2011 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 95)
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

2011 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 95)2011 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 95)
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From:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
 
Belgium
Style:
Flanders Red Ale
ABV:
7%
Score:
97
Avg:
4.38 | pDev: 7.08%
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
224
Status:
Retired
Rated:
May 27, 2022
Added:
Oct 25, 2013
Wants:
  20
Gots:
  80
SCORE
97
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2011 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 95)2011 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 95)
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750ml bottle into a teku. 11 years in the bottle.

Looks nice in the glass. Clear deep red wine colored body. Small bubbly head disappears quickly, no lacing.

Very mild aroma. Dark fruit, a little tart.

On tasting, very smooth, mild and delicate. All the flavors are there, sweet, tart, sour, but nothing lasts. Thing is, the overall taste is extremely drinkable, and very enjoyable.

Mouth above medium, finish a mild short lived fruity sour tartness.

Overall, if you like your sours leaning toward vinegar and those that pucker your mouth inside out, this may not be for you. Personally, it was a clean, flavorful easy drinking sour, and I enjoyed it.
May 27, 2022
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Reviewed by BillRoth from Maryland

4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2011 Vintage served 11/28/2020.
Believe beer has passed prime but still had some remarkable qualities. While beer was a soft medium dark brown with little head or lacing retained... it was nicely clear and a beautifully rich cherrywood red when exposed to sun light. The nose was complex but a bit old and a bit too much oak. Still retained pit fruit, leather, vanilla and molasses within the wood. Tastes mirrors nose with added tartness, more pronounced dark cherry and a pleasant astringency. Body was light but not too thin. Still some creaminess. Again astringency was notable but not harsh or distracting from an otherwise smooth sipper.
Very nice beer that probably would have been exceptionally good had it been tried a few years ago.
Nov 29, 2020
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Reviewed by Falcon91Wolvrn03 from California

4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Look: Clear, very dark brown/amber color with a nice head and decent lacing.

Smell: Sour cherry, oak, and funk.

Taste: Taste is similar to the smell. Cherry, oak, and funk.

Feel: Light carbonation, sour.

Overall: This beer is nice. I had it a few days after the New Belgium La Folie, which I slightly prefer.
Nov 21, 2020
 
Rated: 4.33 by epyon396 from Pennsylvania

Feb 04, 2018
 
Rated: 5 by devilmakesthree from Oregon

Jan 29, 2018
 
Rated: 4.6 by PSU_Mike from Pennsylvania

Oct 09, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Sep 05, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by heysuz from Indiana

Sep 04, 2017
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Minimal head production and similarly short life. Brew is a lovely dark brown, clear and garnet at the edges.

Nose is redolent, carrying thick oak notes, tannins, flowers, wine, vinegar, brown sugar, and prunes. Very light funk, hinting at hay, dirt, and mushrooms.

Flavor is both sour and earthy, leaning toward the tartness of unripe fruit rather than the sharpness of pure vinegar. Rich tannins and oak; raisins and prunes; plump red grapes; dark wheat grains, sweetened with a hint of brown sugar and pineapple juice. Wonderfully complex and rich, yet somehow light and delicate; an absolute delight.

Not quite puckering in its sourness, although it comes close. Smooth and oily feel.

I've never had a Rodenbach aged on oak I didn't find fantastic, and this vintage is no exception. Complex, rich, and with an impressive depth of character, enjoying this brew is a rewarding experience.

2011 vintage enjoyed in 2017.
Jun 29, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by N1Nkasi from Connecticut

Jan 04, 2017
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Reviewed by ONUMello from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
750mL bottle poured into a Teku glass
A: Pours a ruby color with a brown tinge and a one-finger head
S: Sour cherry, wine grapes, vinegar
T: Sour cherry, off-dry white wine, a bit of Sprite and hints of yeast/vinegar
M: Tart up front, sweet on the finish
O: Quite tasty. Age (both in the barrel and after release) has treated it well. Can age further. A touch sweeter than I'd like but the light-medium acidity balances it
Nov 20, 2016
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.07/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
2011 vintage; drank 7/13/14 @ the Kid's.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Plum murkiness.

Minimal off-white head; minimal lace.

Tart cherry nose with a hint of booze heat.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Tart cherry up front; sweet cheery on the lips after this warms. Simple but effective.
Oct 26, 2016
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Reviewed by Viaduck from California

4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Not much of a cork pop or a head. Dark brown red body. Smells sour, tastes sourer. Lots if just yummy vanilla & oak flavors. An excellent balance of sour, salty, vanilla, wood & malt. Another typically excellent sour from Rodenbach
Aug 26, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

Jul 17, 2016
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Reviewed by SomethingClever from Ohio

4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
750ml corked and caged bottle poured into pint glass

A: almost no head whatsoever dirty brown red hue with a slightly hazy body.

