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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Reviews: 40
Hads: 201
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 7.01%
Wants: 14
Gots: 50 | FT: 6
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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.

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Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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. (453 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (791 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (1,203 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (2,093 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.63/5  rDev -15.2%
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. (925 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (3,366 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (1,519 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.41/5  rDev +3%
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. (1,071 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.88/5  rDev +14%
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... (1,505 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (653 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (618 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
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. (863 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (660 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (543 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (258 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (533 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (1,288 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
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 (290 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
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! (616 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (927 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (501 characters)

Photo of GJ40
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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! (219 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (1,216 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (1,538 characters)

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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.