2009 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 145) | Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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2009 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 145)2009 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 145)
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:
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Added by thagr81us on 10-24-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
106
Reviews:
28
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
9.86%
 
 
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Photo of goblue3509
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy burnt orange color with edging and sticky lines of lace. The aroma starts out with a small fruit aroma of cherries then gives way to a vinegar and oak nose. The taste follows suit with dark fruits mainly cherry and maybe raisins up front. In the middle there is a vinegar sourness before the oak flavor finishes off the beer. The mouthfeel is stingy and sticky average for the style. Overall this was a good beer, not as good as their grand cru but a very good beer. The beer got very well blended as it was allowed to breathe.

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Photo of GJ40
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 750ml bottle.

Reddish brown and very clear with a minimal head. Not much bubble action. Aroma is fruity with sour cherries dominating. A hint of oak as well. Flavor starts tart and sour but that fades gradually and ends with a mild sweetness. There's a bit of oak in there as well. The flavor is pretty complex and interesting. The carbonation is light (it could use a bit more) and the feel is silky smooth.

I enjoy the complex flavor of this but I still prefer the more one dimensional sour bite of the Gran Cru.

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tan thin fine head, red-brown body. Some light lacing.

Sour, chewy, raisiny nose.

Raisiny, tart cherry, classical Flanders red. Sweetish but balances the tartness.

Kinda average mouthfeel-- not the highlight of the beer, but no harm here.

Awesome Flanders red, different from the Rodenbach Vintage- less sour but better balanced.

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Photo of drgarage
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled shared on the party bus to San Diego, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some fruity, vinegar, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight sweetness to it. There is an acidic quality on the palate after each sip as well. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some awesome aromas and flavors that make it super easy to drink.

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Photo of ginemesis
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A heavy head with a strong rust color and good lacing

S- Oak with an obvious sour scent

T- A balanced sour. The sweetness and sour linger in the aftertaste, which ruined my joy

M- Light bodied with a lot of carbonation

O- Flanders makes a great red, all of which are tasty. The balance makes this a sour most people would enjoy.

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Photo of Davit
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of cowboy83
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of bbadger
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of 1p5v
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared with 3 others at the start of a sour tasting. Poured into my Lost Abbey tulip.

A: Pours out the typical murky reddish brown color. Half finger of off white tannish head. Ok carbonation but not tons from the looks of it.

S: Lots of vinegar and dark tart cherries. It's mostly apple cider vinegar that I am getting. Smells delicious actually.

T: Tart cherries in the tip of the tongue. It's very crisp and refreshing actually. The oak is there with little hints of vanilla and woodiness, but doesn't over power at all. Dry finish leaves you wanting more.

M: Light to medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: I liked this beer a lot. Don't know if it's better than Grand Cru which I love. But damn good.

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Photo of mrip
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Lob
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Brianito
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of lpotter
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of PthPndr
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Vonerichs
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear brownish red hue with a tall but wispy white head.

Smells like cherries, apple cider vinegar, and subtle oak.

Nice and tart cherry flavor with vinegar. The oak is fantastically subtle and doesn't overpower, but adds a layer of complexity. Semi-sweet.

Crisp, light mouthfeel with prickly carbonation. The bubbles cut the sweet and tart perfectly.

I thoroughly enjoyed this. It's not much different than the regular, but does have that extra dimension from the oak.

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Photo of Riggsenater
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of samEBC
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of ADTaber
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The immaculate maturation and refinement continues with this masterful release of Rodenbach Vintage '09 (Barrel 145). Two years of maturity yields a smoother, drier, more rounded and less astringent character than even the world class Grand Cru.

Vintage pours tawny ruby-brown color and with crimson highlights, the beer shows nearly perfect clarity until the finishing pour which disturbs the sediment. Finely knit bubbles for a thin sheet of foam with very good staying power that once again errupts with a gentle swirl of the flute. Low on lace, the acidity of the beer eventually prohibits the head character to this small extent.

Savory aromas of balsamic vinegar, apple cider, black cherries, and oak all braid together in a decadent verbose scent that's backed by lightly kilned malt, mild chocolate, bread crust, and oily nuts. Tart and rich all at the same time.

The sweet and sour interplay becomes most prominant on the palate as the malty rich flavor of chocolate, toasted fruit sweetness, and rich walnut provide the base flavor to anchor the ale. Fruity acidity is lead by tart cherries, and followed by crabapples, cider, under-rippened berries, limes, and vinegar. Aged notes of leather, must, brine, balsamic, and soy sauce gives a regal maculinity to the beer that tempers the otherwise brash sourness. Low in bitterness, the beer relies on the sour to balance the sweetness and does so with low phenolics and complementary esters.

Medium to start, the body delivers perhaps a richer impression than is actual because of precieved fruit sweetness and chocolate. But the mid palate develops from malt richness and into dry tartness that proves refreshing and palate cleansing. Mildly astringent, the beer keeps all the surfaces of the mouth guessing. A linger of balsamic vinegar and chocolate covered cherries leave lasting impressions in aftertaste.

Rodenbach makes these Flanders Reds seem effortless as they are masterfully blended and brewed. Where I prefer the Grand Cru, perhaps becuase of the lower level of dryness that allows for slightly more richness, succulence, and savory qualities- but the difference are very slight.

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Photo of bobhits
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For the purpose of this review, I'll assume all readers have had the Grand Cru as I am going to compare this to that a lot.

This pours much like the Grand Cru with strong carbonation, deep amber colors. There isn't he lacing I recall with the Grand Cru though.

These sours just are weak on the nose. Cherries, sweet malt, and some tart aromas. Nothing powerful for impressive.

I could talk about the fruits such as cherries and perhaps apples in the flavor, but there is one thing I want to talk about. The finish on the Grand Cru to me, made the beer. It took it from good to amazing. This beer has its moments, but it doesn't hold and maintain things. The beer opens very acidic with a lot of flavor and it is extremely complex. The problem is this one mellows out and acts subtle as the Grand Cru is able to just blow the tongue away. This is flavorful as hell, but it just doesn't have the finish of a Grand Cru.

This is double the price of the grand cru and while I do believe there is more subtle flavors and some more complexity, it lacks the finish and ultimately the price tag makes this a one and done.

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Photo of sweett3k
3.2/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pored a brownish ale right into my pint glass. A tan head formed quickly as it dissipated into a thin tan lace. Smell of tart apples and red wine. Taste like a hard cider than an ale. This beer would be great with cheese and bread. A little to tart for my taste. I like to taste these traditional Belgium beers. A nice flavorful explosion in my mouth.

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Photo of beerhorn12
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Blanco
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

2009 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 145) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
4.26 out of 5 based on 106 ratings.
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