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)

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Added by jamie2dope on 10-06-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews:
65
Ratings:
149
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
9.51%
 
 
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Photo of Shouzen
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap for 2 days over Belgian Beer weekend at O'Briens in San Diego.

A - Poured a dark red/brown into a Rodenbach tulip. Just a trace of head, otherwise it is a murky mystery inviting one to come closer.

S - Lovely sour cherry aroma, somewhat reminiscent of a traditional sarsaparilla. This was my first beer of the night and the nose really perked all my senses right up.

T - Simply outstanding. One of the most delicious beers I've ever tasted. Sweet and sour all swirled together, tempered by some slight oakiness (which was less pronounced than I had expected). No bitterness, with a fairly bold molasses and malt character. Overall, every aspect is perfectly balanced in this beer. I can't get enough!

M - Surprisingly light-bodied, given its colour. Very smooth on the palate. Coated the inside of my mouth with a pleasant creaminess. It goes down eaaaasy with no trace of alcohol.

D - Great as an opener or to finish. It's sour, and yet I find myself wanting more and more. I suppose it's the most drinkable sour I've ever tasted. I'd easily go for 2-3 pints of this, but probably not more. I would get this every session if I could, though.

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Photo of albern
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
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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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 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 jamie2dope
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
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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2008 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 96) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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