2014 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 192) | Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

2014 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 192)2014 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 192)
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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 61

Flanders Red Ale | 7.00% ABV

Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Belgium
rodenbach.be

Notes: This beer is retired; no longer brewed. 
BA SCORE
92
Outstanding
2014 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 192)2014 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 192)
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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 61
Photo of doktorhops
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Already back into the Rodenbach with yet another tantalising brew: Vintage 2014 Foeder No. 192. Yes, I’m a huge fan of their Grand Cru, that said whilst I did enjoy the beer I reviewed for #1,000 (Caractère Rouge) the tartness of that beer did end up leaving my jaw a bit sore afterwards. Now I’m not too sure what happens to sour beers when you age them, but I’m hoping/suspecting that the sourness drops a little and gives way to that overall grape character I found in Grand Cru. If this is the case I will be both elated and disappointed - elated for obvious reasons - disappointed because this is probably the last bottle I will ever see of this vintage (this was the last bottle at my local). Well, as they say in Belgium: Santé! (or Proost!).

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Hmmm, more bruin than rogue, not unlike the Grand Cru, with a hazed brown body and a thin beige head that drops back to a nice lace ring - looks tops, though (like Grand Cru) I would probably classify this as an Oud Bruin instead. 8/10.

S: Yep there’s no mistaking the base beer of this being Grand Cru with an aroma of: pungent, funky grape must, grape Hubba Bubba™, musty yeast, acidic vinegar and sour cherry. It’s almost a carbon copy of the Grand Cru I had recently, except maybe a bit more vinegar acidity and a touch of woody character. 9/10.

T: Once again Rodenbach gets my “acid reflux trigger warning” award for being brazenly acidic - luckily this time I have some Gaviscon handy! Wow, what a crazy Hubba Bubba™ nightmare [in a good way]! Flavour profile is front and centre with an almost balsamic vinegar intensity, grape must, grape Hubba Bubba™, hint of sour cherry, musty yeast and that slight woody note. Finish is sour, though not quite as intense as Caractère Rouge, with a slight drying character. It’s sweet but not OTT, balance (apart from the obvious acid bulldozing) is great. 9/10.

M: Mouthfeel is again a weak point with Rodenbach (if it can even be considered a weakness here): Mid to light, slightly denser than Grand Cru, with a borderline aggressive carbonation. 7/10.

D: So evenly matched with Grand Cru that the scores turned out the same - this is the slightly bigger, more acidic and woody version of Grand Cru. The only big difference is the size of the bottle and the fact that it’s limited release (hence rarer). Not sure if I’m missing something but I don’t see the nuance that makes this any better than Grand Cru though (which is already exceptional). 10/10.

Food match: You’re gonna need a big cheese platter for this bad boy.

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4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from fridge temp and allowed to warm over an hour. Pours a beautiful dark burgundy. Not much carbon. Sticks to the glass. Nose is amazing. Sour, funk, cherries, black currant, and maybe raspberries. Taste is very sour and sweet. Almost mouth puckering at first, but quickly follows with a bomb of sweetness. Initial sourness mixed with some barnyard funk. Sweetness mixed with dark berries. Really nice combo. This is a really special beer. Mouthfeel is amazing. Probably my favorite from Rodenbach.

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Photo of Frudel
4.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2014. Bottled. I heard a lot of good things about that beer and I haven't had it yet. Open the bottle faster!
A red / burgundy liquid escapes from the neck with a slightly pinkish white foam.

The nose is astonishing, wow! Acetic acid, balsamic vinegar notes, tart red berries fruit.

Taste is, intense tartness but it is well balanced with the residual sugar, sweet balsamic vinegar, tart cherries notes.

So complexe, Rodenbach really masters barrel aging.

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Photo of Kgoldsbe
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The smell and feel are almost as satiating as the taste. This is the perfect blend of sour on the front and subtle sweetness (honey, malt, red fruit) on the finish.

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Photo of Jtee
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 750ml bottle served at 7 degrees Celsius into a snifter. The bottle has been cellared for an additional six months.

Appearance: The beer pours a clearish, reddish-brown with one finger (1.5cm) of dense, tan head that disappears within a minute. Poor retention and no lacing. She's not a looker for sure though I do like the red hue.

Aroma: Outstanding. Complex, fragrant, and delicate. Medium-strong in intensity (depending on the temperature of the beer). Well-balanced between sweet and sour. I'm detecting little to no malt/hop character. Strong fruitiness and tartness including notes of balsamic vinegar, black cherries, and red berries (strawberries and red currants) as well as nominal acetone and some yeasty funk.

