2010 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 144) | Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

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2010 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 144)2010 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 144)

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by metter98 on 11-22-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of SHDoyle
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Description: Ruby, amber color that pours super smooth with just a quick flash of head. No lacing. Almost has the appearance of juice or some other non-carbonated beverage. The tartness comes through immediately on the nose with strong fruit (grape) hints and some other dark fruit notes. Oak and a kind of earthy undertone are also apparent. Taste follows the nose and the initial sip has an overwhelmingly tart punch although your taste buds kind of settle into it after that. It reminds a little of grape soda, or sweet tarts, but not in a nasty, cloying way. The body is light to medium with a refreshing feel.

Suggested food pairing: Bleu cheese

If you like this beer then you should also try: Skin Froot

Overall: 4.25 (This beer is good and I would likely drink it again) I'd certainly put this beer in the "different" category but in a good way; it was a pleasant surprise/change of pace. I'm not terribly familiar with the style and it's not something I would drink every day but it makes for a good sipping beer.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip. Bottom stamped with best by 22-08-15.
A: Pours a darker brownish red hue with 1 inch bubbly light tan head that quickly recedes.
S: Tart cherries and raspberries with a good amount of oaky wood. Hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. Aroma is still going strong.
T: Wow! This one has done well over time. Semisweet cherries (sour but with some sweetness too), fresh raspberries, oaky tannins, and more spice here than in aroma with cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. You can tell this one has settled/mellowed with age, but boy does it still have a lot left to offer.
M: Light-medium body. Sweet, tart, and with oak tannins. Moderately dry throughout. Refreshing and yet subdued.
D: Pulled this one out of the cellar on a whim and, man, am I glad I did. I was apprehensive, but this turned out stupendous. Not sure I would hold this one much longer (I agree with the best by date).

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Photo of Dave1999
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark reddish brown with a thin white head.

The smell is dark fruits, acidic citrus and oak.

The taste is apple cider vinegar, dark fruit, apples, black currants,raspberries, acidic lime, orange.

The mouthfeel is light,smooth,with light carbonation.

A very tasty, complex, easy drinking sour. Highly recommended.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml Corked and caged poured into nonic pint glass 2010 vintage

A: very reddish dark brown with excellent clarity almost no carbonation whatsoever

S: Green apple with vinegar and lots of oak barrel a little bit of honey

T: sharp vinegar with soft sweetness and dominant oak barrel with just a moth finish and slightly dry

M: perfect softness with a velvety smoothness with just a light bitterness

O: This beer is stellar but with age it's just dynamite it's got killer oak barrel depth and such a smoothness to it. The enjoyable sourness can sit and you can chew it.

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Photo of Damian
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint 9.4 fl.oz/750ml corked and caged bottle purchased at Kappy's Fine Wine & Spirits, Medford, MA
Best before: 22/08/15
Served in a tulip

The slightly hazed, ruddy crimson-mahogany body was topped by a one-finger tall, frothy and bubbly, light beige crown. Small, drippy streaks of lacing trickled down the glass. The head faded to thin, lasting collar. As the beer warmed, the chill haze eased up and the liquid turned nearly clear.

The aroma was interesting but more subtle than I anticipated. Aged balsamic was quite noticeable. Some red wine vinegar as well. Touch of brown sugar sweetness. Nice sweet-tart combo. There was a mild, crisp and dry yeasty quality. Subtle metallic notes were also detectible.

Sour cherries came through strong in the flavor, along with intense reduced balsamic notes. Good dose of lactic-like sourness. Super vinous. This reminded me a lot of an oaky and dry red wine. Rich malty notes appeared on the front end. Touch of brown sugar. Some tart strawberry came through as well. Slightly musty in the center. The beer finished with notes of lemon, green apple and a dry, tannic oakiness. Really balanced and immensely quaffable.

The liquid was medium bodied and contained a subtle yet spritzy effervescence. Creamy, smooth and slick on the palate.

This 2010 vintage of Rodenbach was actually quite similar to newer vintages, but perhaps more subtle in the nose and more acidic in the flavor profile. As always, this is a fantastic annual release that represents the best of its style.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copperish brown-red. Tiny light khaki collar. No cap. Minimal carbonation. Relatively clear.

Smell: Carries a lighter version of the typical Rodenbach acetic tart. Soft balsamic vinegar. Tart cherry skin. Some blueberry and blackberry. Oak barrel. Some strawberry. Touches of damp earth. Very moist. A hint of leather. Sweet. Some lightly caramelized malts with a nice backing biscuit dough. A very faint earthiness.

