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2009 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 145) - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

2009 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 145)2009 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 145)

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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.72%

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: thagr81us on 10-24-2011)
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Reviews by DaveHS:
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4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours clear chestnut brown with less than 1/4 inch of creamy off white head. Leaves a ring of thin, solid lacing.

S-Those familiar Grand Cru aromas of tart cherries, iron-like sharpness, balsamic vinegar reduction, oak, basement must and hazelnut butter. Compared to the Grand Cru this version shows more oak, but not too much more tartness.

T/M-Thin, sharp fruit acidity on the front of the palate. As it spreads across the tongue the beer's true body emerges, full and nutty with an underflavor of tart cherries and vinegar. Bright, fizzy carbonation cuts a line between the sharp and soft flavors, allowing you to taste them seperately and then together in the lingering, musty finish. A more pronounced set of flavors than the Grand Cru, with juicier, sharper fruitiness and deeper, more assertive maltiness.

O-An excellent Flemish sour. Will be cellaring a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 02:45:34 | More by DaveHS
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid two finger creamy head with incredible lacing. Nut brown brew, very cloudy, completely opaque. Little lacing.

Very slight funky aroma, slightly sweet. A little bit of wine, and a lot of yeast.

Slightly sweet on the fore tongue, immediately giving way to a slightly sour tang. Soft malts are barely perceptible; ever so slight nuttiness, slight vanilla, and strong tannins. Extremely delicate, fairly complex, and very tasty. Just the barest hint of funk.

Noticeable but palatable carbonation. Medium to medium full feel, slightly slower drinking because of the slight sourness.

This is a beer for wine drinkers. Excellent and tasty, and an awesome experience .

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 00:44:32 | More by Roguer
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New York

5/5  rDev +15.7%

11-23-2013 23:46:50 | More by csustar001
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4.75/5  rDev +10%

11-21-2013 23:13:58 | More by DavidH_Stl
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -7.4%

11-18-2013 19:10:14 | More by Sammy
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

08-12-2013 20:55:55 | More by timc13
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4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Strawberry brown with a decent capper of beige-tan foam. This, from being poured straight downward into my Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip. Conjures up a nice look.

Ripe fruits and woodiness. A tannic vibe inspired by black cherry, strawberry, and grape with barrel wood and sweet and toasty maltiness. Lots of juiciness, paired with a drinking vinegar quality, makes for a lightly tart (but, not sour) nose.

Age proves to play a part. Malts are richer and sweeter and quite the departure from the apparent barrel wood and balsamic interplay. But, here, the malts push the fruits to darker tones. Elements of cherry and grape medley into prune and overripe strawberry. Balsamic vinegar notes push past tart into the land of mild sweet/sour. Vinous, in this vintage, with softer tannins, leather, oak, bubble gum, and pinot. The cherry/vanilla play is not as apparent as it would in a Duchesse, but moreso than in a Grand Cru or a 2010 Vintage. This has great character after the age, perhaps, more than the 2007 Vintage had to offer for time stability. Falls short of being as tasty and sour, but the malts are really smooth and complex here. Lightly spicy, too, with reassuring smoothness of body, which has good weight compared to many other Flanders Reds. I can't say enough about the malt constant.

Yep. Another outstanding brew from my favorite brewery on the planet. So happy to have another bottle of this in the waiting.


Enjoyed again on Thankgiving 2013

Dark red-brown with a good standing of beige head. Really nice look for a Flanders Red.

More sour than any Rodenbach I've whiffed. Tart cherry, rhubarb, rotten lemon flesh, plum skin, musty basement, sour raspberry, and decent maltiness. Exquisitely tart and pleasantly acetic. Vinegary and bright with a mellowing of dark malts.

Sweeter in the taste with lots of vanilla, cherry blossom, red wine vinegar, dark raisiny malts, yeast nuttiness, rhubarb, black raspberry, strawberry, and oakiness. Phenomenal flavor profile on this one.

Drinks great. Oily and slick with a quiet burn of carbonation. Drinks too quickly, as in, my pour is almost gone!

Exceptional Vintage Ale from Rodenbach. I'd have to look back at my reviews of '07 and '10 to see where this one actually stands. It seems to be right up there with '10, but not as good as '07.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 05:00:00 | More by thecheapies
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4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is essentially a cut and paste of my 2010 Vintage review since I didn't detect any noticeable differences

Appearance: Pours brownish red in color with a finger of a soapy off white/tan head. Body is dark but relatively clear with some visible carbonation streaming throughout.

Smell: Balsamic vinegar, oak, leather, green apple, tart cherries, lactic sourness, and caramel. Smells very inviting.

Taste: Similar to the nose. Tart stone fruits, vinegar, red grape, oaky tannins, hints of vanilla and a slight breadiness. Nice balance of sourness and sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Medium soft carbonation.

Overall: Similar to the 2010 and 2008 versions, these Vintage offerings from Rodenbach are excellent, and noticeable improvements over the Grand Cru. The $20 price tag is a bit steep, but worth it IMO. One of the best of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 01:37:50 | More by Jonada
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance - Murky deep reddish brown. Nice size off white head. Some lacing and a nice collar.

Smell - Acetic acid. Really strong vinegar aroma. Deep caramel blends in the background.

Taste - The caramel is much stronger. Balances the vinegar sourness. Sweet cherry flavor followed by an oaky finish.

Mouthfeel - Heavy, but it's appropriate. Medium carbonation.

Overall - I don't get a ton of difference between this an regular Rodenbach. Still a definitive Flanders.

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2009 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 145) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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