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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)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Belgium | website

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by metter98 on 11-22-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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...

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Photo of thecheapies
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of ccrida
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Rodenbach 2010 is ruddy brown with a small, light sand head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is bright and sweet, candied cherries and lemon, red wine vinegar.

Taste is also on the bright sweet side, very nice maltiness cut by the drying acids. A great balance of the tart lacto and the vinergary acetic. That hallmark Rodenbach sweet tart, this one more sweet than tart, but so nicely done, a great aftertaste of slightly soured candy.

Mouthfeel is crisp, a touch fuller than light, with some well rounded spritz.

Drinkability is great. Almost full, in the best way to provide flavor depth but not weight down.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured into a flute glass, the beer was a brownish red color with a fine bubbles highlighting the carbonation.

Smell- Most Flanders Red Ales have a certain nose, and this one fits the profile. There was a vinegary cherry aroma, but the cherry definitely stood out a little more in this one.

Taste - Wow. The initial is highlighted by a sharp sour cherry that would certainly pucker the lips of the most ardent sour lover. After the initial, other notes include woody oak, a hint of vanilla, and a modest note of the acidity of vinegar. Sour cherry fades to dry oak in the finish.

Mouthfeel - I would hesitate to call this ale thick, but it clings to the sides of the cheeks and roof of the mouth. This doe snot overlook the fact that the tongue suffers a continual assault of sourness.

Overall - This is the most aggressive and arguably the best Flanders Red Ale I have ever had. Some people taste vinegar or Worchester sauce in a Flanders. I challenge them to taste that in this one.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip. Bottom stamped with best by 22-08-15.
A: Pours a darker brownish red hue with 1 inch bubbly light tan head that quickly recedes.
S: Tart cherries and raspberries with a good amount of oaky wood. Hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. Aroma is still going strong.
T: Wow! This one has done well over time. Semisweet cherries (sour but with some sweetness too), fresh raspberries, oaky tannins, and more spice here than in aroma with cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. You can tell this one has settled/mellowed with age, but boy does it still have a lot left to offer.
M: Light-medium body. Sweet, tart, and with oak tannins. Moderately dry throughout. Refreshing and yet subdued.
D: Pulled this one out of the cellar on a whim and, man, am I glad I did. I was apprehensive, but this turned out stupendous. Not sure I would hold this one much longer (I agree with the best by date).

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Photo of toppoop
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle split with my awesome wife.
Served in a Duvel trulip

A - Pours reddish browm with a small off-white head, speckled lacing down the side of the glass. A collar forms around an island of thin foam.

S - Sour lactic fruits, tart plumbs, cherries, sour apples, orchard fruit, bruised strawberry fruit, lemons, old dank wood, sweet/tart candy aroma, day old dried up wine like in the bottom of glass the next morning.

T - Sour fruit smacks the taste buds, granny smith apples, vinous green grapes, lemons, sweet tart candy, unripened strawberries, pixie candy, woody, old sour wine, the lactic sourness clings to the tongue, in the background is old shoe leather, basement wood, creamy and sweet aged malt, brown sugar and vinegar mix in to the sourness creating a sublime sweet a sour character. Finishes lactic and dry with dried fruit on the aftertaste.

M - Light feel with effervescent carbonation, tart and tongue wickingly dry.

This exceeded my expectations. This is the cream of the crop for the style. It has precise lacto sourness backed by an old and deep malt background, sublime yeast character creating a beautifully melded Flanders. This should be opened on special occasions. A rare treat.

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Photo of Dave1999
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark reddish brown with a thin white head.

The smell is dark fruits, acidic citrus and oak.

The taste is apple cider vinegar, dark fruit, apples, black currants,raspberries, acidic lime, orange.

The mouthfeel is light,smooth,with light carbonation.

A very tasty, complex, easy drinking sour. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Daemose
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark Reddish amber. Bubbly. Looks like a Flemish Red!

S: Balsamic Vinegar, Ketchup, Cherries, Oak.

T: Perfect vinegary sourness, tart and sour like dark cherries, as it warms it becomes much more vinegary. Oak is apparent throughout the entire experience. Not a lot of oak, but just enough. Most Flanders start to taste like ketchup to me when they warm, this beer is no exception. That's not a bad thing in my opinion though, as I love ketchup.

M: Easy to drink and ample carbonation. Has a soda-like mouth feel.

O: Great beer. Sour, Oaky, delicious.

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Photo of GJ40
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Looks great with a reddish brown hue, good clarity and a small white head. Nice aroma with oak and dried cherries. Lots of fruit flavor with both sweet and sour cherries. Good complexity and balance. Excellent beer!

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Damian
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint 9.4 fl.oz/750ml corked and caged bottle purchased at Kappy's Fine Wine & Spirits, Medford, MA
Best before: 22/08/15
Served in a tulip

The slightly hazed, ruddy crimson-mahogany body was topped by a one-finger tall, frothy and bubbly, light beige crown. Small, drippy streaks of lacing trickled down the glass. The head faded to thin, lasting collar. As the beer warmed, the chill haze eased up and the liquid turned nearly clear.

The aroma was interesting but more subtle than I anticipated. Aged balsamic was quite noticeable. Some red wine vinegar as well. Touch of brown sugar sweetness. Nice sweet-tart combo. There was a mild, crisp and dry yeasty quality. Subtle metallic notes were also detectible.

Sour cherries came through strong in the flavor, along with intense reduced balsamic notes. Good dose of lactic-like sourness. Super vinous. This reminded me a lot of an oaky and dry red wine. Rich malty notes appeared on the front end. Touch of brown sugar. Some tart strawberry came through as well. Slightly musty in the center. The beer finished with notes of lemon, green apple and a dry, tannic oakiness. Really balanced and immensely quaffable.

