2010 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 144) - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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Reviews by DaveAnderson:
3.33/5 rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3
Poured into a tulip. It's a thin, brown liquid, and produces a fine white head of average retention, leaving little lacing.
I feel like I have an idea what it should smell like -- it's a Rodenbach, and the bottle says it's oak aged -- but I am unprepared for this. There is no noticeable oak, and no hint that this is going to be sour. What I smell instead evokes moldy fruit and rotting leaves. I sense some cherry and after a while, a hint of vinegar. If this were a wine, it would scream cork taint. Can that happen to a beer?
It tastes much like I was expecting it to smell. It's thin and fizzy and tart. There's a hint of cardboard in the back of my throat. But it's clean, and easy to drink. There's an interesting caramel note in the finish that seems contradictory -- this is not sweet, after all.
In the end, I feel bad reviewing this, because I suspect I got a bad bottle. If I get another, I will update my scores.
Serving type: bottle
12-26-2012 06:47:37 | More by DaveAnderson
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4.24/5 rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
another really cool brew, courtesy of paul. thanks man. this is a little less dynamic than the grand cru, which blends in one third younger beer, which i think retains some grainy sweetness on the front end that the vintage doesnt have. it is a whole lot more sour though, downright puckery as it warms up, and the oak is much more intense here, mellowing the beer only slightly, but replacing malt sweetness with warming woody calmness. it smells a lot like the grand cru, all that dark grain and the lactic funk. lots more oak though, without any of the conventional american vanilla properties. some spice to it, but nothing major as it moves from malt driven to yeast driven in a cool way, with the acid coming in a bit later. again, not quite an oud bruin, not quite a flanders red, but somewhat of a superior hybrid. not sure where this falls stylistically honestly, but its one of the more unique brews ive had in awhile. i think i liked the layers of the grand cru a little better, but very cool to be able to do a side by side. this one is a little stronger in terms of alcohol, but drinks a little lighter as far as body and bubbles are concerned. an excellent brew by any standard of quality.
Serving type: bottle
03-13-2014 22:23:13 | More by StonedTrippin
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750 ml bottle into tulip glass; 2010 vintage, best before 2015. Pours slightly hazy dark ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour cherry, raspberry, green apple, red grape, oak, clove, red wine vinegar, leather, hay, straw, musty funk, light vanilla, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of oak barrel and fruity/acidic yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of sour cherry, raspberry, green apple, red grape, oak, clove, red wine vinegar, leather, hay, straw, musty funk, light vanilla, and yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, green apple, red grape, oak, clove, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, musty funk, light vanilla, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/acidic yeast and oak barrel flavors; with a fantastic balance of malt/acidity and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a lightly slick and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Flanders red ale. All around awesome complexity and balance of oak barrel and fruity/acidic yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on with the balanced acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.
Serving type: bottle
01-13-2014 00:37:04 | More by superspak
2010 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 144) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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