2009 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 145) - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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4.16/5 rDev -3.7%
The beer pours a murky mahogany brown with a thin blanketing of loose off-white head that fades into a thin cobweb of sticky lacing. The nose is tart cherries, muted acetone, bready caramel sweetness, and some plum. The taste is sweeter than expected, with notes of cherry and malt upfront and also lingering cherries in the finish. It has a medium body with masked booze, bready sweetness (sweet, but not syrupy), mild carbonation, and lingering semi-dry, tart cherries. This is a great beer - I prefer caractere rouge (esp for the price), but think this is more complex and delicious compared to the regular version.
06-20-2014 16:04:35 | More by ThePorterSorter
4.41/5 rDev +2.1%
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
4.4/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
08-10-2013 05:00:00 | More by thecheapies
4.33/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
07-30-2013 01:37:50 | More by Jonada
2009 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 145) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.