2008 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 96) - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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2008 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 96)2008 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 96)

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 149
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 5.36%
Wants: 13
Gots: 43 | FT: 2
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jamie2dope on 10-06-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Jonada
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, best before 8/9/2013. Poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a dark red/brown color with less than a finger of a tan head that settles to a thin ring. Body is clear with lively visible carbonation.

Smell: Lots of oak and vinegar with sour cherry, green apple, leather.

Taste: Oak, sour cherry, red berry, leather, apple, mild funk and maybe some red grape. Sourness is on the lower end of medium with a mild balancing sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied with a somewhat soft mouthfeel and light/medium carbonation.

Overall: So complex and well balanced. One of the most under appreciated beers out there. (641 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Surprisingly solid head (1 1/2 fingers) of bubbly and firm light tan, almost white color. Brew is the expected reddish-brown cloudy hue. Head retention is very good. Little to no lacing.

Aroma of vinegar is immediate. Some light funk, oak and vanilla, and musty wheat. Very delicate and complex behind the sourness.

Flavor is initially much more mellow than the aroma, leading with soft tannins and a flowery sweetness that lingers. The sourness is more of a middle and end flavor, and hits the back of the throat hard. Slightly nutty, with dark fruits and grapes. Slightly musty yeast feel, with almost no funk flavor.

That aforementioned back-throat sourness is a little harsh, but other than that, the feel is smooth and velvety, right in the middle between gulp thin and chew thick. Decent amount of sting.

I'd have to have them all in the same sitting, but this might be the tastiest Rodenbach I've had yet (compared to '09 and Grand Cru). Feel and flavor are just phenomenal. (985 characters)

Photo of benfons
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark orange-brown colour, almost no head

S: loads of tart, the oak comes through, hints of sour cherries.

T: pretty much the same as the smell, just a little bit more outspoken and that is a good thing. In the end there is some sweetness that shouldn't be there.

M: medium body (rare for this style of beer), high carbonation, some alcohol

O: excellent example of this style, great taste, great body, if there is one thing I like less about this style of beer, it is that it tends to be too thin, this overcomes that. Not bad for a five year old beer. (558 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml split and poured into a snifter. Best by 09/08/13 per bottle.

A: Pours a hazy light ruby brown with a minimal white head that quickly fleets to the edges of the glass. Some specs of lacing. Not much visible carbonation.

S: Oaky and sweet fruits hit right off the bat. Cherry and strawberry come to mind. Reminiscent of a sour candy there is a good deal of tart sharpness.

T: Very smooth, rich and complex flavor. Blended very nicely it has the characteristic flanders red flavor with a bit more sweetness and oak. Sour is there but wont overpower the taste. More oak flavor than the standard Rodenbach, Cherry comes through the most fruit wise.

M: Low carbonation, medium body with a clean finish. Makes you pucker up a bit but doesn't leave the tongue too dry.

Overall a very smooth and delicious beer. Astonishingly more developed the regular Rodenbach. If you are fortunate to still find a bottle give this one a go. Oak is the standout in this beer. (967 characters)

Photo of kaseydad
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been hanging onto this for a couple years. Down she goes....

Pours a murky brown with a nice beige head that stays strong throughout. Light lacing. Crazy clear bottom too!! No sludge.

The aroma is nicely oaky with light vinegar in the background. Raspberries. Strawberries. And the ever popular funk. Really nice smell on this.

The taste is slightly tart. Kinda like a first bite on an almost ripe raspberry. Frutier than I expected but VERY refreshing with a nice acidic blend that shows itself but does not overpower the beer. Comes alive on the tongue with each sip. It says on the bottle there is a sweet/sour balance and that is right on track. Amazingly smooth and drinkable. Long aftertaste that salivates my buds for more.

Bubbly with a dry finish.

Honestly I don't think Rodenbach can make a bad beer. This could satisfy a hardcore Flanders fan and also be a perfect brew for newcomers to the style. Again, not hugly funky or sour and not overly sweet. Perfectly blended. They hit this one outta the park. Fantastic stuff. (1,036 characters)

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ordered at Tribeca Grill in Manhattan.

Pours amber-brown with slight head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is tart lemon and cherries.

Taste is tart lemon up front with plum and cherries. Biscuity malt comes in. Mild bitterness in finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth with just a mild puckering tartness, but easy to drink.

