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

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

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

142 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 142
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 13
Gots: 37 | FT: 2
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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YumYumGumGum

Virginia

1/5  rDev -77%

08-06-2012 18:38:37 | More by YumYumGumGum
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janubio

Spain

3.24/5  rDev -25.5%

750 ml. bottle. Pours a brown reddish colour with almost no head. Smell of cherries, cider and apples, vanilla or maybe cinnamon. I can't smell oak or sourness. Good body, sticky palate. Taste of cherries and cider. Again, I would have expected much sourness here. And more complexity.

02-15-2014 19:16:20 | More by janubio
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Holland

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -25.3%

11-17-2013 04:08:26 | More by Holland
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azorie

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

11-16-2011 22:00:48 | More by azorie
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

01-05-2012 08:48:55 | More by ygtbsm94
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IrishColonial

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

08-11-2013 00:51:30 | More by IrishColonial
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Vylo

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

01-01-2012 03:45:24 | More by Vylo
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BartMcStout

Belgium

3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

04-07-2013 10:01:04 | More by BartMcStout
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -18.4%

On tap at Capone's on November 7, 2010 on our way back from Night of the Funk.

Pours a nice ruby red color with a short light-tan head that doesn't leave much lacing behind. The nose is overly acetic, though behind that there is some oak and light cherries. A touch of sweetness in the taste, but still really acetic and vinegary. Light oak and a bit of tannins.

The mouthfeel was actually the highlight of this beer for me. While I didn't like the acidity throughout the nose and taste, feeling that it overpowered anything else that was there, this was nice on its own. Overall, however, just not enough going on here to justify all that high of a score.

11-14-2010 06:16:50 | More by Thorpe429
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Mojoman8561

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -15.4%

-L- Poureda cloudy reddish brown with a decent head.

-S- Apple Cidar Vineagar with a tint of black cherry. Odd that it it carries some sweet in the smell with the vinegar cut.

-T- Water logged sour green apples and cherry.

-F- Smoother than expected. Decent sour bite than was not overwhelming. Lightly carbonated.

-D- Admitedly I do not like sour beers. they are not my taste. With that being said, this is the best of the bunch that I have had. It was nice to have something with such a limited release, but don't know tha I wil personally be trying again.

02-09-2010 00:52:09 | More by Mojoman8561
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ravot

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

06-10-2013 04:34:40 | More by ravot
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Foeder 230; Sampled June 2010
A vigorous pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a dense, long lasting, light amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a deep plum color that shows a brilliantly clear, ruby red color when held up to the light. The aroma reminds me of a tart, fruity red wine, at least from a distance as I visually inspect the beer. A clean acetic acid note, without the sharp spiciness that sometimes accompanies this acid, is just about the dominant note here. It is anchored by a fruitiness that reminds me of concentrated apples, cherries and the afore-mentioned red grapes (along with some berry-esque aromatics). Oak aromatics add some woody aromatics, a spiciness to the finish (that is faintly reminiscent of a barrel aged spirit). A long draft of the aroma yields some toasted malt aromas that reminds me of browned bread crust and whole grain crackers, this couples in the long finish with a bright, though soft cherry-like note.

Lightly sweet tasting up front and this sweetness remains through to the finish; the beer is perhaps a little sweeter than I was expecting, though it is not entirely unexpected. The sourness is quite light for something designated as a special vintage (at least with the direction I would have gone if I was the brewer) and in fact doesn't wholly balance the sweetness. While this is a bit sweet, it is definitely only lightly so in the grand scheme of things. The sweetness, coupled with the light acetic notes, brings out some cherry-like fruitiness in the flavor as well as a general berry like character; when coupled with the oak it reminds me a little bit of a super-fruity red wine. Speaking of oak, this is actually a lot lighter in the flavor than it is in the aroma, which also perhaps makes the light sweetness more noticeable. The oak contributes light flavors of fresh cut planks, subtly peppery spiciness, perhaps a suggestion of vanillin as well as some tannic astringency and textural interest. The body of this beer is light enough to be quaffable beyond what the 7% abv would suggest, but does have some viscous body to it. As the beer warms a toasty malt character comes out towards the finish and there is also an underlying caramelized malt character that is a large part of the perceived sweetness.

My second pour of this sees me noticing a touch of musty funkiness in the aroma and perhaps a touch of ripe cheese character, but these are quite subtle and the flavor doesn't' really change much (given that this is brilliantly clear down to the bottom of the bottle this isn't much of a surprise).

This is a touch more simplistic than I might prefer, but it is still a fantastically tasty beer that I am quite happy to be drinking a 750ml bottle of. Very clean, perhaps a bit too "filtered", but still this is quite enjoyable; the filtering perhaps even adds to the refined effect that this beer achieves (even if I prefer a bit more rusticity). The aroma promises a bit more than the flavor delivers, but in the end the intangibles bring this to a higher level than the individual components seem to warrant.