The liquid was medium bodied and contained a subtle yet spritzy effervescence. Creamy, smooth and slick on the palate.

This 2010 vintage of Rodenbach was actually quite similar to newer vintages, but perhaps more subtle in the nose and more acidic in the flavor profile. As always, this is a fantastic annual release that represents the best of its style.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2010 year. This one pours dark amber with creamy head on top that goes away quickly. Smells of sour vinegar with cherries and fig. Flavor is puckering sour cherry and very pleasant with a nice dry finish and lots of puckering vinegaryness sizzling on my palate. This one has the most sour flavor I have ever experienced. Wow. Medium light brew. Easy drinking. Nice change up, and I'll have to find more of this.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear dark reddish brown in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation and some garnet red highlights along with light amounts of dark yeast sediment in the bottom of the glass. The beer has a half finger tall soapy off-white head that reduces to a very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing

S: Moderate aromas of vinegar, oak, with light to moderate aromas of sour cherries. The sourness/tartness of the beer really becomes more pronounced as the beer warms up.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of oak along with vinegar and sour cherries along with some light notes of both sweetness and sourness.

M: Light to medium bodied with low to moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of acidic prickliness but still smooth.

O: While I enjoy the Rodenbach Classic quite a bit, this beer is substantially better with the increased flavor of oak and sour cherries. Nice amounts of complexity and really one I like - I would definitely have another of these.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml Corked and Caged.

I've seen this brew forever, never pulled the trigger. Now I'm pissed on why I didn't pull the trigger sooner. Let's get on with the brew! This is damn near perfection in appearance. Nice dark amber on the red side. Nice crown of white tight bubbly head. The aroma is just as intense. First hits the nostrils of acidic tartness that fades into sweet toffee. Dark fruits and vinegar play in the background with a musky grains and subtle chocolate. There's a lot going on in this here aroma! The flavor hits first with some tart cherries that have been coated with brown sugar. The sweetness melds with the vinegar evenly. Some toffee is in the background with toasted nuts. This finishes sweet and dry with mild tartness. The aftertaste is balanced yet complex. The mouthfeel on this beer is just as outstanding as the flavor. Medium-light body with playful carbonation.

Overall: This brew is my introduction to the Flanders Red Ale style. It won't be my last. The flavors on this are well orchestrated for its 7%ABV. No palate fatigue just pure enjoyment. It's not overly vinaigrette nor is it too tart. It's balanced to the max. This brew is Recommended.

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Photo of antott0523
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
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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Photo of rfgetz
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish amber color with brown notes - big plume of off-white foam, settles with decent lacing. Scent is balsamic vinegar, cherry, fig, damp and musty oak. Taste brings initial vinegar tartness, but not as sharp as others in the style, notes of tart cherry, fig and prune combine with the damp, musty oak notes - again more blended and subdued that sharp and biting. Medium bodied, prickly. Really pleasurable beer, a tad more dulled and blended than the grand cru making it a bit more drinkable over the course of a whole bottle.

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Photo of Jonada
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours brownish red in color with a finger of a soapy off white/tan head. Body is dark but relatively clear with some visible carbonation streaming throughout.

Smell: Balsamic vinegar, oak, leather, green apple, tart cherries, lactic sourness, and caramel. Smells very inviting.

Taste: Similar to the nose. Tart stone fruits, vinegar, red grape, oaky tannins, hints of vanilla and a slight breadiness. Nice balance of sourness and sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Medium soft carbonation.

Overall: This is a real treat, and noticeably improves on the Grand Cru. The $20 price tag is a bit steep, but worth it IMO. One of the best of the style.

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Photo of metter98
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of draheim
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750mL into a tulip. Pours a clear amber mahogany w/ a thick tan head that settles to a nice layer of foam, just a little lacing remains.

Aroma is tart/sour, acidic. A hint of vinous grape juice and green apple, lots of dry oak. Fermenting fruit salad.

Taste follows nose. A combination of sweet and sour, slightly grainy malt, wood, maybe some leather. Great balance.

Mouthfeel is clean, bright, refreshing, soft. Vanishes off the palate on the finish.

Overall one of the best Flanders reds I've had. But not quite as nearly perfect as the Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge I enjoyed last night.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Rusty brown colour with 2 fingers of creamy beige head, lots of fine bubbled carbonation visible even though its semi-opaque.

S: Vinegar, its like a balsamic meets malt vinegar with an aromatic floral quality like blossoming poppies. The oak notes come in the background and are subtle and subdued at first.

T: An amazing balance of sweet and sour. Petrus’ version is quite sweet, La Folie and Monk’s versions quite sour, but this is an amazing balance for a Belgian sour beer. Foamy and light qualities make it amazingly drinkable. The oak is definitely there and does not take over. Its as a background accent making this beer taste amazing.

M: Light and foamy feel, with a light acidic body and highly foamy carbonation giving it a powdery and acidic feel simultaneously.

O: Excellent. This was only brewed once and had a high price tag accordingly, but I sure hope to find some similar brews again in the future.

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Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

From a bottle, pours a light brown, bright red hues. The head is thin, but laces the glass and hangs around.

the nose is all funk, sour, bright fruit and vinegar. It reminds me a little of sweet & sour sauce. The flavor is a great balance of fruitiness and tart. Lots of berries, a little vinegar. The oak is faded and I wonder how present it was fresh. The aftertaste is good, tart raisins.

Overall, this is still really nice after a few years.

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2010 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 144) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
93 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.