2010 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 144) - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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Reviews by TMoney2591:
4/5 rDev -7.2%
Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.
Well, apparently the extra bit of aging seems to have done some good in the looks department. Instead of a quaggy puddle, this stuff sits as a lovely mass of liquid garnet, inset with shards of smoky topaz. Collectors would likely throw down increasingly maddening stacks for such a specimen if introduced at the proper show. Look out, very local airport Radisson! Still, it’s clear that this is the Marilyn of this Munsterous clan, as she yet bears the same ecru hair that is the visible hallmark of the bloodline. Think the Habsburg under bite with fewer incidents of nobles throwing up in their mouths at Schönbrunn.
Make that the Escorial, as mild wine dominates the aroma. I can’t be sure if the grapes originate in Spain or the Low Countries, but, regardless, they’d be lorded over from San Lorenzo (well, until shit goes down in the late-seventeenth and early-eighteenth centuries, of course). It’s a subdued varietal, one that would go well with most meals and Channing Tatum-filled romcoms. The usual caramel is also relatively downplayed, but its sweetness retains the vigor it had since its early teens, when puberty was kinder than in most cases. I’d say much of this is due to the oak, which finally makes an appearance, if only a brief cameo in the background, all Hitchcockian and whatnot.
And that same little character MacGuffins its way through the tongue, lending a strengthened tartness to the wine as it battles with the seemingly weakened caramel while precariously dangling from Washington’s huge fucking crag of a schnoz. But there’s no mistaken identity, no web of intrigue tightening around the neck of some random dude all nooselike and shit here. No, these guys both know exactly what they’re doing, and they both know good and well that whichever climbs back up in victory gets to bang that sexy barrel through a night of indescribable erotic passion. Unfortunately for them, it doesn’t look like the battle will ever actually end, thus leaving that pretty little oaky thing to yet again spend another evening with her slippery little vinyl friend, Mr. Rabbit. With this depressing scenario firmly in mind, though, they somehow bury the hatchet and orchestrate a devil’s ménage. And, as would be expected from such a potentially awkward form of expression of three people’s physical attraction, there are more shots of the dudes than of the chick, ‘cause there’s just more man meat than lady steak on the bed. Still, so long as you can convince yourself of the sheer hotness of the scene before you, you’ll have no trouble bringing yourself to gustatory climax while observing. Better this, you tell yourself, than two pieces of aged wood…
Cleanup here is just as surprisingly simple as in the aforementioned boudoir, despite the thick coating involved both there and on the tongue. This is due to the capricious nature of the group, which, either ashamed of what just happened or starting to sober up, disbands quickly, as a single unit, as though this particular abode belonged to none of them. Must’ve heightened the excitement of the moment. Not my thing, but, hey, I ain’t here to judge. Suffice it to say that this stuff seems to evaporate rather readily despite what seems like appreciable heft up front. And things end up just as sticky as you’d imagine.
02-26-2013 02:56:00 | More by TMoney2591
More User Reviews:
3.63/5 rDev -15.8%
(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer pours a glowing brown body with a garnet base and a boiling beige head that fades to a thin ring over time and lots of tiny strands of microbubbles supporting it.
S- The sharp brightness of vinegar with notes of tart cherries to follow have a slight wet wood hint to them as the beer opens up.
T- The sharp tartness of young balsamic vinegar has an acrid cherry note in the finish and a sweetness that lingers and grows stronger as the beer opens. It coats the throat after each sip.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and no real astringency. The texture does get thicker in the finish as the beer warms.
O- The big sour is followed by a big sweetness in the finish with not a lot of depth or character. The sweetness just gets to big and coats the throat. I needed a water chaser after this one.
12-18-2012 21:28:07 | More by rhoadsrage
4.06/5 rDev -5.8%
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Reddish brown body with a nice cream-colored head. Lasts longer than I expected. Thick collar.
