2010 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 144) - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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Reviews by TMoney2591:
4/5 rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-26-2013 02:56:00 | More by TMoney2591
More User Reviews:
4.5/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Drank as my 300th beer. Reviewed in comparison with Rodenbach Grand Cru.
A - Dingier brown. Muddy. Head is very similar; a dirty cream colour. Whirlwind of upward-spiralling bubbles.
S - Richer, nuttier aromas. Almond as well as the fruitiness of raspberries and tartness of cherries that you'd expect. Oak.
T - Tarter and richer than the Grand Cru. Less sweetness and fruitiness leaves this feeling more aggressively sour. Red wine vinegar. Raisins.
M - A little bit of mouth pucker. Smooth, creamy and rich.
O - Extra abv. is easily accomodated. I prefer the sweetness which mellows, softens and thereby rounds out the Grand Cru. Tartness moves beyond vinous to being genuinely sour. Prefer the ruby accents of Grand Cru aswell. Worth trying if you're looking for a sourer version of Grand Cru, but personally I don't think it's worth the extra cost.
Serving type: bottle
05-09-2014 07:19:20 | More by abeeronthebeach
4.58/5 rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Pours out a nice dark amber with a decent head which dissipates quite quickly. Little outer rim of head sticks around for the ride with a bit of lacing. Smell is great. That of sweet wine, fermenting fruit, and wood. Taste is great as well. Perfect balance of sweetness and sour. Sour cherries, raisins, and currants. Mouth feel is superb. Not over sour to make your mouth pucker, but just enough to tingle and tantalize the taste buds. Very good sour which was collecting dust at a local brew store. Glad I grabbed it!
Serving type: bottle
04-24-2014 00:01:52 | More by toppoop
4.24/5 rDev -1.6%
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
2010 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 144) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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