2009 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 145) - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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3.93/5 rDev -8.8%
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
4.38/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
04-13-2013 19:45:48 | More by IronDjinn
4.16/5 rDev -3.5%
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.
03-22-2013 05:48:51 | More by ngeunit1
4.14/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
02-15-2013 04:13:17 | More by biboergosum
4.63/5 rDev +7.4%
Brought in 2013 by opening this 750ml cork and caged bottle as my first beer for 2013.
Pours a very lovely cloudy reddish brown color minimal head that fades quickly.
Has that classic rodenbach smell. Tart fruit (cherries) up front with a hint of oak, but not much.
Tastes very tart up front, followed by a fruity sweetness and finishes with a hint of oak/wood flavor. Very nice. Mouthfeel is exceptional, very smooth beer.
A fantastic beer and probably one of my favorite of the Flanders reds. Great way to bring in 2013.
01-01-2013 19:39:23 | More by CManuel
2009 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 145) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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