Smell - Deep caramel with some acidity. Vanilla and a very strong oak nose. A bit of cherry and some mustiness.
Taste - Sweet caramel malt is strong. Vanilla from the oak blends in. The sourness builds up but never fully overwhelms the sugars. Oaky finish.
Mouthfeel - Medium body, maybe kinda heavy. Medium carbonation.
Overall - Checked out my review of the 2009 and I appear to be enjoying this one more. I'm still not sure how different it is from other versions, but I was pleased with this bottle.
09-28-2013 02:58:29 | More by Alieniloquium
3.95/5 rDev -8.4%
Pours reddy brown with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows funky brett, acidic balsamic notes, oak, raspberries. Enticing.
Flavours are a mix of sweet and acidic. Tart berries, sweet malt and some confectionery notes. Addictive.
Spritzy carbonation works well.
03-22-2013 05:02:42 | More by CrazyDavros
3.68/5 rDev -14.6%
Reddish ruby glow when backlit, brownish when under normal lighting. Thin layer of foam on the surface, ebbs away to a ring at the edges. Glassy surface.
Musty cork aroma, moldy wet stone. Some sour berry as well, with a hint of acidity.
As it warms, there's a little bit of wood but not much.
Acidic stonefruit, cherry, tobacco, dry tannic finish. Surprisingly sweet apple butter upfront, wonder where that comes from, maybe blended with young beer or sweetener? A bit of cherry juice and moldy wood. Tart and acidic, verging on sour, medium bodied with some light carbonation.
Restraint seems to be the name of the game of this series, after trying 3 vintages over the years. Doesn't stray much from Grand Cru territory, save yourself a few bucks and pick that up instead. If only Rodenbach would bottle Vin de Cereale, Foederbier, or Alexander again. If only... maybe this is the extent of their abilities these days.
12-22-2012 03:43:34 | More by emerge077
British Columbia (Canada)
4.08/5 rDev -5.3%
Appearance. Pours amber-brown with a little haze and a finger of khaki head that doesn't last long turning in to a thick collar.
Smell. Nicely sweet caramel malts, red wine vinegar and funky old barrel wood and a bit of sweet citrus fruit.
Taste. Sour citrus, cherry and a little mixed berry, red wine vinegar and dank old wood, some nice light funk and a bit of caramel and possibly chocolate.
Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium fine carbonation.
Overall. A great example of the style. Not as sweet as many and that's a good thing.
03-29-2013 00:18:19 | More by Rutager
4.9/5 rDev +13.7%
Poured from the bottle into an official Rodenbach Grand Cru glass and a regular tulip as well.
It's the perfect shade of brown and red in the glass. First glass pour makes a billowing creamy off tan head, with a hint of pink. It stays and stays with clumpy merringue top. A later pour produces less of a head but always a 3mm collar of the same. As dark as the body is, it is exceptionally clear, with slow crawling pin head tan bubbles on the sides. It's just perfection and why I love this brewery so much.
Nose is so wonderful. Mellow oak with hints of cream vanilla. Cherry fruit and nice tartness that isn't overpowering. It's mellow and subtle, not incredibly complex, but it's much more noticeable than older vintages and incredibly balanced. Sweet malts round out the tartness nicely.
On the palate this just sings. Cherries everywhere and a huge supporting mouthfeel. Large feel but moderately bodied and a good hint of carbonation, it hints at very noticeable but quickly disappears and lets the palate expand.. Large fruit and balanced tartness in the mid palate. It's not as vinous and thin as previous vintages either. Wonderful sweet mix of faint toffee and caramel sensing like malts and sweetness, and a perfect vanilla sweet aromatics to match.
This is just wonderful stuff, it might be my favorite Rodenbach to date. The perfect balance between sweet and sour, and the benchmark. Pure magic. Splitting hairs on the nose but really? honestly, I don't know how this gets any better...
03-24-2013 01:34:22 | More by smakawhat
2010 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 144) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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