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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Style:
Sour - Flanders Red Ale
ABV:
7%
Score:
93
Avg:
4.38 | pDev: 6.39%
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
123
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Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
 
Belgium
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Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
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Gots
  37
SCORE
93
Outstanding
2013 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 149)2013 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 149)
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
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
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
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
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
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
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SHODriver from North Carolina

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 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
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captaincoffee from Virginia

4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
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
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Bunman3 from Canada

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
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
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emincems from Turkey

4.16/5  rDev -5%
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
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Austinsjwhite from California

4.99/5  rDev +13.9%
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
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bylerteck from Canada

4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
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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biegaman from Canada

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
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
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JonCorbett from Canada

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark maroon sludgey looking red. A finger of foamy head that resembles a bowl of Rice Krispies both in colour and texture. The settling leaves a decent princely crown around the ring and a balding pate across its surface.

Aromas: When I first started learning what "funk" was all about, I should have started here. It is pungent, sweet, and super funky. I get Soured chokecherries, and plenty of cider and balsamic like vinegars of multiple fruits including apple, pear, and cranberry.

Taste: Super charged sours of granny smith apple and cherry juice collide in a blaze of stupendous glory. It is a UFC of sours and flavour. Sweet and tart are simultaneously provided by the cherry, and the acidity has taken on a tangy flavour all its own. As it warmed, a bit more sweetness creeps in along with some great mahogany and oak wood flavours and maybe some tart white grape to round it out.

Palate: Tart and puckering! I think I even clinched my sphinter as well as my mouth on the first sip, it was that good. The carb is both smooth and fuzzy and very well maintained throughout, right to the last sip. And the finishes I don't think ever get this dry or clean though there is an ever so slight raw cardboard feel, at the end but disappears so quickly I don't even know if it was worth mentioning. Can't ask for much better that's for sure.

Overall: Wow. Now this is a sour! I loved every bit of it, not even sure from a constructive criticism point of view what I'd improve on - though it's not the fanciest looking, it is superb if you like sours.

Pairing: What can I match with a sour this bold? I'm almost thinking it'd be best on it's own for starters... but if you wanted to try something... and this is going to sound pretty out there but for this I think because it is a very "classy" sour in my opinion. I'm going with my own creation (at least I have never seen or heard of anyone else who has made one)- A Yorkshire Pudding Stuffing Poutine. Now before you go "WTF? How, what, now?". It's simple - whip up a batch of Yorkshire pudding batter (enough for say 6 muffin tin sized puddings) pour that in to a loaf bread pan and cook as normal - you should get a decent sized "loaf" of Yorkshire pudding. (you may want to leave it in the loaf pan - I do) then just slice it open, stuff it with crispy fries and stove top stuffing, top with extra dark beef gravy and cheese and maybe a twist or two of dried Jalapeno and Pink Himalayan salt... I'm telling ya - I think that's the ticket here

Nov 06, 2016
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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.97/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Money.

Balanced acidic and cherry emphatic. Perfect level of sourness. Cherry pie. Smacky Lactobacillus and acetobacter bacteria.

This is what we talk about when we talk about beer as art.

High B+ (3.97) / VERY GOOD

Sep 25, 2016
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Bruno74200 from France

4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good head for the style. Lots of estery aroma and flavours, banana and pineapple mostly, but also a lot of berries, oaky and tannic flavour. Very complex taste but very acidic. The sourness doesn't make it very drinkable, it's more of a sipper. That way you can enjoy it evolving a bit. Not my favorite for the style but a great beer nonetheless. It's less grainy and more round than the ones I've had from them

Sep 12, 2016
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Derek from Canada

4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice head, but not much retention. Lovely vinous aroma. Taste and mouthfeel is a bit acidic for me. Nice vinous and oak flavour, with plenty of depth from the bugs (again a bit much for me).

Sep 10, 2016
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. - 750 ml corked and caged bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Best before: 2020/07/16
Served in a tulip

Hazy, crimson-mahogany in appearance with some burnished orange highlights. Perhaps a touch murky looking. The body was capped by an inch-tall, frothy, khaki colored crown that slowly dropped to a clingy collar. Bit of streaky lacing along the glass.

The aroma was terrific. Loads of oaky barrel and apple cider vinegar. Quite tart with intense sour cherry and green apple notes. There was a nice amount of sweetness as well. Brown sugar was noticeable. Perhaps some reduced balsamic too. With time, the nose became smoother and even more fragrant.

The flavor profile contained more of the same notes as the aroma but was more intense initially. Touch of malty sweetness on the front end before the tartness hit. Vinegar notes came through big time. Apple cider vinegar for sure. Intense green apple and sour cherry notes as well. Some strawberry perhaps. Loads of oaky barrel on the back end. Somewhat lemony. The beer finished with more oaky tannins and vinegar-like acidity.

Terrific, frothy, supple mouthfeel. Creamy and smooth on the palate. The liquid contained a spritzy, zippy effervescence that settled nicely.

I have never tried a Rodenbach beer that I did not like, and this was definitely another outstanding offering. The one thing that perhaps separates this from the other beers in their portfolio is that the sourness is slightly more pronounced. I would love to buy another bottle and see how this ages.

Aug 07, 2016
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Good as always, one of my favorite beer to have each year. This year was no exception, with a little more funk in the middle of the taste this year. Can really detect the barrel character this year in a good way. Great tart cherry taste and feel with grainy sweetness. Delicious as always

Jun 26, 2016
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this on tap recently at Hunger N Thirst thanks to a friend

The color is deep red almost burgundy with off white head. The smell is great -vinous and sweet fruit with sour cherry type aroma. The feel is great -all around great mix of mild sour and sweet with subtle acidic and dry finish.

