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2007 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 230) - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

2007 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 230)2007 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 230)

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140 Ratings
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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 11.52%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ShadesOfGray on 12-31-2009)
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stealth

Minnesota

4.97/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I wish the rating system was a tad more flexible. Rodenbach Grand Cru is a near perfect, and this is just a hair better.

All the characteristics of Grand Cru, except balanced better, and slightly woodsier, from the aging I assume. A beautiful sour and really shows how wonderful aging is for this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 12:14:31 | More by stealth
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ericlawton007

Connecticut

4.95/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Shared with a friend, and poured into two tulip glasses. Reddish color with a fair head retention. Smells deliciously sour, with many fruit notes. Tastes very fruity, with cranberries, pears, and apples alternating presence. The oak barrels takes away some of the sourness, and the age hides the bite making this an extremely smooth beer that drinks like juice. Absolutely loved this beer and will buy the remaining 2 bottles at my local store.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 03:14:46 | More by ericlawton007
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ccrida

Oregon

4.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle poured into a fluted wine glass, 2007 vintage Rodenbach is brown with an off-white head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is awesome, big fruitiness, with a tinge of acidity singeing the nostrils, very bright passionfruit.

Taste is great, classic rodenbach fruitiness, nice balance of the tartness without being too vinegary or oaky. Reminds me a lot of the Grand Cru, which would what I'd guess this was if tasting blindly. This has always been my favorite brewery, and vat #230 continues the unassailable standard of excellence.

Mouthfeel is a bit oily, dryingly acidic, medium to medium light bodied.

Drinkability is super high, expect for that it's a one-off beer that is rare and expensive. Given the choice, I can honestly see this being the only beer I drank.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 01:58:45 | More by ccrida
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Rodenbach 2007 Vintage, Oak Aged Ale Barrel No. 230, Rodenbach, the exceptional red/brown sour ale of mixed fermentation, takes on it's unique character by maturing in handmade oak vats, some over 150 years old. This exclusive limited edition vintage by Rodenbach (7% ABV) is the result of a two-year aging process in Vat No. 230, resulting in our finest ale produced. Enjoy it's unparalleled sweet and sour palate with a complex aftertaste."

Gorgeous burgundy hue, a rich lavender, a rosy raspberry…with a slim, pinkish head atop. Very clouded. Looks utterly inviting, lovely as can be.

Aroma: Ah! Wow. Mmmm. Ripe raspberries meet mature cherries, under the fog of funky Belgian yeast. Tart, and sweet, and so tempting. I honestly and truly don't want to take my nose away from it. A lambic like no other. Complex, indeed. And, now to drink it…

Taste: on the lips…sublime. Incredible depth of flavor, large oak effects, delicious fruit factor. Lacks the sharpness and acidity in fresher red ales/ sours, whatever we call them these days. So rounded, so mellow, so groovy. (You know, that's going to become a regular thing in my vocabulary.) There's still plenty of sour snap, lots of zest, very vibrant funky kick, lush fruit…so tasty. So robust, so complex, deep …pretty near impossible to really encapsulate with mere words alone. If I could paint it for you? Animate it for you? Do an interpretive dance? Spin some poetry…perchance?

I went and rhymed again. So sue me. (Worse, it's bad, and trite. And forced. Ah, forget it.)

Medium-bodied, fullest of flavor. Long lasting tartness on the tongue. Gets more complex, with tannin-type feeling on the palate. Wow, I say again. Damn, this is deliciousness. A mellifluous mix of wine-like flavors, lambic sour and sweet, fruit flavors above and beyond, with an unheard-of depth and complexity.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 06:35:08 | More by feloniousmonk
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I picked this beer up at Hop City in Atlanta. They had at least a few more bottles of this beer on the shelf if one is interested. I know I was. This find came on the heels of my having a glass of Rodenbach 2008 on tap at the Brick Store the day before, so this is great! Here we go:

Appearance: Pours a deep clear red to garnet color with a small 1/4" head of tan bubbles on top that were quite fizzy and active. They were receding within about 30 seconds, but was leaving a solid contour where it met the glass, so there must be quite a few bubbles rising to maintain the head, but the beer is pretty dark, so you can't really tell visually.

