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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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of claspada
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, deep red color with a small pinkish/tan head of bubbles that recede to leave some minimal spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with a great deal of dry dark, tart cherries and cranberries. As it warms there is a light caramelized maltiness but the tannic cranberry and dark cherry is quite strong. Some oak and earthiness emerges moer and more as it warms.

Th tastes begin with a small amount of caramelized maltiness and brown sugar but soon after the tart berries really pop and take over. A great deal of cranberry and dark cherry (not artificial like some krieks can come across as but really dark mascerated cherries). As it warms you get more oak, tannic and light vanilla flavors but the sour fruits are still the dominating flavor contributor.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a medium to low amount of carbonation. The finish ir fairly fruity but still pretty darn tart and sour to balance.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer and was super surprised and impressed with the shelf vintage beers. It was the last one on the shelf and I had no real expectations, but this really shocked and impressive me with it's complexity and dialed in flavor. I am not enamored with fresh Rodenbach (it's not bad I just really doesn't wow me), but this aged/vintage edition is really stellar and I will be looking to add more of these or either of the '08 or '09 to my cellar in the near future.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of scootny
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear garnet brown with a thin head. Some nice lacing as I drink. Smell is rich in vinous notes with a healthy amount of oak and alcohol. A hint of vanilla. Some funk and fruit with cherries being the biggest part. Taste is superb. A healthy malt core with a light toasted caramel malt sweetness. Sour and dry with lots of cherries, oak, and vanilla. Really a subtle complex blend of fruits. Finish is dry and juicy with a sour puckering. Feel is medium weight with a mild effervescent carbonation. This went exceptionally well with a special New Years Eve chili and the after dinner cheese a crackers. A superb Flanders Red.

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Photo of Damian
4.79/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint 9.4 fl.oz./750ml bottle purchased at Harvest Fine Wines & Spirits, West Hartford, CT
Best before: 10 08 12
Served in a tulip

The beer poured a dark crimson-amber color. Nearly crystal clear. A spotty film of large, tan colored bubbles topped the liquid, but they quickly dissipated.

The aroma was outstanding. Cherry pie notes came through strong. Lots of vanilla. Good dose of brown sugar and caramel malt sweetness. The sweetness played well again the moderately tart and acidic balsamic vinegar notes. Rich and robust. There was also an unexpected sweet, brandy-like character. Remarkably well balanced.

The flavor profile was very similar to the nose. Sweet up front with a rich, stiff, malty backbone. Strong vanilla notes. Vinous in the center. The beer drank more like a fruit-forward red wine than a "typical" beer. Strong sour cherry notes. Mild oak. Balsamic vinegar came through on the tart and moderately acidic finish. At 7% ABV, the alcohol was incredibly well buried.

The beer was medium bodied. Rich, frothy and creamy. The liquid contained a finely bubbled effervescence and it turned light and fluffy once it hit my palate.

All in all, this was the best Flanders red ale I have ever tried. The Rodenbach 2008 Vintage Oak Aged Ale I had recently was quite impressive but this was even better. Definitely grab a bottle or two if you can still find them sitting on shelves.

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4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked bottle (as the one in the picture) served in a Snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark and cloudy reddish to brown color forming a small yellow to beige bubbled head. A thin layers remains forever on the tops and a lot of lacings are formed and left in the glass

S: Smell is simply delicious. A mix of cherries, strawberries, grapes, vinegar, sweet malts, yeasts and oak. Absolutely great woody notes in the nose. A Flanders Red to the bone

T: Taste is just perfect. Slight sweet malts upfront followed by a soft vinegar sourness. Strong fruit notes, mainly cherries, strawberries and grapes. Belgian wild yeasts and a light hops bitterness can finally felt in the very end

M: Medium body and carbonation. Aftertaste is mainly made of a smooth which is also a bit sweet and fruity

O: Excellent drinkability.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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1/5  rDev -76.9%

Photo of ao125
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Poured from a chilled bottle into a goblet on 7/16/2012.

