2012 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 170)
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

2012 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 170)2012 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 170)
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Sour - Flanders Red Ale
4.33 | pDev: 9.47%
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Retired (no longer brewed)
2012 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 170)2012 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 170)
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml bottle - drank in late 2018 in Brussels. Poured into Rodenbach stemmed glass

pours a dark reddish brown in color, minimal head. just enough carbonation. very nice complex dark fruit and tartness in the aroma and taste. not too sharp, very deeply integrated flavors. Great to try this as I'm a fan of the regular Grand Cru version.

Dec 19, 2018
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber hued with no head at all. The aroma is of tart cherries, oak, and horse blanket. I'm tasting tart cherries, horse blanket, and Brettanomyces. The mouth offers moderate carbonation and is otherwise smooth and crisp.

Jun 15, 2018
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ruby-tan color, vigorous head and carbonation that settles quickly. Aroma has cherry must, grapevine, oak tannin & classic lacto barnyard funk. Taste has a little underwhelming in the sense that most of the flavors are fairly muted. It starts out with the your typical Flanders tanned leather / oak flavor with underpinnings of lactic tartness. The mid-palate brings a little bit of overripe grape, elderberry & blackberry, but those flavors don't express themselves enough. It is good, and I appreciate a Flanders that doesn't overdo the sourness or veer off into the "bile" territory. It is very carbonated & tingly on the tongue, and finishes with a big but finessed sour smack. Rodenbach is also good but this doesn't rank with their absolute best, good mild sour beer.

Mar 26, 2017
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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 deep reddish brown topped by a finger of dense cream colored head that fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with some lacing.
S: Smells of a nice marriage of sour cherries, vanilla and oak. There's a little acetone like aroma if you look hard enough
T: Taste is tart cherry and toffee with some creamy vanilla and oak undertones. Slightly toasty but the juicy tart cherry flavor stays in the front. Finish is toasty oak and vanilla with a nice blast of sour cherry that lingers for some time with hints of toffee.
M: This beer is light in body but not watery with good carbonation that is just slightly prickly. The acidity gives this beer a dry finish.
O: Overall this one is incredible. I've always been very impressed with their beers and this one is no exception. A pleasure if you enjoy Flemish Reds.

Jan 27, 2017
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Actually has this side by side with 2013, and end up with same rating for each. This is a little darker and plum toned compared to the tart barrel character of the 2013. Both are fantastic flanders red ales, no one does them better than rodenbach. This one also has no booze burn whatsoever which is great

Jan 18, 2017
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bylerteck from Canada

4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tasted next to 2013. Magical. Acidity is fairly low and mellowed but still there playing second fiddle to layers of fruit, wood, and malt. A lovely combination that stands up to time. All sorts of cherry, rapsberry and wood flavours play together wonderfully here.

Nov 21, 2016
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mynie from Maryland

4.89/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This nectar of the gods is still just sitting on shelves. It cost me 11 bucks, which is 17 dollars less than a fresh four-pack of some sour saison Hermit Thrush was selling (seriously, it was 28 a four-pack. I have photographic evidence).

Pours a pretty red color but a bit limp. Light bodied and quite pale for a dark red, almost looks filtered.

Smells and tastes fucking perfect, though. Very smooth nodes of light chocolate barley do an excellent job of balancing out the many beautiful fruits born from wild yeast. Black cherries and passion fruit are just beautifully complicated by oaky barley nodes that evoke only dark chocolate. There's no whiskey, no burn. But there doesn't need to be. Barrel aging can accomplish things that aren't punishing.

As is Rodenbach's wont, this beer is very close to perfect. And you can still find it! Don't drive for three hours and stand in a line for a fruity IPA or RIS that tastes like dozens of others. Just... fucking go to your liquor store and get this.

Sep 03, 2016
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V. "Rodenbach Vintage 2012 – Barrel 170"
750 ml brown glass bottle, corked & caged, "Best before: 29-07-17" and sampled on 14-07-16
$18.99 @ Healthy Living Market & Cafe, South Burlington, VT

I'm not really sure how different this is than the regular Rodenbach. It does seem that it could be a little more tart, a little bit drier, a touch more vinous, slightly oakier, and perhaps just a little bit more funky but I'm not sure I'm just saying it could be. Without a direct comparison it seems quite similar to me. Update: yes, having just had the standard Rodenbach this is fuller and richer in character.

Jul 15, 2016
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RickyS from Germany

4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark amber, creamy head with medium retention. The smell is very tart with notes of oaks, almonds cherries and must. Not in your face, but very persistent and consistent while drinking. The taste is also dominated by the tartness maybe a bit of orange zest and a medium finish. Very pleasant. The carbonation is not pungent but enjoyably prickling. Very very good beer!

Apr 24, 2016
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josanguapo from Spain

3.01/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From cervezasespeciales. In Teku glass. Watching Vikings 4x02. Lots of sediments at bottom. Had to filter it. Acid but can be finished except the bottom. Im starting to enjoy the sourness, as I found myself even liking its smell.

