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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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142 Ratings
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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

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 drabmuh


4.38/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

03-03-2011 19:22:13 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev +2.3%

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

This brew appears a hazy burnt orange / crimson hue with a sizable off white head that displays lasting retention. The aroma is of funk, cherries, oak. The beer is tannic, with a healthy oak presence. Like the 2008 Vintage (Barrel 96), this delicious brew gracefully walks the line between sweet and sour. Wonderfully complex and highly drinkable, this is a must have beer for those who enjoy Flanders style ales. Perhaps a notch better than the 2008, but alas, I did not have them side by side.

03-02-2011 01:03:09 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of Franz4


4.2/5  rDev -3.4%

A- pours a cloudy, muddy brown/red with a very fine head that settles to a beautiful thin cap.

S- lots of dark fruits, figs and fresh sour cherries

T- The sour cherries come through along with the darker fruits, well balanced flavors with a very nice amount of sour flavor mixed in.

M- minimal carbonation, medium bodied

D- Quite drinkable and I would definitely pick up another one of these. I'm not that experienced with this style, but this was enjoyable to say the least.

01-09-2011 00:42:42 | More by Franz4
Photo of dauss


4.83/5  rDev +11%

Presentation: Same presentation as the regular Rodenbach, 750ml caged and corked, with the exception of the foil over the top of the cork and cage. No other dates or stamps on the bottle.

Appearance: Cloudy amber color with a tint of gold. A nearly nonexistent head clings to the edges of the glass.

Aroma: Definite acetic punch up front with notes of cherries and dates.

Taste: Nice tart cherry flavor with a pronounced acetic acidity, Very light sweet malt body barely shines through with a lingering dry and sour finish with hints of oak. This beer is drier and more tart than the Grand Cru.

Mouthfeel: I thought the carbonation was going to be on the low side due to the less than enthusiastic pop the cork made, but it is moderately carbonated. The mouthfeel is right on with this beer, it's body is very balanced between the acidity and the light sweetness.

Notes: This is an amazing beer. I definitely like it more than the Grand Cru mainly because it is drier and more tart. The balance is the star of the beer without the sweet or the sour being too strong either way. Wouldn't mind finding a bottle of the 08 vintage to try, but at over twice the price of the Grand Cru, this is definitely a special occasion beer. Happy New Year!

12-31-2010 22:58:19 | More by dauss
Photo of kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

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


4.93/5  rDev +13.3%

750 ml bottle poured into a fluted wine glass, 2007 vintage Rodenbach is brown with an off-white head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is awesome, big fruitiness, with a tinge of acidity singeing the nostrils, very bright passionfruit.

Taste is great, classic rodenbach fruitiness, nice balance of the tartness without being too vinegary or oaky. Reminds me a lot of the Grand Cru, which would what I'd guess this was if tasting blindly. This has always been my favorite brewery, and vat #230 continues the unassailable standard of excellence.

Mouthfeel is a bit oily, dryingly acidic, medium to medium light bodied.

Drinkability is super high, expect for that it's a one-off beer that is rare and expensive. Given the choice, I can honestly see this being the only beer I drank.

12-26-2010 01:58:45 | More by ccrida
Photo of craytonic

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%

Appearance: Nice tan head, pour is a plumb color with some amber highlights

Smell: Delicious! Very vineous and tart, with a nice bit of oak. Tart cherries as well, along with vanilla.

Taste: Tart with vinegar but lightly sweetened, nice bit of oakiness to it as well, as well as some cheesy mustiness and balsamic vinegar. Similar to a wine/beer hybrid. Significantly tastier than the blended bottles. Cherries and a blackberry/raspberry jamminess.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation

Drinkability: Great tasting beer, could be a bit more sour, but this is a flanders red I suppose. Much tastier than the non-vintage bottles.

12-24-2010 16:10:13 | More by craytonic
Photo of 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
Photo of brendan13


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
Photo of Thorpe429


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
Photo of kbutler1


4.1/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

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

United Kingdom (Wales)

4/5  rDev -8%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

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


4.8/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

10-29-2010 06:12:42 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of klshanks


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
Photo of rtepiak


4/5  rDev -8%

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.

10-23-2010 05:40:01 | More by rtepiak
Photo of cpetrone84


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
Photo of brdc


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
Photo of BARFLYB


4.33/5  rDev -0.5%

On Tap @ Capone's

A- Muddled red with brown stains in between and a loose off white cap on top that left no lacing.

S- This one has quite a nose full of oak, dark fruit, vinegar, vanilla (slight) Apples. Somewhere in between red and the grand cru. Since only a single batch was used and not blended with young and old, I can see where it comes from. Im not overpowered by sweetness which I dig.

T- Tart and tasty, This is some good Rodenbach. Im greeted with a blast of tart apple (granny smith) pear, wood with underlining vanilla, going into vinegar but not to much finishing off with a tart and vinious finish. Some spices on the outset as well.

M- No alcohol, low vinegar and not so much sweetness, big time taste. Feel is about medium and does not finish incredibly dry. The taste sticks in the mouth for a few, it does not die off. This is carbed up well off the tap.

