2009 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 145) - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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Ratings: 95 | Reviews: 26 | Display Reviews Only:
4.15/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
11-15-2012 23:51:50 | More by MasterSki
5/5 rDev +15.7%
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!
08-29-2012 02:57:24 | More by WynnO
3.93/5 rDev -9%
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.
08-19-2012 23:04:12 | More by goblue3509
4.38/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
08-19-2012 09:29:02 | More by GJ40
4.43/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
08-12-2012 02:36:34 | More by zaphodchak
4.43/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
08-07-2012 01:04:44 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.63/5 rDev -16%
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.
08-05-2012 04:20:38 | More by ginemesis
4.23/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
05-02-2012 13:36:19 | More by inlimbo77
2009 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 145) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.