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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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188 Ratings
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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 15
Gots: 48 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by thecheapies:
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4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

More User Reviews:
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3.5/5  rDev -19%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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3.65/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.04/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
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 +10%

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4.35/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.94/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of emerge077
3.63/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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2010 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 144) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.