2010 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 144) - Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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Reviews by metter98:
4.33/5 rDev +0.5%
A: The beer is clear dark reddish brown in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down but consistently left a thin covering of bubbles coating the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of oak and vinegar are present in the nose along with some notes of cherries. The vinegar becomes more apparent as the beer warms up.
T: There are moderately strong flavors of oaky flavors along with notes of cherries and slight hints of sweetness and sourness. As the beer warms up, more sourness and balsamic vinegar flavors become evident.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed this beer because there are lots of oaky flavors and just enough cherries.
11-22-2012 19:15:07 | More by metter98
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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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