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

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2008 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 96)2008 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 96)

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.11/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks to sweemzander for taking the pricey plunge on this one. This was one I simply couldn't see myself paying for. Poured into a tulip.

A: Brownish red hue. About a fingers worth of light beige head. Soapy lace remains.

S: Holy oak barrel! This thing just oozes oak like a chunk of wet wood. Mild sour cherry and vinegar. A good amount of musty attic.

T: Much like the nose full on oak. The flavor is actually rather timid. Oak soaked cherries and mild vinegar sourness. Nothing really stands out except the oak flavor.

M: Medium smooth body. Very mild carbonation.

O: Well fro the price this one is a huge disappointment. The Grand cru is one of my favorite beers of all time. I would take Grand Cru over this any day. For half the price.

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Photo of DousedInStout
3.54/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter with thin pink head that diminished quickly. The aroma is spot on - sweet cherry, medicinal, cider vinegar and acid. Unfortunately, the aromatics led me to believe this would be more sour that it was. The taste is overly sweet with a teeth-coating mouthfeel. You get a little oak, and little sourness, but those flavors are overwhelmed by the fruity sweetness. As it warms, you get a little more notes of cider vinegar. I know Flemish sours are typically more sweet, but I was hoping for a more dry, sour flavor from the barrel-aging process. In my opinion, not worth the near $20 price tag.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -16.9%
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 jrallen34
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap into a Rodenbach Grand Cru class at Kulminator...A dark ruby brown pour, some clearness, more red then the regular. A light tan head of two fingers, great retention but only ok lacing...The aroma is slightly tart with vinegar, wish it was a bit stronger. Not as sweet or rubust as the regular, more oak...The taste is more acidic but not in a vinegary way. A lot more of the wood comes out, this is tart. This is a little bland, I'm no so impressed. This is not an improvement, a lot of the vinegar is gone and replaced with oak. Don't mess with the best one going unless its going to be awesome.

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Photo of emerge077
3.71/5  rDev -13.9%
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 kojevergas
3.73/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rodenbach Vintage 2008. 96. 7.00% ABV. Served on-draught into a 30cl tulip at Kulminator in Antwerp. Cost was a mere 3.50 euro. Reviewed from notes taken July 2011.

A: Pours a three finger head of lovely brilliant cream, magnificent thickness, and incredible retention for the fairly high ABV. Head retained longer than I could wait to drink it. Dark nontransparent red colour. Very appealing.

Sm: Light appealing fruit esters: raspbery and cherry fruit comes through. Floral hops. A pretty strong aroma. I'm excited to try this.

T: Glorious fruit esters - definitely raspberry and cherry, with bright amber hops that refresh rather than deprive. A well built foundation of strong fully expressive malts and barley supports the fruit. Complex, layered, and very well balanced. Sweet but not overly so. Very well built for the style. Some subtle sour notes come in on the climax, but even sour haters would still like this beer. I quite fancy it. Flavorful and interesting.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Not too thin as with many fruity beers. Especially older ones. Sits the flavours of the body, though I do wish it were a bit smoother.

Dr: Serve cold. Preferably in a tulip not a goblet. She's above average ABV, drinks easy, and tastes delightful. Give her a sip in Belgium where she's cheap.


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Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul
3.79/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz pour into a tulip at Pinocchio's in Media, PA back in December.

A Pours a clear, dark brown like iced tea with almost no head. It keeps a light tan ring.

S Smells like cherries and plums. It's certainly sour, yet very fruity.

T It's very smooth, sour, and funky. Tastes like spiced fruits, cherries, apples, grapes.

M It has a spicy feeling, astringent, with sharp carbonation.

O It's very smooth. The aging has brought out more sourness but really smoothed it out, goes down very easy. It's a great balance between sour, funk, and fruit.

I always enjoy having Rodenbach, and this was a great treat to see on tap at one of my favorite places while I was on break.

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Photo of phichifiji00
3.8/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a medium brown with a reddish hue. Has about a finger of thick white head and lots of lacing.

Smell: Sour, funky, dark fruit, red wine, and oak.

Taste: Sour upfront, sweet in the middle and then ever so slightly sour again at the end. Tastes of oak, dark fruit and lots of cherry juice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, tart early on, then overpoweringly sweet.

