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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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BA SCORE
96
world-class

148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 14
Gots: 44 | FT: 4
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:
Beer added by: jamie2dope on 10-06-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 148 | Reviews: 65
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4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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2008 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 96) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
96 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.