Aroma: There was a ton of dry sweet/tart cherries in the aroma initially along with a defined dark toffee presence. As the beer sits some, the cherries are getting even stronger. As the beer starts to warm up some, the aroma is getting a bit more earthy and I can start picking up the Lambic horse blanket, which isn't a bad thing.

Taste: The flavor in this beer is fantastic! It is medium bodied with ample carbonation and plenty of mouthfeel. There is caramel galore along with the unmistakable cherries in both sweet and sour. There is some vanilla from the wood that is noticeable along with some dry notes from the same. The finish is owned by the sweetness, but the fruitiness, attenuation, carbonation, and very mild dark malt presence are the only things to challenge the malt. There may be zero hops in here for all I can tell. After making it about half-way through this 750mL bottle, I am starting to warm up a little, but this is the only indication that this beer is 7%. I can't pick it up over the host of other flavors.

Opinion: This beer is incredible. I absolutely love this style, and Rodenback is the Cadillac of the Flanders Red. I don't know what more I can say? If you like this style and are fortunate enough to find this vintage, get it! You won't be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 03:18:16 | More by SkeeterHawk
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dauss

Colorado

4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Same presentation as the regular Rodenbach, 750ml caged and corked, with the exception of the foil over the top of the cork and cage. No other dates or stamps on the bottle.

Appearance: Cloudy amber color with a tint of gold. A nearly nonexistent head clings to the edges of the glass.

Aroma: Definite acetic punch up front with notes of cherries and dates.

Taste: Nice tart cherry flavor with a pronounced acetic acidity, Very light sweet malt body barely shines through with a lingering dry and sour finish with hints of oak. This beer is drier and more tart than the Grand Cru.

Mouthfeel: I thought the carbonation was going to be on the low side due to the less than enthusiastic pop the cork made, but it is moderately carbonated. The mouthfeel is right on with this beer, it's body is very balanced between the acidity and the light sweetness.

Notes: This is an amazing beer. I definitely like it more than the Grand Cru mainly because it is drier and more tart. The balance is the star of the beer without the sweet or the sour being too strong either way. Wouldn't mind finding a bottle of the 08 vintage to try, but at over twice the price of the Grand Cru, this is definitely a special occasion beer. Happy New Year!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 22:58:19 | More by dauss
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roblowther

Texas

4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks reddish brown with a thin white creamy head. Smells of sour cherries, worscestershire sauce, vanilla, and honey. Daddy like! Taste follows suit, with cherries and slight worcestershire, cranberry juice, and a definite oak note. Very very balanced, very good blending of flavors. Mouthfeel is slick and surprisingly carbonated. Drinkability is great. This bottle will go down easy. Expensive, hard to find, and worth it. The best kind of beer, in a way :)

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 22:43:12 | More by roblowther
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well, here I am with my 900th review on BA. Shame I'm over the other side of the world to my regular beer-drinking buddies @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe, who shared my 800th review with me. I'm sure I'll enjoy it in their honour.

Bottle purchased for a reasonably steep price for the USA, from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco. 750ml, corked, caged and foil capped, although the cork pops with minimal effort given that it has no depth to it whatsoever.

Pours a very pleasant and very genuine red colour, deep but supple, like a light pinot noir. Head is persistent, but filmy, a slight off-white cream sitting atop the beer and leaving a slightly amorphous lacing as the beer is drunk. Light body with some fairly decent carbonation. Looks very decent.

Nose is very similar to their Grand Cru. Big notes of maraschino, funk, oak barrels and a slight grappa bite. Fumbling notes of kriek as well. It's that classically unique Flanders Red Ale aroma, suggesting big astringent acidity to come on the palate, but with a huge depth to everything as well. Lovely beer.

Taste is... excellent. At first, I was slightly taken aback by the lack of the truly cutting acidity, but this is like mellowing the characters of a great Red Ale, refining them, polishing them and making them into an artisanal item. Absolutely lovely blend of slightly tart acidity, cherry sweetness, rounded Belgian yeast and a pleasant lingering astringency. Palate is extremely long, and benevolently complex, leaving layer after layer of exceptional characters. Dusty and tart on the back, sweet and luscious on the front.

Feel is clear and light, but lending enough body to extend the palate for a long time. It allows it to express the flavours on the palate beautifully, while remaining light enough to accentuate the subtle acidity.

