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
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148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 14
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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Photo of Sammy
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.

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

Photo of djrn2
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

Photo of metter98
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured brownish red in color and is fairly clear with lacy patterns of bubbles floating on the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There is a moderate aroma of cherries and oak in the nose.
T: Like the nose, there are tart flavors of cherries in the taste, which is also balanced by a mild vinegar-like sourness. Flavors of oak linger in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate. There is a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink because of its good balance between the sweet and sour flavors.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.47/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy brown reddish color ale with a medium size foamy head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma of oak is well balance by sweet cherries and tart notes. Taste is actually lighter then the Grand Cru with more notes of cherry and a sweeter profile. Oak notes are easily distinguishable with the tart notes also quite enjoyable. Body is about average with good carbonation and alcohol is well hidden. Very well made and not much to be improved.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich red in color and cloudy with a ruby/garnet look to it. No head at all, nothing, lifeless and still. Intimidating one could say. Then I go in for the smell and I am knocked back. Sour, apple vinegar with hints of citrus bouncing around it as well. So amazingly complex. Grapes, and plums, lots of fruit notes and a granny smith apple or two all coming up into the air. Carried over very well in to the first sip, as it was biting tart through and through. Really lip puckering sour that took a second to get used to, but once you did, look out. Bright lemon and orange notes then lit it up. Very light, very bright flavor that was soo complex and wonderfully done. Smooth, gentle, not overly carbonated, but amazingly drinkable.

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.

Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A gentle pour results in a wispy skim across the surface, that looks like a smudge of cirrus clouds. Some spotty bits of lace randomly dot the sides of the glass. Decent retention. The body is a lighter shade of brown, that glints ruby in the sunlight. Clarity is ok, you can see the underside of the surface bubbles through the glass.

Savory aroma of black cherry, red wine grapes, minerals, leather, and balsamic vinegar. Really nice, and I find myself inhaling deeply before every sip.

Tannic and fruity, notes of apple butter, cherry skins, tart grapes, with a lingering taste of oak and vague maltiness. Tart and acetic, though rather mellow and well integrated. Definitely more mellow than the Grand Cru, and more savory. Full and rich despite the lower levels of carbonation. I could easily put away a 750 of this with ease... one to be savored.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of drabmuh
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Darkness snifter. Beer is brown, darker than I assumed it would be, soft white head, moderate carbonation, some lacing, head doesn't stick around though. Looks like beer.

Aroma is great, citric and lactic, mild acetic, some oakiness funk. Smells great.

Beer tastes great too, thin on the palate, mouthfeel is creamy though. Lots of great complex sourness throughout the palate though. Wonderful. The lactic and the oak are later than the brightness of the citric and mild acetic. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.93/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy.

Pours brownish-red with an off-white head. The aroma is oaky with some sour dark fruits. The flavor is tart dark fruit with a good amount of sweetness which goes nicely with the tartness. Some oak aging notes are in the flavor as well. Thin-medium mouthfeel and low carbonaition.

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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
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.

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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well, here I am with my 900th review on BA. Shame I'm over the other side of the world to my regular beer-drinking buddies @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe, who shared my 800th review with me. I'm sure I'll enjoy it in their honour.

Bottle purchased for a reasonably steep price for the USA, from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco. 750ml, corked, caged and foil capped, although the cork pops with minimal effort given that it has no depth to it whatsoever.

Pours a very pleasant and very genuine red colour, deep but supple, like a light pinot noir. Head is persistent, but filmy, a slight off-white cream sitting atop the beer and leaving a slightly amorphous lacing as the beer is drunk. Light body with some fairly decent carbonation. Looks very decent.

Nose is very similar to their Grand Cru. Big notes of maraschino, funk, oak barrels and a slight grappa bite. Fumbling notes of kriek as well. It's that classically unique Flanders Red Ale aroma, suggesting big astringent acidity to come on the palate, but with a huge depth to everything as well. Lovely beer.

Taste is... excellent. At first, I was slightly taken aback by the lack of the truly cutting acidity, but this is like mellowing the characters of a great Red Ale, refining them, polishing them and making them into an artisanal item. Absolutely lovely blend of slightly tart acidity, cherry sweetness, rounded Belgian yeast and a pleasant lingering astringency. Palate is extremely long, and benevolently complex, leaving layer after layer of exceptional characters. Dusty and tart on the back, sweet and luscious on the front.

Feel is clear and light, but lending enough body to extend the palate for a long time. It allows it to express the flavours on the palate beautifully, while remaining light enough to accentuate the subtle acidity.

This is a truly remarkable and truly excellent beer. It is the more polished and refined version of their Grand Cru. Everything is just integrated perfectly into this subtle and seductive whole, giving an all-round beer experience which is exquisite.

An exceptional brew from some Belgian master craftsmen.

Photo of mothman
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.

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2007 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 230) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
96 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.