Overall: A good beer that would likely benefit from a few years of bottle aging. It starts of nice and sour, but quickly becomes overpoweringly sweet.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Hulmeville inn on a sunday.

A- Rodenbach number 96 looks deep orangish red within the glass. Looks a bit brighter than most Rodenbachs. Nothing on top of this coming off the spout, swirls could not bring any life out on top, no lacing.

S- Smells like your typical Rodenbach but there is a bit more emphasis on the sweet side with vinegar coming through a bit more than barrel 230 which I recently had on tap as well. Cherry, wood, oaking and a dash of vanilla.

T- And yes, there it is that foder goodness, sweet cherry flavor mixing in well with the oak. A touch of vanilla. As expected the vinegar comes out a bit more in this vintage but not on the level of the new rodenbach grand cru that came back to Philly after it's year long absense from the area. Lemon juice pours through.

M- Tart and sweet and kinda thin, this is not a blended roady so I guess I can see that. All in all above light bodied with tart capabilities and a small amount of carb punch. The lemon kinda lingers around a bit.

D- Not so much, the 7% does not scare me, but this barrel did not really do it for me, I prefer the 2007 version more, but 08 remains damn good beer from a great brewery, possibly the best flanders producer in the world. Get on this if you get a chance.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.89/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light muddy pinkish reddish.

Candy, sweet cherry, so sweet, honey, too sweet?

Cherry and oak, orange, bits of vanilla. Cherry pie in a glass.

Typical Rodenbach sedimenty, highly acidic mouthfeel.

The mouthfeel is a bit more restrained than the regular version, definitely better than the regular.

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Photo of jsanford
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, GA on 1/27/11

A - Clear mahogany with a creamy 2-inch head. Nice retention, leaves soapy lacing.
S - Tart aromas of cherries, currants, vinegar, red grapes, brown sugar, and oak.
T - Tart berries dominate with a good dash of red wine vinegar and plenty of oak characteristics. The oak is really nice, it smooths the beer out perfectly.
M - Slick with a medium body and sharp carbonation. Very dry, puckering finish, especially as the beer warms.
D - Nice drinkability, the tartness gets to me after the one glass.

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Photo of jwinship83
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an expensive ($21.99) 750ml corked and caged bottle i picked up as soon as i found out about it poured into my duvel tulip. the best by date on the bottom of the bottle says around 3 years from now.

A- this beer comes out of the bottle a somewhat hazy amber colored body with a rather large light khaki colored head on top. the head is very long lasting, and leaves behind large globs of lacing.

S- the first thing im able to note in the nose is how sweet this one smells. its also pleasantly sour smelling. somewhat vinegary. lots of sour cherries. a little bit of the funk.

T- the beer starts out with some bright cherry taste which quickly moves onto sourness. the funk i could smell comes through a little stronger in the taste. there is also some faint hints of vanilla from the barrel.

M- the body is on the thinner side. there is a rather high level of carbonation for the style. there is a nice dry finish to this one.

D- for my money, id rather have 2 bottles of the regular rodenbach grand cru than one of these. i am glad i picked it up, i just find it a little expensive for what it is. its a nice balance of sweet and sour.

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Photo of jthelamontagne
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Mahogany, burnt caramel.

A: Dark Fuit, Fig, Sour marmalade, Grape jolly rancher, juxtaposed against a bright green apple spine.

T: strawberry Rhubarb, Tart sour cherry, strawberry vinaigrette. deep sugared malt flavour. reminds me of the cherry filler in chocolate bars or candy.

M: med body, fine bubbles

F: Sour Cherry pie.

Very much enjoyed this brew - though forgive me as i found my tasting notes on a napkin at the back of my drawer and from my notes, i can tell i was near the beginning of my journey...

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Photo of xnicknj
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into tulip - thanks cj

Pours a bright red with some dark ruddy colors and haze. Crop of beige head fades into a bubbled film that rests on top. Patches of lacing ring the glass.

Potent nose with acidic sourness and vinegar hints. Black cherry and dark fruit with leather and oak. Funky and tannic with a soft alcohol warmth.

Sour and dry on the tongue with plenty of dark fruit notes. Raisin, cherry and dates with soft sweetness. Heavy backbone with some richness and fruit. Oak and tannic hints with red wine and red grapes. Finishes a little warm and sour.