This is a truly remarkable and truly excellent beer. It is the more polished and refined version of their Grand Cru. Everything is just integrated perfectly into this subtle and seductive whole, giving an all-round beer experience which is exquisite.

An exceptional brew from some Belgian master craftsmen.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 06:12:42 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint 9.4 fl.oz./750ml bottle purchased at Harvest Fine Wines & Spirits, West Hartford, CT
Best before: 10 08 12
Served in a tulip

The beer poured a dark crimson-amber color. Nearly crystal clear. A spotty film of large, tan colored bubbles topped the liquid, but they quickly dissipated.

The aroma was outstanding. Cherry pie notes came through strong. Lots of vanilla. Good dose of brown sugar and caramel malt sweetness. The sweetness played well again the moderately tart and acidic balsamic vinegar notes. Rich and robust. There was also an unexpected sweet, brandy-like character. Remarkably well balanced.

The flavor profile was very similar to the nose. Sweet up front with a rich, stiff, malty backbone. Strong vanilla notes. Vinous in the center. The beer drank more like a fruit-forward red wine than a "typical" beer. Strong sour cherry notes. Mild oak. Balsamic vinegar came through on the tart and moderately acidic finish. At 7% ABV, the alcohol was incredibly well buried.

The beer was medium bodied. Rich, frothy and creamy. The liquid contained a finely bubbled effervescence and it turned light and fluffy once it hit my palate.

All in all, this was the best Flanders red ale I have ever tried. The Rodenbach 2008 Vintage Oak Aged Ale I had recently was quite impressive but this was even better. Definitely grab a bottle or two if you can still find them sitting on shelves.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 05:25:16 | More by Damian
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sjccmd

Minnesota

4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours really quite murky. It might be chill haze. Almost mud like red/brown with a thin light tan head that slowly erupts and quickly recedes leaving a ring around the glass for quite some time.

Vanilla, oak, and tart cherries in the aroma. Sweet bread in background. Lactic sourness and basement-like funk. A touch of warming alcohol. Very effervescent. It practically filled the room with the aroma after popping the cork.

Wow, it was quite unexpected how much more depth the flavor has as compared to a fresher Grand Cru. Sweet and sour accompanied with massive oak flavor especially on the finish. Tart cherries as well as mild milk chocolate. The finish is crisp and dry. Actually quite refreshing despite the sourness and oak flavors.

Carbonation is a little less spritzy than other (probably fresher) Flanders Reds, but this is made up for with a slightly creamier mouthfeel. Cleans out of the mouth quickly, leaving just a bit of tartness on the tongue.

Overall, quite an awesome beer. Except for the murky appearance, practically flawless. I was surprised how much the single barrel and age had an effect on it. Ridiculously drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 23:45:09 | More by sjccmd
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked bottle (as the one in the picture) served in a Snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark and cloudy reddish to brown color forming a small yellow to beige bubbled head. A thin layers remains forever on the tops and a lot of lacings are formed and left in the glass

S: Smell is simply delicious. A mix of cherries, strawberries, grapes, vinegar, sweet malts, yeasts and oak. Absolutely great woody notes in the nose. A Flanders Red to the bone

T: Taste is just perfect. Slight sweet malts upfront followed by a soft vinegar sourness. Strong fruit notes, mainly cherries, strawberries and grapes. Belgian wild yeasts and a light hops bitterness can finally felt in the very end

M: Medium body and carbonation. Aftertaste is mainly made of a smooth which is also a bit sweet and fruity

O: Excellent drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 12:16:07 | More by eduardolinhalis
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Beerenauslese

California

4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear reddish amber with a modest tan head that dissipates into a fine layer, leaving a bit of lacing on the glass.

Smells of dark cherries, wet hay/barn funk, sweet vinegar, brown sugar, oak.

Taste is super smooth, with a deep, rich sour dark cherry flavor and a little green apple too, balanced with just enough sweetness. It is not so sour as to make the mouth pucker as many lambics can. Oak barrel aging adds an old wood mellow flavor. Ends dry, a little tannic, and a bit peppery, but the deep dark fresh cherry flavor stays throughout (despite being aged 2 years). This is one great tasting lambic, an ideal for the style.

