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

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

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101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 9
Gots: 27 | FT: 3
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: thagr81us on 10-24-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of kojevergas
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried side-by-side with a 2007 Vintage.

BOTTLE: 750ml brown glass. Black foil-ed over unbranded hood and wire cap over a cork. 2009 vintage; I think this was released in 2011? Best before: 01/08/14 (oh well; I trust it's fine, if not even improved).

Purchased at The Ginger Man in New York City and served cold into a tulip at low altitude in Austin, TX. Allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Reviewed live. Expectations are sky high; I love this brewery and this style.

7% ABV.

Yields the softest cork pop I've ever heard upon opening - still carbonated, but age is evident.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1 head sticks around or a good 3-4 minutes. White colour. Creamy. Good thickness. Soft. Leaves no lacing.

BODY: Dark deep ruby-brown. Gorgeous. Translucent. Quasitransparent. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Great appearance overall for the style. Appears undercarbonated.

AROMA: Plump ripe cherry, acetic pie crust, oak. Nice subtle toatiness.

Aromatic intensity is moderate to high. Fantastic aroma overall. Sourness is near perfect for the style - about 4-5/10 intensity.

Not funky, yeasty, or boozy. No off-notes. Has no off-character from age or oxidation (e.g. cardboard). I think the oak has faded somewhat.

TASTE: Incredible. Boasts the signature Rodenbach acetic pie crust I love and can't get enough of. A subtle oak tone guides the flavour profile, replete with some subtle toastiness. Belgian red malts. Evocative cherry is perfectly integrated into this impeccable balance, and it's a bit more ripe than in the 2007 vintage. Gorgeous depth of flavour. Long flavour duration. Flavour intensity is moderate. The sourness is also moderate, which is apt for the style - about 6-7/10 in terms of intensity. How do they even brew this? The oak comes with some wine-like tannins that only enhance and accentuate the delicate flavours in this flavour profile.

No doubt a gestalt build; this beer is more than the sum of its parts and has incredible subtlety and nuance. Not quite as intricate as the very tippy top best beers in the style (most of which are brewed by Rodenbach!), but damned complex nevertheless.

Just great. I can't get enough of it. Shockingly expressive.

TEXTURE: Soft, delicate, and luscious. Smooth, wet, refreshing. Acetic and acidic but not puckering. Carbonation is perfect - even after 6 years of aging. Thickness (unlike the 2007 vintage) is aptly moderate. Great medium body. Ideal presence on the palate.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

Near perfect. Accentuates the taste beautifully. There's a rare harmony of taste and texture in this beer that creates an ineffable effect.

OVERALL: Rodenbach once again astounds with an incredible brew that is of the highest caliber. Easily in my shortlist of best beers in the style. It's aged incredibly and could probably continue to do so for at least 7-8 more years. I have to stop myself from just inhaling this, and part of me can't help but wish that I greedily kept this bottle to myself (I shared this with good friends). This will humble even the most discerning of drinkers. Stellar work. I tip my hat to the brewers. This is good as shit.

Low A

Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The immaculate maturation and refinement continues with this masterful release of Rodenbach Vintage '09 (Barrel 145). Two years of maturity yields a smoother, drier, more rounded and less astringent character than even the world class Grand Cru.

Vintage pours tawny ruby-brown color and with crimson highlights, the beer shows nearly perfect clarity until the finishing pour which disturbs the sediment. Finely knit bubbles for a thin sheet of foam with very good staying power that once again errupts with a gentle swirl of the flute. Low on lace, the acidity of the beer eventually prohibits the head character to this small extent.

Savory aromas of balsamic vinegar, apple cider, black cherries, and oak all braid together in a decadent verbose scent that's backed by lightly kilned malt, mild chocolate, bread crust, and oily nuts. Tart and rich all at the same time.

The sweet and sour interplay becomes most prominant on the palate as the malty rich flavor of chocolate, toasted fruit sweetness, and rich walnut provide the base flavor to anchor the ale. Fruity acidity is lead by tart cherries, and followed by crabapples, cider, under-rippened berries, limes, and vinegar. Aged notes of leather, must, brine, balsamic, and soy sauce gives a regal maculinity to the beer that tempers the otherwise brash sourness. Low in bitterness, the beer relies on the sour to balance the sweetness and does so with low phenolics and complementary esters.

Medium to start, the body delivers perhaps a richer impression than is actual because of precieved fruit sweetness and chocolate. But the mid palate develops from malt richness and into dry tartness that proves refreshing and palate cleansing. Mildly astringent, the beer keeps all the surfaces of the mouth guessing. A linger of balsamic vinegar and chocolate covered cherries leave lasting impressions in aftertaste.

Rodenbach makes these Flanders Reds seem effortless as they are masterfully blended and brewed. Where I prefer the Grand Cru, perhaps becuase of the lower level of dryness that allows for slightly more richness, succulence, and savory qualities- but the difference are very slight.

Photo of thecheapies
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of zaphodchak
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Roguer
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
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 .

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.91/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of IronDjinn
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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.

Photo of sweett3k
3.2/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of DaveHS
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.

Photo of CManuel
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of WynnO
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared this bottle with another taster.

Drinking this bottle made me think of that age old question, "If you were stranded on a desert island, what single (fill-in-the-blank) would you choose?" If I filled that slot with the word BEER I could easily choose this Rodenbach Vintage wonder.

The color and smell was as always with Rodenbach so I will not elaborate except to say that, for my money, Rodenbach is the gold standard for the Flanders Red style.

The balance was perfect! From the instant this beer hit my taste buds until it worked it way back, there was no change. The intensity and balance of taste remained equal all along the way, being as perfect as any beer I have ever consumed.

