Rodenbach Vintage 2015

Vintage 2015 by Brouwerij Rodenbach
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
97
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
Description 

Rodenbach Vintage 2015 is a unique unblended Flemish Red ale that is matured for 2 years in standing oak casks (foeders).  Brewmaster Rudi Ghequire hand-selects the best beer from a single foeder for each Vintage year. 

Rodenbach Vintage 2015 has an acidic, appley fruitiness combined with caramel, wild honey and oak with a touch of vanilla, cherry and licorice. The aroma consists of touches of caramel and oak, as well as green apples mixed with honey and chocolate. The slightly sour, fruity aftertaste is long and nicely balanced, just like a Grand Cru wine.

Profile

ABV: 
7.0%
Served at: 
42-50º
Judges Review 
James Link's picture
Judges Rating:
97
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Reviewed after pour from a 750 ML corked bottle into a 12 ounce snifter using guidelines established by the Beer Judge Certification Program in 2015 under style #23B Flanders Red Ale.

A potpourri of aromas is immediately upon you at initial pour. Intensely fruity, tart and vinous with a touch of oak in the background.

A medium off white head is supported by a reddish hued beer which is quite clear.

This is a very complex beer with lots going on. Fruitiness perceived in the aroma is more cherry like in the flavor. The aforementioned tartness as provided by the bacteria and Brettanomyces used here during fermentation is subdued and marries well with the other components and is in no way a one dimensional lactic blast as found in many of today’s sour beers.

Malt is complimentary while the body is thin to medium and well attenuated. A bit of alcoholic warmth is evident without overwhelming.

This is an excellent example of the complexities that can be found in a Flanders Red Ale and I would highly recommend it to all lovers of sour beers and to those wine drinkers looking for a beer to fit their palate.