Flavour: Delicious. Tart, berry-like, vinous, and oaky. Strong and well-balanced following the nose seamlessly. Acidic with notes of balsamic vinegar, black cherries, red berries (strawberry), and oak. The finish is relatively short, medium in strength, and balancing towards sweet.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and sharp. Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. In terms of sensation it's slightly drying, prickly, and puckering. No apparent alcohol warmth.

Overall: Fruity, sour, and wine-like. An outstanding sour in my books. I'm always looking forward to trying this seasonal beer. Definitely worth a try. Additionally, don't drink it too cold as the aroma and flavour improve as the beer warms.

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4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

750 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Aug 2021 and served slightly chilled. Loved the 2013 vintage, so this was an easy sell. I removed the cage and then placed the bottle on a table while I left the room for a few minutes... bad idea. The cork dislodged of its own volition and disappeared through a gap in the drop ceiling. Seriously, I can't find it anywhere.

Pours a clear brick-red colour, topped with one finger of off white-coloured head. It fades away fairly quickly, lasting no more than 2-3 minutes before wilting to a creamy-looking collar and spotty film. Very little lacing is generated. Not unlike the 2013 vintage, the '14 bouquet is rife with aromas of oak wood, funky red wine vinegar, sour cherry, apple and grape. Balsamic notes, with hints of vanilla.

This impressive sour ale's flavour profile is reinforced by a backing of caramelized malt and honeyed sweetness, but beyond that it's mostly tart apple cider vinegar, balsamic acidity, sour cherry pit and underripe plum. Hints of sour apple and red grapes are pushed aside by oak tannins and vanilla, leading up to a fruity, lightly funky finish and highly acidic aftertaste. The tannins have an astringent effect on the tongue. Medium in body, with gentle carbonation that weakly agitates the surface of the mouth. An intense, palate-exhausting sour that drinks like a dream.

Final Grade: 4.42, an A grade. Rodenbach Vintage 2014 is a brew that doesn't pull any punches - this is a bold sour ale, and it doesn't hold back in the slightest. Its combination of sour fruits, oak, balsamic vinegar and red wine notes is a tried and true one that is sure to satiate the appetite of any BA that appreciates a complex Flanders Red. It seems to me that there's more red fruit flavour and vinegar sourness than I recall (vs. the 2013), but I suppose I'd have to try them side-by-side to definitively confirm that. In any event, it's extremely good and you'd be foolish not to pick up a bottle, if presented with the opportunity.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Poured from a 9.4 oz bottle into a tulip. This one pours very similar to last years, it is a beautiful auburn in color and light does get through it. It also had 2 fingers of bubbly head with a red tint. carbonation seems really lively. This looks delicious.

Aroma - Up front I'm getting a sour apple and balsamic vinegar mixing together harmoniously to create a really appealing inviting sour aroma along with a slight brett funk, behind which I'm getting brown sugar, caramel, vanilla some plum, sour cherries and a bit of grape, and all this is held down with a soft oak aroma. This is definitely a really nice rendition of the style at least as far as the nose is concerned.

Taste - The Cherry hits you as soon as it touches your tongue as well as the balsamic vinegar flavor. They are the 2 most prolific tastes I'm getting. A very slight bitterness from the oak seems to separate the sours and sweets at which point your enamored by the sugary sweet goodness of caramel, fresh sugar cane, rich and rich vanilla. wow.

Feel - This beer is very easy going with velvet carbonation sliding along the tongue. It's rather light but the texture still feels on the fuller side to me. This is a heck of a beer.

Overall - This beer is getting a 4.25 across the board from me. I love the occasional Flanders Red although my acid reflux may punish me later. This was a great rendition of the beer. Last year's had a more fruity sweetness to this years sugary and I'm a little torn on which I like better. If there is one thing Rodenbach do right its their vintage series. actually what am I saying they do everything right! cheers!

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Photo of REVZEB
4.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look I love pretty much Rodenbach makes, they are the masters of the flanders red ale. But this years vintage ale blew me away! The taste and feel were so pure, sweet and tart cherry, nice boozy oak, warm spices, some balsamic, some candi sugar, vanilla, and wildflower, all within a viscous and rich liqueur body with no burn. If the smell can get that rich as well, this is a perfect flanders

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Photo of JamFuel
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle that has been in my basement since 2016. I prefer the vintage Rodies at about 5 years, let's see how this goes.

