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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
THE BROS
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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 Jonada
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Jonada, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of Kjanisch7
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Kjanisch7, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of Tittles
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Tittles, Jul 13, 2013
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 Zbeetleman
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Zbeetleman, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of WOLFGANG
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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

BigBry, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of FUwolfpacker
4/5  rDev -7.4%

FUwolfpacker, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -7.4%

mdfb79, May 20, 2013
Photo of Kmat10
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Kmat10, May 20, 2013
Photo of FliryVorru
5/5  rDev +15.7%

FliryVorru, Apr 29, 2013
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 TheRuss9585
4.75/5  rDev +10%

TheRuss9585, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of dvmin98
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

dvmin98, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of Archemedies
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Archemedies, Mar 22, 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 nzerbe
5/5  rDev +15.7%

nzerbe, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of Jspriest
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Jspriest, Feb 25, 2013
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 wdarcy77
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

wdarcy77, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of randylangford
4.75/5  rDev +10%

randylangford, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of sendbeer
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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

CADMixes, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of Morpheus
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Morpheus, Jan 13, 2013
2009 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 145) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.