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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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96
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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
Reviews by jbonapar:
Photo of jbonapar
4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ehammond1
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2008)

Belgian Beer Festival 2011
Pizza Port
Carlsbad, CA

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!

Photo of glid02
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of Roguer
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.

Photo of thagr81us
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of emerge077
3.71/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

Photo of jsanford
3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of oline73
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul
3.79/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz pour into a tulip at Pinocchio's in Media, PA back in December.

A Pours a clear, dark brown like iced tea with almost no head. It keeps a light tan ring.

S Smells like cherries and plums. It's certainly sour, yet very fruity.

T It's very smooth, sour, and funky. Tastes like spiced fruits, cherries, apples, grapes.

M It has a spicy feeling, astringent, with sharp carbonation.

O It's very smooth. The aging has brought out more sourness but really smoothed it out, goes down very easy. It's a great balance between sour, funk, and fruit.

I always enjoy having Rodenbach, and this was a great treat to see on tap at one of my favorite places while I was on break.

Photo of beerpirates
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ kulminator

Pours deep reddish brown. Thin beige head.
Aroma is very sweet and malty with dark fruit.notes almost a cider smell.
Flavour is amazing. Great carbonation flavour is bold and fruity with strong sweet malts. Very sour as well makes.me puckker. Very malty and sour well balanced this is a fantstic brew.
Very dry finish. Complex with a.wide variety of flavours that mingle perfectly.
I am glad to be drinking this beer , very good !!

Photo of DreamInOrange
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Mikasa tulip. Picked this up at State Line in Maryland.

Pour brings a red-tinged brownish ale with a bit of murkiness and a single-finger light-tan head. Pretty decent retention and a nice collar as it goes down. Some spotty lacing there as well. Nose brings some sherry and dark fruits along with the oak and mild acetic presence. Great character all around.

The flavor really explodes with a beautiful acidic character and bountiful notes of cherry and sherry. Dark fruits continue to linger in the background. The mouthfeel is absolute perfection--medium body with slight carbonation and a mind-numbing creaminess that goes exquisitely with the acidity. Drinkability is offer the charts. I'll certainly be seeking out more of this.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle served in my Goose Island stemware glass

Wow. This puts other Rodenbachs to shame.
An orangey pink color with an off white head. Amazing retention, legs, and lacing.
Tart cherries, sour apples, sweet vinegar,and a nice undercurrent of oak all hit on the nose and taste. The beer has a delicate body with bubbly carbonation and a nice puckering sour finish that pulls at my cheeks.
This is really quite good. If you like Rodenbach, pick this up-- you'll love it! As part of the overall experience though, this does lose a point due to the price tag...

Photo of HeyItsChili
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this on recommendation from the Greenville Beer Exchange. Upstate SC has received a devastating 6-10 inches of snow and everything is shut down. Never mind this, for I have a fridge stock full of delicious beer procured from CBX and Cigar City Brewing. I will fight out this monstrous blizzard the best way I can: through drinking.

A - Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Pours translucent ruby with slight amber highlights and a thin, tightly foamed white head.

S - Apple cider vinegar, tart cherries. Pungent. It really singes the nostrils.

T - My first impression: wow. Really sour, tart cherry flavor, little vinegary, all really well boosted up by the nice oaky flavor. Sort of a tannic walnut skin flavor in there, too. As another reviewer mentioned, it's a really nice sipping brew. Leaves a nice, tongue tingling aftertaste.

M - Light bodied, creamy, mild carbonation.

Photo of sweemzander
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass.

(A)- Pours a dark reddish brown hue. Produced a small off-white to tan head that dissipated to bubbles.

(S)- Very dry and oaky earth. Hints at dark fruits and raisin.

(T)- Similar to the smell. Dry and oaky with nice sour fruits and vinegar notes.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Very oaky and dry with a good feel all-together of acidic sourness, fruit, and vinegar.

(D)- Big on the dry oak presence, but still a great example for the style. My only complaint is the price for a bottle of this when Grand Cru is just as good as this is for half the cost.

Photo of davey101
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of Damian
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from my notes - had this one from a bomber bottle
A - fine, bubbly head with a little lacing topping a mahogany colored ale.
S - sour fruit notes as well as sweetness are detectable.
T - wonderful fruit/tart/sweet combination that is rarely equaled.
M - dry, moderately light body, and adequate carbonation.
D - very drinkable and enjoyable for a tart beer.

Photo of kojevergas
3.73/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

B

Photo of DefenCorps
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at 72 Hours of Belgium yesterday

Clear amber with a thin white head with decent retention and lacing. The nose is great. Fruity sourness, acetic acid, a little caramel, vanilla and oak, this is enjoyable. The palate opens with a huge tartness with a softened red wine vinegar, vanilla, a little sugar and some wine. Moderate oak character is present. Drying on the finish with acid, tannins and vanilla, this is excellent

Photo of InspectorBob
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Blue Monkey, Merchantville NJ. Poured into a Rodenbach tulip, a dark reddish/brown color with a trace of head and minimal lacing.

The aroma of sour cherries. taste of cherry with a slight hint of vanilla and oak wood.

This beer for me was outstanding, one of the best sours I've tasted. Tart, sweet and tangy. The mouthfeel was very good, medium body with carbonation which goes well with the sourness of this beer.

I really like this beer, I must of had three 10oz pours that night and a couple more the other day when I stopped in for lunch.

All I can say is outstanding...

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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.