2007 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 230) | Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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2007 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 230)2007 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 230)
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by ShadesOfGray on 12-31-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
155
Reviews:
78
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
11.34%
 
 
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12
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36
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Ratings: 155 |  Reviews: 78
Photo of Sammy
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque colour,with a reddish tinge, white bubby head. Fruity aromas, this is a flanders red that is clearly cherry and is balanced as a wine would be. Very lacey sheets. The carbonation i right there. Very drinkable. A bit of apple cider vinger that makes it even more cherryish.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to AndresR for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Pours a hazy orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with malt, dark fruit, vinegar, and oak aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour fruit and oak flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that seems to be showing some age but is still tasty and interesting.

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Photo of djrn2
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of metter98
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured brownish red in color and is fairly clear with lacy patterns of bubbles floating on the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There is a moderate aroma of cherries and oak in the nose.
T: Like the nose, there are tart flavors of cherries in the taste, which is also balanced by a mild vinegar-like sourness. Flavors of oak linger in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate. There is a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink because of its good balance between the sweet and sour flavors.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With so much maturation and refinement, Rodenbach has selected a masterful barrel for their Vintage '07 release. Now four years in the bottle and now in my belly, this barrel exhibits a smoother, more rounded and less astringent character than even the world class Grand Cru.

Pouring a tawny ruby-brown color and with crimson highlights, the beer shows nearly perfect clarity until the finishing pour which disturbs the sediment. Finely knit bubbles for a thin sheet of foam with very good staying power that once again errupts with a gentle swirl of the flute. Low on lace, the acidity of the beer eventually prohibits the head character to this small extent.

Savory aromas of balsamic vinegar, apple cider, black cherries, and oak all braid together in a decadent rich scent that's backed by sun-kissed malt, mild chocolate, bread crust, and oily nuts. Tart and rich all at the same time.

The sweet and sour interplay plays most prominantly on the palate as the malty rich flavor of chocolate, fruity sweetness, and rich walnut provide the base flavor to anchor the ale. Fruity acidity is lead by tart cherries, and followed by crabapples, cider, under-rippened berries, limes, and vinegar. Aged notes of leather, must, brine, balsamic, and soy sauce gives a regal maculinity to the beer that tempers the otherwise brash sourness. Low in bitterness, the beer relies on the sour to balance the sweetness and does so with low phenolics and complementary esters.

Medium to start, the body delivers perhaps a richer impression than is actual because of precieved fruit sweetness and chocolate. But the mid palate develops from malt richness and into dry tartness that proves refreshing and palate cleansing. Mildly astringent, the beer keeps all the surfaces of the mouth guessing. A linger of balsamic vinegar and chocolate covered cherries leave lasting impressions in aftertaste.

This is an absolute gem of a beer. Rodenbach's Grand Cru is my top ranked Sour Ale and this Vintage (Barrel 230) might be better than that.

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Photo of kojevergas
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BOTTLE: 750ml brown glass. Black foil-ed over unbranded hood and wire cap over a cork. 2007 vintage; I think this was released in 2009? Best before: 10/06/12 (oh well; I trust it's fine, if not even improved).

Purchased at The Ginger Man in New York City and served cold into a tulip at low altitude in Austin, TX. Allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Reviewed live. Expectations are sky high; I love this brewery and this style.

7% ABV.

Yields the softest cork pop I've ever heard upon opening - still carbonated, but age is evident.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Half finger head dissipates almost instantly, yielding only a floater ring. Leaves no lacing.

BODY: Dark deep ruby-brown. Gorgeous. Translucent. Quasitransparent. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Great appearance overall for the style. Appears undercarbonated.

AROMA: Rich vinegary notes, plump cherry, some acetic pie crust, oak. Maybe maple syrup? Someone at this tasting suggested rose wine; I definitely get hints. Some cherry jam.

Aromatic intensity is moderate to high. Fantastic aroma overall. Sourness is perfect for the style - about 5/10 intensity.

Not funky, yeasty, or boozy. No off-notes. Has no off-character from age or oxidation (e.g. cardboard). I think the oak has faded somewhat.

TASTE: Amazing. Perfect hints of faint wine character/red wine vinegar. Boasts the signature Rodenbach acetic pie crust I love and can't get enough of. A subtle oak tone guides the flavour profile. Belgian red malts. Evocative cherry is perfectly integrated into this impeccable balance. Gorgeous depth of flavour. Long flavour duration. Flavour intensity is moderate. The sourness is also moderate, which is apt for the style - about 5-6/10 in terms of intensity. A kiss of maple. How do they do this? The oak comes with some wine-like tannins that only enhance and accentuate the delicate flavours in this flavour profile.