D- The alcohol is a bit higher than the other versions but I would be good for about two or three glasses of this. The more and more versions of Rodenbach I have, the more I find the Grand Cru to be my least favorite of the bunch. This is great stuff, would love to lay a bottle down for two years and see where it goes.

10-04-2010 22:53:40 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of oglmcdgl


4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

On tap at capones norristown. What a joint.

A- comes to me with a very faint white wisp on top that vanishes instantly leaving only the faintest ring. Deep ruby red in color with a orange red glow in the light.

S- huge apple cider vinegar, sour cherries, sweet candy sugar. The funk builds as the brew warms.

T- opens up with a sour tart cherry, red wine and apple cider vinegar. Sweetness brings in more cherries but the pie filling type. The oak is not as present as some of the others in the line at first but as the beer opens up a bit the funky oak start to emerge. Long tart finish.

M- a bit less then medium in body with a bright and active carb. Big time juicy pucker that lasts forever.

D- this is a really good beer. The oak is a bit subdued other then the huge sourness. Its funky and tart with a simpleness that keeps you coming back for more.

10-02-2010 03:49:57 | More by oglmcdgl
Photo of Gobzilla


4.35/5  rDev 0%

Thanks to doublej for sharing this at our recent tasting

Poured a dark brown with ruby highlights that had a finger of bubbly head and left lots of frothy lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma is signature rodenbach consistng of vinegar and oaky notes but this was big on cherries, slight lemon, and apples. The flavor was also similar to the nose and kinda reminded me of a grand cru but with more flavor. The cherries, apple, and lemon really help out the fruitiness and was nicely balance by the vinegar and oaky accents; fabulous flanders. The brew was medium body with a good amount of prickly carbonation which had a sweet, sour, ans silky finish. It drank really good and I'm hoping to land another bottle for the cellar; good stuff.

09-06-2010 20:39:42 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of Xul


4.38/5  rDev +0.7%

A: Pours a deep ruby with a brownish hue, capped by a finger and a half of frothy eggshell-colored head. Retention is moderate as it settles down to approximately a half finger and holds steady there.

S: Lots of dark, tart cherries with a light sweet component, balanced by a counterpoint of vanilla from the oak. Some lemon zest and light green apples are in the background along with vinegar notes.

T: An initial burst of lactic sourness is tempered by oaky, vanilla-centric sweetness that has a creamy aspect to it - both in feel and taste. Tart cherries come in on the mid-palate along with a strong fruit burst that includes lemon zest, berries, and pears. Finish is fruit-forward with some light spices and a touch of oak.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation, glides across the tongue with more smoothness than most highly carbonated beers.

D: The tartness is balanced by a strong sweetness, but that never become cloying. Immensely drinkable.

09-06-2010 01:03:01 | More by Xul
Photo of sisuspeed

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%

Pours a cherry infused brown with a thin off-white head. Slight haze to the body with light lacing.

Sweet, sour nose with a bit of vinegar. Touch of candied sugar. Some fruits, cherry mostly. Light oak and bready malts.

Lots of creamy oak, cherry and fig on the tongue. Light vanilla with some sour and somewhat acidic vinegar notes. A smoother and more refined version of the Grand Cru. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is smooth with some acidity. Almost creamy. Small, sharp carbonation. Very smooth for the style. Barrel 230 has done good things to this beer.

Very drinkable for the style. Lots of good flavor and the body is excellent. Maybe not as complex as the Grand Cru, but a more well balanced beer. Rodenbach seems to own this style. This was really a tasty treat and thanks to sleepydave for bringing it over. I should really try to get another for the cellar and seek out the Alexander Rodenbach. Highly recommended.

08-02-2010 02:31:07 | More by sisuspeed
Photo of metter98

New York

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

07-16-2010 14:20:27 | More by metter98
Photo of augustgarage


4.3/5  rDev -1.1%

Poured from a 750mL caged-and-corked bottle into my Rodenbach flute/tulip. The cork is among the smallest I've ever seen - very odd.

Rufous body with rust highlights topped by a dense creamy half finger of pale buff foam. Rich pasty lacing, outlined by light glassy legs.

Wild notes from the oak, dark cherry, faint citrus, and a little cider vinegar in the nose. Some malt and even cocoa comes through as well - very inviting.

While there is plenty of tartness and acidity in the profile (smooth lightly oxidative notes - akin to a fine aged balsamic), this is maybe the sweetest offering I've sampled thus far from Rodenbach. Marshmallow/vanilla along with heavy cream and a touch of whole-milk yogurt; lightly toasted malt, English digestive biscuits, and a mix of berries and stone fruit synergize on the palate. The finish is delicate, gently spicy, with a whisper of sherried single malt - sophisticated and mellow.

Medium-bodied, soft, effervescent, and mildly astringent.

Not quite as addictively sweet/sour as the Grand Cru, though similar in many ways - still, a wonderful example of the style.

07-09-2010 01:28:19 | More by augustgarage
2007 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 230) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
96 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.