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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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BA SCORE
95
world-class

98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 7
Gots: 25 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website
Belgium

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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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Sammy, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

BEERchitect, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

kylehay2004, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

biboergosum, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

MasterSki, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -7.4%

mdfb79, May 20, 2013
Photo of imperialking
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

imperialking, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of sendbeer
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

sendbeer, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

iL0VEbeer, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
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.

Alieniloquium, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of wordemupg
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
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

wordemupg, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of atrocity
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

atrocity, Apr 25, 2014
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.

thagr81us, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of WOLFGANG
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

WOLFGANG, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of mrfrancis
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

mrfrancis, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of thecheapies
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.

thecheapies, Aug 10, 2013
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.

ngeunit1, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of Jspriest
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Jspriest, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of ADTaber
4/5  rDev -7.4%

ADTaber, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of IronDjinn
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

IronDjinn, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of schopenhauerale
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

schopenhauerale, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ThePorterSorter, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of Zbeetleman
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Zbeetleman, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of inlimbo77
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared with 3 others at the start of a sour tasting. Poured into my Lost Abbey tulip.

A: Pours out the typical murky reddish brown color. Half finger of off white tannish head. Ok carbonation but not tons from the looks of it.

S: Lots of vinegar and dark tart cherries. It's mostly apple cider vinegar that I am getting. Smells delicious actually.

T: Tart cherries in the tip of the tongue. It's very crisp and refreshing actually. The oak is there with little hints of vanilla and woodiness, but doesn't over power at all. Dry finish leaves you wanting more.

M: Light to medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: I liked this beer a lot. Don't know if it's better than Grand Cru which I love. But damn good.

inlimbo77, May 02, 2012
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2009 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 145) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.