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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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BA SCORE
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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
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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roostor07

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

06-08-2013 14:52:39 | More by roostor07
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 16:53:18 | More by Etan
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MCImes

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

05-12-2013 17:58:49 | More by MCImes
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seplo

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

04-27-2013 23:15:45 | More by seplo
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oldedog

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

04-27-2013 22:43:05 | More by oldedog
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fsck

Washington

5/5  rDev +14.9%

04-13-2013 07:30:48 | More by fsck
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BartMcStout

Belgium

3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

04-07-2013 10:01:04 | More by BartMcStout
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samEBC

Belgium

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

04-05-2013 22:58:57 | More by samEBC
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MystikCelt

New York

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

04-05-2013 04:13:48 | More by MystikCelt
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MeowMixz

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

03-30-2013 04:28:45 | More by MeowMixz
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ericlawton007

Connecticut

4.95/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 03:14:46 | More by ericlawton007
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nzerbe

New York

5/5  rDev +14.9%

03-04-2013 09:30:23 | More by nzerbe
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

02-25-2013 22:09:53 | More by Jspriest
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

02-16-2013 03:40:27 | More by mendvicdog
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EdelweissDad

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

01-23-2013 01:29:08 | More by EdelweissDad
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claspada

New Jersey

4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 13:54:28 | More by claspada
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bmf0

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

01-08-2013 23:56:36 | More by bmf0
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scootny

New York

4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 04:40:30 | More by scootny
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 05:25:16 | More by Damian
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 12:16:07 | More by eduardolinhalis
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guillemiro

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

11-25-2012 06:16:31 | More by guillemiro
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bastu

Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

11-14-2012 08:35:41 | More by bastu
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Zach136

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

11-11-2012 22:16:16 | More by Zach136
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GeoffreyM

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

10-22-2012 04:45:14 | More by GeoffreyM
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Kreizler

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +14.9%

09-09-2012 07:38:32 | More by Kreizler
2007 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 230) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
96 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.