2009 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 145) - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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Reviews by bobhits:
3.83/5 rDev -11.1%
For the purpose of this review, I'll assume all readers have had the Grand Cru as I am going to compare this to that a lot.
This pours much like the Grand Cru with strong carbonation, deep amber colors. There isn't he lacing I recall with the Grand Cru though.
These sours just are weak on the nose. Cherries, sweet malt, and some tart aromas. Nothing powerful for impressive.
I could talk about the fruits such as cherries and perhaps apples in the flavor, but there is one thing I want to talk about. The finish on the Grand Cru to me, made the beer. It took it from good to amazing. This beer has its moments, but it doesn't hold and maintain things. The beer opens very acidic with a lot of flavor and it is extremely complex. The problem is this one mellows out and acts subtle as the Grand Cru is able to just blow the tongue away. This is flavorful as hell, but it just doesn't have the finish of a Grand Cru.
This is double the price of the grand cru and while I do believe there is more subtle flavors and some more complexity, it lacks the finish and ultimately the price tag makes this a one and done.
01-07-2012 07:50:53 | More by bobhits
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4.14/5 rDev -3.9%
750ml bottle. After being assured that this was the only case available in the province, it appears, of course, that there is much more to behold, and that this is not exactly a retired product.
This beer pours a rather hazy dark reddish amber colour, with two fingers of tightly foamy, somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some broad splatters of hanging cloud lace around the glass as it evenly abates.
It smells of surprisingly sweet, sugary, sort of tangy cherry and apple cider fruitiness, timid grainy malt, a faint milky essence, a twinge of balsamic vinegar, and a wet papery woodiness. The taste is moderately sour stale cherry liqueur, more hefty grainy, somewhat crackery pale malt, musty apple cider, a touch of my mom's seemingly ancient mother of vinegar salad dressing starter, and a subtly acrid woodiness.
The bubbles are duly present, but not at all obtrusive, the body a genial medium weight, and more or less smooth, the lingering acidic notes having their say as they very well might be expected to. It finishes with a suggestion of off-dryness, but that's a veritable sham, as the wine vinegar sourness kicks it up another notch, and overpowers the paltry efforts of the lingering malt.
A nicely moderated sour ale, the wood essences contributing well to the cause, gently sublimating the tart fruitiness, justifying the booze, and providing an overall softness that any imbiber can't help but feel thankful for here. That said, this is a mite bit more drinkable than the 'standard' offering from this brewer - see above for details.
02-15-2013 04:13:17 | More by biboergosum
4.43/5 rDev +2.8%
Tan thin fine head, red-brown body. Some light lacing.
Sour, chewy, raisiny nose.
Raisiny, tart cherry, classical Flanders red. Sweetish but balances the tartness.
Kinda average mouthfeel-- not the highlight of the beer, but no harm here.
Awesome Flanders red, different from the Rodenbach Vintage- less sour but better balanced.
08-12-2012 02:36:34 | More by zaphodchak
4.41/5 rDev +2.3%
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 .
11-26-2013 00:44:32 | More by Roguer
3.93/5 rDev -8.8%
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.
07-11-2013 23:38:26 | More by Alieniloquium
4.05/5 rDev -6%
Clear brownish red hue with a tall but wispy white head.
Smells like cherries, apple cider vinegar, and subtle oak.
Nice and tart cherry flavor with vinegar. The oak is fantastically subtle and doesn't overpower, but adds a layer of complexity. Semi-sweet.
Crisp, light mouthfeel with prickly carbonation. The bubbles cut the sweet and tart perfectly.
I thoroughly enjoyed this. It's not much different than the regular, but does have that extra dimension from the oak.
02-04-2012 02:46:58 | More by Vonerichs
4.05/5 rDev -6%
Served from bottle into a Duvel Meyers tulip. Poured a massively dark red brown with a four finger fizzy off-white head that subsided to two fingers slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart cherries, wood, vinegar, and sweet fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart cherry, tart, raspberries, cream, wood, and very subtle vinegar. It had a lift feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The tart cherry aspect definitely dominates on this brew. This may fade with some age, but right now it is very dominating and might be covering up some more subtle flavors. This is definitely a nice brew for the style without a doubt. Wasn't quite as good as the 2008 Vintage but still a solid beer that needs to be tried. Tick.
10-24-2011 22:51:40 | More by thagr81us
4.38/5 rDev +1.6%
From a 750 ml brown bottle, black foil around the neck, caged and corked. Pours out a hazed nutty garnet hue, with a tall spongy light beige head that slowly settles.
Sour cherries and wood appear first on the nose, while further inspection reveals some mild grainy malt, hints of caramel, along with some cidery acidity.
Does ephemeral goodness count as a flavour description? Ah, but that would be the easy way out. Sour cherries, grainy and biscuity malt, earthy and wood character, balsamic vinegar, dry pear peel, dry cider, a general musty character on the finish. Dry wafery chocolate notes appear in the aftertaste, lingering with some oak and acidity. Honestly the break down does no justice to how well this all works together, it's far greater than the sum of its parts.
Light-bodied mouthfeel, silky slick texture that is augmented by mild yet effective effervescence for carbonation.
The Flanders Red isn't the first style I grab for when I'm scoping out the beer shelves, I'll be the first to admit that. Even still I was incredibly impressed by this offering, it works beautifully on its own merits, and I'll be stocking up on a couple more bottle to pull out for the right time.
04-13-2013 19:45:48 | More by IronDjinn
3.13/5 rDev -27.4%
Pored a brownish ale right into my pint glass. A tan head formed quickly as it dissipated into a thin tan lace. Smell of tart apples and red wine. Taste like a hard cider than an ale. This beer would be great with cheese and bread. A little to tart for my taste. I like to taste these traditional Belgium beers. A nice flavorful explosion in my mouth.
01-02-2012 21:38:30 | More by sweett3k
4.47/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
11-18-2011 02:45:34 | More by DaveHS
4.63/5 rDev +7.4%
Brought in 2013 by opening this 750ml cork and caged bottle as my first beer for 2013.
Pours a very lovely cloudy reddish brown color minimal head that fades quickly.
Has that classic rodenbach smell. Tart fruit (cherries) up front with a hint of oak, but not much.
Tastes very tart up front, followed by a fruity sweetness and finishes with a hint of oak/wood flavor. Very nice. Mouthfeel is exceptional, very smooth beer.
A fantastic beer and probably one of my favorite of the Flanders reds. Great way to bring in 2013.
01-01-2013 19:39:23 | More by CManuel
2009 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 145) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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