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:
No notes at this time.

Added by metter98 on 11-22-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of DaveAnderson
3.29/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
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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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
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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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml
Hill Farmstead wine glass

A: Pours a slightly murky reddish brown color. Initially a quarter finger of head. Fades to a ring of off white. Some bits of lacing. It's actually a pretty looking brew.

S: Some balsamic vinegar. Tart cherry pie filling. Some Lacto. Some oakiness.

T: Little prick of tart cherry sourness on the tip of the tongue. Middle of the mouth, you get softness from the wood. Along with sweet malts. Eases the sour nicely. Close is dry and vinous.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.04/5  rDev -6%
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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Photo of Rutager
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copperish brown-red. Tiny light khaki collar. No cap. Minimal carbonation. Relatively clear.

Smell: Carries a lighter version of the typical Rodenbach acetic tart. Soft balsamic vinegar. Tart cherry skin. Some blueberry and blackberry. Oak barrel. Some strawberry. Touches of damp earth. Very moist. A hint of leather. Sweet. Some lightly caramelized malts with a nice backing biscuit dough. A very faint earthiness.

Taste: Softer than traditional Rodenbach. Carries a solid balsamic/acetic sweetness with a ton of dark fruit. Plum and tart cherry skin with a burst of cherry flesh. Some darker berries as well. Slight push of worn leather over a mild balancing oak presence. Woody. Slight earthiness with a solid wet and damp component. Sweet. Malts are just a touch bready with some caramel malt as well. Vinegar. A touch of lactic tartness as well. Lingering citric acid.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Slightly astringent with a juicy initial sip.

Overall: This is the better Rodenbach.

A mellower more nuanced Rodenbach. Still crazy heavy on the balsamic but pushes even more citric acid than the typical. Solid and then some.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Consumed 1/16/15

A: Pours a deep amber with purple, garnet and shades of brown - pours with a medium-sized, light tan head, fades to virtually nothing, but has a small collar that leaves some lacing

S: Acidic and tart with some dark, fruity sweetness - doesn't smell as much like balsamic vinegar as some other Rodenbach sours - wet, damp, lactic sour with some musty funk - some lightly sweet, acidic, balsamic vinegar - a nice variety of dark fruits, with an emphasis on berries - big, chewy oak aroma, very ripe and markedly woody

T: Nicely funky, and yeah, balsamic vinegar - tart, funky, and lightly sour - wet, damp funk with a lot of vinegar, some acidic and lactic funk notes as well - lightly sweet undertone, without being too sweet, with some dark berries - cherries, blueberries, blackberries - some caramel and cooked malts - oak, with a lot of wood - nicely balanced overall

M: Medium body, smooth with some nice acidity, finishes with some nice funk

O: 2010 was 15 years ago :(

This is quite nice. It's not the best thing I've had from Rodenbach, but it's pretty close. Some nice funk, vinegar, and berry notes, without any component dominating. A nice sipper overall.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: cloudy dirty orange/faint red/mild tan body,
big 2 finger khaki pillow head stellar lacing

S: plenty of oak, cherry/green apple, trace of honey

T: sweet cherry, raspberry, solid oak, mild bread,
long sour/tart puckering finish

M: med body, very sticky, bubbly mouth

O: Another fascinatingly delicious brew from
my wife getting me "Rare Beer of the Month Club", what a woman!
Sour lovers should seek this out, interesting choice for
introducing friends to the style. Gotta say, never thought I would
like this style, but it really is growing on me like active Belgian yeast!

PUCKERING PLEASANTRY, TRY SOME!

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Photo of hopoilcrazy
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've had every Vintage Rodenbach release and had a tough time finding this one surprisingly

A - Totally amazing appearance. Amber and hazy with sherry-like hues, this brew keeps gushing and gushing with a solid large column of bubbles. The head is totally solid and creamy which seems tough to do with such a lively carbonation going on.

S - Very strong aroma of cider vinegar, a very little bit of funk...which is disappointing bc I wanted the funk. Not much going on, but pleasant nonetheless

T - Really interesting lacto tang. It really keeps me coming back for more. It may be one note, but this beer tastes great to me. Faint flavors of verjus and other vinous characters like light oak

M- The body of this beer is perfect it is at the same time dense, heavy, light, and lively. Hardly any indication of the abv

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

another really cool brew, courtesy of paul. thanks man. this is a little less dynamic than the grand cru, which blends in one third younger beer, which i think retains some grainy sweetness on the front end that the vintage doesnt have. it is a whole lot more sour though, downright puckery as it warms up, and the oak is much more intense here, mellowing the beer only slightly, but replacing malt sweetness with warming woody calmness. it smells a lot like the grand cru, all that dark grain and the lactic funk. lots more oak though, without any of the conventional american vanilla properties. some spice to it, but nothing major as it moves from malt driven to yeast driven in a cool way, with the acid coming in a bit later. again, not quite an oud bruin, not quite a flanders red, but somewhat of a superior hybrid. not sure where this falls stylistically honestly, but its one of the more unique brews ive had in awhile. i think i liked the layers of the grand cru a little better, but very cool to be able to do a side by side. this one is a little stronger in terms of alcohol, but drinks a little lighter as far as body and bubbles are concerned. an excellent brew by any standard of quality.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-ruby brown color with a decent off-white head and good lacing

S-tart cherries, vinegar, apples, slight sweetness, oak

T-tart cherries, red wine, vinegar, slight caramel malt, oaky

F-medium body with nice prickly carbonation, crisp and astringent

O-delicious red ale with great balance

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