Overall I thought this spectacular for the style. Definitely worth a try. (392 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 11/21/12 notes. On tap at Rattle n Hum in NYC, leftovers from theur "Rare Beer Night". Served in a tulip.

a - Pours a hazy, dark reddish brown color with one inch of lightly reddish white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks like the normal Rodenbach.

s - Smells of tart dark fruits, sour cherries, raspberries, oak, acidic, vinegar, fruity malts. Super tart and sour, the nose is pretty nice.

t - Tastes of sour cherries, tart dark fruits, oak, berries, lactic, vanilla, vinegar, and fruity malts. Taste is much, much more tart than the nose, and there is a lot of vinegar, but still a lot of fruit too which makes it great. More oak in the taste, a step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Mouthfeel has high acidity.

o - Overall I thought this was a great flanders. I used to see this on the shelf and it was one of those beers I just never got around to, but if I still see it in NJ I will definitely buy a bottle to hold onto now. A great sour flanders with load of tart dark fruits and vinegar. If you like the normal Rodenbach you'll probably love this one. (1,114 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.73/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rodenbach Vintage 2008. 96. 7.00% ABV. Served on-draught into a 30cl tulip at Kulminator in Antwerp. Cost was a mere 3.50 euro. Reviewed from notes taken July 2011.

A: Pours a three finger head of lovely brilliant cream, magnificent thickness, and incredible retention for the fairly high ABV. Head retained longer than I could wait to drink it. Dark nontransparent red colour. Very appealing.

Sm: Light appealing fruit esters: raspbery and cherry fruit comes through. Floral hops. A pretty strong aroma. I'm excited to try this.

T: Glorious fruit esters - definitely raspberry and cherry, with bright amber hops that refresh rather than deprive. A well built foundation of strong fully expressive malts and barley supports the fruit. Complex, layered, and very well balanced. Sweet but not overly so. Very well built for the style. Some subtle sour notes come in on the climax, but even sour haters would still like this beer. I quite fancy it. Flavorful and interesting.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Not too thin as with many fruity beers. Especially older ones. Sits the flavours of the body, though I do wish it were a bit smoother.

Dr: Serve cold. Preferably in a tulip not a goblet. She's above average ABV, drinks easy, and tastes delightful. Give her a sip in Belgium where she's cheap.

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Photo of Damian
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint 9.4 fl.oz. 750ml bottle purchased at Berman's Wines & Spirits, Lexington, MA
Best before: 06/08/13
Served in a tulip

Crimson-brownish colored and rather murky in appearance. The liquid was topped by a one-finger, light tan, super bubbly and frothy head. Drippy streaks of lacing cascaded down the glass. The head faded to a lasting, thick and bubbly ring.

The nose was a fantastic mix of sweet and tart aromas. Super fruity. Strawberries were most apparent. Sour cherries were detectible as well. Rich caramel malts played well against the tartness. Slight red wine notes. A bit tannic. Hint of vinegar. Exceptionally balanced.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose, but perhaps a touch sharper. A strong caramel malt base held up the front end. The beer was tart in center. Slight lactic acid notes. Sour cherries and tart raspberries were noticeable as well. Balsamic vinegar came through on the somewhat woody finish.

The beer felt surprisingly light and frothy on the palate. Foamy and supple with a crisp, medium effervescence.

I love the regular version of Rodenbach and this 2008 Vintage Oak Aged Ale was slightly more complex and just as immensely drinkable. As a rare indulgence, this is definitely worth the price of admission. (1,267 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a Rodenbach glass

A- A murky reddish-brown with a small off-white head.

S- Sour cherries, oak, vinegar, slightly lactic.

T- Sour upfront, cherries and vinegar, finish has some funk and oak along with some lactic notes and sweet malts that give this beer a nice balance.

M- Smooth, medium body, finish feels a little too heavy.

O- A solid sour and worth the price. It has been a little while since I had any Rodenbach and this is better than the last glass of Rodenbach Classic I had. (514 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

MMMmmmm, Yum! Great sweet tart beer! Poured at a good temperature with smallish, foamy, light tan head that settles after a bit and a smidgen of lace. Color is a clear honey amber with a couple of bubble trails. Aroma is cider, caramel, fruit, malt, yeast. Flavor's like nose with excellent sweet/tart balance, with a little bitter to round out the picture. Body is great and carbonation perfect. Finish is like flavor, long, and superbly drinkable. Almost want to gulp it, so good. (482 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into tulip - thanks cj

Pours a bright red with some dark ruddy colors and haze. Crop of beige head fades into a bubbled film that rests on top. Patches of lacing ring the glass.

