2009 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 145) - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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4.23/5 rDev -1.9%
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
4.05/5 rDev -6%
Clear brownish red hue with a tall but wispy white head.
Smells like cherries, apple cider vinegar, and subtle oak.
Nice and tart cherry flavor with vinegar. The oak is fantastically subtle and doesn't overpower, but adds a layer of complexity. Semi-sweet.
Crisp, light mouthfeel with prickly carbonation. The bubbles cut the sweet and tart perfectly.
I thoroughly enjoyed this. It's not much different than the regular, but does have that extra dimension from the oak.
02-04-2012 02:46:58 | More by Vonerichs
4.43/5 rDev +2.8%
The immaculate maturation and refinement continues with this masterful release of Rodenbach Vintage '09 (Barrel 145). Two years of maturity yields a smoother, drier, more rounded and less astringent character than even the world class Grand Cru.
Vintage pours tawny ruby-brown color and with crimson highlights, the beer shows nearly perfect clarity until the finishing pour which disturbs the sediment. Finely knit bubbles for a thin sheet of foam with very good staying power that once again errupts with a gentle swirl of the flute. Low on lace, the acidity of the beer eventually prohibits the head character to this small extent.
Savory aromas of balsamic vinegar, apple cider, black cherries, and oak all braid together in a decadent verbose scent that's backed by lightly kilned malt, mild chocolate, bread crust, and oily nuts. Tart and rich all at the same time.
The sweet and sour interplay becomes most prominant on the palate as the malty rich flavor of chocolate, toasted fruit sweetness, and rich walnut provide the base flavor to anchor the ale. Fruity acidity is lead by tart cherries, and followed by crabapples, cider, under-rippened berries, limes, and vinegar. Aged notes of leather, must, brine, balsamic, and soy sauce gives a regal maculinity to the beer that tempers the otherwise brash sourness. Low in bitterness, the beer relies on the sour to balance the sweetness and does so with low phenolics and complementary esters.
Medium to start, the body delivers perhaps a richer impression than is actual because of precieved fruit sweetness and chocolate. But the mid palate develops from malt richness and into dry tartness that proves refreshing and palate cleansing. Mildly astringent, the beer keeps all the surfaces of the mouth guessing. A linger of balsamic vinegar and chocolate covered cherries leave lasting impressions in aftertaste.
Rodenbach makes these Flanders Reds seem effortless as they are masterfully blended and brewed. Where I prefer the Grand Cru, perhaps becuase of the lower level of dryness that allows for slightly more richness, succulence, and savory qualities- but the difference are very slight.
01-07-2012 18:21:58 | More by BEERchitect
3.83/5 rDev -11.1%
For the purpose of this review, I'll assume all readers have had the Grand Cru as I am going to compare this to that a lot.
This pours much like the Grand Cru with strong carbonation, deep amber colors. There isn't he lacing I recall with the Grand Cru though.
These sours just are weak on the nose. Cherries, sweet malt, and some tart aromas. Nothing powerful for impressive.
I could talk about the fruits such as cherries and perhaps apples in the flavor, but there is one thing I want to talk about. The finish on the Grand Cru to me, made the beer. It took it from good to amazing. This beer has its moments, but it doesn't hold and maintain things. The beer opens very acidic with a lot of flavor and it is extremely complex. The problem is this one mellows out and acts subtle as the Grand Cru is able to just blow the tongue away. This is flavorful as hell, but it just doesn't have the finish of a Grand Cru.
This is double the price of the grand cru and while I do believe there is more subtle flavors and some more complexity, it lacks the finish and ultimately the price tag makes this a one and done.
01-07-2012 07:50:53 | More by bobhits
3.13/5 rDev -27.4%
Pored a brownish ale right into my pint glass. A tan head formed quickly as it dissipated into a thin tan lace. Smell of tart apples and red wine. Taste like a hard cider than an ale. This beer would be great with cheese and bread. A little to tart for my taste. I like to taste these traditional Belgium beers. A nice flavorful explosion in my mouth.
01-02-2012 21:38:30 | More by sweett3k
4.38/5 rDev +1.6%
A: Pours a relatively clear reddish brown, with a small amount of bubbly tan head. What little is there stays around well enough to leave fair spots of lacing.
S: Lightly tart apple, with a mild musty note, on top of a subtle but solid sweetness.
T: Kind of a mild belgian ale base with a light tart fruitiness mixed in. Definitely not an overpowering sour flavor, just something a bit different. The tartness doesn't really hit until somewhere between mid palate and finish, though it's quite noticeable on the tip of the tongue in the aftertaste. Very drinkable, especially for a sour.
M: Medium body, medium prickly carbonation.
Overall, nice. The tartness decreases a bit the colder the beer is, so it's actually kind of fun to chill to close to fridge temperature and drink slowly as the beer warms, even though I think it shines as it gets a little warmer. If this were readily available and inexpensive I would get it as an option somewhere between a beer and a cider, and I think it could be really fantastic with the right food pairing.
12-18-2011 02:24:15 | More by seand
4.35/5 rDev +0.9%
A - Cherry wood. Nice off white head.
S - Apple cider. Slight cherry. Subtle oak. Musk.
T - Tart apples. Pears. Sweet hazelnut. Sour cherry. Musky. Oak.
M - Sour tart hits first. Soft bubbles move over tongue. Lingering complexity of sweet and sour.
O - Delicious. Light enough, but with complex flavors and smells. Will drink again.
12-13-2011 07:34:39 | More by ficknish
4.47/5 rDev +3.7%
A-Pours clear chestnut brown with less than 1/4 inch of creamy off white head. Leaves a ring of thin, solid lacing.
S-Those familiar Grand Cru aromas of tart cherries, iron-like sharpness, balsamic vinegar reduction, oak, basement must and hazelnut butter. Compared to the Grand Cru this version shows more oak, but not too much more tartness.
T/M-Thin, sharp fruit acidity on the front of the palate. As it spreads across the tongue the beer's true body emerges, full and nutty with an underflavor of tart cherries and vinegar. Bright, fizzy carbonation cuts a line between the sharp and soft flavors, allowing you to taste them seperately and then together in the lingering, musty finish. A more pronounced set of flavors than the Grand Cru, with juicier, sharper fruitiness and deeper, more assertive maltiness.
O-An excellent Flemish sour. Will be cellaring a few of these.
11-18-2011 02:45:34 | More by DaveHS
4.05/5 rDev -6%
Served from bottle into a Duvel Meyers tulip. Poured a massively dark red brown with a four finger fizzy off-white head that subsided to two fingers slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart cherries, wood, vinegar, and sweet fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart cherry, tart, raspberries, cream, wood, and very subtle vinegar. It had a lift feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The tart cherry aspect definitely dominates on this brew. This may fade with some age, but right now it is very dominating and might be covering up some more subtle flavors. This is definitely a nice brew for the style without a doubt. Wasn't quite as good as the 2008 Vintage but still a solid beer that needs to be tried. Tick.
10-24-2011 22:51:40 | More by thagr81us
2009 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 145) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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