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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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BA SCORE
95
world-class

166 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 14
Gots: 40 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: metter98 on 11-22-2012)
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1.5/5  rDev -65.3%

TequilaTom, Jan 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -30.6%

brez8791, Feb 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -24.8%

PeakedInHighSchool, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of deesfrank
3.25/5  rDev -24.8%

deesfrank, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of DaveAnderson
3.33/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip. It's a thin, brown liquid, and produces a fine white head of average retention, leaving little lacing.

I feel like I have an idea what it should smell like -- it's a Rodenbach, and the bottle says it's oak aged -- but I am unprepared for this. There is no noticeable oak, and no hint that this is going to be sour. What I smell instead evokes moldy fruit and rotting leaves. I sense some cherry and after a while, a hint of vinegar. If this were a wine, it would scream cork taint. Can that happen to a beer?

It tastes much like I was expecting it to smell. It's thin and fizzy and tart. There's a hint of cardboard in the back of my throat. But it's clean, and easy to drink. There's an interesting caramel note in the finish that seems contradictory -- this is not sweet, after all.

In the end, I feel bad reviewing this, because I suspect I got a bad bottle. If I get another, I will update my scores.

DaveAnderson, Dec 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -19%

mendvicdog, Feb 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -19%

amalburg, May 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -19%

oldedog, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.63/5  rDev -16%
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.

rhoadsrage, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

emerge077, Dec 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

ygtbsm94, Mar 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

seplo, Apr 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Hultkrantz, Jan 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

bvermilion, May 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

ChicagoNick, Mar 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Yabev15, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

CrazyDavros, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of johnnnniee
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 2010 Vintage.
Pours a deep ruby brown color with a smallish tan head that slowly dissipates to a cap. Smells of tart cherries, brown sugar, a bit of lactic, and a hint of balsamic. The flavor is bright with tart fruits, lemons and cherries come to mind. Sweet brown sugar and light simple syrup provide a nice balance to the tartness in this brew. The lactic and bubbly carbonation pierce the tongue upon every sip. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a tart bubbly mouthfeel. This is a really nice Flanders style beer, I quite enjoyed it. I find it remarkable in its balance of sweet and sour.

johnnnniee, Dec 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

MADPolo, Jul 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

aztraz, Dec 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

Steve_Oldrati, Apr 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

smartassboiler, Apr 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

IPAchris, Mar 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

kristougher, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

Well, apparently the extra bit of aging seems to have done some good in the looks department. Instead of a quaggy puddle, this stuff sits as a lovely mass of liquid garnet, inset with shards of smoky topaz. Collectors would likely throw down increasingly maddening stacks for such a specimen if introduced at the proper show. Look out, very local airport Radisson! Still, it’s clear that this is the Marilyn of this Munsterous clan, as she yet bears the same ecru hair that is the visible hallmark of the bloodline. Think the Habsburg under bite with fewer incidents of nobles throwing up in their mouths at Schönbrunn.

Make that the Escorial, as mild wine dominates the aroma. I can’t be sure if the grapes originate in Spain or the Low Countries, but, regardless, they’d be lorded over from San Lorenzo (well, until shit goes down in the late-seventeenth and early-eighteenth centuries, of course). It’s a subdued varietal, one that would go well with most meals and Channing Tatum-filled romcoms. The usual caramel is also relatively downplayed, but its sweetness retains the vigor it had since its early teens, when puberty was kinder than in most cases. I’d say much of this is due to the oak, which finally makes an appearance, if only a brief cameo in the background, all Hitchcockian and whatnot.

And that same little character MacGuffins its way through the tongue, lending a strengthened tartness to the wine as it battles with the seemingly weakened caramel while precariously dangling from Washington’s huge fucking crag of a schnoz. But there’s no mistaken identity, no web of intrigue tightening around the neck of some random dude all nooselike and shit here. No, these guys both know exactly what they’re doing, and they both know good and well that whichever climbs back up in victory gets to bang that sexy barrel through a night of indescribable erotic passion. Unfortunately for them, it doesn’t look like the battle will ever actually end, thus leaving that pretty little oaky thing to yet again spend another evening with her slippery little vinyl friend, Mr. Rabbit. With this depressing scenario firmly in mind, though, they somehow bury the hatchet and orchestrate a devil’s ménage. And, as would be expected from such a potentially awkward form of expression of three people’s physical attraction, there are more shots of the dudes than of the chick, ‘cause there’s just more man meat than lady steak on the bed. Still, so long as you can convince yourself of the sheer hotness of the scene before you, you’ll have no trouble bringing yourself to gustatory climax while observing. Better this, you tell yourself, than two pieces of aged wood…

Cleanup here is just as surprisingly simple as in the aforementioned boudoir, despite the thick coating involved both there and on the tongue. This is due to the capricious nature of the group, which, either ashamed of what just happened or starting to sober up, disbands quickly, as a single unit, as though this particular abode belonged to none of them. Must’ve heightened the excitement of the moment. Not my thing, but, hey, I ain’t here to judge. Suffice it to say that this stuff seems to evaporate rather readily despite what seems like appreciable heft up front. And things end up just as sticky as you’d imagine.

TMoney2591, Feb 26, 2013
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2010 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 144) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.