2013 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 149)
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

2013 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 149)2013 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 149)
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From:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
 
Belgium
Style:
Flanders Red Ale
ABV:
7%
Score:
96
Avg:
4.37 | pDev: 6.41%
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
89
Status:
Retired
Rated:
May 22, 2022
Added:
Oct 07, 2015
Wants:
  8
Gots:
  36
SCORE
96
World-Class
2013 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 149)2013 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 149)
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750ml bottle into a teku. 9 years in the bottle.

Looks very good. Reddish brown body, clear when held up to the light. Small loose bubbly off white head shrinks to a broken ring, no lacing.

Sweet dark fruit aroma.

On tasting, the sweetness is initially fleeting, but pops up now and again. Sour and tart rules this drink. It's quite warming, and very drying.

Mouth closer to full than medium, finish tart, sour, and dry.

Overall, enjoyable drink. In my books, not as good as the 2014, but YMMV.
May 22, 2022
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
my bottle says vintage reserva 2013, i am assuming its the same was whats listed here, as the paper wrapping mentions foedre 149 as well, but i suppose it could be a different release, guessing just the wording has changed. a rare find indeed, close to 30 bucks for the bottle, but you get what you pay for, and this ranks among the best rodenbach beers i have had now, eight years old and holding on just fine, no real oxidation, bacterial over development, or other forms of fade or fatigue, nothing suggesting its past its prime, except for the large flakes of dark sediment in the bottom inch or two of the bottle, which is to be expected. other than that this has great clarity, a deep mahogany bronze tone, medium shine, some visible bubbles and a little pop when we pull the cork out, but very little head that hangs on at all, less thick than expected, some light coming in, but i always prefer a little head on my beer. the aroma is cool, still lactic and vinegar forward like all of their stuff, but to me less sharp and harsh on the belly, its more fruity, sweeter, fuller feeling, and balanced, even without any more bretty funk than any of them have, instead its mellow from all the wood, all the time, this seems super long aged and it pays off, so much less astringent than a lot of their beers are. i always realize i am not a flanders red lover as a base style when i have these, its just not my preferred sour of choice, but its hard to argue the overall quality here. deep raisin, red cherry, port wine, tobacco, toffee, and wet oak to this, great complexity, tons of dried fruit, smooth and long finishing, subtle root beer and vanilla too, the longer it sits the more i taste, and while i do share the bottle around, i also drink most of it myself and dont find it too sour for that at all, much to my surprise and delight. looks sexy with the paper and the cork packaging, seems mature, well refined, and high end at this point, and is definitely a beer of a specialist nature, a sipper, one to be appreciated with close friends and family. i will be on the lookout for more special vintages and single vessel rodenbach beers, looks like there are quite a few in the catalog!
Feb 20, 2021
 
Rated: 4.63 by KensWorld from Florida

Nov 14, 2020
 
Rated: 4.75 by jpd026 from New York

Sep 28, 2020
 
Rated: 4.31 by Robertas from Lithuania

Jun 07, 2020
 
Rated: 4.41 by ummswimmin from New Jersey

May 03, 2020
 
Rated: 4.45 by LeftHanded666 from New York

Feb 07, 2020
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a paper wrapped cork'n'cage bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip. Labeled 'Vintage Riserva 2013'.

L: Murky copper brown pour with thin white head. Falls fast... minimal lacing.

S: Tart and funky. Cherry juice, fruit, and vinegar.

T.F: Tart up front with oak and funk. Cherry juice, apple cider vinegar, and barrel character. Complex... a nice sweet/tart mix. Some vanilla... acidity, and even a little red wine flavor. Surprisingly smooth and almost creamy. Medium to light bodied. More fruit and tartness at the finish.

O: Absolutely outstanding. A great Belgian sweet/tart fix with loads of fruit and funk. Rodenbach is always good... and this is among their best.
Sep 30, 2019
 
Rated: 4.41 by ADKbeerguy from New York

Feb 15, 2019
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Deep, rusty reddish brown, and cloudy with lots of carbonation. Topped with a half finger of light beige head.

