2007 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 230) - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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4.6/5 rDev +5.7%
Serving Type: Poured from a chilled bottle into a goblet on 7/16/2012.
Appearance: Reddish brown - more like a rust color. Some alcohol lacing and minimal head.
Smell: Holy crap. The smell is a crazy mix of strawberry, black cherry, vinegar, malt, yeast, oak, and something I can't quite put my finger on. Half the fun of this beer is the smell, which is quite unlike any other beer I've smelled before. It keeps going on and on.
Mouthfeel: Yet another beer that's great to hold on your palate. It's just the right viscosity - neither too thin nor too thick.
Taste: Wow. This beer touches on so many notes. There is a definite sour component that is like a vinegar. The oak is there, as is some malt. There is so much going on that it's almost impossible isolate one thing from another.
Overall: This beer is a symphony of flavors and smells that is probably impossible to duplicate, and I feel fortunate to have tried it once.
I paired this up with a beef brisket that I marinated in barleywine, garlic, and black cherry juice, which I had dry-rubbed and then smoked over cherry wood. It was perfect. I don't think I could have made a better food pairing.
07-16-2012 17:06:27 | More by ao125
4.54/5 rDev +4.4%
Just finished up with Red Poppy and Cuvée Des Jacobins. It's a Flemish Red kind of night, so time to dig into the cellar and pop a bottle.
Best Before 08/12/12.
Pours a medium brown with orange hues. Some bubbles gravitated to one side of the glass after the quarter-inch head fell. Nice to see this many bubbles, in general. I like swishing it around, it looks good.
Lightly tart nose with some cidery vinegar, almost-ripe cherries, and a masked oak presence. Some whipped topping creaminess, but it's faint.
Very mellow. A great deal of the juicy fruitiness from the cherries and vinegar have converted to vintage red wine complexity. Still retaining some of the cherry sweetness with notes of overripe peach and vine-frozen grape, and the balsamic quality of the Grand Cru is a red wine vinegar dose in this one. Oaky in the middle-to-end, but hardly tannic or bitter throughout the whole mouth of the beer. Great peppery finish that I could not have calculated. Having tasted both Rodenbach and Rodenbach Grand Cru, this beer has its own character through evolution.
Very wet and full for the style. Nice spritz alarms you when you suck it back. The alcohol is so well-hidden, it's first picked up as a warm glowing in my belly.
My only bottle, so here's to scoring more of this awesome brew! Thanks Rodenbach! You were always my first love in the world of good beer.
06-12-2012 03:06:00 | More by thecheapies
4.48/5 rDev +3%
Bottle at Beer Deluxe. I was so stoked for this.
A - Poured a hazy dark red. One finger of light brown head left some spattering of lace and a film of retention.
S - Wood and lot's of sweet fruit and slightly sour cherry. Rich maltiness combined with a sourness that was quite inviting.
T - Wood, smooth maltiness and lot's of sourness. So tasty with so much cherry, rich malt, dark fruits, and sour fruits.
M - Starts out tart and gets really smooth in the middle then gets tart as hell in the finish. So smooth with good carbonation and a medium to full body. Really good.
O/D - What can I say? This beer is great. So incredibly smooth while being so complex as well. I only had a third of the bottle but it was heavenly. I believe I could drink and savour this all day while uncovering so much more. Great.
04-01-2012 07:26:29 | More by tbeckett
4.73/5 rDev +8.7%
Pours really quite murky. It might be chill haze. Almost mud like red/brown with a thin light tan head that slowly erupts and quickly recedes leaving a ring around the glass for quite some time.
Vanilla, oak, and tart cherries in the aroma. Sweet bread in background. Lactic sourness and basement-like funk. A touch of warming alcohol. Very effervescent. It practically filled the room with the aroma after popping the cork.
Wow, it was quite unexpected how much more depth the flavor has as compared to a fresher Grand Cru. Sweet and sour accompanied with massive oak flavor especially on the finish. Tart cherries as well as mild milk chocolate. The finish is crisp and dry. Actually quite refreshing despite the sourness and oak flavors.
Carbonation is a little less spritzy than other (probably fresher) Flanders Reds, but this is made up for with a slightly creamier mouthfeel. Cleans out of the mouth quickly, leaving just a bit of tartness on the tongue.
Overall, quite an awesome beer. Except for the murky appearance, practically flawless. I was surprised how much the single barrel and age had an effect on it. Ridiculously drinkable.
03-17-2012 23:45:09 | More by sjccmd
4.97/5 rDev +14.3%
I wish the rating system was a tad more flexible. Rodenbach Grand Cru is a near perfect, and this is just a hair better.
All the characteristics of Grand Cru, except balanced better, and slightly woodsier, from the aging I assume. A beautiful sour and really shows how wonderful aging is for this beer.
01-12-2012 12:14:31 | More by stealth
4.5/5 rDev +3.4%
Poured from a 750 ml bottle that I bought in Belgium.
A - Slightly murky amber color. The cloudiness could have been from handling, as I took it to my relative's house for Christmas dinner. The head was almost non-existent but there was some lacing and wine-like "legs" on the side of the glass.
S - Aroma of vinegar, oak and brown sugar. Although it sounds like an odd combination, it is quite inviting.
T - Delicious and easy to drink. There is almost no hops flavor, but lots of malt roundness, vinegar-like aged/oxidized notes and good brown ale flavors such as figs and raisins. Surprisingly crisp and dry, given the complexity. Some oak notes.
M - Light to moderate body. No hops bitterness burn, some alcohol. Carbonation is surprisingly prickly and very evident.
O - This is a wonderful beer. It is both more complex and easier to drink than what I remember from earlier tasings of Grand Cru. The extra aging and the oak has added complexity, but seemed to dry it out and thin out the apparent body. The carbonation also seems higher than I remember. Delicious.
12-24-2011 23:44:53 | More by Radome
2007 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 230) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
96 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.