Very pleasant, light mouthfeel, with good carbonation. Tasting like a fine champagne.

Eminently drinkable. I am enjoying the slightly higher alcohol--at 7%--than the typical lambic provides. Each taste of this beer makes me want another--I'll be sorry when this bottle is gone.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 03:06:53 | More by Beerenauslese
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eric5bellies

Australia

4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy mahogany colour with a large bubbled tanned head that dies quickly

S - Plenty of funk and dark sour cherries

T - A nice tartness on the start before some sweetness kicks in. The cherries are very present and balance out the sweetness and tartness to absolute perfection.

M - Medium body and medium carbonation.

O - The balance on this beer is total perfection on the palate. An absolute must try.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 17:27:28 | More by eric5bellies
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ao125

Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Poured from a chilled bottle into a goblet on 7/16/2012.

Appearance: Reddish brown - more like a rust color. Some alcohol lacing and minimal head.

Smell: Holy crap. The smell is a crazy mix of strawberry, black cherry, vinegar, malt, yeast, oak, and something I can't quite put my finger on. Half the fun of this beer is the smell, which is quite unlike any other beer I've smelled before. It keeps going on and on.

Mouthfeel: Yet another beer that's great to hold on your palate. It's just the right viscosity - neither too thin nor too thick.

Taste: Wow. This beer touches on so many notes. There is a definite sour component that is like a vinegar. The oak is there, as is some malt. There is so much going on that it's almost impossible isolate one thing from another.

Overall: This beer is a symphony of flavors and smells that is probably impossible to duplicate, and I feel fortunate to have tried it once.

I paired this up with a beef brisket that I marinated in barleywine, garlic, and black cherry juice, which I had dry-rubbed and then smoked over cherry wood. It was perfect. I don't think I could have made a better food pairing.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 17:06:27 | More by ao125
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scootny

New York

4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 04:40:30 | More by scootny
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Just finished up with Red Poppy and Cuvée Des Jacobins. It's a Flemish Red kind of night, so time to dig into the cellar and pop a bottle.

Best Before 08/12/12.

Pours a medium brown with orange hues. Some bubbles gravitated to one side of the glass after the quarter-inch head fell. Nice to see this many bubbles, in general. I like swishing it around, it looks good.

Lightly tart nose with some cidery vinegar, almost-ripe cherries, and a masked oak presence. Some whipped topping creaminess, but it's faint.

Very mellow. A great deal of the juicy fruitiness from the cherries and vinegar have converted to vintage red wine complexity. Still retaining some of the cherry sweetness with notes of overripe peach and vine-frozen grape, and the balsamic quality of the Grand Cru is a red wine vinegar dose in this one. Oaky in the middle-to-end, but hardly tannic or bitter throughout the whole mouth of the beer. Great peppery finish that I could not have calculated. Having tasted both Rodenbach and Rodenbach Grand Cru, this beer has its own character through evolution.

Very wet and full for the style. Nice spritz alarms you when you suck it back. The alcohol is so well-hidden, it's first picked up as a warm glowing in my belly.

My only bottle, so here's to scoring more of this awesome brew! Thanks Rodenbach! You were always my first love in the world of good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 03:06:00 | More by thecheapies
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 20:38:35 | More by Phyl21ca
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at capones norristown. What a joint.

A- comes to me with a very faint white wisp on top that vanishes instantly leaving only the faintest ring. Deep ruby red in color with a orange red glow in the light.

S- huge apple cider vinegar, sour cherries, sweet candy sugar. The funk builds as the brew warms.

T- opens up with a sour tart cherry, red wine and apple cider vinegar. Sweetness brings in more cherries but the pie filling type. The oak is not as present as some of the others in the line at first but as the beer opens up a bit the funky oak start to emerge. Long tart finish.

M- a bit less then medium in body with a bright and active carb. Big time juicy pucker that lasts forever.

D- this is a really good beer. The oak is a bit subdued other then the huge sourness. Its funky and tart with a simpleness that keeps you coming back for more.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2010 03:49:57 | More by oglmcdgl
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ciachef1212

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this with some great company and hot wings.

A- Red and effervescence

S- Carmel, Cherries, Oak, Nuts

T- Sweet and Sour, with sour cherries, and nuts

M- It felt like it was dancing on my pallet

O- I love sours and this is one of the best. The aging add another level of complexity.

