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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

101 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 8
Gots: 27 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of thecheapies
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
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 Jonada
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
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 Kjanisch7
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Tittles
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
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 Zbeetleman
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of WOLFGANG
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BigBry
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of FUwolfpacker
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Kmat10
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of FliryVorru
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of IronDjinn
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
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 TheRuss9585
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of dvmin98
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Archemedies
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
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 nzerbe
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Jspriest
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of biboergosum
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of randylangford
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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