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2010 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 144) - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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2010 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 144)2010 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 144)

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192 Ratings
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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 15
Gots: 49 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: metter98 on 11-22-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 192 | Reviews: 38
Reviews by hopoilcrazy:
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4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've had every Vintage Rodenbach release and had a tough time finding this one surprisingly

A - Totally amazing appearance. Amber and hazy with sherry-like hues, this brew keeps gushing and gushing with a solid large column of bubbles. The head is totally solid and creamy which seems tough to do with such a lively carbonation going on.

S - Very strong aroma of cider vinegar, a very little bit of funk...which is disappointing bc I wanted the funk. Not much going on, but pleasant nonetheless

T - Really interesting lacto tang. It really keeps me coming back for more. It may be one note, but this beer tastes great to me. Faint flavors of verjus and other vinous characters like light oak

M- The body of this beer is perfect it is at the same time dense, heavy, light, and lively. Hardly any indication of the abv

More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

With so much love for the Grand Cru, the excitement for the most exceptional barrel of this beer rises to extreme high expectation. But does the unblended beer deliver?

Like the Grand Cru, '10 pours a tawny rust-brown color with ruby low lights in its body. Showing near-perfect clarity until the finishing pour which disturbs the sediment, the beer allows a dark and handsome glow. Its finely knit carbonation forms a skirt of foam with a foam stance that settles nicely after its initial eruption, but alas the acidity of the beer inhibits any long lasting structure.

Wine-like savoriness strikes the nose with the irresistible pungent balsamic notes, apple cider, black cherries, and oak all braid together in a decadent rich scent that's backed by sun-kissed malt, mild chocolate, bread crust, and oily nuts that seem to ground the nose.

Sweet and sour notes strike the front of the mouth much like Thai and Italian cuisine: Its sweet and sour interplay is announced through its malty rich taste of chocolate, sour grapes, walnut, and apples. Their acidity is charged with cherry crab apples, under-ripened berries, lime peels, and strong balsamic vinegar savoriness. Oxidized sherry, leather, wine must, and sea brine, offers up a sour taste that's backed with firm umami gumption. Light on bitterness, the beer relies solely upon its acidity to strike balance in taste.

The beer's medium-light body causes a "richer-than-actual" early mouthfeel because of its creamy carbonation and slight malt body. But after the initial taste, the beer relegates to wine-like character with a cleansing acidic tone that favors sour fruit, pleasant tannin astringency, and spicy alcohols-all culminating in a dry vinegary body that's ultimately sultry and ooh so very clean.

Where barrel 144 exhibits the most exclussive taste of the Rodenbach vintage, the flavors of Vintage 2010 is slightly lesser than the Grand Cru, but the clean lactic character of this version cannot be denied. Lacotobacillis notes create a clean finish to this beer that makes it slightly better than other Vintage brands.

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of valkyre65
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of slainte35
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.65/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(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.

Photo of TheLevi4000
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of SomethingClever
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml Corked and caged poured into nonic pint glass 2010 vintage

A: very reddish dark brown with excellent clarity almost no carbonation whatsoever

S: Green apple with vinegar and lots of oak barrel a little bit of honey

T: sharp vinegar with soft sweetness and dominant oak barrel with just a moth finish and slightly dry

M: perfect softness with a velvety smoothness with just a light bitterness

O: This beer is stellar but with age it's just dynamite it's got killer oak barrel depth and such a smoothness to it. The enjoyable sourness can sit and you can chew it.

Photo of Beezee
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of HuntDaddy540
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.04/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of aztraz
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.35/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of antott0523
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Straight up apple cider vinegar with moderately tart berry notes. This is sweeter than the 2011 barrell 95. It's a very nice ale, but does not have as much sourness as I was hoping. It's probably slightly unbalanced toward the sweeter side. This actually reminds me a lot of magners, but it's more complex with a moderately dry finish with some oak coming through.

Photo of epmonster
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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2010 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 144) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
96 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.