No doubt a gestalt build; this beer is more than the sum of its parts and has incredible subtlety and nuance. Not quite as intricate as the very tippy top best beers in the style (most of which are brewed by Rodenbach!), but damned complex nevertheless.

Just great. I can't get enough of it.

TEXTURE: Soft, delicate, and luscious. Smooth, wet, refreshing. Acetic and acidic but not puckering. Carbonation is perfect - even after 8 years of aging. My main complaint with this beer is that it's a bit thin, but I wouldn't call it weak - because it's also a biteen syrupy. Could use a bit more body to amplify the fragile flavours.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

Near perfect. Accentuates the taste beautifully. There's a rare harmony of taste and texture in this beer that creates an ineffable effect.

OVERALL: Rodenbach once again astounds with an incredible brew that is of the highest caliber. Easily in my shortlist of best beers in the style. It's aged incredibly and could probably continue to do so for at least 5 more years. I have to stop myself from just inhaling this, and part of me can't help but wish that I greedily kept this bottle to myself (I shared this with good friends). This will humble even the most discerning of drinkers.

High A-

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Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of emerge077
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A gentle pour results in a wispy skim across the surface, that looks like a smudge of cirrus clouds. Some spotty bits of lace randomly dot the sides of the glass. Decent retention. The body is a lighter shade of brown, that glints ruby in the sunlight. Clarity is ok, you can see the underside of the surface bubbles through the glass.

Savory aroma of black cherry, red wine grapes, minerals, leather, and balsamic vinegar. Really nice, and I find myself inhaling deeply before every sip.

Tannic and fruity, notes of apple butter, cherry skins, tart grapes, with a lingering taste of oak and vague maltiness. Tart and acetic, though rather mellow and well integrated. Definitely more mellow than the Grand Cru, and more savory. Full and rich despite the lower levels of carbonation. I could easily put away a 750 of this with ease... one to be savored.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy brown reddish color ale with a medium size foamy head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma of oak is well balance by sweet cherries and tart notes. Taste is actually lighter then the Grand Cru with more notes of cherry and a sweeter profile. Oak notes are easily distinguishable with the tart notes also quite enjoyable. Body is about average with good carbonation and alcohol is well hidden. Very well made and not much to be improved.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -19%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's on November 7, 2010 on our way back from Night of the Funk.

Pours a nice ruby red color with a short light-tan head that doesn't leave much lacing behind. The nose is overly acetic, though behind that there is some oak and light cherries. A touch of sweetness in the taste, but still really acetic and vinegary. Light oak and a bit of tannins.

The mouthfeel was actually the highlight of this beer for me. While I didn't like the acidity throughout the nose and taste, feeling that it overpowered anything else that was there, this was nice on its own. Overall, however, just not enough going on here to justify all that high of a score.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Lost Abbey Stemware

Pours an off white head. Color is a hazed ruby brown.

Aroma: Sweet and tart cherries. A decent amount of spice. Vanilla comes through nicely. Some malts also showing. It is a bit sour and has some nice oak. Very pleasant.

Taste: Reminds me a bit of enigma. Sour cherries, but still sweet. Oak, vanilla, and spice come through again. Very similar to the nose. It has some sour and tartness, but nothing over done.

Mouthfeel: Sour, tart, and smooth. A lighter bodied beer with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends with more cherries.

Overall, this is a really nice beer that is very easy to drink. It is doing extremely sour, but what is here is nice. I could easily drink more of this one.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -19%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nathanmiller
4.93/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with Mike at the Pickled Pig Pub.

A: Pours a murky mahogany/purple/maroon color with a small, bubbly head on top. Not much head retention nor lacing at all.

S: Wow, very acetic, but fantastic. Much deeper than regular Rodenbach. A nice combination of sweet and sour/vinegar. Some cherries, oak, candied sugar, and some bready malt.

T: Fantastic. It is quite acidic, but not extremely sour, if that makes sense. Nice cherry sweetness, a little bit of oak and vanilla, and some fig and bruised apple.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth, but tart. The right level of carbonation.

O: Incredibly drinkable. Some age on did this beer wonders. Actually had it next to some fresh Rodenbach and it was amazing how much better this beer was, and I really like Rodenbach. It was hard to imagine that the aged version would be that much better, but it was.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich red in color and cloudy with a ruby/garnet look to it. No head at all, nothing, lifeless and still. Intimidating one could say. Then I go in for the smell and I am knocked back. Sour, apple vinegar with hints of citrus bouncing around it as well. So amazingly complex. Grapes, and plums, lots of fruit notes and a granny smith apple or two all coming up into the air. Carried over very well in to the first sip, as it was biting tart through and through. Really lip puckering sour that took a second to get used to, but once you did, look out. Bright lemon and orange notes then lit it up. Very light, very bright flavor that was soo complex and wonderfully done. Smooth, gentle, not overly carbonated, but amazingly drinkable.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a muddy, dark mahogany color with a very thin off-white head.