Potent nose with acidic sourness and vinegar hints. Black cherry and dark fruit with leather and oak. Funky and tannic with a soft alcohol warmth.

Sour and dry on the tongue with plenty of dark fruit notes. Raisin, cherry and dates with soft sweetness. Heavy backbone with some richness and fruit. Oak and tannic hints with red wine and red grapes. Finishes a little warm and sour.

Medium body, well carbonated, sticky and dry on the tongue. Well integrated flavors, nice round sourness and plentiful fruit tones. This was a pleasant treat. (745 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep red, a bit of clinging light colored head, poor head retention

S: super acidic and oaky up front with plenty of cherry and grape to round things out

T: things start with a bit of fruity tartness and it becomes much more sour as the flavor develops, sweet red cherries are present along with grape skin and balsamic vinegar

Mf: high carbonation, moderate body

O: very delicious example of the style, nice balance between sweet and sour, definitely worth a try (470 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled purchased at West Lakeview a while back. Served in a BFM chalice at thetomG's place.

A - Off-white foam settles to a thin collar, a few wisps, and minimal lacework. Somewhat opaque orange-brown body.

S - Oak, lactic notes, some cider and cherry vinegar, more sharp oak, musky funk, and mildly sweet malt base. Seems more oaky and sour than regular Rodenbach.

T - Taste has less even less sweetness and more in the way of lactic acidity, oak, sour cherry and other tart fruits, and perhaps a faint bit of red fruits and licorice malt character.

M - Medium body, lightly puckering tartness, with a super-dry oak and tannic texture. Some mild acidity, as well as some residual malt stickiness.

D - A really nice Flanders Red - not sure I could distinguish this from other single barrel Rodenbachs, or even older bottles of Grand Cru, without the virtue of an A/B comparison, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Still, the price premium means I won't be having this offering very often. (999 characters)

Photo of unclejazz
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy crap, after having had the classic Rodenbach and the Grand Cru, I finally got a chance to try this puppy.

I am not going to go too much in detail, but this whole experience was fantastic. It smelled wonderful: sour cherries, malt, other pit fruit, and some solid farm funk. Taste was special, all the smells and a great fizz of carbonation that complement the sout attributes. This is the best flanders red I have tried, and I would put it up against any other. This is in my all-time top 5.

Had again 11/1/13

Looks great, smell is overwhelming currants. It's reminding me quite a bit if Consecration. Good mix of cigar and pit fruit. Such a great leather note that really wows me. Just as good as ever. Since my first time I have since had Duchess du B and Elaborative #1. Both are very good but not quite up to the level of complexity.

Cheers! (854 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have been waiting for this beer for I don't know how long. Poured from the bottle into an official Rodenbach Tulip glass.

A nice classic red brown, rusty, opaque, the classic Flanders color. Some yeast flakes towards the bottom. A finger of caramel yellow and creamy head is made on the pour, but doesn't hold, instead a nice puck and collar is kept all throughout drinking. THere is no lacing.

The bouquet is classic and typical Rodenbach, sour cherries, some tart heat and wild ale yeast things going on, It's a little subdued it seems though from the oak aging.

Taste is just magic. The wonderful mix of chewy malt and fruit bowl cherries, a perfect balance between sweet and sour. Rich round character, mellow mouthfeel, there's even some noticeable vanilla in the swallow. Mild malt, toffee and caramel mix so nicely with the tart and sour angle. Vinous texture matching with some fizz so nicely.

Overall, just a great fantastic beer. I feel bad, cause now it's all gone, I want another one! (1,002 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap for Churchill's Renaissance at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a clear reddish-brown with a beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace randomly form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour cherry and berry aromas, funk, and vinegar aromas. Taste is of sour cherry and berry aromas, funk, vinegar, and some slight wood notes. This beer has a very nice level of carbonation with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good sour that is just awesomely tart and funky. (544 characters)

Photo of jthelamontagne
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Mahogany, burnt caramel.

A: Dark Fuit, Fig, Sour marmalade, Grape jolly rancher, juxtaposed against a bright green apple spine.

T: strawberry Rhubarb, Tart sour cherry, strawberry vinaigrette. deep sugared malt flavour. reminds me of the cherry filler in chocolate bars or candy.

M: med body, fine bubbles

F: Sour Cherry pie.

