2008 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 96) - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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Reviews by DousedInStout:
3.48/5 rDev -20.4%
Poured into a snifter with thin pink head that diminished quickly. The aroma is spot on - sweet cherry, medicinal, cider vinegar and acid. Unfortunately, the aromatics led me to believe this would be more sour that it was. The taste is overly sweet with a teeth-coating mouthfeel. You get a little oak, and little sourness, but those flavors are overwhelmed by the fruity sweetness. As it warms, you get a little more notes of cider vinegar. I know Flemish sours are typically more sweet, but I was hoping for a more dry, sour flavor from the barrel-aging process. In my opinion, not worth the near $20 price tag.
01-03-2011 17:31:23 | More by DousedInStout
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4.4/5 rDev +0.7%
Belgian Beer Festival 2011
A dark ruby and chestnut brown. Nearly no head. Decent lacing down the glass.
A tart, biting sour, vinegary aroma combined with cherry sweetness. More pungently powerful and slightly deeper aroma than the typical Grand Cru--the aromas just pop and leap from the glass!
A biting, tart, vinegary, sour ale balanced remarkably well with a sweet cherry juiciness.
Light to medium bodied. A pleasure to sip.
A well balanced, tart, sweet sour. Incredible!
08-02-2011 22:05:08 | More by ehammond1
4.53/5 rDev +3.7%
On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.
Pours a clear burgundy color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.
Smells of tart cherries, currants, oak, and light funk reminescent of leather. Also present are hints of vinegar and tobacco.
Tastes similar to how it smells, though not as complex. Medium malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by lightly tart currants and funk. Midway through the sip tannins from the oak come into play along with very slight earthy hops. The hops fade out quickly, allowing the funk and oak to carry through to a crisp and moderately tart ending.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.
Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.
Overall I found this to be a little rougher than Rodenbach Grand Cru, but the rough edges were not jarring but rather exhibited complexity in a different way. Certainly worth a shot if you see it around.
01-26-2011 13:27:13 | More by glid02
4.39/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
05-27-2013 01:52:53 | More by CloudStrife
4.24/5 rDev -3%
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.
01-22-2014 21:27:37 | More by Roguer
4.6/5 rDev +5.3%
Shared with mikesgroove at Hobo Tasting #8 while sitting in the car at Lowe's! Served from bottle into a Southern Tier tulip. Poured a deep red with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wood, cherries, dark fruit, sour, and tart. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, funk, raspberries, and wood. It had a very light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was an excellent brew for the style. Very nicely balanced with all of the wood, fruit, and sour/tart aspects working together rather than against each other. This used to be on the Top Buzz List awhile back and now I can see why. Great aroma going on here as well. Really glad I got to try this one and was a great way to end Hobo Tasting #8 as it definitely refreshed my palate. Try this if you have not... Trust me.
05-03-2011 15:01:54 | More by thagr81us
4.55/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
12-25-2011 16:50:39 | More by jbonapar
3.7/5 rDev -15.3%
Ah yes, barrel #96. Definitely different than #260 from '07... mainly this one seems like it possibly had sweetener added. Review cobbled from written notes.
Into a pint glass it pours a ruddy brown, but when held to the light it's more of a glowing reddish/copper orange. Hint of crimson. The clarity is pretty sharp in fact, and it seems that it's filtered.
Acetic cherry pits and flesh, clean and not too wild. Soft tangy tartness, hint of lightly sweet caramel malt sweetness that lingers after the initial puckering tartness. Clean with a sour edge, not especially funky, though there is some acetic sharpness to the aroma.
Overall nice to try, not really better than the Grand Cru, and not really worth the premium of $18. If it was a dollar more than GC maybe, but quality wise it's practically the same. A bit of a letdown after sampling the spectacular 2007 vintage.
06-13-2011 02:20:40 | More by emerge077
4.7/5 rDev +7.6%
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!
03-12-2012 00:20:24 | More by smakawhat
3.9/5 rDev -10.8%
On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, GA on 1/27/11
A - Clear mahogany with a creamy 2-inch head. Nice retention, leaves soapy lacing.
S - Tart aromas of cherries, currants, vinegar, red grapes, brown sugar, and oak.
T - Tart berries dominate with a good dash of red wine vinegar and plenty of oak characteristics. The oak is really nice, it smooths the beer out perfectly.
M - Slick with a medium body and sharp carbonation. Very dry, puckering finish, especially as the beer warms.
D - Nice drinkability, the tartness gets to me after the one glass.
01-28-2011 01:55:50 | More by jsanford
4.55/5 rDev +4.1%
part of the hobo tasting no.8 that took place in the lowes parking lot this afternoon. great job bringing this one out calton. 750ml split between the two of us.
pours out a nice light reddish pink color with a light haze to it and a nice and big head of off white that reached a height of around three iches before settling with tons of side glass lacing.
aroma is rich tart cherries and raspberries, rich and a perfect mix of tartness and sweet fruit notes, i was in heaven an melted into the glass. each sip was like a fruit explosion. cherries and berries, light sourness, hints of oak as it warms but always maintaining a lightness and an airyness that kept it soo smooth and easy to drink it was absurd. such a nice dry, clean, and tart finish that left the long lasting fruit and light oak flavor on the tongue, you really just could not get enough of this one.
overall i am really becoming a huge fan of the flanders reds and this was an instant classic in my book. a hell of a beer i was proud to be able to drink.
05-01-2011 01:17:43 | More by mikesgroove
4.43/5 rDev +1.4%
On tap at TJ's Belgian Beer Paradise and reviewed from notes that I just found today. Poured into a tulip glass.
The 2008 vintage pours a deep reddish brown with amber flashes around the edges of the glass. There is a 1-finger head, creamy and consisting of extremely fine bubbles. Not much lacing to speak of, nor does there seem to be any activity in the tulip after the pour.
The aroma and the taste are both the highlights of this beer. An acetic sourness opens up, accompanied by sour cherries. A funkiness follows...not barnyard, but more earthy in nature, like an aged goat cheese. Vanilla and tannins from the oak barrels pour forth in the finish, somewhat overwhelming the rest of the beer, but they then subside leaving another wave of tart cherries on the finish. There are many Flanders Reds that are far too sweet on the finish. This is not one of them. Sweet but drying at the same time, Rodenbach his the mark on this one.
The consistency is thin to medium with a light carbonation. The well rounded flavor and well balanced finish that was struck between sweet and dry really make this one to enjoy. By far, this was the highlight of the night for me.
02-20-2011 15:04:11 | More by NittanyBeerFan
4.4/5 rDev +0.7%
Poured from a bottle into a goblet.
Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy reddish brown color with two fingers of off white head. The head retention is excellent with some nice lacing as well.
Smell: Sour dark fruit along with some mildly sweet malt. Tart cherry/wine notes.
Taste: Extremely smooth. Tart and sour cherry and wine like flavors. I'm picking up some oak and some mild sweetness. The finish is sour and wine like.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild carbonation and a very dry finish.
Overall: I picked up this bottle to celebrate a job offer. I made a great choice! Very smooth and a great combination of flavors. I would definitely have another.
08-15-2011 21:38:03 | More by oline73
2008 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 96) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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