The taste does not disappoint -wood and wild yeast flavors combine providing some light stone fruit/vinous flavors with slight alcohol in the middle and slight acetic element in the mostly dry finish. Overall I was very pleased -a high quality Flanders style red -I would seek this out

Jun 14, 2016
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pluppykatie from Vermont

4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brown with a hint of red coloring. Wonderful acidic, sour smell. Floral notes for taste. You notice the carbonation as it dissolves gracefully on your palate. Great beer.

Jun 05, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muddy brown color with tan head. Aroma has intense balsamic vinegar notes with fermented fruits and some malt in the background. Taste starts sour and acidic but also has malt sweetness with caramel notes. Medium body with high effervescence, quite dry on the aftertaste. A really true to style beer with complex flavors.

Apr 23, 2016
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OldBrewer from Canada

4.73/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from A 750 ml. bottle with cork and cage.


L- Dark reddish brown, caramel colour. Pours with 1 finger of yellowish head, which lasts about a minute, leaving behind lots of lacing.

S - Incredible! - cherry, strawberry, plum, oak.

T - Cherry, apple, balsamic vinegar, mildly sweet with tart finish.

F - Nicely carbonated, crisp, tart, sweet with sour finish. Full of flavour.

O - Absolutely outstanding beer. Best sour I've ever had by far. In fact, it now ranks as one of my top five beers. Will definitely buy more and more Vintages as they become available each year. This is the King of all sour beers.

Mar 15, 2016
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joshleo from Michigan

4.51/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, paired a beautiful deep amber/red into a snifter. Thin ring of foam makes for nice lacing on the glass. The smell was complex and sour. Aroma of earthy funk and berry were very present. Tasted nice and tart but had great hints of berry. It is a very complex beer and is fun to drink. After a while glass, my tongue needed a rinse from the sourness.

Feb 20, 2016
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thehyperduck from Canada

4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

750 mL corked-and-caged bottle from the LCBO; dated 03/08/2020 on the base. Served at cellar temperature. Wanted to try something different for my 1200th tick.

Pours a deep, clear, brick red hue, fitted with a one finger crown of bone white-coloured head. It wilts gradually over the next five minutes or so, leaving behind a wide collar of creamy-looking foam and a thin, dense cap. No lacing, but otherwise it's quite visually attractive. Each whiff introduces a substantial array of interesting aromas to my nose - including big notes of oak tannin, cherry pit, red grape skin and hints of sour balsamic and tart apple vinegar.

I am very impressed - this is a very complex, delicious beer. A lovely blend of juicy sour cherry, tart apple cider and subtle balsamic vinegar sourness snaps your taste buds awake upon each sip. Hints of red grape and apple skin also contribute, with astringent oak tannin flavour developing and intensifying on the back end. Mildly sweet, with a tart finish and some lingering funkiness into the off-dry aftertaste. Medium-bodied, with minimal carbonation and a soft mouthfeel. No sign of the alcohol content, really, which allows this one to slide down the throat effortlessly.

Final Grade: 4.55, an outstanding A. I don't drink a lot of sour beers (which may lessen the impact of what I'm about to say), but Rodenbach Vintage 2013 is easily the best sour I've ever tried. Its fruity nature and reasonably-moderated acidity pairs perfectly with its oak and funk character. Recommended to hardcore fans of this sort of beer, but also to newbies who are interested in expanding their palate - I find this to be a very approachable sour, making it as good a starting point as any. Amazing stuff; I'm glad I decided to grab 2 additional bottles.

Feb 20, 2016
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CanadianBacon from Canada

4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - This beer poured a beautiful dark redish amber with 1 finger of off white head that faded into a ring around the outside, Everything I would expect from a sour ale.

Aroma - I get Cherry, Red wine, oak, a hint of plum, some musty funky sourness and vinegar.

Taste - This beer gives your palate an uppercut, wow, I got funky sourness right of the bat along with vinegar and cherry which come together to make a strong sourcherry taste. There is a definite presence of oak and grape in the back of the mouth and apon swallowing you get almost a bubble gum feeling in your mouth. This is a pretty amazing beer as far as flavor is concerend.

Feel - A very crisp, tart, and dry beer, this is a medium bodied beer with somve very prickly carbonation, contrasting the look of the beer, neat.

Overall - This beer was way more sour than I expected and I must say I am enjoying this beer a lot. The flavor packs a punch and I think after one bottle your palate will be too tired for another. If you dont like the taste of vinegar then this beer isnt for you because its very present but for anyone who likes or doesnt mind vinegar its a really nice beer.

Jan 30, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.86/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

This one pours looking pretty still, with no head or lacing, and a dark red body.

Smells like intense sour cherry, red wine, red wine vinegar, and some damp dank musty funk.

I'm not sure if I actually like this. There's a bit of a stale, musty dark fruit flavor here, cherries and raspberries, with a pretty intense vinegar flavor. It's pretty tasty, and I can appreciate it, but the vinegar flavor makes it pretty hard to drink.

This is medium bodied, with a musty mouthfeel.

Not the best that I've had from this brewery, unfortunately.

Jan 18, 2016
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dawgontap from Georgia

4.94/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On draught. Hop City Bar in Inman Park, GA

Very low carb (to be expected)

Has a nice balsamic note, but a little sweetness keeps it from being overly acidic. Masterful beer by the masters.

Jan 13, 2016
2013 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 149) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 123 ratings