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)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Belgium | website

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
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
149
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
9.51%
 
 
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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 149
Photo of drpimento
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
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 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 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 unclejazz
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy crap, after having had the classic Rodenbach and the Grand Cru, I finally got a chance to try this puppy.

I am not going to go too much in detail, but this whole experience was fantastic. It smelled wonderful: sour cherries, malt, other pit fruit, and some solid farm funk. Taste was special, all the smells and a great fizz of carbonation that complement the sout attributes. This is the best flanders red I have tried, and I would put it up against any other. This is in my all-time top 5.

Had again 11/1/13

Looks great, smell is overwhelming currants. It's reminding me quite a bit if Consecration. Good mix of cigar and pit fruit. Such a great leather note that really wows me. Just as good as ever. Since my first time I have since had Duchess du B and Elaborative #1. Both are very good but not quite up to the level of complexity.

Cheers!

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Photo of smakawhat
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have been waiting for this beer for I don't know how long. Poured from the bottle into an official Rodenbach Tulip glass.

A nice classic red brown, rusty, opaque, the classic Flanders color. Some yeast flakes towards the bottom. A finger of caramel yellow and creamy head is made on the pour, but doesn't hold, instead a nice puck and collar is kept all throughout drinking. THere is no lacing.

The bouquet is classic and typical Rodenbach, sour cherries, some tart heat and wild ale yeast things going on, It's a little subdued it seems though from the oak aging.

Taste is just magic. The wonderful mix of chewy malt and fruit bowl cherries, a perfect balance between sweet and sour. Rich round character, mellow mouthfeel, there's even some noticeable vanilla in the swallow. Mild malt, toffee and caramel mix so nicely with the tart and sour angle. Vinous texture matching with some fizz so nicely.

Overall, just a great fantastic beer. I feel bad, cause now it's all gone, I want another one!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap for Churchill's Renaissance at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a clear reddish-brown with a beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace randomly form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour cherry and berry aromas, funk, and vinegar aromas. Taste is of sour cherry and berry aromas, funk, vinegar, and some slight wood notes. This beer has a very nice level of carbonation with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good sour that is just awesomely tart and funky.

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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 Thehuntmaster
4.79/5  rDev +11.1%
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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Photo of jayhawk73
4.97/5  rDev +15.3%
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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Photo of davey101
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml into a palm tulip.

A - Dark mahogany body with a murky brown and red tint. Very hazy and lets little light pass through. Creamy light khaki colored head with large bubbles. Solid lacing.

S - Strong cherry aroma, followed by some rich malts and oak. Really strong on the vanilla and wood. The finish is lactic and vinegary.

T - Follows the nose closely. Starts off with some bready malts and stone fruit. Then comes the lactic vinegar bite. The finish is really smooth with cherry, oak, vanilla, and a hint of spice. Carbonation is really high, more so than I would have liked. The mouth feel is medium and velvety smooth though.

O - I enjoyed the 2007 vintage just a bit more than this one. I'm pretty sure this is pasteurized so aging really doesn't help out a whole lot, but I remember the '07 having a bit less carbonation which helps with the smooth flavors. Still a fantastic flanders.

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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 jbonapar
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers, opened the 2008 vintage for Xmass eve with friends.

Poured a rich slightly mahogany color with a creamy head. Smell is powerful. Rich, sweet balsamic vinagar with some candy and oak.

Taste is as advertised, smooth, balanced, moderate acidity with a nice almost vanilla oakiness. Amazing.

I love this beer, I wish I had more.

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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 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 Beer4Baltimore
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from my notes - had this one from a bomber bottle
A - fine, bubbly head with a little lacing topping a mahogany colored ale.
S - sour fruit notes as well as sweetness are detectable.
T - wonderful fruit/tart/sweet combination that is rarely equaled.
M - dry, moderately light body, and adequate carbonation.
D - very drinkable and enjoyable for a tart beer.

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Photo of oline73
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy reddish brown color with two fingers of off white head. The head retention is excellent with some nice lacing as well.

Smell: Sour dark fruit along with some mildly sweet malt. Tart cherry/wine notes.

Taste: Extremely smooth. Tart and sour cherry and wine like flavors. I'm picking up some oak and some mild sweetness. The finish is sour and wine like.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: I picked up this bottle to celebrate a job offer. I made a great choice! Very smooth and a great combination of flavors. I would definitely have another.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750mL into a snifter. Pours out a deep, hazy, ruby red with a half inch of slightly red head, no lace.

The smell is fruit and mellow apple cider vinegar, with a hint of citrus.

A sour cherry punch starts the taste with fruity and pale malts mixed into a sour apple middle. Dry pear finish, slight earthy hops and oak. Wow, very complex. The carbonation is between mild and moderate.

Very nice aged sour red. I'd LOVE to have another.

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Photo of dgilks
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy red colour with a small, off-white head. Good.

Sour with a touch of cherry. Mild earthy funk. Really nice aroma.

Tart sour cherry combines with some funkiness. A really well balanced Flanders Red ale.

Medium light body with high carbonation. Good.

A classic Flanders ale with lots of balanced fruity flavour, goo dtartness and plenty of sour cherry and funk. Truly great.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2008)

Belgian Beer Festival 2011
Pizza Port
Carlsbad, CA

A dark ruby and chestnut brown. Nearly no head. Decent lacing down the glass.

A tart, biting sour, vinegary aroma combined with cherry sweetness. More pungently powerful and slightly deeper aroma than the typical Grand Cru--the aromas just pop and leap from the glass!

A biting, tart, vinegary, sour ale balanced remarkably well with a sweet cherry juiciness.

Light to medium bodied. A pleasure to sip.

A well balanced, tart, sweet sour. Incredible!

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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 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 Duff27
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a dark, slightly murky red with a fizy short lived white head. Head recedes to a thin ring around the glass.

S- Fruit...cherries, raspberries.

T- tart cherries. Sour but not overwhelmingly.

M- Bubbly. Well carbonated, dances on the palate.

D/O- What a treat paired with bleu cheese. Split a 750ml bottle with the girl. Worth every penny to celebrate something.

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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 beerpirates
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ kulminator

Pours deep reddish brown. Thin beige head.
Aroma is very sweet and malty with dark fruit.notes almost a cider smell.
Flavour is amazing. Great carbonation flavour is bold and fruity with strong sweet malts. Very sour as well makes.me puckker. Very malty and sour well balanced this is a fantstic brew.
Very dry finish. Complex with a.wide variety of flavours that mingle perfectly.
I am glad to be drinking this beer , very good !!

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2008 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 96) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
94 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.
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