96pointsRodenbach Vintage 2016 Flanders Red Ale

This beer comes from a single vintage and a single barrel, in this case, foeder no. 222. An unblended two-year aged ale, this release never disappoints. A ruby-mahogany color, it pours with a small tan head and opens with assertive aromas of tart red fruits, barnyard and balsamic. Hints of yeasty spice, vanilla bean and lightly toasted oak dance in the background. The palate is crisp and acidic, yet simultaneously medium in body and decadent in feel. It showcases a beautiful balance between the mouthwatering red currant, tart raspberry and red cherry fruits and the woody, earthy and vinous aspects of dry forest scrub, barn floor and leathery spice that undulate on the evolving finish. Lauren Buzzeo

  • Price
    $20,  Buy Now
  • Appellation
    Belgium
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  • Rating
    96
  • Alcohol
    7%
  • Bottle Size
    750 ml
  • Category
    Flanders Red Ale
  • Date Published
    7/1/2019
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    Not rated yet [Add Your Review]
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