Medium body, well carbonated, sticky and dry on the tongue. Well integrated flavors, nice round sourness and plentiful fruit tones. This was a pleasant treat.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep red, a bit of clinging light colored head, poor head retention

S: super acidic and oaky up front with plenty of cherry and grape to round things out

T: things start with a bit of fruity tartness and it becomes much more sour as the flavor develops, sweet red cherries are present along with grape skin and balsamic vinegar

Mf: high carbonation, moderate body

O: very delicious example of the style, nice balance between sweet and sour, definitely worth a try

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Photo of DreamInOrange
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Definitely a special occasion beer. It poured a real nice auburn color with a quickly dissipating head that held for some light lacing. Flavors are fairly complex, I tasted granny smith apple, balsamic vinegar, funk, and could taste the oak. It had a moderate level of carbonation.

Interesting and complex beer that falls between beer, cider and wine.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

75 cl, natural cork and steel cage - the expectations are HIGH!

A: Pour is dark brown with hints of red. A very creamy off-white head dissipates into great lacings.

S: Sour and very fruity, mostly cherries and some plums. Kind of oak galore. A hint of brett in the yeasty smell.

T: Yeast and cherries! Some faint chocolate. Sour and oaky, without the vanilla?! Fruity. Some brett.

M: Aftertaste is rather sour and short. Body is medium and carbonation is moderate. Smooth!

O: This is a great Flanders Red Ale (but all I had are great). The oak gives the sourness yet another dimension.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
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 Roguer
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Surprisingly solid head (1 1/2 fingers) of bubbly and firm light tan, almost white color. Brew is the expected reddish-brown cloudy hue. Head retention is very good. Little to no lacing.

Aroma of vinegar is immediate. Some light funk, oak and vanilla, and musty wheat. Very delicate and complex behind the sourness.

Flavor is initially much more mellow than the aroma, leading with soft tannins and a flowery sweetness that lingers. The sourness is more of a middle and end flavor, and hits the back of the throat hard. Slightly nutty, with dark fruits and grapes. Slightly musty yeast feel, with almost no funk flavor.

That aforementioned back-throat sourness is a little harsh, but other than that, the feel is smooth and velvety, right in the middle between gulp thin and chew thick. Decent amount of sting.

I'd have to have them all in the same sitting, but this might be the tastiest Rodenbach I've had yet (compared to '09 and Grand Cru). Feel and flavor are just phenomenal.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this on recommendation from the Greenville Beer Exchange. Upstate SC has received a devastating 6-10 inches of snow and everything is shut down. Never mind this, for I have a fridge stock full of delicious beer procured from CBX and Cigar City Brewing. I will fight out this monstrous blizzard the best way I can: through drinking.

A - Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Pours translucent ruby with slight amber highlights and a thin, tightly foamed white head.

S - Apple cider vinegar, tart cherries. Pungent. It really singes the nostrils.

T - My first impression: wow. Really sour, tart cherry flavor, little vinegary, all really well boosted up by the nice oaky flavor. Sort of a tannic walnut skin flavor in there, too. As another reviewer mentioned, it's a really nice sipping brew. Leaves a nice, tongue tingling aftertaste.

M - Light bodied, creamy, mild carbonation.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
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 Gobzilla
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured an amber brown in color with yellow highlights and had a thin frothy head leaving some good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: oaky vinegar aromas pop out first with cherry vanilla notes some vinous character and hints of citrus. It did however have faint brown sugar.

T: the vanilla oaky vinegar and citrusy flavors was more potent on the palate with cherry vinous accents and a touch of tart character; very tasty.

M: the brew was medium in body with a nice amount of tingly carbonation which had a sweet, oaky, vinous, and tart finish.

D: very tasty rodenbach hybrid that drank very good and was glad to find this brew on the shelf.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
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 strangefate
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
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 sweemzander
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass.

(A)- Pours a dark reddish brown hue. Produced a small off-white to tan head that dissipated to bubbles.

(S)- Very dry and oaky earth. Hints at dark fruits and raisin.

(T)- Similar to the smell. Dry and oaky with nice sour fruits and vinegar notes.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Very oaky and dry with a good feel all-together of acidic sourness, fruit, and vinegar.

(D)- Big on the dry oak presence, but still a great example for the style. My only complaint is the price for a bottle of this when Grand Cru is just as good as this is for half the cost.

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