Smells of sour funk, barnyard, dark toasted notes, balsamic, oak and sour berries.

The taste follows the nose, and comes through in a smooth, wonderful balance. Balance of sweet and sour notes.

Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a tart but creamy finish.

Had with my Bro in Stratford, ON, March 27th. Excellent, well balanced Flanders Red Ale.
Mar 30, 2018
 
Rated: 4.42 by JakerLou from New Hampshire

Mar 12, 2018
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75
$ 31.40 (including shipping)/750 mL cork and cage bottle ($ 1.24/oz) from Blackwell’s, San Francisco, CA.
Bottle dated 2020/07/16, stored at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Rodenbach flute. Finished at 53 degrees.
Appearance – 4.
Body – Hazy brown.
Head – Average (Maximum 3.5 cm, aggressive pour), tan, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to a 0.5 mm ring fed by effervescence and a thin center island also fed by effervescence. The second pour produces a smaller, rockier head.
Lacing – None.
Pour – Brown with a slight red tint, clear.
Aroma – 4 – Tart cherry and oak. Unfortunately, it does fade.
Flavor – 4.75 – Begins lightly tart with some fruitiness and some oak. There is some mild lactic acid bite and just a scintilla of leather. There is just a ghost of yeastiness but the tartness thins this to barely noticeable. No malt, no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 - Light, watery, lively carbonation.
Impression and summation – 4.75 – Nothing special about the palate, it’s just as it should be. The haziness of the body is probably my fault – I wasn’t gentle enough when I looked for the BB date on the bottom. The aroma is excellent as it is with every Rodenbach product I’ve consumed. The flavor is the real star that brings us to any Rodenbach product. The fruitiness balanced with the oakiness is sumptuous and the lactic/leather combo is also well balanced. Overall, an excellent product.
Feb 11, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by bigred89 from Maryland

Jan 13, 2018
 
Rated: 4.44 by edthehead from New York

Nov 17, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Sep 18, 2017
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Reviewed by SHODriver from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A: Poured into a Duvel tulip t oa deep mahogany topped by a finger of dense light tan head that fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of light sourness and sweet oak with some nice juicy red berry and sour cherry notes with hints of vanilla
T: Taste is that nice sourness and some nice juicy sour cherry notes with that pleasant oak sweetness. Slight vanilla at times as well. Classic rodenbach flavor profile but just amped up to another level. Swallow is more sour cherry, oak and vanilla with hints of spice on the finish.
M: This beer is about a medium in body with a slightly slick mouthfeel. Carbonation is soft and effervescent and the beer has a drying finish from the acidity.
O: Overall this is an outstanding beer and a great representative of the style. These vintage releases from Rodenbach are always top notch and this one is no exception.
Sep 18, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by heysuz from Indiana

Sep 18, 2017
 
Rated: 4.75 by smithj4 from New York

Aug 26, 2017
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Reviewed by captaincoffee from Virginia

4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a brick red-brown with almost no head and no lace. Nose is a similar acidic fruitiness to Grand Cru, maybe a bit more cherry and resin qualities. Taste is similar, but a bit of an increase in barrel influence and depth. Overall a very enjoyable beer that takes it up a notch from the Grand Cru.
Aug 20, 2017
 
Rated: 4.43 by Foley67 from Scotland

Aug 06, 2017
 
Rated: 4.44 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut

Aug 02, 2017
 
Rated: 4.62 by StormAles from Canada (ON)

Jul 13, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by Noelito76 from New York

Jul 05, 2017
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Reviewed by Bunman3 from Canada (AB)

4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Wow. This is a complex, mature, amazing beer. The sweetness on the palate helps balance the alcohol heat, but from the pop of the cork, it is clear this is something special. I saved this for the last day of school during a very challenging year. If you have the good fortune of finding a bottle of this, it comes highly recommended from this prairie boy.
Jun 30, 2017
 
