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2007 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 230) - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

2007 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 230)2007 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 230)

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

140 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 11.52%


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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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

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

A - A glowing ruby-brown body, burgundy luminesence. A fizzy champagne top.

S - Dry fruit acidity and faint tart vinegar notes. Sour cherries and grapes with a big tart fruit bouquet and some mild sweetness.

T - In 4 years this beer has dried out nicely, giving it a very pleasing and clean taste. Faint acidity but not much tartness or sour on the palate. Mild smooth, dry fruit flavors. The cherry and sour notes have smoothed over.

M - Incredibly clean mouth, it feels like it cleans your mouth. Champagne carbonation and crisp, fresh nectar.

O - Fantastic as a fresh beer and just as well aged.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 14:02:46 | More by BeerForMuscle
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eric5bellies

Australia

4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy mahogany colour with a large bubbled tanned head that dies quickly

S - Plenty of funk and dark sour cherries

T - A nice tartness on the start before some sweetness kicks in. The cherries are very present and balance out the sweetness and tartness to absolute perfection.

M - Medium body and medium carbonation.

O - The balance on this beer is total perfection on the palate. An absolute must try.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 17:27:28 | More by eric5bellies
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davey101

Connecticut

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

750ml bottle, served at 50 degrees in a Palm tulip. Presentation is fantastic, foil covered caged and corked bottle with a classy label. I was surprised to see that the cork was was so small, it only goes about a half inch into the bottle making it pop off quite easily.

A - Pours a great hazy brown/red color with a decent head that fades quickly. Good lacing

S - The smell is of cherries, stone fruit, malt, oak and light funk/vinegar. Very inviting smell.

T - The taste follows the scent, but with a tart sour finish that sticks around for a while. The oak and cherry/fruits blend together really well.

O - This is a very good beer, easily the best Rodenbach I have tried. It is hard to justify the $16 price tag for a flanders, but I’ll be picking up another bottle for the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 03:12:34 | More by davey101
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ThoreauLikeAGirl

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle - foil covered cage and cork. Bottle opens with a pop.
Poured into wine glass.

Cloudy light brown/amber. Pours with a very small head, but ample fizzy carbonation bubbles. Head recedes very quickly, though.

The aroma is wonderful. So much better than the Grand Cru. Dark fruits, oak, vinegar, sour funk.

Taste: Immediate sour fruits up front, but not overpowering sour/vinegar like the Grand Cru. Very well-balanced and mellowed vinegar. Taste then dramatically changes and finishes dry with lots of oak.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and dry.
A delightful beer. I wish it was easier to get a hold of.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 16:01:51 | More by ThoreauLikeAGirl
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kscaldef

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at a work function with sub-standard glassware, so I'll try to adjust in my appearance and smell ratings. (Have I mentioned I like my job :-) )

A: little cork pop, pours fairly flat, murky reddish brown

S: Cherry, wood, vinegar, fig. Tough to pull much out due to somewhat musty glassware.

T: Tart, but not excessively, definitely mellowed from the oak aging. Cherry, plum, mild barnyard funk. Faint grapefruit undertones.

M: Low carbonation. Rich body for the style. Moderate linger, moderate acidity.

O: The oak aging has done really nice things here, creating a complex, yet very approachable beer. Especially for the price, this is a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 21:29:26 | More by kscaldef
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snaotheus

Washington

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

750ml bottle split into two pretty large snifter shaped glasses

Pours cloudy brown, pretty small head. Smells deliciously sour (which is what I was hoping for) -- maybe a plum or cherry sour smell.

Taste is nice and sour with a bit of a sweet malty background, again I think sour plum.

Mouthfeel is slightly flat, a little bit filmy (but I think that's not uncommon for the style, although I'm no expert). There is some kind of brighter, maybe citrusy sour that comes out in the aftertaste. I think I can just barely detect a little oakiness.

Overall, I find this a very pleasant beer. My wife and I opened this as her first beer after her long beer hiatus (pregnancy), and I don't think it's a disappointment. Personally, I'm satisfied.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 00:19:15 | More by snaotheus
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I picked this beer up at Hop City in Atlanta. They had at least a few more bottles of this beer on the shelf if one is interested. I know I was. This find came on the heels of my having a glass of Rodenbach 2008 on tap at the Brick Store the day before, so this is great! Here we go:

Appearance: Pours a deep clear red to garnet color with a small 1/4" head of tan bubbles on top that were quite fizzy and active. They were receding within about 30 seconds, but was leaving a solid contour where it met the glass, so there must be quite a few bubbles rising to maintain the head, but the beer is pretty dark, so you can't really tell visually.

Aroma: There was a ton of dry sweet/tart cherries in the aroma initially along with a defined dark toffee presence. As the beer sits some, the cherries are getting even stronger. As the beer starts to warm up some, the aroma is getting a bit more earthy and I can start picking up the Lambic horse blanket, which isn't a bad thing.

Taste: The flavor in this beer is fantastic! It is medium bodied with ample carbonation and plenty of mouthfeel. There is caramel galore along with the unmistakable cherries in both sweet and sour. There is some vanilla from the wood that is noticeable along with some dry notes from the same. The finish is owned by the sweetness, but the fruitiness, attenuation, carbonation, and very mild dark malt presence are the only things to challenge the malt. There may be zero hops in here for all I can tell. After making it about half-way through this 750mL bottle, I am starting to warm up a little, but this is the only indication that this beer is 7%. I can't pick it up over the host of other flavors.

Opinion: This beer is incredible. I absolutely love this style, and Rodenback is the Cadillac of the Flanders Red. I don't know what more I can say? If you like this style and are fortunate enough to find this vintage, get it! You won't be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 03:18:16 | More by SkeeterHawk
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drabmuh

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Colorado

4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Oregon

4.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

District of Columbia

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 16:10:13 | More by craytonic
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 16:32:00 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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brendan13

Australia

3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 10:45:00 | More by brendan13
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2010 06:16:50 | More by Thorpe429
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kbutler1

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

United Kingdom (Wales)

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Australia

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 02:12:07 | More by klshanks
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rtepiak

Poland

4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2010 01:02:30 | More by cpetrone84
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brdc

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 23:33:54 | More by brdc
2007 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 230) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
96 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.