S: The nose is vinegary, even for a Flanders Red, with some noticeable sweetness and alcohol. There are some notes of oak and cherry as well.

T: The flavor is very much an improvement over the nose. Good standard Rodenbach flavors with a mild vinegar, sour cherries, oak, and a vinous quality.

M: The body is medium with a somewhat low level of carbonation.

D: This was a fairly decent Flanders Red, but nothing exceptional, and I wouldn't even say it's any better than the normal Grand Cru, especially not for the increased price.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

This brew appears a hazy burnt orange / crimson hue with a sizable off white head that displays lasting retention. The aroma is of funk, cherries, oak. The beer is tannic, with a healthy oak presence. Like the 2008 Vintage (Barrel 96), this delicious brew gracefully walks the line between sweet and sour. Wonderfully complex and highly drinkable, this is a must have beer for those who enjoy Flanders style ales. Perhaps a notch better than the 2008, but alas, I did not have them side by side.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - A glowing ruby-brown body, burgundy luminesence. A fizzy champagne top.

S - Dry fruit acidity and faint tart vinegar notes. Sour cherries and grapes with a big tart fruit bouquet and some mild sweetness.

T - In 4 years this beer has dried out nicely, giving it a very pleasing and clean taste. Faint acidity but not much tartness or sour on the palate. Mild smooth, dry fruit flavors. The cherry and sour notes have smoothed over.

M - Incredibly clean mouth, it feels like it cleans your mouth. Champagne carbonation and crisp, fresh nectar.

O - Fantastic as a fresh beer and just as well aged.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.92/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Rodenbach 2007 Vintage, Oak Aged Ale Barrel No. 230, Rodenbach, the exceptional red/brown sour ale of mixed fermentation, takes on it's unique character by maturing in handmade oak vats, some over 150 years old. This exclusive limited edition vintage by Rodenbach (7% ABV) is the result of a two-year aging process in Vat No. 230, resulting in our finest ale produced. Enjoy it's unparalleled sweet and sour palate with a complex aftertaste."

Gorgeous burgundy hue, a rich lavender, a rosy raspberry…with a slim, pinkish head atop. Very clouded. Looks utterly inviting, lovely as can be.

Aroma: Ah! Wow. Mmmm. Ripe raspberries meet mature cherries, under the fog of funky Belgian yeast. Tart, and sweet, and so tempting. I honestly and truly don't want to take my nose away from it. A lambic like no other. Complex, indeed. And, now to drink it…

Taste: on the lips…sublime. Incredible depth of flavor, large oak effects, delicious fruit factor. Lacks the sharpness and acidity in fresher red ales/ sours, whatever we call them these days. So rounded, so mellow, so groovy. (You know, that's going to become a regular thing in my vocabulary.) There's still plenty of sour snap, lots of zest, very vibrant funky kick, lush fruit…so tasty. So robust, so complex, deep …pretty near impossible to really encapsulate with mere words alone. If I could paint it for you? Animate it for you? Do an interpretive dance? Spin some poetry…perchance?

I went and rhymed again. So sue me. (Worse, it's bad, and trite. And forced. Ah, forget it.)

Medium-bodied, fullest of flavor. Long lasting tartness on the tongue. Gets more complex, with tannin-type feeling on the palate. Wow, I say again. Damn, this is deliciousness. A mellifluous mix of wine-like flavors, lambic sour and sweet, fruit flavors above and beyond, with an unheard-of depth and complexity.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Matt for sharing this one on a lazy Saturday afternoon. Served in a wine glass.

A - A finger of slightly tan foam dissipates to a thick ring and some light haze, leaving behind spotty lacing. The body is a semi-transparent orange-brown. Looks like a typical Flanders sour.

S - Balsamic vinegar, lactic sourness, acetic acid, sour cherry, light caramel maltiness, and a bit of spicy barrel. It's pretty much what I'd expect from this style of beer, and it's well-integrated and potent.

T - The taste is a little understated, and lacks some of the complexity and 'pop' found in the nose. The flavor is also sweeter, with some of the malt character of the base beer emerging as it warms. I don't think any of the 'young' Rodenbach is blended here, which might explain the smoothed out flavors.

M - Soft, smooth, medium body, with a light carbonation tingle. Finishes slightly dry and tannic.

D - This was quite easy to drink, as it was well-balanced in the tart and sour domains. The only real impediment is the increasing difficulty in finding more bottles out there. Maybe we'll see another single cask release. A nice surprise that I'm glad I got to try.

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2007 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 230) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
4.32 out of 5 based on 155 ratings.
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