S: wine grapes, vinegar, oak, apples, maybe a little cherry

T: nice wine taste grapes, cherries, maybe very light vinegar slight apple lots of oak barrel a little bit of a musty taste

M: very soft, carbonation is almost non existent almost no bitterness makes it seem like drinking a wine

O: This beer has such a nice flavor. Its got a nice wine oak flavor the soft carbonation I am not as crazy about, but otherwise it is a great beer.
Jun 11, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by Invinciblejets from South Carolina

Jun 11, 2016
 
Rated: 4.46 by JamFuel from Sweden

Jun 06, 2016
 
Rated: 4.5 by jwat from Pennsylvania

May 28, 2016
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Reviewed by SerialTicker from Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Served at Frankenmuth's World Expo of Beer 2016.

Perfectly sour/tart with fruits, yeast, bread, vinegar, a bit of dark fruit... not much to say other than that there's a reason this stuff is so sought after. See it, buy it, enjoy it.
May 24, 2016
 
Rated: 4.84 by KensWorld from Florida

May 17, 2016
 
Rated: 4.5 by Sweffin from Wisconsin

May 15, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by shirtless_mike from Indiana

Apr 16, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by WesM63 from Ohio

Mar 20, 2016
 
Rated: 4.71 by kvnklingler from Ohio

Feb 24, 2016
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Reviewed by LAp from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Had alongside Classic and Grand Cru. The fully aged Vintage takes on more port-like elements than the Grand Cru, with dark fruits imbuing a rich wine-like sweetness that's less pronounced in RGC. These are accented well by the quintessential tart sour of the style, but oddly, the balsalmic vinegar that is clearly tasted in RGC seems to lose some of its prominence in this older iteration for unclear reasons. The result is not worse by any means, but undoubtedly distinct. Had in immediate comparison, this beer stands as a unique companion, separate but equal, to the ubiquitous Rodenbach Grand Cru.
Feb 23, 2016
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Reviewed by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Appearance - The beer poured a reddish copper color with visible carbonation.

Smell - It smell like a sour with fruit skin and tart berries.

Taste - At the beginning, I detect cherry skin, tart cherries, and a general wave of sour. The is a sense of oak which creates dry impression. These carry forward into the oaky, dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The oak creates a sense of dryness even as the oak coats the tongue.

Overall - This is a fantastic version of the style. It is worth seeking.
Feb 22, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by DrBier from Pennsylvania

Feb 20, 2016
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Reviewed by SHODriver from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A: poured into a Rodenbach Grand Cru glass to a nice shade of mahogany topped with a very small light tan head that fades quickly
S: smells of sour cherries, huge acidity, a little funk and some light oak
T: Taste is sour cherry, other berry notes, some nice oakiness, vanilla, hint of funk, slight caramel sweetness, and a little more cherry. On the finish this one is slightly sweet cherry with some lingering tartness and oak
M: Medium in the mouth with soft but adequate carbonation and a drying finish.
O: Wow! This beer is incredible. Absolutely incredible. This is a tough beer to top for sure. The sourness and the oak play together very well and this beer is incredibly complex. If you see this you need to buy it.
Feb 12, 2016
 
Rated: 3.77 by Poloplaya from Illinois

Feb 12, 2016
 
Rated: 4.5 by WiggyKGB from Illinois

Feb 08, 2016
 
Rated: 4.62 by Dweedlebug from Pennsylvania

Feb 07, 2016
 
Rated: 4.14 by Kevlee722 from Washington

Jan 06, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by ADTaber from South Carolina

Jan 02, 2016
 
Rated: 4.1 by KimenTshom from California

Jan 01, 2016
 
Rated: 4.57 by instinct2 from Indiana

Jan 01, 2016
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Rated by josvemden from Belgium

3.4/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Verbeterde versie van de normale rodenbach, Heeft meer body. Lekkere dorstlesser.
Nov 29, 2015
 
Rated: 4.59 by 7Sport from Massachusetts

Nov 26, 2015
 
Rated: 4.11 by jackrodgers77 from Pennsylvania

Nov 13, 2015
 
Rated: 4.41 by chickenm from Canada (BC)

Nov 08, 2015
 
Rated: 4.3 by costanzo_mike from Massachusetts

Oct 31, 2015
2011 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 95) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 266 ratings