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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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150 Ratings
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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 11.29%
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:
Beer added by: ShadesOfGray on 12-31-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 150 | Reviews: 76
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4.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BOTTLE: 750ml brown glass. Black foil-ed over unbranded hood and wire cap over a cork. 2007 vintage; I think this was released in 2009? Best before: 10/06/12 (oh well; I trust it's fine, if not even improved).

Purchased at The Ginger Man in New York City and served cold into a tulip at low altitude in Austin, TX. Allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Reviewed live. Expectations are sky high; I love this brewery and this style.

7% ABV.

Yields the softest cork pop I've ever heard upon opening - still carbonated, but age is evident.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Half finger head dissipates almost instantly, yielding only a floater ring. Leaves no lacing.

BODY: Dark deep ruby-brown. Gorgeous. Translucent. Quasitransparent. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Great appearance overall for the style. Appears undercarbonated.

AROMA: Rich vinegary notes, plump cherry, some acetic pie crust, oak. Maybe maple syrup? Someone at this tasting suggested rose wine; I definitely get hints. Some cherry jam.

Aromatic intensity is moderate to high. Fantastic aroma overall. Sourness is perfect for the style - about 5/10 intensity.

Not funky, yeasty, or boozy. No off-notes. Has no off-character from age or oxidation (e.g. cardboard). I think the oak has faded somewhat.

TASTE: Amazing. Perfect hints of faint wine character/red wine vinegar. Boasts the signature Rodenbach acetic pie crust I love and can't get enough of. A subtle oak tone guides the flavour profile. Belgian red malts. Evocative cherry is perfectly integrated into this impeccable balance. Gorgeous depth of flavour. Long flavour duration. Flavour intensity is moderate. The sourness is also moderate, which is apt for the style - about 5-6/10 in terms of intensity. A kiss of maple. How do they do this? The oak comes with some wine-like tannins that only enhance and accentuate the delicate flavours in this flavour profile.

No doubt a gestalt build; this beer is more than the sum of its parts and has incredible subtlety and nuance. Not quite as intricate as the very tippy top best beers in the style (most of which are brewed by Rodenbach!), but damned complex nevertheless.

Just great. I can't get enough of it.

TEXTURE: Soft, delicate, and luscious. Smooth, wet, refreshing. Acetic and acidic but not puckering. Carbonation is perfect - even after 8 years of aging. My main complaint with this beer is that it's a bit thin, but I wouldn't call it weak - because it's also a biteen syrupy. Could use a bit more body to amplify the fragile flavours.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

Near perfect. Accentuates the taste beautifully. There's a rare harmony of taste and texture in this beer that creates an ineffable effect.

OVERALL: Rodenbach once again astounds with an incredible brew that is of the highest caliber. Easily in my shortlist of best beers in the style. It's aged incredibly and could probably continue to do so for at least 5 more years. I have to stop myself from just inhaling this, and part of me can't help but wish that I greedily kept this bottle to myself (I shared this with good friends). This will humble even the most discerning of drinkers.

High A-

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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4.19/5  rDev -3.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of garymuchow
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Been sitting on this for a bit and I guess now is the time.
7 years old really smooth Flanders out. Still holds all the good characters of fruit and tart, but just softer and much smoother. It's really nice,
Head is kinda' small and the color brownish and largely clear. Body seems moderately light and maybe age has reduced the carbonation some.
The aroma is a little tame. Soft tart with some oak and the fruit is in the background. The oak is more woody than vanilla.
A little funk in the taste, but it is really balanced with everything else. There is so much going on in each drink. What a pleasure.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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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.

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4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2014-02-09 in Columbia, PA.

A - Luxurious, clear red. No head. Lots of alcohol legs.

S - Vinous, oak barrel, acidic, cherry and cranberry, some mildly roasted malt and Brett yeast.

T - Much like the smell with a bit more malt profile although this is a very wine-like brew. Not as sour as their normal Grand Cru. The tart cherry and cranberry, Brett funk, malt and acidity are all in remarkable balance. Finishes dry with some lingering tart cherry. Just delicious.

M - Light body and light carbonation. Lightly puckering. Clean, crisp.

O - The age has been kind to this one. Just a wonderful beer that my wife and I equally enjoyed. If I hadn't wanted to save the rest for my wife, I would have had another half-glass. Makes me want to sit on more sour beers for 5 years or so.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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2007 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 230) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
96 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.