While out running errands Yesterday (02/12/2016), we stopped at Norm’s Beer & Wine (Vienna, Virginia, USA) to pick up a few beers for the weekend. Later that night we tried Rodenbach’s Vintage 2013, a 7% alcohol by volume (ABV) Flemish Red-Brown Sour Ale matured for 2 years in Oak Foeder n°149 (oak barrel #149) brewed and bottled by Brewery Rodenbach (Steenhuffel, Belgium). The 59 year old foeder (barrel) was hand selected by Rodenbach brewmaster, Rudi Ghequire, as the top performing foeder of the year earning it the nickname “the Sire”.
Rodenbach Vintage 2013 came in a 1 pint 9.4 fl oz (750 mL) caged and corked bottle with a white plastic label covering almost all of the bottle. The label consists of a picture of Rodenbach brewmaster Rudi Ghequire looking up at a row of large foeders (large wooden vats used to age beer) with glass of beer in hand. Rodenbach Vintage took gold in 2013 and 2014 at the European Beer Star Awards according to their website. Both BeerAdvocate and Untappd list this beer under the Flanders Red Ale category, while ratebeer just says Sour Red/Brown.
Below is the commercial description of Rodenbach Vintage 2013:
“RODENBACH Vintage is the unique result of our RODENBACH-brewers selecting the cask which has produced the best beer after two years of maturation: “cask of the year”. The cask number always appears on the label, and the year refers to the start of maturation.
RODENBACH Vintage is 100% matured beer, which results in a superior taste. RODENBACH Grand Cru. Its taste is complex and rounded, intense and refreshing. It is characterised by an acidic, appley fruitiness combined with caramel, wild honey and oak with a touch of vanilla, cherry and liquorice. 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.” – Brewery Rodenbach
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