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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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Reviews: 78
Hads: 155
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 15.97%
Wants: 13
Gots: 35 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ShadesOfGray on 12-31-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.92/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with Mike at the Pickled Pig Pub.

A: Pours a murky mahogany/purple/maroon color with a small, bubbly head on top. Not much head retention nor lacing at all.

S: Wow, very acetic, but fantastic. Much deeper than regular Rodenbach. A nice combination of sweet and sour/vinegar. Some cherries, oak, candied sugar, and some bready malt.

T: Fantastic. It is quite acidic, but not extremely sour, if that makes sense. Nice cherry sweetness, a little bit of oak and vanilla, and some fig and bruised apple.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth, but tart. The right level of carbonation.

O: Incredibly drinkable. Some age on did this beer wonders. Actually had it next to some fresh Rodenbach and it was amazing how much better this beer was, and I really like Rodenbach. It was hard to imagine that the aged version would be that much better, but it was.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of MADhombrewer
3.77/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Barrel number 230. 750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance- Muddy, dark orange. Very small off white head. 3/5

Smell- Punchy sour aroma. Wood. Sour tropical fruits abound. 3.5/5

Taste- Sweet caramel up front then it slams you in the face with the sourness. Lots of carbonation in the end clears the palate for the next sip. The sweet caramel comes out to mute the sourness ever so slightly as the beer warms. 4/5

Mouthfeel- Thin until it warms then the caramel thickens the beer up a little. 3.5/5

Overall- A very interesting beer to say the least. The first time I had this I fell in love with the complexity. Now, I don't know what to make of it. It keeps me filling my glass for sure. 4/5

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of davey101
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of ThoreauLikeAGirl
4.2/5  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.

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Photo of kscaldef
4.32/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.45/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of Franz4
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of dauss
4.81/5  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!

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Photo of kwjd
4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of ccrida
4.92/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of craytonic
4.32/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.8/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of brendan13
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -7.4%
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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Photo of Sammy
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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2007 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 230) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.