2009 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 145) - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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Ratings: 95 | Reviews: 26 | Display Reviews Only:
3.13/5 rDev -27.5%
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.
01-02-2012 21:38:30 | More by sweett3k
3.63/5 rDev -16%
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.
08-05-2012 04:20:38 | More by ginemesis
3.83/5 rDev -11.3%
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
3.93/5 rDev -9%
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
3.93/5 rDev -9%
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.
08-19-2012 23:04:12 | More by goblue3509
4.05/5 rDev -6.3%
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
2009 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 145) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.