Taste: Softer than traditional Rodenbach. Carries a solid balsamic/acetic sweetness with a ton of dark fruit. Plum and tart cherry skin with a burst of cherry flesh. Some darker berries as well. Slight push of worn leather over a mild balancing oak presence. Woody. Slight earthiness with a solid wet and damp component. Sweet. Malts are just a touch bready with some caramel malt as well. Vinegar. A touch of lactic tartness as well. Lingering citric acid.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Slightly astringent with a juicy initial sip.

Overall: This is the better Rodenbach.

A mellower more nuanced Rodenbach. Still crazy heavy on the balsamic but pushes even more citric acid than the typical. Solid and then some.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Consumed 1/16/15

A: Pours a deep amber with purple, garnet and shades of brown - pours with a medium-sized, light tan head, fades to virtually nothing, but has a small collar that leaves some lacing

S: Acidic and tart with some dark, fruity sweetness - doesn't smell as much like balsamic vinegar as some other Rodenbach sours - wet, damp, lactic sour with some musty funk - some lightly sweet, acidic, balsamic vinegar - a nice variety of dark fruits, with an emphasis on berries - big, chewy oak aroma, very ripe and markedly woody

T: Nicely funky, and yeah, balsamic vinegar - tart, funky, and lightly sour - wet, damp funk with a lot of vinegar, some acidic and lactic funk notes as well - lightly sweet undertone, without being too sweet, with some dark berries - cherries, blueberries, blackberries - some caramel and cooked malts - oak, with a lot of wood - nicely balanced overall

M: Medium body, smooth with some nice acidity, finishes with some nice funk

O: 2010 was 15 years ago :(

This is quite nice. It's not the best thing I've had from Rodenbach, but it's pretty close. Some nice funk, vinegar, and berry notes, without any component dominating. A nice sipper overall.

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Photo of antott0523
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Straight up apple cider vinegar with moderately tart berry notes. This is sweeter than the 2011 barrell 95. It's a very nice ale, but does not have as much sourness as I was hoping. It's probably slightly unbalanced toward the sweeter side. This actually reminds me a lot of magners, but it's more complex with a moderately dry finish with some oak coming through.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml Corked and Caged.

I've seen this brew forever, never pulled the trigger. Now I'm pissed on why I didn't pull the trigger sooner. Let's get on with the brew! This is damn near perfection in appearance. Nice dark amber on the red side. Nice crown of white tight bubbly head. The aroma is just as intense. First hits the nostrils of acidic tartness that fades into sweet toffee. Dark fruits and vinegar play in the background with a musky grains and subtle chocolate. There's a lot going on in this here aroma! The flavor hits first with some tart cherries that have been coated with brown sugar. The sweetness melds with the vinegar evenly. Some toffee is in the background with toasted nuts. This finishes sweet and dry with mild tartness. The aftertaste is balanced yet complex. The mouthfeel on this beer is just as outstanding as the flavor. Medium-light body with playful carbonation.

Overall: This brew is my introduction to the Flanders Red Ale style. It won't be my last. The flavors on this are well orchestrated for its 7%ABV. No palate fatigue just pure enjoyment. It's not overly vinaigrette nor is it too tart. It's balanced to the max. This brew is Recommended.

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Photo of GJ40
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Looks great with a reddish brown hue, good clarity and a small white head. Nice aroma with oak and dried cherries. Lots of fruit flavor with both sweet and sour cherries. Good complexity and balance. Excellent beer!

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Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

From a bottle, pours a light brown, bright red hues. The head is thin, but laces the glass and hangs around.

the nose is all funk, sour, bright fruit and vinegar. It reminds me a little of sweet & sour sauce. The flavor is a great balance of fruitiness and tart. Lots of berries, a little vinegar. The oak is faded and I wonder how present it was fresh. The aftertaste is good, tart raisins.

Overall, this is still really nice after a few years.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Rusty brown colour with 2 fingers of creamy beige head, lots of fine bubbled carbonation visible even though its semi-opaque.

S: Vinegar, its like a balsamic meets malt vinegar with an aromatic floral quality like blossoming poppies. The oak notes come in the background and are subtle and subdued at first.

T: An amazing balance of sweet and sour. Petrus’ version is quite sweet, La Folie and Monk’s versions quite sour, but this is an amazing balance for a Belgian sour beer. Foamy and light qualities make it amazingly drinkable. The oak is definitely there and does not take over. Its as a background accent making this beer taste amazing.

M: Light and foamy feel, with a light acidic body and highly foamy carbonation giving it a powdery and acidic feel simultaneously.

