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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

141 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 14
Gots: 45 | FT: 5
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jamie2dope on 10-06-2010)
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3/5  rDev -31.4%

jriggins6, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of beerwolf77
3.1/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks to sweemzander for taking the pricey plunge on this one. This was one I simply couldn't see myself paying for. Poured into a tulip.

A: Brownish red hue. About a fingers worth of light beige head. Soapy lace remains.

S: Holy oak barrel! This thing just oozes oak like a chunk of wet wood. Mild sour cherry and vinegar. A good amount of musty attic.

T: Much like the nose full on oak. The flavor is actually rather timid. Oak soaked cherries and mild vinegar sourness. Nothing really stands out except the oak flavor.

M: Medium smooth body. Very mild carbonation.

O: Well fro the price this one is a huge disappointment. The Grand cru is one of my favorite beers of all time. I would take Grand Cru over this any day. For half the price.

beerwolf77, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of DousedInStout
3.48/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

DousedInStout, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle thanks to Metallitone1, appreciate it. I split this with a friend and off the top I think I enjoyed the 2007 more but this was still a good beer. Dark red color witha sweet-sour smell that was very robust. The flavor leaned way more towards sweet than sour and the hint of sourness was really just a suggestion like you might get from some tart cherries. Overall, not bad but I'd rather have the Rodenbach Grand Cru.

ArrogantB, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of jrallen34
3.68/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap into a Rodenbach Grand Cru class at Kulminator...A dark ruby brown pour, some clearness, more red then the regular. A light tan head of two fingers, great retention but only ok lacing...The aroma is slightly tart with vinegar, wish it was a bit stronger. Not as sweet or rubust as the regular, more oak...The taste is more acidic but not in a vinegary way. A lot more of the wood comes out, this is tart. This is a little bland, I'm no so impressed. This is not an improvement, a lot of the vinegar is gone and replaced with oak. Don't mess with the best one going unless its going to be awesome.

jrallen34, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of emerge077
3.7/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

emerge077, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

acurtis, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%
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

kojevergas, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of THEGENERALISMO
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

THEGENERALISMO, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of thegerm87
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

thegerm87, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of TonyTalon
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

TonyTalon, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of starshockey9
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

starshockey9, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of phichifiji00
3.78/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

phichifiji00, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul
3.8/5  rDev -13%
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.

VoiceOfTheSoul, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of ptykozoon
3.85/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

ptykozoon, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of BARFLYB
3.88/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Hulmeville inn on a sunday.

A- Rodenbach number 96 looks deep orangish red within the glass. Looks a bit brighter than most Rodenbachs. Nothing on top of this coming off the spout, swirls could not bring any life out on top, no lacing.

S- Smells like your typical Rodenbach but there is a bit more emphasis on the sweet side with vinegar coming through a bit more than barrel 230 which I recently had on tap as well. Cherry, wood, oaking and a dash of vanilla.

T- And yes, there it is that foder goodness, sweet cherry flavor mixing in well with the oak. A touch of vanilla. As expected the vinegar comes out a bit more in this vintage but not on the level of the new rodenbach grand cru that came back to Philly after it's year long absense from the area. Lemon juice pours through.

M- Tart and sweet and kinda thin, this is not a blended roady so I guess I can see that. All in all above light bodied with tart capabilities and a small amount of carb punch. The lemon kinda lingers around a bit.

D- Not so much, the 7% does not scare me, but this barrel did not really do it for me, I prefer the 2007 version more, but 08 remains damn good beer from a great brewery, possibly the best flanders producer in the world. Get on this if you get a chance.

BARFLYB, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of jsanford
3.9/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

jsanford, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of simoen
4/5  rDev -8.5%

simoen, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of Beerdy
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Beerdy, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of Diomede
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Diomede, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of Vylo
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Vylo, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of djaeon
4/5  rDev -8.5%

djaeon, Jan 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

BelgianBeerPope, May 11, 2013
Photo of nrs207
4/5  rDev -8.5%

nrs207, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of HopsintheSack
4/5  rDev -8.5%

HopsintheSack, Mar 03, 2013
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2008 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 96) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
96 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.