2016 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 222) | Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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2016 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 222)2016 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 222)
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4.37/5
Outstanding
2016 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 222)2016 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 222)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Belgium
rodenbach.be

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
1
Ratings:
7
pDev:
5.49%
 
 
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Reviews: 1 | Ratings: 7
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4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very good head production and retention for the style. Body is a dark, nutty brown with garnet and purple hues, and fairly clear despite the dark color.

Nose is a balanced blend of vinegar sourness, oak, must, vinous red grapes, dark fruit, and brown sugar. Cherries, strawberries, prunes, plums, caramel, and vanilla round out a deeply inviting and smooth profile.

Flavor brings a sour punch much stronger than implied by the nose - but not surprising for fans of Rodenbach. Throughout, the vinegar-like sourness is balanced by a wealth of fruity tones - berries and dark fruit similar to the nose: strawberries, cherries, apples, plums, and prunes - caramel and brown sugar, light rustic funk, and vanilla-laced tannins.

Quick presentation on the palate: it's a sour punch up front, rapidly moving through the sweeter tones, until a sticky, mildly tart finish is reached. Fairly strong pucker up front, with minor finishing pucker. A touch fuller bodied than some in the style, but it's primarily a sipper only due to the sourness and the depth of the flavor profile, vice any heft slowing you down.

Another home run by Rodenbach. It's difficult to compare vintages

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2016 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 222) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Beer rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 7 ratings