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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

142 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 14
Gots: 44 | 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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Photo of xnicknj
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

xnicknj, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of freduardo
4.5/5  rDev +3%

freduardo, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of SourAddict
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

SourAddict, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of homebrew311
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

homebrew311, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of Florida9
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Florida9, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of JRdaSconnie
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

JRdaSconnie, May 23, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

MasterSki, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of Vylo
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Vylo, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of TonyTalon
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

TonyTalon, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of atone315
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

atone315, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of unclejazz
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Cheers!

unclejazz, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
4.7/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

smakawhat, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of Davit
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Davit, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of brandonasplundh
5/5  rDev +14.4%

brandonasplundh, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of jthelamontagne
4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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...

jthelamontagne, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of M27
4.5/5  rDev +3%

M27, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of animortician
4.5/5  rDev +3%

animortician, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of Diomede
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Diomede, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of avaldivia
4.5/5  rDev +3%

avaldivia, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of hays99
5/5  rDev +14.4%

hays99, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle 7,0% Abv.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.
2008 Vintage

I love Flemish red ales and Rodenbach Grand Cru is one of my all time favorite beers, I am expecting big things from this version!
This is the 6th beer in my series of sours.

Appearance: Beautiful, crystal clear auburn body topped by a large white head that lasts acceptably well and leaves patchy lace.

Smell: Perfect - this is hands down the best Flemish red I have smelled!
Cherries dominate the nose - mostly tart, with a little underlying sweetness. Other notes include: Oak, balsamic vinegar, raspberries, leather, hints of cider, a light musty note and a metallic element that I oddly associate with the taste of blood. Towards the end of the bottle a BSDA like spiced dark fruit note becomes present.

Taste: After such a stunning nose, I expected this to be pretty delicious and man does it deliver! I ended up gulping down half the bottle before I remembered that I had to write down some review notes!
As with the nose, tart cherries and oak dominate, other notes include: Balsamic, cider vinegar, a vinous note, old wood, raspberries, earthy leather and a metallic note similar to that in the nose (again it reminds me of blood).

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a medium-high level of ultra smooth carbonation. Moderate acidity and a lingering dryness in the finish.

Overall: Rodenbach Vintage is an amazingly complex and full flavoured brew, but at the same time compulsively drinkable and refreshing. I will have to buy multiple bottles of each vintage in the future!

Thehuntmaster, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of djaeon
4/5  rDev -8.5%

djaeon, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of jayhawk73
4.97/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Major props to Huhzubendah for sharing this. Thanks Matt

Pours a reddish brown color with a nice off white head. Great lacing on my new Belgium glass. Freakin' amazing nose! Wow.... Funk, Cherry, raspberry, barnyard smells.. Perfect. Holy crap. The taste is perfect. I honestly can't think of anything that can improve here. Unbelievable taste, and feel. Feel is super smooth, acidic fruit, and gobs of taste. Wow... Overall, this is the perfect beer for the style. Unbelievable .. Thank you Matt!!

jayhawk73, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of davey101
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

davey101, Jan 22, 2012
2008 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 96) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
96 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.