Fwiw, I recently shared a 2007 Vintage release. It did not seem to have the same punch as the 2009, but still, it was as perfect as the 2009 some five years past its bottling. Hence you can feel safe aging this beer for future enjoyment.

I would advise anyone who likes this style---if you find any of these Vintage releases for sale, buy all you can afford. You will not be disappointed. Lots of love to Rodenbach!

Photo of goblue3509
3.92/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy burnt orange color with edging and sticky lines of lace. The aroma starts out with a small fruit aroma of cherries then gives way to a vinegar and oak nose. The taste follows suit with dark fruits mainly cherry and maybe raisins up front. In the middle there is a vinegar sourness before the oak flavor finishes off the beer. The mouthfeel is stingy and sticky average for the style. Overall this was a good beer, not as good as their grand cru but a very good beer. The beer got very well blended as it was allowed to breathe.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled shared on the party bus to San Diego, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some fruity, vinegar, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight sweetness to it. There is an acidic quality on the palate after each sip as well. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some awesome aromas and flavors that make it super easy to drink.

Photo of GJ40
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 750ml bottle.

Reddish brown and very clear with a minimal head. Not much bubble action. Aroma is fruity with sour cherries dominating. A hint of oak as well. Flavor starts tart and sour but that fades gradually and ends with a mild sweetness. There's a bit of oak in there as well. The flavor is pretty complex and interesting. The carbonation is light (it could use a bit more) and the feel is silky smooth.

I enjoy the complex flavor of this but I still prefer the more one dimensional sour bite of the Gran Cru.

Photo of wordemupg
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 24/12/12

A brownish orange with a ruby glow when held to the light, a finger of tan foam hangs around for a while leaving no lace

S do you remember those Fizz candies that came in two foot long strips with a candy every few inches? raspberry cider, faint toffee and balsamic vinegar, not much oak but some earthy notes work well, vinous notes but I can't pinpoint, I can't explain it but the smell is just amazing,

T much like the nose but with a little more cider and vinegar and less of the sweet candy notes, slightly sour and it still tastes great but the smell has something special going for it, I get a little brown sugar as it warms

M silky and smooth, leaves some slickness behind with a slight sour bite, bubbles are a little prickly and leaves a sour candy aftertaste

O I had no idea what to expect but this one made me a happy boy, its a great blend of sweet and sour with a beautiful nose, perhaps the age mellowed it out? either way I was expecting my mouth to turn inside out and that's far from the case

this one changed my perception of the style, the sweet and sour thing this has going on is wonderful, perhaps I'm just reliving my favorite childhood candy in a glass of beer but I can live with that

Photo of Wobbly
4.96/5  rDev +14.8%

I was truly fortunate to get my hands on a couple of these. Wow. Incredible.

Photo of ljdrinksbeer
4.71/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

poured into a tulip.
No head, color dried blood, crystal clear.
smell is sweet and vinegar.
taste is incredible! sweet, with fruit flavors, cherry, sour, soft flavors from the wood.
even though its barely carbonated the sour makes up for it, mouthfeel is spot on.
Over-all drinkable as hell, softer and more nuanced than some of the standard flanders ales. As this is the first vintage Rodenbach I've had I'll have to come back to a fresher one.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy reddish-brown with a finger of frothy off white head. Fades at a normal pace.

S - Caramel malts, sour cherries, oak, vanilla, funky yeasts, some acidity.

T - Caramel malts, sour cherries, lactic acid, vanilla, oak, mild sourness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sour and acidic finish.

D - Great Flanders Red. Good balance and smoothness.

Photo of ginemesis
3.65/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A heavy head with a strong rust color and good lacing

S- Oak with an obvious sour scent

T- A balanced sour. The sweetness and sour linger in the aftertaste, which ruined my joy

M- Light bodied with a lot of carbonation

O- Flanders makes a great red, all of which are tasty. The balance makes this a sour most people would enjoy.

Photo of MasterSki
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Tom. Served in a taster pint glass.

A - Off-white foam settles to a thin collar and no lace. Lightly hazed orange body with a reddish tinge to it.

S - Smells like Rodenbach alright. Wet oak, lactic acidity, sweet and fruity malt, lightly savory BBQ sauce-esque notes, touch of cherry vinegar. Gets increasingly tart as it warms up.

T - The taste is quite similar. There'a a nice mix of sweet malts, light vinegar, oak, and not much sourness. The fairly heft malt backbone reminds one that this is a traditional Flanders ale.

M - Medium body, medium-high carbonation, super dry texture, and no obvious alcohol even with the listed 7%. Moderate acidity and a bit of residual stickiness.

D - A solid beer, but not particularly different from previous vintages or even regular old Rodenbach. Always enjoyable stuff, but it's hard to justify the sizable markup over the regular stuff, even though this is 100% oak-aged. I think I wrote the same thing last year and the year before.

Photo of Jonada
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of seand
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a relatively clear reddish brown, with a small amount of bubbly tan head. What little is there stays around well enough to leave fair spots of lacing.

S: Lightly tart apple, with a mild musty note, on top of a subtle but solid sweetness.

T: Kind of a mild belgian ale base with a light tart fruitiness mixed in. Definitely not an overpowering sour flavor, just something a bit different. The tartness doesn't really hit until somewhere between mid palate and finish, though it's quite noticeable on the tip of the tongue in the aftertaste. Very drinkable, especially for a sour.

M: Medium body, medium prickly carbonation.

Overall, nice. The tartness decreases a bit the colder the beer is, so it's actually kind of fun to chill to close to fridge temperature and drink slowly as the beer warms, even though I think it shines as it gets a little warmer. If this were readily available and inexpensive I would get it as an option somewhere between a beer and a cider, and I think it could be really fantastic with the right food pairing.

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2009 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 145) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.