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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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4.38/5
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261 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by samEBC on 10-25-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
261
pDev:
7.08%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
81
Trade:
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Ratings: 261 |  Reviews: 38
Reviews by Maxwell:
Photo of Maxwell
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours out with a mid-sized head of tanning bubbles the color of white sand dunes. The head has mild lasting qualities, but eventually settles into a thick scrim around my glass. In color, the beer pours a dark burgundy with touches of ruby. Its body is clean and clear of all particles, but it sits seemingly opaque in the glass due to its darkness. On the nose, this beer screams Rodenbach. Tart cherries, malt vinegar, rich oak, vanilla, leather, and even a touch of earthiness flood the nostrils in funky scents. Caramel makes an appearance as the backbone of the smell, providing a sweet, candied bread quality. The oak is really where the nose shines in character, however, with not overpowering richness that bristles with tannins, coats with vanilla, and eases a light toast into the funky scent of the beer. On the tongue, the beer tastes tart and sweet with a mild bitter tannin bringing balance to the beer. The acidity of the beer is most present at the start and close of the sip, while the sweetness seems to sit happily in the sips middle, blanketed towards the end by the bitters. There is superb balance and rich complexity to this beer. In flavor, it begins as rich cherry pie and leather, this opens into funky barnyard, more cherries, and a healthy dose of oak which brings herbal-bitter tannins alongside rich vanilla to the tongue. The finish is sweet with a final hiccup of tart cherry at its close, and lasts beautifully upon the palate, lingering heavily into the aftertaste with sweet cherry and caramel notes alongside touches of scratchy and bizarrely tasty horse blanket and malt vinegar. In the mouth, this beer feels medium in body with a lighter finish. The beer coats the mouth nicely with a mild carbonation, providing light effervescence and levity to the sip. In mouthfeel, the beer has a slightly syrupy pull to the cheeks while remaining smooth. The barrel definitely provides gripping tannins to the cheeks, and the acidity helps to further pull out the cheeks in a pucker. When the beer has left, the mouth is left with a light pool of acid-cancelling spittle and a slight sticky-sweet resin. Overall, this beer is delightfully complex. Rich oak character, fantastic funk, and subtle sweetness blend masterfully in this vintage. Rodenbach is the master of the Flanders Red, and this vintage ale is a perfect example of that. This beer is a delightful blend of everything that makes a Flanders Red a joy to drink. Vat 95 did very well here.

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Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.8/5  rDev +9.6%

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

Review from memory, I think I sampled this about a year ago. Tart, cherries, grapes, vinegar. Dry mouthfeel with a very sour aftertaste. Very refreshing.

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Photo of Prospero
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of innominat
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of ChaseBacon
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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 chickenm
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HoppySeb
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of dsauter
4.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Shane_Gr
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very similar to the beer at Toronado. Even after a weekend full of sours, this was a good one.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Possibly clouded auburn colored beer. Head is a good sized pile of kahki colored tight foam which fades to a sheet and a ring. Sweet and tart cherries, light wood musk, interesting, unique floral, strawberries and cream, and a variety of other subtle aroma nuances. Taste is loaded with tart, acidic cherries, smooth woodiness, all sorts of fermented fruits, packed into a light fluid body. Carbonation is softly blended throughout. Pitted fruits and berries, all soaked in cherry juice and tangy. Mouthfeel is fantastically smooth.

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Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of seanthornton152
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of BamfBacon
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ipc2000
4/5  rDev -8.7%

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 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 WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of freewill35
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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 261 ratings
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