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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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140 Ratings
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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 14
Gots: 45 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website

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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4.5/5  rDev +3%

lookrider, Jun 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

DeschutesFan, May 31, 2013
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4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

CloudStrife, May 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

iL0VEbeer, Mar 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

nrs207, Mar 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

acurtis, Mar 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

Jspriest, Feb 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

drummermattie02, Feb 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Googs, Jan 21, 2013
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

Twig2848, Jan 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

dfernandez77, Jan 20, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

kaseydad, Jan 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Gotti311, Jan 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Dec 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

sendbeer, Dec 09, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

TrappistJohnMD, Dec 01, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

mdfb79, Nov 23, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

bastu, Nov 14, 2012
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

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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.


kojevergas, Nov 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Keith_R, Nov 08, 2012
2008 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 96) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
96 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.