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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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65 Reviews
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Reviews: 65
Hads: 149
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 12
Gots: 43 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website

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.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of oline73
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750mL into a snifter. Pours out a deep, hazy, ruby red with a half inch of slightly red head, no lace.

The smell is fruit and mellow apple cider vinegar, with a hint of citrus.

A sour cherry punch starts the taste with fruity and pale malts mixed into a sour apple middle. Dry pear finish, slight earthy hops and oak. Wow, very complex. The carbonation is between mild and moderate.

Very nice aged sour red. I'd LOVE to have another.

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Photo of dgilks
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy red colour with a small, off-white head. Good.

Sour with a touch of cherry. Mild earthy funk. Really nice aroma.

Tart sour cherry combines with some funkiness. A really well balanced Flanders Red ale.

Medium light body with high carbonation. Good.

A classic Flanders ale with lots of balanced fruity flavour, goo dtartness and plenty of sour cherry and funk. Truly great.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
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!

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.71/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of Duff27
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a dark, slightly murky red with a fizy short lived white head. Head recedes to a thin ring around the glass.

S- Fruit...cherries, raspberries.

T- tart cherries. Sour but not overwhelmingly.

M- Bubbly. Well carbonated, dances on the palate.

D/O- What a treat paired with bleu cheese. Split a 750ml bottle with the girl. Worth every penny to celebrate something.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

75 cl, natural cork and steel cage - the expectations are HIGH!

A: Pour is dark brown with hints of red. A very creamy off-white head dissipates into great lacings.

S: Sour and very fruity, mostly cherries and some plums. Kind of oak galore. A hint of brett in the yeasty smell.

T: Yeast and cherries! Some faint chocolate. Sour and oaky, without the vanilla?! Fruity. Some brett.

M: Aftertaste is rather sour and short. Body is medium and carbonation is moderate. Smooth!

O: This is a great Flanders Red Ale (but all I had are great). The oak gives the sourness yet another dimension.

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Photo of beerpirates
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
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 !!

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Photo of thagr81us
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
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...

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Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul
3.79/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.11/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

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Photo of oldsailor
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Haven Gastropub. One of the best sours I've ever tasted. Sourness isn't overpowering and the smoothness feels very different from other sours that I've tasted. Carbonation was perfect and the aftertaste was pleasant. Best way to start a great meal.

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Photo of snpub540
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a scarlett hue into my tulip. 1/8 " ring of bubbles never disappears and it leaves some web like lacing on my glass.

Aroma is mostly cherries with a slight funk. Also a wheat hint in there. Sour is the major not here though.

Sour is the dominate flavor here. Super crisp and fruity. Sour apple and sour cherry flavors here make up the taste.

Mouthfeel is mdium bodied and crisp. Bitterness is not a lemony tart but crisp and refreshing. I'm very glad I got to tastge this one. The three years of aging most have mellowed it out and made this perfect to drink.

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Photo of 77ships
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap@Kulminator, from notes:

A: bright, shiny blood red, white head, nice lacing, neat small glass
S: redcurrant, vinegar, oak & tart cherries, hint of sweetness
T: strong red wine vinegar, funk, very sour cherries, redcurrant, acids, oak
M: very oaky & dry, nice carbonation
D: one of those sours that is incredibly sour but also very delicious & you just want to drink more & more

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Photo of sweemzander
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
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

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of awalk1227
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Consumed 2/2/11 Got this at 5 Points Bottle Shop.

Poured into a Surly Darkness snifter

A:Pours a brilliantly clear deep amber. Hints of glowing red envelop the glass when shone in the light. A huge, two and a half finger thick head graces the sides of my snifter. It stays with surprising longevity.

S: A funky barn graces my nostrils. I feel that I smell some dirty sour grapes, and a bit of old leather.

T: Incredibly complex. A beautiful sour tartness in every sip. Sour fruit skins, and a slightly noticeable layer of nuttiness from the malt. I'm still new to rating sour beers, so it's tough to describe every flavor. I really enjoy this beer though.

F: Not super fizzling with carbonation, but definitely enough to keep the beer up on its legs. The sour makes my mouth water after every sip.

D: I consider this a very drinkable beer. It's a sipper for sure, but I'm going to have no problem finishing this bottle, and I will certainly seek this beer again for a tasting.

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Photo of jsanford
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of glid02
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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2008 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 96) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
94 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.