06-28-2010 03:47:48 | More by Gueuzedude
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.76/5  rDev -13.6%

Thanks to AndresR for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Pours a hazy orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with malt, dark fruit, vinegar, and oak aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour fruit and oak flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that seems to be showing some age but is still tasty and interesting.

08-19-2013 19:50:13 | More by UCLABrewN84
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MADhombrewer

Oregon

3.8/5  rDev -12.6%

Barrel number 230. 750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance- Muddy, dark orange. Very small off white head. 3/5

Smell- Punchy sour aroma. Wood. Sour tropical fruits abound. 3.5/5

Taste- Sweet caramel up front then it slams you in the face with the sourness. Lots of carbonation in the end clears the palate for the next sip. The sweet caramel comes out to mute the sourness ever so slightly as the beer warms. 4/5

Mouthfeel- Thin until it warms then the caramel thickens the beer up a little. 3.5/5

Overall- A very interesting beer to say the least. The first time I had this I fell in love with the complexity. Now, I don't know what to make of it. It keeps me filling my glass for sure. 4/5

07-16-2011 04:23:45 | More by MADhombrewer
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squaremile

Oregon

3.8/5  rDev -12.6%

Poured at a recent BA tasting event thanks to hannot. Pours a clear copper with no head to speak of. Nose is scotch, leather, tannins, and peach. Taste is more of the same adding tangerine, vinegar, and butterscotch. Reminds me of mead. Coats the mouth but finishes pretty dry, very lite.

05-31-2010 06:03:34 | More by squaremile
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.8/5  rDev -12.6%

Reviewed on 12/20/2009. Bottle. Pours a clear brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of sour cereal grains, sweet tart candies. Flavor is quite tart initially with the sour grainy malt in the finish. Some sweet apple notes too. Quite similar to regular Rodenbach Grand Cru if I remember correctly...nonetheless, it is quite enjoyable.

12-23-2010 16:32:00 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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womencantsail

California

3.88/5  rDev -10.8%

A: The pour is a muddy, dark mahogany color with a very thin off-white head.

S: The nose is vinegary, even for a Flanders Red, with some noticeable sweetness and alcohol. There are some notes of oak and cherry as well.

T: The flavor is very much an improvement over the nose. Good standard Rodenbach flavors with a mild vinegar, sour cherries, oak, and a vinous quality.

M: The body is medium with a somewhat low level of carbonation.

D: This was a fairly decent Flanders Red, but nothing exceptional, and I wouldn't even say it's any better than the normal Grand Cru, especially not for the increased price.

03-08-2010 19:27:33 | More by womencantsail
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brdc

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev -10.3%

Batch 230, 2007.

Poured into a tulip.
Dark ruby color, clear, with a two finger, reasonably long lasting light tan head.
Aroma is lightly tart, fruity.
Medium bodied, very refreshing, but just like the aroma, light tart and acidic.
The aging, at least compared to original versions of Rodenbach Grand Cru took away some of the lively carbonation, and mellowed the flavors quite a bit. It is easy to drink, pleasant and tasty, but it lacks that bite, that more intense sourness that attracted me to the original in the first place.
Not bad at all, but worse and more expensive than the original.

10-09-2010 23:33:54 | More by brdc
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klshanks

Illinois

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
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brendan13

Australia

3.95/5  rDev -9.2%

A - Pours a hazy amber colour with a 2cm dense beige head that slowly falls away. A touch of mahogany when held up to light.
S - Cherry and other dark fruits and some spice notes along with a clean, light acetic note. Bit of funk comes through as it warms.
T - Cherry & maybe plum and some raisin fruit notes, touch of spice & some light vinegar notes. Some light caramel hints.
M - Light bodied, fairly high carbonation and a bit of tartness.
D - A tasty beer indeed. I was sort of hoping for a bit more in your face acetic notes though this beer is pretty rare around these parts and I'm glad I got two bottles.

12-09-2010 10:45:00 | More by brendan13
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brownbeer

Missouri

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
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Jay864SC

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -8%

11-20-2011 22:36:00 | More by Jay864SC
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8%

11-15-2011 12:45:06 | More by AleWatcher
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mungus

Australia

4/5  rDev -8%

11-21-2011 02:35:58 | More by mungus
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8%

Vintage 2007 on tap at Capone's

A-pours a cloudy murky orange with a tan dirty head.

S-notes of tart cherries, touch of acetic acid with a light alcohol spice.

T-the flavor has sweet and tart ripe cherries with a strong acidity and a good sour finish. fruity, acidic, and sour blended well together.

M-grainy palate, crisp dry finish with assertive carbonation.

D-this has a nice ripe sweetness that is balanced nicely with a strong acidic presence and nice sour puckering finish. it is extremely easy to drink and very inviting albeit straight forward and simple.

10-13-2010 01:02:30 | More by cpetrone84
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2007 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 230) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
96 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.