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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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159 Ratings
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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 15
Gots: 39 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: metter98 on 11-22-2012)
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Reviews by thecheapies:
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4.65/5  rDev +7.6%

2010 Vintage from Barrel No. 144. Split into Rodenbach Grand Cru tulips.

Good clarity with a dark garnet hue. Nearly solidified inch of bone white head. Minimal lace. An otherwise pretty Flanders Ale.

Fruity and oaky aroma. Lots of oak, sour cherry, red currant, and a hint of lactic acid. A simpler aroma than Grand Cru. Still very pleasant.

Remarkable blackberry and strawberry flavors with a much more pronounced, but lighter, fruitiness than any of the other standard Rodenbach offerings. Nice and acidic with spicy balsamic vinegar notes and mouth-drying oak and tannins. Essences include cranberry, raspberry, cherry, ginger ale, and hints of pepper in the finish. I'm a Rodenbach nut, and this Vintage Ale is fascinatingly different than the Grand Cru or regular Rodenbach or the 2007 Vintage Ale that I've had. For as bold as the acidity is in the vinegar and how it creates a spiciness in the end-flavor with the oak from the barrel, it tastes relatively young and full of aging potential.

Very tannic and bittering feel makes it a sipper. Carbonation is a little low, specifically for the acidity. The body is cidery in viscosity with some light stickiness.

Just another amazing Flanders Red from Rodenbach, in my opinion, one of the greatest traditional Belgian breweries.

12-24-2012 03:43:16 | More by thecheapies
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

01-23-2013 22:32:58 | More by wo87810
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

12-06-2012 01:11:09 | More by valkyre65
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4.75/5  rDev +10%

11-25-2013 21:32:22 | More by slainte35
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.63/5  rDev -16%

(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
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +10%

09-16-2013 01:17:26 | More by TheLevi4000
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

03-21-2013 02:43:07 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

12-08-2013 02:21:56 | More by Beezee
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

07-03-2013 14:58:27 | More by MADPolo
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

10-16-2013 20:21:10 | More by pourmeadrink
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

12-31-2012 20:55:30 | More by aztraz
Photo of Alieniloquium


4.06/5  rDev -6%

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
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4.75/5  rDev +10%

09-14-2013 06:47:58 | More by beerhan
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

06-22-2013 01:53:03 | More by bouncepass
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

04-24-2013 01:06:25 | More by Steve_Oldrati
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New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

07-06-2014 02:58:25 | More by sunofneurot
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

06-04-2013 05:05:29 | More by epmonster
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

04-15-2013 00:56:39 | More by trevorpost
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.95/5  rDev -8.6%

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
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3.68/5  rDev -14.8%

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
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -5.6%

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
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

02-17-2014 02:00:17 | More by Danimal25
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4.9/5  rDev +13.4%

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
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

03-30-2014 23:41:53 | More by ddedhed
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4.75/5  rDev +10%

09-10-2013 00:24:47 | More by jivex5k
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2010 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 144) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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