Pours a dark reddish brown with a little bit of foam.

Smell is tart and sweet, vinous and oaky with hints of citrus and vinegar.

Taste is intensely sweet and sour with tons of cherries, oak and vinegar upfront and some funk and raspberries backing up. Great acidity and very complex.

Mouthfeel is medium, with lots of carbnation.

Overall, another great year of Rodenbach, noone does this style better.

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Photo of stotch
4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a wine glass.

L: Pours an auburn red colour which turns purple in the light. A good finger and a half of head when initially poured.

S: Sour apple cider and balsamic as well as caramel, vanilla and cinnamon. Love the balance of sour and sweet.

T: Even better than the nose. Tart green apple, dark cherry, raisins and balsamic vinegar which becomes even more sour and pronounced in the finish.

F: Light and bubbly, almost like a champagne. Suits the complex flavours well.

O: A fantastic sour beer. I've had the Rodenbach Grand Cru at a bar and this is just as good, if not better.

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Photo of Ginger-tipple
4.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best beers I have ever tasted. You can taste the perfection an complexity of the aging process and its tartness is refreshing even on a winter's evening.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.79/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml cork and caged bottle. Barrel 192, 2014 Vintage. Served in a teku glass. Pours a relatively clear caramel brown body, one finger thick white head, frothy with good retention and bits of lacing. Smells quite acetic, cider vinegary with a touch of acetone. Plenty of oak, a bit of funk, slight caramel sweetness. But the vinegar acidity is quite high here, and has absolutely has balsamic qualities to it. Flavour is however a bit more balanced; more sweeter caramel and a bit of cherry fruit sweetness, oak, light leathery funk, and a heavy vinegar presence. No acetone or anything that threw me off. But it is heavy on the acidity. Mouthfeel is medium-lighter bodied, a bit evanescent but with plenty of depth and complexity to it. The acidity is strong on the backend, and it isn't going to be one to power through in a hour by any means. Overall, it's not as well rounded as the blended Rodenbach bottlings, I think. But it's certainly unique and different, and I'm interpreting this experience as a glimpse at the kind of beers that are being produced in foeders/on oak before being blended into the final product.

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Photo of biegaman
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Rodenbach 2014 Vintage has candy-apple highlights and medium clarity; it's got a vibrant and warming complexion that makes it look deceivingly gulpable. There's a fair amount of foam that takes up residence in my glass, which is a welcomed feature though somewhat surprising given the beer sat for a full two years in a porous oak barrel.

2014 is an especially stinky vintage (I'll remind you that when it comes to sours the stinkier the better). Whatever little critters crept out of the wood or dropped in by air, they smell absolutely lovely. Sourness is typically a quality associated with taste but sometimes it can be detected by the nose alone - and this is definitely one of those occasions.

Barrel No. 192 is over-the-top generous with those lip-smacking cherry balsamic flavours - is this made in Flanders or Emilia-Romagna? - and is also equipped with a good supply of chestnut honey, pomegranate molasses, cider vinegar, rose petals and leathery tannins. If Rodenbach revealed they used a Solera method I wouldn't be the least bit surprised.

Sours are fantastic - unless you suffer from acid reflux. When it comes to Flemish Reds it's not typically the alcohol you have to worry about, it's the pH; the best of these beers - and Barrel No. 192 is among them - don't taste anything near their strength but have a rip-roaring acidity that makes it hard to drink all through the night... as much as one might want to.

Rodenbach is what I call a "northstar" producer: constant, reliable and remarkably bright. The concept of a "Vintage Ale" is not just clever marketing but really quite sensible given the nature of working with wild yeasts and barrel-aging. 2014 is yet another exceptionally, outstandingly fun, funky offering that's well worth whatever the asking price and is a top example of the style.

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is where it all comes together.

A dark ruby brown beauty in the glass.

A smell of milky vanilla, oak, balsamic vinegar, some sugary cinnemon and red fruits.

The taste is like the smell but even more intense, yet perfectly balanced; I have never had a Rodenbach with a more refined profile, the harmony between the tartness and sweetness here is sublime.

Something tells me this one won't become better with age, I usually find that they seem to mellow out a bit when it comes to the acidity.

That's something you certainly don't want this time. Because what's here now - is really quite without fault.

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2014 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 192) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 61 ratings