The hot wings brought out the cherry flavor in the beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 15:30:32 | More by ciachef1212
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Radome

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle that I bought in Belgium.

A - Slightly murky amber color. The cloudiness could have been from handling, as I took it to my relative's house for Christmas dinner. The head was almost non-existent but there was some lacing and wine-like "legs" on the side of the glass.

S - Aroma of vinegar, oak and brown sugar. Although it sounds like an odd combination, it is quite inviting.

T - Delicious and easy to drink. There is almost no hops flavor, but lots of malt roundness, vinegar-like aged/oxidized notes and good brown ale flavors such as figs and raisins. Surprisingly crisp and dry, given the complexity. Some oak notes.

M - Light to moderate body. No hops bitterness burn, some alcohol. Carbonation is surprisingly prickly and very evident.

O - This is a wonderful beer. It is both more complex and easier to drink than what I remember from earlier tasings of Grand Cru. The extra aging and the oak has added complexity, but seemed to dry it out and thin out the apparent body. The carbonation also seems higher than I remember. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 23:44:53 | More by Radome
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle at Beer Deluxe. I was so stoked for this.

A - Poured a hazy dark red. One finger of light brown head left some spattering of lace and a film of retention.

S - Wood and lot's of sweet fruit and slightly sour cherry. Rich maltiness combined with a sourness that was quite inviting.

T - Wood, smooth maltiness and lot's of sourness. So tasty with so much cherry, rich malt, dark fruits, and sour fruits.

M - Starts out tart and gets really smooth in the middle then gets tart as hell in the finish. So smooth with good carbonation and a medium to full body. Really good.

O/D - What can I say? This beer is great. So incredibly smooth while being so complex as well. I only had a third of the bottle but it was heavenly. I believe I could drink and savour this all day while uncovering so much more. Great.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 07:26:29 | More by tbeckett
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DoubleJ

California

4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The prestigious 2007 vintage didn't make its way to SoCal, so....I bought a few bottles when I was in Santa Cruz back in February. Let's pop one of the bottles now. On to the beer:

Dark, dark red, or reddish brown depending on where the light hits the beer. The head settles to a creamy lace on top. Very sharp acidity in the nose. Sour cherry skins and sharp tartness are noted. It's a little sweet as well; carmel comes to mind.

Sweeter in the mouth than in the nose. The tartness is really mellow, allowing for sweet, succulent cherries to come through. As time goes on, the beer becomes more tart and acidic on the palate. I'm really enjoying this. Alcohol is hidden, lightly carbonated, goes down easy...yum.

I'll keep this short, it's great. Like Rodenbach Grand Cru, but a little more tart. I paired a bottle of this while watching "If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium"; I'd say it paired well with the movie.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 03:30:48 | More by DoubleJ
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davey101

Connecticut

4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, served at 50 degrees in a Palm tulip. Presentation is fantastic, foil covered caged and corked bottle with a classy label. I was surprised to see that the cork was was so small, it only goes about a half inch into the bottle making it pop off quite easily.

A - Pours a great hazy brown/red color with a decent head that fades quickly. Good lacing

S - The smell is of cherries, stone fruit, malt, oak and light funk/vinegar. Very inviting smell.

T - The taste follows the scent, but with a tart sour finish that sticks around for a while. The oak and cherry/fruits blend together really well.

O - This is a very good beer, easily the best Rodenbach I have tried. It is hard to justify the $16 price tag for a flanders, but I’ll be picking up another bottle for the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 03:12:34 | More by davey101
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A glowing ruby-brown body, burgundy luminesence. A fizzy champagne top.

S - Dry fruit acidity and faint tart vinegar notes. Sour cherries and grapes with a big tart fruit bouquet and some mild sweetness.

T - In 4 years this beer has dried out nicely, giving it a very pleasing and clean taste. Faint acidity but not much tartness or sour on the palate. Mild smooth, dry fruit flavors. The cherry and sour notes have smoothed over.

M - Incredibly clean mouth, it feels like it cleans your mouth. Champagne carbonation and crisp, fresh nectar.

O - Fantastic as a fresh beer and just as well aged.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 14:02:46 | More by BeerForMuscle
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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