Appearance: Reddish brown - more like a rust color. Some alcohol lacing and minimal head.

Smell: Holy crap. The smell is a crazy mix of strawberry, black cherry, vinegar, malt, yeast, oak, and something I can't quite put my finger on. Half the fun of this beer is the smell, which is quite unlike any other beer I've smelled before. It keeps going on and on.

Mouthfeel: Yet another beer that's great to hold on your palate. It's just the right viscosity - neither too thin nor too thick.

Taste: Wow. This beer touches on so many notes. There is a definite sour component that is like a vinegar. The oak is there, as is some malt. There is so much going on that it's almost impossible isolate one thing from another.

Overall: This beer is a symphony of flavors and smells that is probably impossible to duplicate, and I feel fortunate to have tried it once.

I paired this up with a beef brisket that I marinated in barleywine, garlic, and black cherry juice, which I had dry-rubbed and then smoked over cherry wood. It was perfect. I don't think I could have made a better food pairing.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Just finished up with Red Poppy and Cuvée Des Jacobins. It's a Flemish Red kind of night, so time to dig into the cellar and pop a bottle.

Best Before 08/12/12.

Pours a medium brown with orange hues. Some bubbles gravitated to one side of the glass after the quarter-inch head fell. Nice to see this many bubbles, in general. I like swishing it around, it looks good.

Lightly tart nose with some cidery vinegar, almost-ripe cherries, and a masked oak presence. Some whipped topping creaminess, but it's faint.

Very mellow. A great deal of the juicy fruitiness from the cherries and vinegar have converted to vintage red wine complexity. Still retaining some of the cherry sweetness with notes of overripe peach and vine-frozen grape, and the balsamic quality of the Grand Cru is a red wine vinegar dose in this one. Oaky in the middle-to-end, but hardly tannic or bitter throughout the whole mouth of the beer. Great peppery finish that I could not have calculated. Having tasted both Rodenbach and Rodenbach Grand Cru, this beer has its own character through evolution.

Very wet and full for the style. Nice spritz alarms you when you suck it back. The alcohol is so well-hidden, it's first picked up as a warm glowing in my belly.

My only bottle, so here's to scoring more of this awesome brew! Thanks Rodenbach! You were always my first love in the world of good beer.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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

Bottle at Beer Deluxe. I was so stoked for this.

A - Poured a hazy dark red. One finger of light brown head left some spattering of lace and a film of retention.

S - Wood and lot's of sweet fruit and slightly sour cherry. Rich maltiness combined with a sourness that was quite inviting.

T - Wood, smooth maltiness and lot's of sourness. So tasty with so much cherry, rich malt, dark fruits, and sour fruits.

M - Starts out tart and gets really smooth in the middle then gets tart as hell in the finish. So smooth with good carbonation and a medium to full body. Really good.

O/D - What can I say? This beer is great. So incredibly smooth while being so complex as well. I only had a third of the bottle but it was heavenly. I believe I could drink and savour this all day while uncovering so much more. Great.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.69/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours really quite murky. It might be chill haze. Almost mud like red/brown with a thin light tan head that slowly erupts and quickly recedes leaving a ring around the glass for quite some time.

Vanilla, oak, and tart cherries in the aroma. Sweet bread in background. Lactic sourness and basement-like funk. A touch of warming alcohol. Very effervescent. It practically filled the room with the aroma after popping the cork.

Wow, it was quite unexpected how much more depth the flavor has as compared to a fresher Grand Cru. Sweet and sour accompanied with massive oak flavor especially on the finish. Tart cherries as well as mild milk chocolate. The finish is crisp and dry. Actually quite refreshing despite the sourness and oak flavors.

Carbonation is a little less spritzy than other (probably fresher) Flanders Reds, but this is made up for with a slightly creamier mouthfeel. Cleans out of the mouth quickly, leaving just a bit of tartness on the tongue.

Overall, quite an awesome beer. Except for the murky appearance, practically flawless. I was surprised how much the single barrel and age had an effect on it. Ridiculously drinkable.

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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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