Apr 12, 2016
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FFreak from Vermont

4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Corked 750 ml bottle urchased at the Bevie for somewhere in the $28 range. Poured into a tall tulip on Christmas and accompanied by delicious, homemade, king crab crab cakes. Appearance is a slightly hazy, but translucent reddish dark brown with a tall, thin head that replenishes itself every time you move the glass. Aroma is of red wine and red wine vinegar, with a bit of yeast. Taste is a classic, soft, vinous, sour, oaky vinegar. This is a lot like Duchess de Bourgonne, but much softer and rounder. Mouth feel is fizzy, medium-thin. Overall, an exceptional sour Flemish red. Pricey, but worth it for a special occasion.

Dec 26, 2015
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MrDell from Switzerland

4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5


Rodenbach Vintage 2012 – Barrel 170
Flanders Red Ale - 7% - 75cl bottle - Best before 09.09.17

Appearance: Colour is typical for the style - brown/deep red with an off white 1 finger head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Aroma: As with the grand cru, funk and red berries, balsamic vinegar.

Taste: Cranberries are immediately present then the oak flavours come through in the middle followed by a short, tart, funky finish.

Mouth feel: Dry, puckering and tart.

Appearance: This is fantastic, just the right balance of the fruits and the funk that I enjoy from this unique style of beer. The presence of the oak is also a nice addition being much more present in this one than in the Grand Cru or the Duchesse De Bourgogne. This will definitely become a permanent fixture in my cellar. 9.25 / 10.

Dec 19, 2015
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz./750 ml corked and caged bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Best before: 18-07-17
Served in a tulip

The hazy, ruddy brown beer was topped by a tight, creamy, near three-finger tall cap of khaki colored foam. Patchy lacing trickled along the glass. As the beer warmed, the chill haze dropped to reveal a more translucent body.

The aroma was initially a bit muted. There was a crisp, dry, almost powdery yeastiness. Touch of vinegar-like tartness. As the head fell, the nose became more interesting. The tartness intensified. Red wine vinegar came trough strong. Slightly funky. Dry. The nose continued to intensify as beer warmed. There was a slight brown sugar sweetness. Fragrant vanilla notes were apparent. Very vinous. An oaky red came to mind. Lots of cherry and strawberry. By the end of the session, the aroma became very similar to the flavor.

Taste wise, the beer was amazingly complex and intense. Reduced balsamic vinegar came through strong. Tart yet balanced. Moderately acidic. Good amount of brown sugar sweetness. Fruity. Cherries and strawberries were apparent. Perhaps some oaky red wine. Slightly funky. Loads of vanilla. Strong oaky barrel notes appeared on the back end. Moderate tannins. Touch of lemon-like acidity. The finish was crisp, dry and refreshing.

The mouthfeel was slick, smooth and frothy. Medium bodied for the style. Solid.

Every year I pick up a bottle of Rodenbach's Vintage Oak Aged Ale, and it never ceases to blow me away. This vintage was perhaps even more impressive than usual. All in all, a truly world-class beer that does not garner the attention it deserves.

Dec 17, 2015
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml corked and caged bottle served in a tulip at 49 degrees. Pours a deep mahogany hue with a frothy, one inch, cream-colored head. Nose suggests tart cherries, somewhat akin to Sucrets, with a tannic quality in the background. Taste consistent with nose; however, there is an acetic acid presence that cuts through the flavor profile. Some light, toasted oak notes come out towards the back as well as a little leather. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (but closer to light) with a lively carbonation and a pleasant acidity that lightly stimulates the salivary glands along the sides of the checks and leaves a residual burn at the back of the throat. All and all, a very enjoyable flanders red, although perhaps a little young. I may need to grab another bottle to cellar for another few years. That said, it's still drinking great.

Dec 04, 2015
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fostachild from Canada

4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had a sample glass at beer weekend in Brussels. Was my favourite tasting from Rodenbach. Pours dark red with nice head. Sweet/tart smell. Taste had a great balance of fruit and acidity, with the latter having more presence. Loved it.

Sep 07, 2015
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biegaman from Canada

4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Rodenbach 2012 Vintage has fancy packaging and a dazzling, resplendent reddish liquid to match. And it's apropos - the beer's tone is befitting of its sour cherry and tart cranberry flavours. Clarity is good (even after the bottom contents are poured in) and its head is solid as brick. What a beaut!

Beer is made of grain and hops. So how does this smell so strongly of grape must?! Alas the wonders of yeast and bacteria! Tart berries, musty oak and sharp acidity are descriptors more closely associated with wine and, indeed, one would be forgiven for wondering "what the hell kind of wine is this?".