O: Excellent. This was only brewed once and had a high price tag accordingly, but I sure hope to find some similar brews again in the future.

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank as my 300th beer. Reviewed in comparison with Rodenbach Grand Cru.

A - Dingier brown. Muddy. Head is very similar; a dirty cream colour. Whirlwind of upward-spiralling bubbles.

S - Richer, nuttier aromas. Almond as well as the fruitiness of raspberries and tartness of cherries that you'd expect. Oak.

T - Tarter and richer than the Grand Cru. Less sweetness and fruitiness leaves this feeling more aggressively sour. Red wine vinegar. Raisins.

M - A little bit of mouth pucker. Smooth, creamy and rich.

O - Extra abv. is easily accomodated. I prefer the sweetness which mellows, softens and thereby rounds out the Grand Cru. Tartness moves beyond vinous to being genuinely sour. Prefer the ruby accents of Grand Cru aswell. Worth trying if you're looking for a sourer version of Grand Cru, but personally I don't think it's worth the extra cost.

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Photo of toppoop
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nice dark amber with a decent head which dissipates quite quickly. Little outer rim of head sticks around for the ride with a bit of lacing. Smell is great. That of sweet wine, fermenting fruit, and wood. Taste is great as well. Perfect balance of sweetness and sour. Sour cherries, raisins, and currants. Mouth feel is superb. Not over sour to make your mouth pucker, but just enough to tingle and tantalize the taste buds. Very good sour which was collecting dust at a local brew store. Glad I grabbed it!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

another really cool brew, courtesy of paul. thanks man. this is a little less dynamic than the grand cru, which blends in one third younger beer, which i think retains some grainy sweetness on the front end that the vintage doesnt have. it is a whole lot more sour though, downright puckery as it warms up, and the oak is much more intense here, mellowing the beer only slightly, but replacing malt sweetness with warming woody calmness. it smells a lot like the grand cru, all that dark grain and the lactic funk. lots more oak though, without any of the conventional american vanilla properties. some spice to it, but nothing major as it moves from malt driven to yeast driven in a cool way, with the acid coming in a bit later. again, not quite an oud bruin, not quite a flanders red, but somewhat of a superior hybrid. not sure where this falls stylistically honestly, but its one of the more unique brews ive had in awhile. i think i liked the layers of the grand cru a little better, but very cool to be able to do a side by side. this one is a little stronger in terms of alcohol, but drinks a little lighter as far as body and bubbles are concerned. an excellent brew by any standard of quality.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; 2010 vintage, best before 2015. Pours slightly hazy dark ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour cherry, raspberry, green apple, red grape, oak, clove, red wine vinegar, leather, hay, straw, musty funk, light vanilla, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of oak barrel and fruity/acidic yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of sour cherry, raspberry, green apple, red grape, oak, clove, red wine vinegar, leather, hay, straw, musty funk, light vanilla, and yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, green apple, red grape, oak, clove, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, musty funk, light vanilla, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/acidic yeast and oak barrel flavors; with a fantastic balance of malt/acidity and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a lightly slick and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Flanders red ale. All around awesome complexity and balance of oak barrel and fruity/acidic yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on with the balanced acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2010 year. This one pours dark amber with creamy head on top that goes away quickly. Smells of sour vinegar with cherries and fig. Flavor is puckering sour cherry and very pleasant with a nice dry finish and lots of puckering vinegaryness sizzling on my palate. This one has the most sour flavor I have ever experienced. Wow. Medium light brew. Easy drinking. Nice change up, and I'll have to find more of this.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured into a flute glass, the beer was a brownish red color with a fine bubbles highlighting the carbonation.

Smell- Most Flanders Red Ales have a certain nose, and this one fits the profile. There was a vinegary cherry aroma, but the cherry definitely stood out a little more in this one.

Taste - Wow. The initial is highlighted by a sharp sour cherry that would certainly pucker the lips of the most ardent sour lover. After the initial, other notes include woody oak, a hint of vanilla, and a modest note of the acidity of vinegar. Sour cherry fades to dry oak in the finish.

Mouthfeel - I would hesitate to call this ale thick, but it clings to the sides of the cheeks and roof of the mouth. This doe snot overlook the fact that the tongue suffers a continual assault of sourness.

Overall - This is the most aggressive and arguably the best Flanders Red Ale I have ever had. Some people taste vinegar or Worchester sauce in a Flanders. I challenge them to taste that in this one.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Reddish brown body with a nice cream-colored head. Lasts longer than I expected. Thick collar.

