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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Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Sour - Flanders Red Ale
4.29 | pDev: 9.56%
Feb 03, 2022
Sep 16, 2014
2012 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 170)2012 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 170)
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Photo of Sammy
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Nine year on this one. A bit of cherry juice flavour shortly out of the fridge. Light pink Tart not too tart. Got into it. Held up well.

Feb 03, 2022
4.4 by BKotch from Texas on Aug 08, 2020
5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Jul 20, 2020
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4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

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
4.25 by StormAles from Canada (ON) on Sep 23, 2018
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3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Franziskaner from Missouri

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
4.5 by nearengine from Arizona on Feb 03, 2018
4.32 by weareallfalafel from Virginia on Jan 07, 2018
4.29 by edthehead from New York on Nov 17, 2017
4.25 by Shawnspl from Rhode Island on Nov 05, 2017
4.25 by Kurmaraja from California on Oct 14, 2017
5 by igl from Russian Federation on Sep 04, 2017
4.73 by BigIslandfarmer from Minnesota on May 07, 2017
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4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

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
4.5 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Mar 26, 2017
4.5 by heysuz from Indiana on Mar 26, 2017
4.19 by AlexeiRoquentin from Oklahoma on Feb 16, 2017
4.5 by srw from Virginia on Feb 13, 2017
4.15 by cuvtcuv from Florida on Feb 12, 2017
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by SHODriver from North Carolina

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
4.27 by HermitDan from New Jersey on Jan 23, 2017
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4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by REVZEB from Illinois

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
4.25 by SStein from Colorado on Jan 05, 2017
4.25 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin on Dec 05, 2016
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4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by bylerteck from Canada (ON)

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
4.31 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden on Nov 06, 2016
3.84 by Nat1975 from Indiana on Oct 14, 2016
4.66 by TastyIsBeer from Illinois on Sep 09, 2016
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4.89/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by mynie from Maryland

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
4.36 by metter98 from New York on Aug 20, 2016
4.43 by GMorgan from Illinois on Aug 10, 2016
3.98 by Justdoit1234 from Minnesota on Aug 04, 2016
4.55 by Duffman79 from Connecticut on Aug 02, 2016
4.27 by dag1991 from Ohio on Jul 26, 2016
4.6 by von_kaiser from Connecticut on Jul 16, 2016
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

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
4.2 by MattGrimley from Massachusetts on Jul 11, 2016
4.53 by JamesStreet from Louisiana on Jun 04, 2016
4.35 by kell50 from North Carolina on May 31, 2016
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4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by RickyS from Germany

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
2012 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 170) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 134 ratings