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)
BA SCORE
4.35/5
153 Ratings
2008 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 96)2008 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 96)
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 jamie2dope on 10-06-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
153
pDev:
9.43%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
44
Trade:
3
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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Major props to Huhzubendah for sharing this. Thanks Matt

Pours a reddish brown color with a nice off white head. Great lacing on my new Belgium glass. Freakin' amazing nose! Wow.... Funk, Cherry, raspberry, barnyard smells.. Perfect. Holy crap. The taste is perfect. I honestly can't think of anything that can improve here. Unbelievable taste, and feel. Feel is super smooth, acidic fruit, and gobs of taste. Wow... Overall, this is the perfect beer for the style. Unbelievable .. Thank you Matt!!

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4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
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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4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
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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4.79/5  rDev +10.1%
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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4.79/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle 7,0% Abv.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.
2008 Vintage

I love Flemish red ales and Rodenbach Grand Cru is one of my all time favorite beers, I am expecting big things from this version!
This is the 6th beer in my series of sours.

Appearance: Beautiful, crystal clear auburn body topped by a large white head that lasts acceptably well and leaves patchy lace.

Smell: Perfect - this is hands down the best Flemish red I have smelled!
Cherries dominate the nose - mostly tart, with a little underlying sweetness. Other notes include: Oak, balsamic vinegar, raspberries, leather, hints of cider, a light musty note and a metallic element that I oddly associate with the taste of blood. Towards the end of the bottle a BSDA like spiced dark fruit note becomes present.

Taste: After such a stunning nose, I expected this to be pretty delicious and man does it deliver! I ended up gulping down half the bottle before I remembered that I had to write down some review notes!
As with the nose, tart cherries and oak dominate, other notes include: Balsamic, cider vinegar, a vinous note, old wood, raspberries, earthy leather and a metallic note similar to that in the nose (again it reminds me of blood).

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a medium-high level of ultra smooth carbonation. Moderate acidity and a lingering dryness in the finish.

Overall: Rodenbach Vintage is an amazingly complex and full flavoured brew, but at the same time compulsively drinkable and refreshing. I will have to buy multiple bottles of each vintage in the future!

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2008 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 96) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 153 ratings
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