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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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Reviews: 77
Hads: 154
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 5.58%
Wants: 13
Gots: 35 | FT: 2
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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.

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Photo of Roguer
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Transparent dark reddish-brown brew. Fizzy head that immediately disappears, leaving a thin outer ring.

Fruity and sour aroma. Slight sweetness. Light oak.

Flavor follows: delicately sour, a tinge of funk. Berry-like sweetness. Oak is faded but excellent. Complex. Flowers.

Light, smooth, silky feel. Not overly sour.

This is a beautiful beer, but at 8 years, it's a little past its prime. Still, it's absolutely fantastic, a stunning brew quite different from American sours, and a classic. (495 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
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- (3,238 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (616 characters)

Photo of janubio
3.24/5  rDev -24.7%
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. (285 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (768 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (798 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -12.3%
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. (649 characters)

Photo of Etan
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml into a snifter.

A. Murky red clay color with a small off-white head.

S. Lightly vinegary acetic acid, raspberry, floral, caramel, cidery.

T. Very light acidity, a bit musty, apple and plum, vanilla, toffee.

M. Light-bodied with zingy carbonation.

O. This was a huge surprise for me, as I expected it to be exceedingly acidic like bottles of Grand Cru can be, but the acidity was more on par with Rodenbach Classic - pretty mild. Having said that, the beer is complex and tasty. (488 characters)

Photo of ericlawton007
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
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. (444 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, deep red color with a small pinkish/tan head of bubbles that recede to leave some minimal spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with a great deal of dry dark, tart cherries and cranberries. As it warms there is a light caramelized maltiness but the tannic cranberry and dark cherry is quite strong. Some oak and earthiness emerges moer and more as it warms.

Th tastes begin with a small amount of caramelized maltiness and brown sugar but soon after the tart berries really pop and take over. A great deal of cranberry and dark cherry (not artificial like some krieks can come across as but really dark mascerated cherries). As it warms you get more oak, tannic and light vanilla flavors but the sour fruits are still the dominating flavor contributor.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a medium to low amount of carbonation. The finish ir fairly fruity but still pretty darn tart and sour to balance.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer and was super surprised and impressed with the shelf vintage beers. It was the last one on the shelf and I had no real expectations, but this really shocked and impressive me with it's complexity and dialed in flavor. I am not enamored with fresh Rodenbach (it's not bad I just really doesn't wow me), but this aged/vintage edition is really stellar and I will be looking to add more of these or either of the '08 or '09 to my cellar in the near future. (1,403 characters)

Photo of scootny
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (625 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.79/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (1,413 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (816 characters)

Photo of ao125
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (1,164 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (1,378 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (814 characters)

Photo of sjccmd
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (1,148 characters)

Photo of stealth
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
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. (303 characters)

Photo of Radome
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (1,074 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With so much maturation and refinement, Rodenbach has selected a masterful barrel for their Vintage '07 release. Now four years in the bottle and now in my belly, this barrel exhibits a smoother, more rounded and less astringent character than even the world class Grand Cru.

Pouring a tawny ruby-brown color and with crimson highlights, the beer shows nearly perfect clarity until the finishing pour which disturbs the sediment. Finely knit bubbles for a thin sheet of foam with very good staying power that once again errupts with a gentle swirl of the flute. Low on lace, the acidity of the beer eventually prohibits the head character to this small extent.

Savory aromas of balsamic vinegar, apple cider, black cherries, and oak all braid together in a decadent rich scent that's backed by sun-kissed malt, mild chocolate, bread crust, and oily nuts. Tart and rich all at the same time.

The sweet and sour interplay plays most prominantly on the palate as the malty rich flavor of chocolate, fruity sweetness, and rich walnut provide the base flavor to anchor the ale. Fruity acidity is lead by tart cherries, and followed by crabapples, cider, under-rippened berries, limes, and vinegar. Aged notes of leather, must, brine, balsamic, and soy sauce gives a regal maculinity to the beer that tempers the otherwise brash sourness. Low in bitterness, the beer relies on the sour to balance the sweetness and does so with low phenolics and complementary esters.

Medium to start, the body delivers perhaps a richer impression than is actual because of precieved fruit sweetness and chocolate. But the mid palate develops from malt richness and into dry tartness that proves refreshing and palate cleansing. Mildly astringent, the beer keeps all the surfaces of the mouth guessing. A linger of balsamic vinegar and chocolate covered cherries leave lasting impressions in aftertaste.

This is an absolute gem of a beer. Rodenbach's Grand Cru is my top ranked Sour Ale and this Vintage (Barrel 230) might be better than that. (2,025 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (857 characters)

Photo of tewaris
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
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 (603 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have been cellaring this one for a little while, and felt that it should be enjoyed before it got too close to it's due date.

Pours with a short cream brown colored head over a dirty amber to brown body.

Aromas are classic for the style - lots of oaky and vinous tannins, rich red grapes, and brown sugar sweetness.

Flavors are full of grape juice, oak, juicy fruit gum, just a touch of vinegar and earthy dirtyness. It falls on the sweeter side of the style, without being too sour.

Very little carbonation creates a smooth mouthfeel, but is held in check by the juicy tartness.

I would recommend letting this one breathe for a good 15-20 minutes before tasting, as I enjoyed it much more after it sat for a bit. (721 characters)

Photo of ciachef1212
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (348 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
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. (1,860 characters)

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2007 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 230) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
94 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.