2008 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 96)
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

2008 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 96)2008 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 96)
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Style:
Flanders Red Ale
ABV:
7%
Score:
94
Avg:
4.37 | pDev: 9.38%
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
153
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Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
 
Belgium
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Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  12
Gots
  43
SCORE
94
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2008 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 96)2008 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 96)
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Reviews by drpimento:
Photo of drpimento
4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

MMMmmmm, Yum! Great sweet tart beer! Poured at a good temperature with smallish, foamy, light tan head that settles after a bit and a smidgen of lace. Color is a clear honey amber with a couple of bubble trails. Aroma is cider, caramel, fruit, malt, yeast. Flavor's like nose with excellent sweet/tart balance, with a little bitter to round out the picture. Body is great and carbonation perfect. Finish is like flavor, long, and superbly drinkable. Almost want to gulp it, so good.

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Photo of WOLFGANG
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of drabmuh
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer is poured into a tulip. Beer is red, dark red, mostly clear with a white head of medium and small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation moderate to low, good head retention.

Beer smells mostly lactic, I was expecting more acetic but lactic is the winner. There is also a faint aroma of cherries.

Beer is nice and creamy with a mixture of acids, including some cherry tartness. Some tannic / oak notes in the midpalate as well. There is a lot going on in this sipper of a beer. Medium to light in body and overall a great sour. I was so convinced there were sour cherries in here I kept re-reading the label hoping that I would see the word "cherries" on there but alas. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of emerge077
3.71/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah yes, barrel #96. Definitely different than #260 from '07... mainly this one seems like it possibly had sweetener added. Review cobbled from written notes.

Into a pint glass it pours a ruddy brown, but when held to the light it's more of a glowing reddish/copper orange. Hint of crimson. The clarity is pretty sharp in fact, and it seems that it's filtered.

Acetic cherry pits and flesh, clean and not too wild. Soft tangy tartness, hint of lightly sweet caramel malt sweetness that lingers after the initial puckering tartness. Clean with a sour edge, not especially funky, though there is some acetic sharpness to the aroma.

Overall nice to try, not really better than the Grand Cru, and not really worth the premium of $18. If it was a dollar more than GC maybe, but quality wise it's practically the same. A bit of a letdown after sampling the spectacular 2007 vintage.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the staff at Redstone for this bottle. This edition of Rodenbach comes out a handsome glowing red, with an inch worth of white heading. In the nose, as to be expected is a mix of sour and sweet, with some red wine vinegar. The cherries are also very apparent. The taste starts off sour, then fades into the sweetness. Vanilla can be detected, along with the oak, providing for a very smooth finish. The cherries are not as intense as in the Grand Cru. Mouthfeel is acidic, yet approachable with the oak sweetness. It is medium bodied, and coats the palate. Alcohol is not apparent in the taste, but after a few gulps there is a warming effect. This one seems to be the middle child between the regular Rodenbach, and the Gran Cru. It definitely tastes the smoothest out of the three. Before it is gone, I would like to get another bottle to compare it to the other two. Another delicious brew from Rodenbach.

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Photo of hayesjw
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of khumbard
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of dfernandez77
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of albern
4.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a beer well worth the $20 sticker price. It is maximally complex and smooth, smooth, smooth. This is the best Flemish Red Ale you will find. It is so complex, so subtle, wonderfully tart, and sweet, and tangy. This is one of the most complicated beers I've ever tried. The oak aging just smoothed this beer out in ways that most oak aging just adds too much booziness or a coarse whisky type taste. Not so this beer.

The beer pours a slighly reddish brown, cloudy color with a slighly fizzy head, just a touch of lace and retention. There is a natural fizz and carbonation to this beer that is much appreciated. The nose is just a touch vinegary, tart, cherry soda like. The nose is good but the taste is stellar. I can't get enough of the smooth, tartness, cherry complexity, and sweet and sour qualities of this beer. Just fantastic, this is a must try. The aging on this beer imparts just a melange of malty flavors complemented by the sours and slightly cherry sweetness. Wow! Each sip on this beer is just a new experience. It is even better once it settles. A huge L'Chaim on this beer.

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Photo of Diomede
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of shivtim
4.79/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at churchkey in DC.
Clear, orange/red, small off-white head.

Nose is phenomenal. Sour cherries, funky sweet sugars, deep plum and dark fruit notes. Oak and nuts.

Taste is complex and wonderful. Tangy, sweet oranges and grapefruit, oak, brown sugar. Lime and honey. Wow.

Mouthfeel is tart/dry; foamy, fantastic.

The sourness on this beer might limit drinkability, but it's still amazing.

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Photo of Damian
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint 9.4 fl.oz. 750ml bottle purchased at Berman's Wines & Spirits, Lexington, MA
Best before: 06/08/13
Served in a tulip

Crimson-brownish colored and rather murky in appearance. The liquid was topped by a one-finger, light tan, super bubbly and frothy head. Drippy streaks of lacing cascaded down the glass. The head faded to a lasting, thick and bubbly ring.

The nose was a fantastic mix of sweet and tart aromas. Super fruity. Strawberries were most apparent. Sour cherries were detectible as well. Rich caramel malts played well against the tartness. Slight red wine notes. A bit tannic. Hint of vinegar. Exceptionally balanced.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose, but perhaps a touch sharper. A strong caramel malt base held up the front end. The beer was tart in center. Slight lactic acid notes. Sour cherries and tart raspberries were noticeable as well. Balsamic vinegar came through on the somewhat woody finish.

