settled and with a sweet undertone, almost more like cherry pie than sour cherries. A true classic and a beer I'm sure will age well should anyone be brave enough to keep any for a few more years.
02-12-2014 08:30:32 | More by BlackHaddock
2007 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 230) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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