2008 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 96) - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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4.43/5 rDev +1.4%
750 mL bottle poured into a Rodenbach glass
A- A murky reddish-brown with a small off-white head.
S- Sour cherries, oak, vinegar, slightly lactic.
T- Sour upfront, cherries and vinegar, finish has some funk and oak along with some lactic notes and sweet malts that give this beer a nice balance.
M- Smooth, medium body, finish feels a little too heavy.
O- A solid sour and worth the price. It has been a little while since I had any Rodenbach and this is better than the last glass of Rodenbach Classic I had.
08-08-2012 00:21:46 | More by larryi86
4.68/5 rDev +7.1%
MMMmmmm, Yum! Great sweet tart beer! Poured at a good temperature with smallish, foamy, light tan head that settles after a bit and a smidgen of lace. Color is a clear honey amber with a couple of bubble trails. Aroma is cider, caramel, fruit, malt, yeast. Flavor's like nose with excellent sweet/tart balance, with a little bitter to round out the picture. Body is great and carbonation perfect. Finish is like flavor, long, and superbly drinkable. Almost want to gulp it, so good.
07-23-2012 05:05:57 | More by drpimento
4.1/5 rDev -6.2%
750mL bottle poured into tulip - thanks cj
Pours a bright red with some dark ruddy colors and haze. Crop of beige head fades into a bubbled film that rests on top. Patches of lacing ring the glass.
Potent nose with acidic sourness and vinegar hints. Black cherry and dark fruit with leather and oak. Funky and tannic with a soft alcohol warmth.
Sour and dry on the tongue with plenty of dark fruit notes. Raisin, cherry and dates with soft sweetness. Heavy backbone with some richness and fruit. Oak and tannic hints with red wine and red grapes. Finishes a little warm and sour.
Medium body, well carbonated, sticky and dry on the tongue. Well integrated flavors, nice round sourness and plentiful fruit tones. This was a pleasant treat.
07-15-2012 04:53:13 | More by xnicknj
4.1/5 rDev -6.2%
A: deep red, a bit of clinging light colored head, poor head retention
S: super acidic and oaky up front with plenty of cherry and grape to round things out
T: things start with a bit of fruity tartness and it becomes much more sour as the flavor develops, sweet red cherries are present along with grape skin and balsamic vinegar
Mf: high carbonation, moderate body
O: very delicious example of the style, nice balance between sweet and sour, definitely worth a try
06-10-2012 02:24:41 | More by homebrew311
4.15/5 rDev -5%
Bottled purchased at West Lakeview a while back. Served in a BFM chalice at thetomG's place.
A - Off-white foam settles to a thin collar, a few wisps, and minimal lacework. Somewhat opaque orange-brown body.
S - Oak, lactic notes, some cider and cherry vinegar, more sharp oak, musky funk, and mildly sweet malt base. Seems more oaky and sour than regular Rodenbach.
T - Taste has less even less sweetness and more in the way of lactic acidity, oak, sour cherry and other tart fruits, and perhaps a faint bit of red fruits and licorice malt character.
M - Medium body, lightly puckering tartness, with a super-dry oak and tannic texture. Some mild acidity, as well as some residual malt stickiness.
D - A really nice Flanders Red - not sure I could distinguish this from other single barrel Rodenbachs, or even older bottles of Grand Cru, without the virtue of an A/B comparison, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Still, the price premium means I won't be having this offering very often.
04-21-2012 05:32:25 | More by MasterSki
4.65/5 rDev +6.4%
Holy crap, after having had the classic Rodenbach and the Grand Cru, I finally got a chance to try this puppy.
I am not going to go too much in detail, but this whole experience was fantastic. It smelled wonderful: sour cherries, malt, other pit fruit, and some solid farm funk. Taste was special, all the smells and a great fizz of carbonation that complement the sout attributes. This is the best flanders red I have tried, and I would put it up against any other. This is in my all-time top 5.
Had again 11/1/13
Looks great, smell is overwhelming currants. It's reminding me quite a bit if Consecration. Good mix of cigar and pit fruit. Such a great leather note that really wows me. Just as good as ever. Since my first time I have since had Duchess du B and Elaborative #1. Both are very good but not quite up to the level of complexity.
03-27-2012 17:40:53 | More by unclejazz
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
4.48/5 rDev +2.5%
On tap for Churchill's Renaissance at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.
Pours a clear reddish-brown with a beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace randomly form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour cherry and berry aromas, funk, and vinegar aromas. Taste is of sour cherry and berry aromas, funk, vinegar, and some slight wood notes. This beer has a very nice level of carbonation with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good sour that is just awesomely tart and funky.
03-05-2012 22:09:43 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.03/5 rDev -7.8%
A: Mahogany, burnt caramel.
A: Dark Fuit, Fig, Sour marmalade, Grape jolly rancher, juxtaposed against a bright green apple spine.
T: strawberry Rhubarb, Tart sour cherry, strawberry vinaigrette. deep sugared malt flavour. reminds me of the cherry filler in chocolate bars or candy.
M: med body, fine bubbles
F: Sour Cherry pie.
Very much enjoyed this brew - though forgive me as i found my tasting notes on a napkin at the back of my drawer and from my notes, i can tell i was near the beginning of my journey...
02-26-2012 19:31:17 | More by jthelamontagne
2008 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 96) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
96 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.