Very much enjoyed this brew - though forgive me as i found my tasting notes on a napkin at the back of my drawer and from my notes, i can tell i was near the beginning of my journey... (521 characters)

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle 7,0% Abv.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.
2008 Vintage

I love Flemish red ales and Rodenbach Grand Cru is one of my all time favorite beers, I am expecting big things from this version!
This is the 6th beer in my series of sours.

Appearance: Beautiful, crystal clear auburn body topped by a large white head that lasts acceptably well and leaves patchy lace.

Smell: Perfect - this is hands down the best Flemish red I have smelled!
Cherries dominate the nose - mostly tart, with a little underlying sweetness. Other notes include: Oak, balsamic vinegar, raspberries, leather, hints of cider, a light musty note and a metallic element that I oddly associate with the taste of blood. Towards the end of the bottle a BSDA like spiced dark fruit note becomes present.

Taste: After such a stunning nose, I expected this to be pretty delicious and man does it deliver! I ended up gulping down half the bottle before I remembered that I had to write down some review notes!
As with the nose, tart cherries and oak dominate, other notes include: Balsamic, cider vinegar, a vinous note, old wood, raspberries, earthy leather and a metallic note similar to that in the nose (again it reminds me of blood).

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a medium-high level of ultra smooth carbonation. Moderate acidity and a lingering dryness in the finish.

Overall: Rodenbach Vintage is an amazingly complex and full flavoured brew, but at the same time compulsively drinkable and refreshing. I will have to buy multiple bottles of each vintage in the future! (1,570 characters)

Photo of jayhawk73
4.97/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Major props to Huhzubendah for sharing this. Thanks Matt

Pours a reddish brown color with a nice off white head. Great lacing on my new Belgium glass. Freakin' amazing nose! Wow.... Funk, Cherry, raspberry, barnyard smells.. Perfect. Holy crap. The taste is perfect. I honestly can't think of anything that can improve here. Unbelievable taste, and feel. Feel is super smooth, acidic fruit, and gobs of taste. Wow... Overall, this is the perfect beer for the style. Unbelievable .. Thank you Matt!! (499 characters)

Photo of davey101
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml into a palm tulip.

A - Dark mahogany body with a murky brown and red tint. Very hazy and lets little light pass through. Creamy light khaki colored head with large bubbles. Solid lacing.

S - Strong cherry aroma, followed by some rich malts and oak. Really strong on the vanilla and wood. The finish is lactic and vinegary.

T - Follows the nose closely. Starts off with some bready malts and stone fruit. Then comes the lactic vinegar bite. The finish is really smooth with cherry, oak, vanilla, and a hint of spice. Carbonation is really high, more so than I would have liked. The mouth feel is medium and velvety smooth though.

O - I enjoyed the 2007 vintage just a bit more than this one. I'm pretty sure this is pasteurized so aging really doesn't help out a whole lot, but I remember the '07 having a bit less carbonation which helps with the smooth flavors. Still a fantastic flanders. (900 characters)

Photo of DreamInOrange
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Definitely a special occasion beer. It poured a real nice auburn color with a quickly dissipating head that held for some light lacing. Flavors are fairly complex, I tasted granny smith apple, balsamic vinegar, funk, and could taste the oak. It had a moderate level of carbonation.

Interesting and complex beer that falls between beer, cider and wine. (353 characters)

Photo of jbonapar
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers, opened the 2008 vintage for Xmass eve with friends.

Poured a rich slightly mahogany color with a creamy head. Smell is powerful. Rich, sweet balsamic vinagar with some candy and oak.

Taste is as advertised, smooth, balanced, moderate acidity with a nice almost vanilla oakiness. Amazing.

I love this beer, I wish I had more. (355 characters)

Photo of ptykozoon
3.89/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light muddy pinkish reddish.

Candy, sweet cherry, so sweet, honey, too sweet?

Cherry and oak, orange, bits of vanilla. Cherry pie in a glass.

Typical Rodenbach sedimenty, highly acidic mouthfeel.

The mouthfeel is a bit more restrained than the regular version, definitely better than the regular. (302 characters)

Photo of phichifiji00
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a medium brown with a reddish hue. Has about a finger of thick white head and lots of lacing.

Smell: Sour, funky, dark fruit, red wine, and oak.

Taste: Sour upfront, sweet in the middle and then ever so slightly sour again at the end. Tastes of oak, dark fruit and lots of cherry juice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, tart early on, then overpoweringly sweet.

Overall: A good beer that would likely benefit from a few years of bottle aging. It starts of nice and sour, but quickly becomes overpoweringly sweet. (553 characters)

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2008 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 96) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
94 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.