2007 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 230) - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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3.75/5 rDev -13.8%
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.
06-28-2010 03:47:48 | More by Gueuzedude
3.8/5 rDev -12.6%
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.
05-31-2010 06:03:34 | More by squaremile
4.3/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
05-30-2010 16:29:36 | More by emerge077
4.2/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
05-30-2010 15:12:34 | More by MasterSki
4.25/5 rDev -2.3%
It's bolder than the Grand Cru, with a sharp, aggressive nose. Significantly darker in color. The first whiff is bracing, with notes of sweet sherry vinegar, leather, and deep, soft oak. Flavors of sour cherry, vanilla, and old wood play off each other beautifully, a testament to the quality of the blend. The body is vinous and tannic, with a surprisingly soft and rounded finish.
05-23-2010 20:33:10 | More by DaveHS
4.5/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
05-17-2010 20:38:35 | More by Phyl21ca
4.47/5 rDev +2.8%
The prestigious 2007 vintage didn't make its way to SoCal, so....I bought a few bottles when I was in Santa Cruz back in February. Let's pop one of the bottles now. On to the beer:
Dark, dark red, or reddish brown depending on where the light hits the beer. The head settles to a creamy lace on top. Very sharp acidity in the nose. Sour cherry skins and sharp tartness are noted. It's a little sweet as well; carmel comes to mind.
Sweeter in the mouth than in the nose. The tartness is really mellow, allowing for sweet, succulent cherries to come through. As time goes on, the beer becomes more tart and acidic on the palate. I'm really enjoying this. Alcohol is hidden, lightly carbonated, goes down easy...yum.
I'll keep this short, it's great. Like Rodenbach Grand Cru, but a little more tart. I paired a bottle of this while watching "If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium"; I'd say it paired well with the movie.
05-13-2010 03:30:48 | More by DoubleJ
4.45/5 rDev +2.3%
I drank this from a 750 ml bottle into my Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip.
The beer pours a muddy dark brown with at least three fingers of light tan head. The retention is great, lasting several minutes. The head is very creamy, great lacing.
The aroma is on the lighter side, but it gives off a balanced complexity. It has the familiar grand cru notes of really nice aged vinegar however they are much more sublte here. It also has some nice sweet notes with an nice oaky finish.
The taste is just like the aroma, super balanced. It has what I love about the grand cru, super sweet and vinegar but it is mellowed out by a slight oaky finish.
The feel is great, full bodied with light, a dry smooth finish.
Super easy to drink.
Ovearll, this was just excellent. Grand Cru is one of my favorite all time beers, and while it does not match it, it comes very close. This is like a cousin to the grand cru, giving you what you like about it, but with a twist.
04-07-2010 00:05:32 | More by jrallen34
4.8/5 rDev +10.3%
Looks reddish brown with a thin white creamy head. Smells of sour cherries, worscestershire sauce, vanilla, and honey. Daddy like! Taste follows suit, with cherries and slight worcestershire, cranberry juice, and a definite oak note. Very very balanced, very good blending of flavors. Mouthfeel is slick and surprisingly carbonated. Drinkability is great. This bottle will go down easy. Expensive, hard to find, and worth it. The best kind of beer, in a way :)
04-04-2010 22:43:12 | More by roblowther
3.88/5 rDev -10.8%
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.
03-08-2010 19:27:33 | More by womencantsail
3.98/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
03-05-2010 00:56:52 | More by brownbeer
4.25/5 rDev -2.3%
Bottle consumed with beerloco, mrsbeerloco, kplynch, mrskplynch, and StonyB.
Appearance: Pours garnet with a slightly off white 1 finger crown that shows some retention and lace.
Smell: Touch of lightly charred oak, slightly salty iron note, slightly sweet malt.
Taste: Well balanced malt sweetness and cherry citric acidity.
Mouthfeel: Light body with enough carbonation to satisfy.
I'd be interested in tasting this one in 10 years.
02-15-2010 04:19:15 | More by koopa
3.68/5 rDev -15.4%
-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.
02-09-2010 00:52:09 | More by Mojoman8561
4.43/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
02-02-2010 18:15:44 | More by Mora2000
4.72/5 rDev +8.5%
Pours a clear reddish amber with a modest tan head that dissipates into a fine layer, leaving a bit of lacing on the glass.
Smells of dark cherries, wet hay/barn funk, sweet vinegar, brown sugar, oak.
Taste is super smooth, with a deep, rich sour dark cherry flavor and a little green apple too, balanced with just enough sweetness. It is not so sour as to make the mouth pucker as many lambics can. Oak barrel aging adds an old wood mellow flavor. Ends dry, a little tannic, and a bit peppery, but the deep dark fresh cherry flavor stays throughout (despite being aged 2 years). This is one great tasting lambic, an ideal for the style.
Very pleasant, light mouthfeel, with good carbonation. Tasting like a fine champagne.
Eminently drinkable. I am enjoying the slightly higher alcohol--at 7%--than the typical lambic provides. Each taste of this beer makes me want another--I'll be sorry when this bottle is gone.
02-01-2010 03:06:53 | More by Beerenauslese
4/5 rDev -8%
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,
01-15-2010 02:44:50 | More by ArrogantB
4.13/5 rDev -5.1%
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!
12-31-2009 02:02:17 | More by ShadesOfGray
2007 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 230) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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