Rated: 4.55 by RobinLee from Wisconsin

Jun 19, 2017
 
Rated: 4.19 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Jun 18, 2017
 
Rated: 4.24 by morrowd3 from Vermont

Jun 01, 2017
 
Rated: 4.35 by axf4129 from Indiana

May 08, 2017
 
Rated: 4.37 by loganburgh from Michigan

May 05, 2017
 
Rated: 4.6 by Simon212 from Canada (ON)

Apr 03, 2017
 
Rated: 4.4 by Warren2621 from Indiana

Mar 29, 2017
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Reviewed by emincems from Turkey

4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
It pours hazy ruby with small off-white head. Low retention. It smells strongly of vinegar. Sour cherry, apple, oak with funky notes of brett and aceto are on the nose. A bit oxidized. Taste is fairly sour and gives slight puckering mouthfeel. Tastes sour red fruits and apple, wood and acidic sourness. Low caramel and vanilla are in background. Sour finish. Medium bodied. Quite refreshing. Unique brew.
Feb 28, 2017
 
Rated: 4.45 by epyon396 from Pennsylvania

Feb 20, 2017
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Reviewed by Austinsjwhite from California

4.99/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This is quite possibly one of my favorite sours that I've tasted. It's got the perfect amount of bite and carbonation that are so important in making a good sour.
Jan 16, 2017
 
Rated: 4.78 by seangibbs60 from Minnesota

Jan 04, 2017
 
Rated: 4.28 by GregSemenza from Connecticut

Jan 01, 2017
 
Rated: 4.57 by trotnixon from Maine

Dec 25, 2016
 
Rated: 4.46 by von_kaiser from Connecticut

Nov 26, 2016
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Reviewed by bylerteck from Canada (ON)

4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Tasted next to 2012. Much more acetic that 2012. The flavours are very well integrated with all the dark fruits like grape, raspberry, and plum coming together nicely. There is a reason why these guys are world class.
Nov 21, 2016
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Reviewed by biegaman from Canada (ON)

4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
This Rodenbach 2013 Vintage, despite being aged with cherries and having a solid red core, is actually more tawny amber (especially when held to the light where it takes on an almost cognac-like complexion). After spending two years in the barrel this beer looks surprisingly fresh and vivacious; its head is hefty and healthy.

It's difficult to review a Flemish Red without making comparisons to wine, so please, indulge me a little. Of course, if a waiter pops the cork and pours you this highly acetic, musty, fruit vinegar-like liquid you'd surely send it back. But beyond that sourness Barolo and Burgundy lovers will find familiar earthy, floral, gum-smacking and almost leathery cherry notes.

The similarities also extend to production methods. As mentioned, Rodenbach is aged for extended periods in oak barrels and normally blended for balance and consistency. The 'Vintage' releases, however, are the product of a single 'foeder'. The 2013 batch was selected from a 59 year old barrel (#149) which was deemed "the top performing foeder of the year"...

In the wine world, old oak barrels are used specifically because they do *not* contribute any flavour or character - but those aren't crawling with little bacterial critters. Here, the name of the game is 'funk' and the the more of that puckering, prickly, enamel-stripping microflora the better! And Barrel #149 is billed as the stinky kid in class - aka my new best friend.

The aroma is no doubt acetic but it's more "fine" than "funky". Still, it sets the stage for what's to come: super sour choke cherries - and lots of them! If you still have your tonsils, you won't much longer - this burns a little going down. But it's far from rough; flavours of dried cherry, rose petal and nutty pits as well as the balsamic-sweet mouthfeel are elegant and soothing.

There's no better argument that beer needs to be taken as seriously as wine than Rodenbach - especially their Vintage series. I found the 2013 offering more poised (despite still being incredibly acidic) while still being dynamically sweet/sour and sophisticated, distinctive, exquisite, complex and, perhaps best of all, affordable. A true gem for the cellar.
Nov 17, 2016
2013 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 149) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 127 ratings