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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

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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Photo of janubio


3.24/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 19:16:20 | More by janubio
Photo of Thorpe429


3.55/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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


3.68/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

-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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 00:52:09 | More by Mojoman8561
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.76/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 19:50:13 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of squaremile


3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 16:32:00 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of MADhombrewer


3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 04:23:45 | More by MADhombrewer
Photo of womencantsail


3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 02:12:07 | More by klshanks
Photo of brendan13


3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 00:56:52 | More by brownbeer
Photo of ArrogantB


4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle thanks to ShadesofGray. Beautiful red color, looks a lot like Rodenbach Grand Cru. It smells pretty damn good, sticky sweet, sour green apples. the taste is quite good as well, barrel 230 must be a winner. The taste has a sweetness as well as a lemony sourness that is only slightly present, a nice Flanders red,

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 02:44:50 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of cpetrone84


4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2010 01:02:30 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of rtepiak


4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

of all the rodebach i've had this was surprisingly not anything more exclusive in quality. Its was good but not something i was seek out and at the price compared to the regular stuff a waste of time. I would still say that it is a good flemish red though. Proper look. And particularly on the tart side as they tend to be. This although didn't have the dimension of a finish one could hope for. Its tart and then just subtle floral notes. The cherry is there but it isn't as broad of a malty finish as others. Rodebachs i mean. Very bright. Very lean. Balsamic. Ready for fish, goat based cheeses, and greens.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 05:40:01 | More by rtepiak
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Lost Abbey Stemware

Pours an off white head. Color is a hazed ruby brown.

Aroma: Sweet and tart cherries. A decent amount of spice. Vanilla comes through nicely. Some malts also showing. It is a bit sour and has some nice oak. Very pleasant.

Taste: Reminds me a bit of enigma. Sour cherries, but still sweet. Oak, vanilla, and spice come through again. Very similar to the nose. It has some sour and tartness, but nothing over done.

Mouthfeel: Sour, tart, and smooth. A lighter bodied beer with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends with more cherries.

Overall, this is a really nice beer that is very easy to drink. It is doing extremely sour, but what is here is nice. I could easily drink more of this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 01:56:37 | More by mothman
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 08:30:32 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 04:52:08 | More by Sammy
Photo of kbutler1


4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Vintage 2007. Pours a slightly hazed but still mostly clear brown mahagony color with a light tan head. Nice sweet fruit like aroma of apples and pear mixed with some acetone, earthiness, and oak. Light mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. Slight tart/tangy/sour notes up front but nothing too overpowering. Ends pretty dry. The balance of sweetness and sour really makes this on the light side of sours but it also is waht makes this beer so enjoyable and an excellent gateway into even more sours. Good lace left on the glass after I finished it off.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 12:24:00 | More by kbutler1
Photo of kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sammy's bottle. Pours an amber-brown colour with thick off-white head. Tons of lacing down my glass. Smells of sour cherry with mild oak and vinegar. Flavour is both sour and sweet, though much more to the sour end of things. Smooth carbonation level. A really great beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 19:45:32 | More by kwjd
Photo of tewaris


4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 15:37:06 | More by tewaris
Photo of corby112


4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Capones in Norristown, PA.

Pours a dark golden ruby color with tangerine hues and a half finger off white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Minimal lacing left behind.

Sweet funky aroma with a decent amour of acetic vinegar and a strong barrel presence. Hints of earthy oak and vanilla followed by some dark fruit especially vinous grape and dark cherry. Vinegar presence without smelling like acetic nail polish.

Medium bodied with sharp carbonation up front followed by earthy oak, tart, acetic funk and vinous frut. The barrel presence is strong with lots of toasted oak and vanilla followed by the dark fruit notes before lingering into a bone dry, puckering acetone finish. Lots of puckering vinegar in the finish leaving me salivating for more. Funky, acetic, sweet and dry. Very comlex and flavorful but a bit tough to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2011 02:42:56 | More by corby112
Photo of ShadesOfGray


4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle that states Barrel No. 230 "Limited Edition". Pours a reddish brown color with a small off-white head that dissapates relatively quick.

Aroma is very strong, like you'd expect from Rodenbach's brews. Up front: sour/vinegar, oak...also picking up some fruit, some kind of berry perhaps.

Flavor, just like expected...very tart up front. Slight fruit comes to the palate, and then finishes with dry, oak-grainy, and believe it or not...somewhat of a sweet'er aftertaste. Carbonation holds pretty strong through-out. Very tasty, if you like Sour Ale's of course...like the other Rodenbach's. Wonder how this would continue to age!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 02:02:17 | More by ShadesOfGray
Photo of MasterSki


4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Matt for sharing this one on a lazy Saturday afternoon. Served in a wine glass.

A - A finger of slightly tan foam dissipates to a thick ring and some light haze, leaving behind spotty lacing. The body is a semi-transparent orange-brown. Looks like a typical Flanders sour.

S - Balsamic vinegar, lactic sourness, acetic acid, sour cherry, light caramel maltiness, and a bit of spicy barrel. It's pretty much what I'd expect from this style of beer, and it's well-integrated and potent.

T - The taste is a little understated, and lacks some of the complexity and 'pop' found in the nose. The flavor is also sweeter, with some of the malt character of the base beer emerging as it warms. I don't think any of the 'young' Rodenbach is blended here, which might explain the smoothed out flavors.

M - Soft, smooth, medium body, with a light carbonation tingle. Finishes slightly dry and tannic.

D - This was quite easy to drink, as it was well-balanced in the tart and sour domains. The only real impediment is the increasing difficulty in finding more bottles out there. Maybe we'll see another single cask release. A nice surprise that I'm glad I got to try.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 15:12:34 | More by MasterSki
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2007 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 230) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
96 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.