The beer felt surprisingly light and frothy on the palate. Foamy and supple with a crisp, medium effervescence.

I love the regular version of Rodenbach and this 2008 Vintage Oak Aged Ale was slightly more complex and just as immensely drinkable. As a rare indulgence, this is definitely worth the price of admission.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle thanks to Metallitone1, appreciate it. I split this with a friend and off the top I think I enjoyed the 2007 more but this was still a good beer. Dark red color witha sweet-sour smell that was very robust. The flavor leaned way more towards sweet than sour and the hint of sourness was really just a suggestion like you might get from some tart cherries. Overall, not bad but I'd rather have the Rodenbach Grand Cru.

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Photo of strangefate
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Hulmeville Inn on 10/10.

Pours an amber with a one finger head that dissipates quickly and leaves a small and fleeting amount of lacing. Smells like sweet and sour cherries with a hint of vanilla. The taste is of sour fruits, particularly cherry and apple. The oak taste is very faint - much less than other oak-aged beers. This has a great mouth-feel, a medium body and well carbonated which greatly compliments the sourness. A great beer and one of the best sours I've had. I could easily drink two pints of this, but I find it hard to drink much more than that of any sour, otherwise I could drink this all day.

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Photo of NickMunford
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

part of the hobo tasting no.8 that took place in the lowes parking lot this afternoon. great job bringing this one out calton. 750ml split between the two of us.

pours out a nice light reddish pink color with a light haze to it and a nice and big head of off white that reached a height of around three iches before settling with tons of side glass lacing.

aroma is rich tart cherries and raspberries, rich and a perfect mix of tartness and sweet fruit notes, i was in heaven an melted into the glass. each sip was like a fruit explosion. cherries and berries, light sourness, hints of oak as it warms but always maintaining a lightness and an airyness that kept it soo smooth and easy to drink it was absurd. such a nice dry, clean, and tart finish that left the long lasting fruit and light oak flavor on the tongue, you really just could not get enough of this one.

overall i am really becoming a huge fan of the flanders reds and this was an instant classic in my book. a hell of a beer i was proud to be able to drink.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled purchased at West Lakeview a while back. Served in a BFM chalice at thetomG's place.

A - Off-white foam settles to a thin collar, a few wisps, and minimal lacework. Somewhat opaque orange-brown body.

S - Oak, lactic notes, some cider and cherry vinegar, more sharp oak, musky funk, and mildly sweet malt base. Seems more oaky and sour than regular Rodenbach.

T - Taste has less even less sweetness and more in the way of lactic acidity, oak, sour cherry and other tart fruits, and perhaps a faint bit of red fruits and licorice malt character.

M - Medium body, lightly puckering tartness, with a super-dry oak and tannic texture. Some mild acidity, as well as some residual malt stickiness.

D - A really nice Flanders Red - not sure I could distinguish this from other single barrel Rodenbachs, or even older bottles of Grand Cru, without the virtue of an A/B comparison, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Still, the price premium means I won't be having this offering very often.

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Photo of snpub540
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a scarlett hue into my tulip. 1/8 " ring of bubbles never disappears and it leaves some web like lacing on my glass.

Aroma is mostly cherries with a slight funk. Also a wheat hint in there. Sour is the major not here though.

Sour is the dominate flavor here. Super crisp and fruity. Sour apple and sour cherry flavors here make up the taste.

Mouthfeel is mdium bodied and crisp. Bitterness is not a lemony tart but crisp and refreshing. I'm very glad I got to tastge this one. The three years of aging most have mellowed it out and made this perfect to drink.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at 72 Hours of Belgium yesterday

Clear amber with a thin white head with decent retention and lacing. The nose is great. Fruity sourness, acetic acid, a little caramel, vanilla and oak, this is enjoyable. The palate opens with a huge tartness with a softened red wine vinegar, vanilla, a little sugar and some wine. Moderate oak character is present. Drying on the finish with acid, tannins and vanilla, this is excellent

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Photo of illidurit
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of freduardo
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at TJ's Belgian Beer Paradise and reviewed from notes that I just found today. Poured into a tulip glass.

The 2008 vintage pours a deep reddish brown with amber flashes around the edges of the glass. There is a 1-finger head, creamy and consisting of extremely fine bubbles. Not much lacing to speak of, nor does there seem to be any activity in the tulip after the pour.

The aroma and the taste are both the highlights of this beer. An acetic sourness opens up, accompanied by sour cherries. A funkiness follows...not barnyard, but more earthy in nature, like an aged goat cheese. Vanilla and tannins from the oak barrels pour forth in the finish, somewhat overwhelming the rest of the beer, but they then subside leaving another wave of tart cherries on the finish. There are many Flanders Reds that are far too sweet on the finish. This is not one of them. Sweet but drying at the same time, Rodenbach his the mark on this one.

The consistency is thin to medium with a light carbonation. The well rounded flavor and well balanced finish that was struck between sweet and dry really make this one to enjoy. By far, this was the highlight of the night for me.

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of KAF
4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Halcyondays
4.88/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a light amber with a real mild white head, fair retention, no lace.

S: Great acetic sweet/sour nose with a lot of cherries, breathtaking.

T: Sweet cherries, cranberries, unripe raspberries with the undercurrent of delicious acid, a treat.

M: Medium-bodied, moderate acidity, very refreshing and easy on the palate.

D: Absolutely fantastic, I'm glad I picked up a bottle of this, at $22 even it's a bargain, great beer.

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2008 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 96) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 153 ratings