2007 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 230) - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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4.97/5 rDev +14.3%
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.
01-12-2012 12:14:31 | More by stealth
4.95/5 rDev +13.8%
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.
03-27-2013 03:14:46 | More by ericlawton007
4.93/5 rDev +13.3%
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.
12-26-2010 01:58:45 | More by ccrida
4.93/5 rDev +13.3%
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.
10-11-2011 06:35:08 | More by feloniousmonk
4.85/5 rDev +11.5%
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.
03-21-2011 03:18:16 | More by SkeeterHawk
4.83/5 rDev +11%
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!
12-31-2010 22:58:19 | More by dauss
4.8/5 rDev +10.3%
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 :)
04-04-2010 22:43:12 | More by roblowther
4.8/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
12-27-2012 05:25:16 | More by Damian
2007 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 230) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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