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

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2011 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 95)2011 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 95)
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2011 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 95)2011 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 95)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Belgium
rodenbach.be

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by samEBC on 10-25-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews:
38
Ratings:
263
pDev:
7.08%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of epyon396
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of devilmakesthree
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of brittanylicious
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of heysuz
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Roguer
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.

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Photo of N1Nkasi
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ONUMello
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

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Photo of GuyFawkes
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.

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Photo of Viaduck
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

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Photo of Zekenyce
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SomethingClever
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.

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Photo of Invinciblejets
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JamFuel
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jwat
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SerialTicker
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.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.84/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sweffin
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shirtless_mike
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WesM63
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kvnklingler
4.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of LAp
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.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
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.

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Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SHODriver
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.

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2011 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 95) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 263 ratings