Smell - Deep caramel with some acidity. Vanilla and a very strong oak nose. A bit of cherry and some mustiness.

Taste - Sweet caramel malt is strong. Vanilla from the oak blends in. The sourness builds up but never fully overwhelms the sugars. Oaky finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, maybe kinda heavy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Checked out my review of the 2009 and I appear to be enjoying this one more. I'm still not sure how different it is from other versions, but I was pleased with this bottle.

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Photo of ccrida
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Rodenbach 2010 is ruddy brown with a small, light sand head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is bright and sweet, candied cherries and lemon, red wine vinegar.

Taste is also on the bright sweet side, very nice maltiness cut by the drying acids. A great balance of the tart lacto and the vinergary acetic. That hallmark Rodenbach sweet tart, this one more sweet than tart, but so nicely done, a great aftertaste of slightly soured candy.

Mouthfeel is crisp, a touch fuller than light, with some well rounded spritz.

Drinkability is great. Almost full, in the best way to provide flavor depth but not weight down.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-ruby brown color with a decent off-white head and good lacing

S-tart cherries, vinegar, apples, slight sweetness, oak

T-tart cherries, red wine, vinegar, slight caramel malt, oaky

F-medium body with nice prickly carbonation, crisp and astringent

O-delicious red ale with great balance

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Photo of hopoilcrazy
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've had every Vintage Rodenbach release and had a tough time finding this one surprisingly

A - Totally amazing appearance. Amber and hazy with sherry-like hues, this brew keeps gushing and gushing with a solid large column of bubbles. The head is totally solid and creamy which seems tough to do with such a lively carbonation going on.

S - Very strong aroma of cider vinegar, a very little bit of funk...which is disappointing bc I wanted the funk. Not much going on, but pleasant nonetheless

T - Really interesting lacto tang. It really keeps me coming back for more. It may be one note, but this beer tastes great to me. Faint flavors of verjus and other vinous characters like light oak

M- The body of this beer is perfect it is at the same time dense, heavy, light, and lively. Hardly any indication of the abv

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Photo of Jonada
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours brownish red in color with a finger of a soapy off white/tan head. Body is dark but relatively clear with some visible carbonation streaming throughout.

Smell: Balsamic vinegar, oak, leather, green apple, tart cherries, lactic sourness, and caramel. Smells very inviting.

Taste: Similar to the nose. Tart stone fruits, vinegar, red grape, oaky tannins, hints of vanilla and a slight breadiness. Nice balance of sourness and sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Medium soft carbonation.

Overall: This is a real treat, and noticeably improves on the Grand Cru. The $20 price tag is a bit steep, but worth it IMO. One of the best of the style.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear dark reddish brown in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation and some garnet red highlights along with light amounts of dark yeast sediment in the bottom of the glass. The beer has a half finger tall soapy off-white head that reduces to a very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing

S: Moderate aromas of vinegar, oak, with light to moderate aromas of sour cherries. The sourness/tartness of the beer really becomes more pronounced as the beer warms up.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of oak along with vinegar and sour cherries along with some light notes of both sweetness and sourness.

M: Light to medium bodied with low to moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of acidic prickliness but still smooth.

O: While I enjoy the Rodenbach Classic quite a bit, this beer is substantially better with the increased flavor of oak and sour cherries. Nice amounts of complexity and really one I like - I would definitely have another of these.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle split with my awesome wife.
Served in a Duvel trulip

A - Pours reddish browm with a small off-white head, speckled lacing down the side of the glass. A collar forms around an island of thin foam.

S - Sour lactic fruits, tart plumbs, cherries, sour apples, orchard fruit, bruised strawberry fruit, lemons, old dank wood, sweet/tart candy aroma, day old dried up wine like in the bottom of glass the next morning.

T - Sour fruit smacks the taste buds, granny smith apples, vinous green grapes, lemons, sweet tart candy, unripened strawberries, pixie candy, woody, old sour wine, the lactic sourness clings to the tongue, in the background is old shoe leather, basement wood, creamy and sweet aged malt, brown sugar and vinegar mix in to the sourness creating a sublime sweet a sour character. Finishes lactic and dry with dried fruit on the aftertaste.

M - Light feel with effervescent carbonation, tart and tongue wickingly dry.

This exceeded my expectations. This is the cream of the crop for the style. It has precise lacto sourness backed by an old and deep malt background, sublime yeast character creating a beautifully melded Flanders. This should be opened on special occasions. A rare treat.

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2010 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel No. 144) from Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
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