The likeness isn't just superficial - Rodenbach 2012 Vintage is a blend of beers aged for two years in wooden barrels. Mind you, while the process is similar the results are wildly different; here those typical flavours of cherry, raspberry, and cranberry are cut with a tangy, tart lemon-like acidity, spicy/sweet Christmas cake and inky balsamic vinegar notes. Beer doesn't get much more opulent than this.

Articulating thoughts can be difficult. Putting them down on paper is ever harder. And when we're dealing with sensory experience it's really challenging. We often have to appropriate words (i.e., the alcohol is "hot", the malts are "crunchy"). But these bubbles are *literally* prickly. It's an invigorating mouthfeel that practically tickles the tongue, adding much excitement as sweet and sour continue to do battle.

Rodenbach likens their 2012 Vintage to a 'grand cru' wine and, indeed, it is every bit as deserving of the high esteem and pensive deliberation one would lavish on an expensive bottle of Bordeaux or Burgundy. Ten dollars may sound steep for a bottle of beer but relative to what you'd pay for wines of equal quality, uniqueness, gastronomic experience - not to mention rating! - this one's an absolute steal.

Aug 19, 2015
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DaftCaskBC from Canada

4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up in Brussels.

A: Classic muddy red with one finger of tan head.

S: Quite acetic, sherry, cranberries and raspberries.

T: Acetic, raspberries, cranberries, tart cherries, vanilla-oak and port.

M: Medium viscosity and carbonation all around. No complaints.

O: Masterful. Not sure if this bottle still has bugs in it like some say it does, but I'm going to dump the dregs into the Flanders Red attempt I brewed today anyways.

Aug 16, 2015
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AMCimpi from New York

4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark, red ale with a nice amount of head. S: A nice red fruity smell (cherries, raspberries, etc...), a nice amount of oak and a light amount of tartness. T: Follows the nose quite well, a lot of fruit sweetness with a nice tartness to follow. The oak dries up the finish. O: Probably the best Flanders Red that I've had. All around great beer

Aug 01, 2015
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Wanne from Belgium

4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bordeaux color, with a white head. Nice mixture of red fruit and green apple sourness. The taste also offers some oakiness. Like the rest of the Rodenbach beers, it is delicious.

Jul 28, 2015
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safaricook from Netherlands

4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really wonderful Vlaams rood. Nicely balanced. Flavors of oak, tartness and red fruits balanced with some sweetness. Compared to the Grand Cru that is blended from different barrels it is less complex, but No. 170 is probably as good as it gets from a single barrel. Rodenbach spritzy and really refreshing in spite of the 7% ABV. There is nothing off and also harsher notes like solventy are absent. What a treat!

Jun 21, 2015
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vintage Oak Aged pours a cloudy reddish color with a small lacing head. There is a big sour aroma, with sweet hints of fruit. Big sour taste, but still very smooth and drinkable, nice dry and sweet fruit flavors. Overall its very smooth easy to drink, but big flavors.

Jun 12, 2015
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goochpunch from Texas

4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a haxy ruddy brown with a thin off-white head. Smells of acetic acid, wood, toasted and lightly roasted malt. Cherry, vanilla, and chocolate aromas, as well. Tastes highly sour and lightly sweet with a dry and acidic finish. Oak is not as pronounced as in the nose. There's a touch of vanilla and cherry. Very reminiscent of bright apple cider. There is strong acid on the tongue. Medium body and light but stinging carbonation. Pretty close to perfect.

Apr 12, 2015
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cooch69 from Pennsylvania

4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This Brew is phenomenal.

It is a really creamy and silky sour beer.

Lots of cherries, wheat, lactic acid & acetic acid.

Perfect amount of sourness and a little funk as well.

Raw Power!

Apr 11, 2015
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish color with a white head of tiny bubbles. Aroma is funky, acetic, fruity and cider like. You can smell a bit of oak as well.

The taste starts off with cider like tartness, drying up with oaky tannins and sweet fruits in the finish. Cherry like tartness blends well with the acidic red wine vinegar element. Malt flavor provides the girth to really carry the other intense flavor, yet keeping it mellow and agreeable throughout.

Full bodied with a great lasting finish of fruit and sweet and sour. Well carbonated and truly well done. Dries just slightly.

Overall, this beer perfectly highlights the sour and sweet flavor profile of a Flanders Red. Truly a magnificent beer.

Apr 05, 2015
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle listed as 2012 vintage:
Looks a bit hazy amber brown, with loads of fluffy light beige head.
Nose is lightly fruit sour, not quite citrus, but like tart cherry or sour plum. There is also sweet wine notes.

Taste is a tad vinegar sour, but a fruity one - apple cider perhaps. Somehow, this isn't off-putting to me. Deeper behind this predominant taste is a hint of almost a grape or orange soda with too light carbonation. I can't place the dark somewhat sweet flavor I get that balances the tart notes, but something is there. The feel is a bit light on carbonation to go with the lighter feel.

Enjoyable beer, even though it is neither very sour not very sweet (and definitely not bitter).

Mar 30, 2015
2012 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 170) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 134 ratings