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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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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Tmappin, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of CManuel
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

CManuel, Jan 01, 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 BartMcStout
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

BartMcStout, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of schnarr84
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

schnarr84, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of JCam9981
4/5  rDev -7.4%

JCam9981, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of sludgegnome
4/5  rDev -7.4%

sludgegnome, Nov 23, 2012
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 bastu
5/5  rDev +15.7%

bastu, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of majcher33
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

majcher33, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of bluesplit63
3/5  rDev -30.6%

bluesplit63, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of alamode
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

alamode, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of miked234
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

miked234, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of HopsJunkiedotcom
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

HopsJunkiedotcom, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of WynnO
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared this bottle with another taster.

Drinking this bottle made me think of that age old question, "If you were stranded on a desert island, what single (fill-in-the-blank) would you choose?" If I filled that slot with the word BEER I could easily choose this Rodenbach Vintage wonder.

The color and smell was as always with Rodenbach so I will not elaborate except to say that, for my money, Rodenbach is the gold standard for the Flanders Red style.

The balance was perfect! From the instant this beer hit my taste buds until it worked it way back, there was no change. The intensity and balance of taste remained equal all along the way, being as perfect as any beer I have ever consumed.

Fwiw, I recently shared a 2007 Vintage release. It did not seem to have the same punch as the 2009, but still, it was as perfect as the 2009 some five years past its bottling. Hence you can feel safe aging this beer for future enjoyment.

I would advise anyone who likes this style---if you find any of these Vintage releases for sale, buy all you can afford. You will not be disappointed. Lots of love to Rodenbach!

WynnO, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of JamFuel
5/5  rDev +15.7%

JamFuel, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of Beeradelphia
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Beeradelphia, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of goblue3509
3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

goblue3509, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of GJ40
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 750ml bottle.

Reddish brown and very clear with a minimal head. Not much bubble action. Aroma is fruity with sour cherries dominating. A hint of oak as well. Flavor starts tart and sour but that fades gradually and ends with a mild sweetness. There's a bit of oak in there as well. The flavor is pretty complex and interesting. The carbonation is light (it could use a bit more) and the feel is silky smooth.

I enjoy the complex flavor of this but I still prefer the more one dimensional sour bite of the Gran Cru.

GJ40, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of zaphodchak
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tan thin fine head, red-brown body. Some light lacing.

Sour, chewy, raisiny nose.

Raisiny, tart cherry, classical Flanders red. Sweetish but balances the tartness.

Kinda average mouthfeel-- not the highlight of the beer, but no harm here.

Awesome Flanders red, different from the Rodenbach Vintage- less sour but better balanced.

zaphodchak, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of drgarage
3.5/5  rDev -19%

drgarage, Aug 09, 2012
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 ginemesis
3.63/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

ginemesis, Aug 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Davit, Jul 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.7%

cowboy83, Jun 15, 2012
2009 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 145) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.